Paul E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, is a critical care, perioperative and nutrition physician who serves as a Professor with Tenure of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Director of the Nutrition Team at Duke Hospital. Dr. Wischmeyer’s clinical and research focus is in nutrition, critical care, and perioperative care, to help patients prepare and recover from acute illness and surgery. His research interests include surgical and ICU nutrition and rehabilitation therapy, perioperative optimization, post-illness lean body mass and functional recovery, role of probiotics/microbiome in illness, specifically COVID-19 prevention and treatment, and in cognition. Dr. Wischmeyer has received numerous awards from national and international societies. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international medical meetings, delivering over 800 invited presentations over his career. He is also passionate about training and preparing new young physicians and scientists for careers in academic medicine, perioperative/ICU care, and clinical nutrition. Finally, he is an advocate and lecturer for improving the patient experience and teaching providers to keep CARE as the focus of healthcare.