Christian LehmannMD, FRCPC


Phone: 902-494-1287
Mailing Address: 
Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine
QEII Health Sciences Centre
10 West Victoria, 1276 South Park Street
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9 Canada
Research Topics:
  • Sepsis and its early indications
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Cannabinoids
  • Intravital imaging
  • Microcirculation
  • Septic shock
  • Stroke


  • Medical Diploma (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • MD (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • PhD (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • FRCPC (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Research interests

Professor Lehmann’s research interests include the immune consequences of local and systemic inflammation (e.g., sepsis, stroke), intravital imaging of the microcirculation in animal models and clinical studies, and the development of new pharmacological approaches for inflammation and infection.

Selected publications

  • Lehmann C, Sharawi N, Al-Banna N, Corbett N, Kuethe JW, Caldwell CC. Novel approaches to the development of anti-sepsis drugs. Expert Opin Drug Discov. 2014 May;9(5):523-31
  • Toguri JT, Lehmann C, Laprairie RB, Szczesniak AM, Zhou J, Denovan-Wright EM, Kelly ME. Anti-inflammatory effects of Cannabinoid 2 Receptor activation in endotoxin-induced uveitis. Br J Pharmacol. 2014 Mar;171(6):1448-61
  • Lehmann C, Abdo I, Kern H, Maddison L, Pavlovic D, Sharawi N, Starkopf J, Hall R, Johnson P, Williams L, Cerny V. Clinical evaluation of the intestinal microcirculation using sidestream dark field imaging - Recommendations of a round table meeting. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc. 2014 Jan 1;57(2):137-46
  • Lehmann C, Burkovskiy I, Kuethe J, Zhou J, Caldwell C, Kelly ME. Inhibition of the cannabinoid 2 receptor in CNS-injury induced immunodeficiency syndrome. Med Hypotheses. 2014 Jun;82(6):736-9
  • Lehmann C, Islam S, Jarosch S, Zhou J, Hoskin D, Greenshields A, Al-Banna N, Sharawy N, Sczcesniak A, Kelly MEM, Wafa K, Cheliak W, Holbein BE: The utility of iron chelators in the management of inflammatory disorders. Mediators Inflamm 2014 (in press)

Selected awards and honours  

  • Anesthesiology Specialty Research Award Winner 2002 (Society of Critical Care Medicine, US)
  • Research Award Winner 2005 (German Society for Clinical Micorcirculation and Hemorheology)
  • Leaders Opportunity Fund Award 2008 (Canadian Foundation for Innovation)
  • Research Award Winner 2011 (International Anesthesia Research Society)
  • Rising Stars in Global Health Award 2013 (Grand Challenges Canada)


  • German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • German Sepsis Society
  • German Society of Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
  • European Society of Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
  • German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology
  • European Society for Microcirculation
  • Canadian Anesthesiologists Society
  • Shock Society
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society
  • Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids


  • 1996: Attending physician, University Hospital Charité, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • 1999: Medical director, Intensive Care, University Hospital Charité, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • 2002: Professor and deputy chair, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Germany
  • 2007-present: Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • 2007-present: Staff anesthesiologist (Subspecialty: Neuroanesthesia) in the Department of Anesthesia, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Supervision of 10 undergraduate/summer students
  • Supervision of 5 graduate students
  • Supervision of 4 postdoctoral fellows
  • Course coordinator, Special Topics Pharmacology (PHAC5628)
  • Teaching of Anesthesia Residents (neuroanesthesia block, abdominal surgery block)
  • Seminars in microbiology/immunology

Service & activity

  • Reviewer CIHR, CFI, German Research Society (DFG), International Foundation for Science
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Currently sit on 5 institutional student committees
  • Currently editor for 6 scientific journals
  • Reviewer for 13 scientific journals