Mojca Remskar, MD, PhD, MACM

Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Mojca Remskar

Contact Info

Fax 612-626-2363

Office Address:
B515 Mayo Memorial Bldg

Mailing Address:
B515 Mayo Memorial Bldg
420 Delaware St, MMC 294
Mpls., MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Courtney Bridell

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Director at M Simulation

Medical Director at MVAHCS Simulation Center

Director at American College of Surgeons Endorsed Simulation Center

Interim Director SimPORTAL at Medical School Simulation Center

Clinical Chief and Medical Director, East Campus OR, M Health University of Minnesota Medical Center

Medical School, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Residency, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Internal Medicine and Critical Care).

UC Davis Medical Center, California (Anesthesiology Residency).

Fellowship, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Cardiology Research)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (Cardiology Research).

UC Davis Medical Center, California (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology).

Doctoral Degree, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

University of Southern California, (Academic Medicine).


I am a cardiac and pediatric anesthesiologist and educator. I am particularly interested in education with simulation. I believe best patient care and best healthcare education can be delivered in diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Our department and University of Minnesota are working towards achieving this goal.

Dr. Remskar's titles include:

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota.
  • Clinical Director of the Anesthesiology/Critical Care Skills Simulation Laboratory, SimPORTAL at the University of Minnesota. 
  • Active member of The Board of Directors and Champions Executive Committee of SimPORTAL at the University of Minnesota. 
  • Instructor of third and fourth-year medical students and anesthesiology residents, PGY-1 through PGY-4.
  • Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she was employed at the University of California, Davis, as a cardiac anesthesiologist.
  • Doctorate and Masters degrees in Cardiology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, investigating neo-intimal in-stent re-stenosis and inflammatory involvement in acute coronary syndrome in the laboratory of Dr. Ganz at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, California (UCLA). 
  • Areas of special interest: Translation of clinical skills, medical knowledge, and attitudes obtained in the simulation laboratory in the clinical world. 
  • Personal Interests: Mission trips to the world's underdeveloped areas to provide medical care to children in need.


Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology, Education in Healthcare, Education with Simulation

Awards & Recognition

2018 Clinical Education Award, Department of Anesthesiology, Pediatric CV Surgery Anesthesia, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2014 Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2010 Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2009 Excellence in Clinical Instruction Award, University of Minnesota Nurse Anesthesia Program

2008 Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of California, Davis, UC Davis School of Medicine

2007 Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of California, Davis, UC Davis School of Medicine

2006 Research Award Finalist, California Society of Anesthesiologists Abbot Laboratories Resident Research Award, Rancho Mirage, CA

Professional Associations

American College of Surgery, Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists


Research Funding Grants

Education with simulation, Faculty development programs

Current projects:

  1. Transfusion Medicine and Simulation
  2. Heartworks simulation transesophogeal echocardiography technology
  3. Effects of intrapleural positive pressure insufflation on the interarterial pressure gradient.
  4. Risk of anesthesia and post-operative SICU length of stay.
  5. Post graduate ethics curriculum with simulation training



Michael J. Cullen, Charlene Zhang, Taj Mustapha, Ezgi Tiryaki, Brad Benson, Mojca Konia, Paul R. Sackett & Susan M. Culican (2021) Development of a taxonomy of unprofessional behavior in clinical learning environments using learner-generated critical incidents, Medical Teacher, DOI:10.1080/0142159X.2021.1918331

Konia, M. R. (Lead Author), Erdman, A. G., & Sand, Y. (in press, accepted October 2020). Two segment flexible Macintosh laryngoscope to improve glottic visualization during endotracheal intubation. Journal of Medical Devices.

Barnes, J. J. (Corresponding Author), Keller, J., Kiberenge, K., Sweet, R., & Konia, M. R. (Lead Author) (2020). Comparing hemorrhage in human physiology simulation tools: how they compare to expected human physiology and each other. Simulation in healthcare, 15(5), 310-317. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000427.

Hiremath, G., Morgan, L. M., Richtsfeld, M., Konia, M., Saltzman, D., & Ambrose, M. (2020). Transcatheter balloon atrial septostomy in thoraco-omphalopagus conjoined twins. Postepy w kardiologii interwencyjnej = Advances in interventional cardiology, 16(2), 209-212. PMID: 32636909 PMCID: PMC7333194 doi: 10.5114/aic.2020.96067

Cullen, M. J., Zhang, C., Marcus-Blank, B., Braman, J. P., Tiryaki, E., Konia, M., Hunt, M.A., Lee, M. S., Van Heest, A., Englander, R., Sackett, P. R., & Andrews, J. S. (2020). Improving Our Ability to Predict Resident Applicant Performance: Validity Evidence for a Situational Judgment Test. Teaching and learning in medicine, 1-14. PMID: 32427496 doi:10.1080/10401334.2020.1760104


Remskar, M. H., Fromer, I. R., Thomas, J. J. "How do we pick a great physician anesthesiologist", SciPride 2021, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (2021). Presentation/Talk.

Remskar, M. H., (Author), Richtsfeld, M., (Author) "JUST ANOTHER STRAIGHTFORWARD ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT DEVICE CLOSURE?", SPA, virtual. (February 25, 2021). PBLD.


Academic Interests and Focus

Advising and Mentoring, Faculty Development Activities regarding teaching, M Simulation center, SimPORTAL



  • Adult and pediatric cardiac anesthesia

Board Certifications

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia Pediatric Anesthesia

Clinical Interests

Adult and pediatric cardiac anesthesia

Clinical Experience Statement

Provide excellent compassionate detail oriented ethical care for each patient as an individual.

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview