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Journal Club - Adult

The Department convenes a multidisciplinary evidence-based medicine journal club several times a month. Journal Club is a mandatory component of CCM training at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of journal club is to provide critical appraisals of articles that impact the clinical practice of critical care and to foster the development of skills necessary for the practice of evidence-based medicine. With the guidance of a faculty mentor, fellows in the University of Pittsburgh Critical Care Training Program lead the discussion of an article, which is chosen based on the following criteria: the article must have been published within the past 2 years and not previously discussed in the journal club; the study must contain no major flaws of methodology; and the results of the study, if valid, must impact clinical practice in some way. Journal club will also discuss studies that may not impact clinical practice but advance current understanding of a particular field.


To download articles for Journal Club, please click the link in the right hand column. [Please note: some articles require subscription-based access through the Pitt or UPMC networks]

Adult CCM Journal Club Schedule

Date Fellow Faculty Title Article links
06-19-2019 Nakul Raykar, MD TBD
06-12-2019 Joshua Brown, MD Jason Sperry, MD Prehospital Plasma during Air Medical Transport in Trauma Patients at Risk for Hemorrhagic Shock
06-05-2019 Rashid Hussain, MD TBD
05-29-2019 Nicole Toscano, MD TBD
05-08-2019 Tram Duran, MD TBD
05-01-2019 Jeremy Kahn, MD Jeremy Kahn, MD
03-20-2019 John-Paul Sara, MD TBD
02-20-2019 Leeanne Stratton, MD TBD
02-06-2019 Michael Nabozny, MD TBD
01-16-2019 Cyrus Kellermier, MD Holt Murray, MD Energy Dense vs Routine Enteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill
01-02-2019 Garima Gupta, MD Tim Girard, MD Temporal Trends in the Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
11-14-2018 Bachar Hamade, MD Sherry Chou, MD Pantoprazole in Patients at Risk for Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the ICU
10-24-2018 Karthik Vadamalai, MD Chenell Donadee, MD Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
09-12-2018 Ammar Syed, MD David Huang, MD
08-29-2018 Matthew Niehaus, MD and Sabrina Arshed, MD David Wallace, MD and Scott Gunn, MD
08-22-2018 Cameron Dezfulian, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD
08-08-2018 Mohammad Hirzallah, MD TBD
07-11-2018 Alexander Kobzik, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD
06-20-2018 Letitia Bible, MD Jonathan Elmer, MD
06-13-2018 Rachel Pool, MD Hernando Gomez, MD
06-06-2018 Emily Brant, MD Jonathan Elmer, MD
05-09-2018 Jessica Cassavaugh, MD Dennis Phillips, MD
04-11-2018 Cathline Layba, MD Scott Gunn, MD Effect of Lung Recruitment and Titrated Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) vs Low PEEP on Mortality in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome A Randomized Clinical Trial
03-14-2018 Kristen Arnold, MD Brad Molyneaux, MD
02-14-2018 Hassan Aijazi, MD Scott Gunn, MD
01-31-2018 Meshe Chonde, MD Cameron Dezfullian, MD
01-10-2018 Devin Caswell, MD William Wallisch, MD
12-13-2017 Syed Mahmood, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD
11-29-2017 Ryan Lapointe, MD Lillian Emlet, MD PCI Strategies in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction and Cardiogenic Shock
11-08-2017 Karthik Kode, MD David Huang, MD Effect of Natriuretic Peptide–Guided Therapy on Hospitalization or Cardiovascular Mortality in High-Risk Patients With Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction A Randomized Clinical Trial
10-11-2017 Danish Malik, MD Jonathan Elmer, MD Hypothermia for Intracranial Hypertension after Traumatic Brain Injury
09-13-2017 Ruth Musselman, MD David Wallace, MD Targeted Temperature Management for 48 vs 24 Hours and Neurologic Outcome After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
08-16-2017 Nicholas Goodmanson, MD David Huang, MD Angiotensin II for the Treatment of Vasodilatory Shock
08-09-2017 Aaron Skolnik, MD David Huang, MD Cluster-Randomized, Crossover Trial of Head Positioning in Acute Stroke
07-05-2017 Vikram Balakumar, MD Ragi Murugan, MD Effect of Dexmedetomidine on Mortality and Ventilator-Free Days in Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation With Sepsis A Randomized Clinical Trial
06-14-2017 Namir Khandker, MD Sherry Chou, MD Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial
06-08-2017 Tim Kaselitz MD David Wallace MD and Cameron Dezfulian, MD Impact of 24/7 In-Hospital Intensivist Coverage on Outcomes in Pediatric Intensive Care
05-31-2017 Benjamin Kautza, MD Matthew Neal, MD Every Minute Counts: Time to Delivery of Initial Massive Transfusion Cooler and Its Impact on Mortality
05-10-2017 Christopher Johnson, MD Hernando Gomez, MD Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study
