Lori Heller, M.D.

Lori Heller, M.D. USAP Bio

About Me
I am an anesthesiologist who specializes in anesthesia for cardiac surgery. I am also the Medical Director for the Swedish Blood Management Program and have a special interest in transfusion medicine, particularly in blood conservation/transfusion avoidance. I enjoy lecturing locally and nationally on blood management as well as on intraoperative echocardiography. When not doing cardiac anesthesia, I am involved in all other types of surgical cases and find working on labor and delivery particularly rewarding. Prior to becoming an anesthesiologist, I practiced internal medicine in Bellevue and was chief resident of the primary care program.


I was transplanted from the East Coast but have spent most of my life in Seattle. I love skiing, reading, and spending time with my three kids who make me laugh every day.


Areas of Clinical Interests
I am interested in diagnosing and treating preoperative anemia and optimizing patients' health prior to elective surgery.


Board Certification
American Board of Anesthesia
National Board of Echocardiography
American Board of Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Anesthesiology, University of Washington


Cardiac Anesthesia, University of Chicago


Medical/Graduate School
M.D., University of Washington