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David W. Crippen, MD, FCCM

Professor Emeritus, Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Neurological Surgery (Ret)

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David W. Crippen, MD, FCCM is Professor Emeritus of Critical Care Medicine. He also holds a secondary appointment as Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery. He trained in general surgery, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Crippen is a member of the Society for Critical Care Medicine and the European Society for Intensive Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 20 years, and holds the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine. Dr. Crippen is a prolific writer in the medical and popular literature and a frequent speaker at international medical meetings. Dr. Crippen moderates the Critical Care Medicine Internet Group (CCM-L) with over 1000 global members on five continents. Dr. Crippen plays  guitar for the rock group “The CODES”, has raced motorcycles on off-road and road racing circuits, collects vintage Triumph motorcycles and tours around the world on a BMW road bike..

Education & Training

Year Graduated


University of Georgia 1972 Microbiology and Electron Microscopy
Medical College of Georgia 1976


New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, NY 1978 Resident, Surgery

Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Methodist Hospital Center

Indianapolis, IN

1981 Resident, Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 1986 Postgraduate Fellow, Critical Care Medicine
St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 1987 Postgraduate Fellow, Critical Care Medicine
Safar Resuscitation Research Center of Pittsburgh, PA 1987 Research, Critical Care Medicine

Administrative Titles

2014-Current: Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh medical teaching faculty. Volunteer status.

2002-2014: Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Neurovascular Intensive Care Unit, Co-Director.

1987-2002: Vice Chairman, Department of Emergency and Critical care Medicine, St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. 


US Army Vietnam (1968-1969) Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Commendation medal (second award)


See David W. Crippen's Publications