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Kees Polderman, MD, PhD

Visiting Professor

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Dr. Kees Polderman studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam and trained as an internist and subsequently as an intensivist at the Free University Hospital in Amsterdam. His PhD thesis, entitled “Interac­ti­ons of en­do­c­r­ine sys­t­ems with ca­r­di­o­vas­cular sig­nif­ica­nce”, was completed in 1993. He obtained the European diploma in intensive care medicine in 2000. He has previously worked at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and at the Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He moved to the United States in August 2009 to become medical director of Neurocritical care services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He is a member of the board of direct ors of the Neurocritical Care Society. He has co-authored 121 international (85 PubMed cited) and 62 national (Dutch) publications. His main lines of research are use of therapeutic hypothermia for neuroprotection and cardioprotection, systemic and cardiovascular consequences of neurological injuries, and quality assessment in the ICU.



Education & Training

European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine 2000
Dutch board certification in Intensive Care Medicine 1998
Board Certification in Internal Medicine 1997
Ph.D. 1993
M.D. 1988
ECFMG (US medical license)            1986


Administrative Titles

Medical Director of Neurocritical Care Services

Ongoing Research Projects

Lead investigator (coordinating clinical investigator) for the CAMARO trial. This is a multicentre trial designed to test the feasibility and safety, and then the efficacy, of very early and rapid cooling in patients with acute myocardial infarction and ST elevation (STEMI) requiring emergency coronary intervention.

Member, steering committee of the EUROTHERM study. This is a project initiated and sponsored by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. The aim is to test the efficacy of therapeutic hypothermia to control intracranial pressure and improve outcome in patients with severe traumatic brain injury and increased intracranial pressure.


See Kees Polderman's Publications