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Grenvik Lecture

Ake and Inger Grenvik Critical Care Lectureship

The Ake and Inger Grenvik Endowed Lectureship honors Ake Grenvik, MD, PhD, and his wife, Inger, for their contributions to the field of critical care medicine. Dr. Grenvik is considered one of the fathers of the field of critical care medicine. Following training in Sweden, he moved to the United States in 1968 to work under Dr. Peter Safar and subsequently created the world’s first Critical Care Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh. By the early 1980s, one third of all practicing critical care physicians in the world had been trained by Dr. Grenvik. He was a founding member and a president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and a founding member of the World Federation of Critical Care Societies. He published over 300 papers on critical care, covering such diverse topics as cardiopulmonary interaction, brain death, organ transplantation, and ethical practices in-patient care. Dr. Grenvik served on President Reagan’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which established the original criteria for brain death. He spent his entire medical career in the United States at the University of Pittsburgh, retiring as Distinguished Service Professor of Critical Care Medicine in 2009.

The Grenvik Lectureship was initiated in1995, and has been awarded annually to leaders in a wide array of subjects relevant to acute care, ranging from basic and clinical science to ethics, policy and economics. Past lecturers include both critical care experts, such as Jean-Louis Vincent and Luciano Gattinoni, and experts from other fields, such as Carl Nathan, Hal Luft, Arthur Caplan, and Catherine DeAngelis.

 

 

Past Grenvik Lecturers

Mark Kelley, MD

2015

Deborah J. Cook, MD

2014

Kevin Tracy, MD

2013

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD

2012

Jesse Hall, MD

2011

Luciano Gattinoni, MD

2010

Michael Matthay, MD

2009

Murray Pollack, MD

2008

Mervin Singer, MD

2007

Carl Nathan, MD

2006

Dan Thompson, MD

2005

John Marshall, MD

2004

Jean Louis Vincent, MD, PhD

2003

Jonathan Cohen, MB, FRCP

2002

Gordon Bernard, MD

2001

Richard Hotchkiss, MD

2000

Arthur Slutsky, MD

1999

Eugen Faist, FACS

1998

Arthur Caplan, PhD

1997

Harold S. Luft, Ph.D.

1996

Timothy Buchman, MD, Ph.D., FCCM, FACS

1995