Robert F. Hustead

Robert Frank Hustead (1928 - 2008)

Robert Frank Hustead (1928 – 2008) was an American anesthesiologist.

Dr. Hustead was a researcher, inventor, and writer. He developed the Hustead epidural needle, the pediatric non-rebreathing pressure relieving (NRPR) respirator valve, and the pediatric resuscitation simulator. He was also a founding member of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.


  • Born 1928 Pueblo, Colorado
  • MD, Yale University
  • 1950 – President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • 1959-1961 Johns Hopkins departments of anesthesiology and OB/GYN
  • 1961 – University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • 1973 – Ophthalmic anesthesia Wichita, Kansas
  • Founder and principal mentor of the Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society
  • Died 2008

Medical Eponyms

  • Hustead epidural needle

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the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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