04-05-2017 Krystle Shafer, MD Jonathan Elmer, MD Prevalence and Localization of Pulmonary Embolism in Unexplained Acute Exacerbations of COPD: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
03-29-2017 Mary Assaad, MD David Huang, MD Association Between Tracheal Intubation During Adult In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Survival
03-08-2017 Michael Klein, MD Matthew Rosengart, MD Ultrasound assessment of volume responsiveness in critically ill surgical patients: Two measurements are better than one
02-08-2017 Fadi Tohme, MD David Huang, MD Video Laryngoscopy vs Direct Laryngoscopy on Successful First-Pass Orotracheal Intubation Among ICU Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial
01-11-2017 Yiyu Zhao, MD Dennis Phillips, MD Vasopressin versus Norepinephrine in Patients with Vasoplegic Shock after Cardiac Surgery
12-14-2016 Alexandra Briggs, MD Jason Sperry, MD Tranexamic Acid in Patients Undergoing Coronary-Artery Surgery
11-30-2016 Melissa Loveranes, MD Matthew Rosengart, MD Effect of Postextubation High-Flow Nasal Cannula vs Noninvasive Ventilation on Reintubation and Postextubation Respiratory Failure in High-Risk Patients, A Randomized Clinical Trial
11-09-2016 Rohan Panchamia, MD Hernando Gomez, MD Association Between Overnight Extubations and Outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit
10-05-2016 Muhammad Tahseen, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD Practice Patterns and Outcomes Associated With Use of Anticoagulation Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation During Sepsis
09-14-2016 Pavan Thangudu, MD Scott Gunn, MD ICU Attending Handoff Practices: Results From a National Survey of Academic Intensivists
08-31-2016 Alexander Preus, MD Murat Kaynar, MD and William Wallisch, MD Effect of Noninvasive Ventilation Delivered by Helmet vs Face Mask on the Rate of Endotracheal Intubation in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
08-10-2016 Abhishek Freyer, MD David Wallace, MD Effect of Early Vasopressin vs Norepinephrine on Kidney Failure in Patients With Septic Shock: The VANISH Randomized Clinical Trial
07-13-2016 Debjit Saha, MD David Huang, MD Initiation Strategies for Renal-Replacement Therapy in the Intensive Care Unit
07-06-2016 Hitesh Gidwani, MD Cameron Dezfullian, MD Targeted therapeutic mild hypercapnia after cardiac arrest: A phase II multi-centre randomised controlled trial (the CCC trial)
06-29-2016 Joshua Keegan, MD Lori Shutter, MD Intensive Blood-Pressure Lowering in Patients with Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage
06-08-2016 Juan Idrovo, MD Jason Sperry, MD Rate Control versus Rhythm Control for Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery
05-11-2016 Anne Warner, MD Matthew Neal, MD Effect of dexmedetomidine added to standard care on ventilator-free time in patients with agitated delirium a randomized clinical trial.
04-21-2016 Torben Becker, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD Vasopressin in Pediatric Vasodilatory Shock: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial // Vasopressin versus Norepinephrine Infusion in Patients with Septic Shock
04-13-2016 William Wallisch, MD Colleen Moran, MD and Sean DeChancie, MD Effect of Noninvasive Ventilation on Tracheal Reintubation Among Patients With Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure Following Abdominal Surgery
03-30-2016 Kusum Tom, MD Matthew Rosengart, MD High-Dose Perioperative Atorvastatin and Acute Kidney Injury Following Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial
03-09-2016 Gina Howell, MD Matthew Rosengart, MD National Cluster-Randomized Trial of Duty-Hour Flexibility in Surgical Training
02-25-2016 Rajagopala Padmanabhan, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD Hypothermia for Intracranial Hypertension after Traumatic Brain Injury
02-10-2016 Ed Yang, MD Dennis Phillips, DO Acetaminophen for Fever in Critically Ill Patients with Suspected Infection
01-13-2016 Patrick Hackett, MD Hernando Gomez, MD Effect of a Buffered Crystalloid Solution vs Saline on Acute Kidney Injury Among Patients in the ICU
12-09-2015 Jennifer Yu, MD Chenell Donadee, MD Liberal or Restrictive Transfusion after Cardiac Surgery
11-11-2015 Sangeeth Dubbireddi, MD Jeremy Kahn, MD Intravascular Complications of Central Venous Catheterization by Insertion Site
11-05-2015 Rachel Hadler, MD Murat Kaynar, MD Perioperative Bridging Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
10-07-2015 Daniel Kievlan, MD Joseph Darby, MD Alignment of Do-Not-Resuscitate Status With Patients’ Likelihood of Favorable Neurological Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
09-30-2015 Daniel Glass, MD Scott Gunn, MD High-flow oxygen through nasal cannula in acute hypoxemic respiratory failure.
09-09-2015 Jay Chellurri, MD Peter Simon, MD Systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria in defining severe sepsis
08-19-2015 Sajid Kadir, MD Ali Al-Khafaji, MD Therapeutic Hypothermia in Deceased Organ Donors and Kidney-Graft Function
08-12-2015 Munish Lapsia, MD Marie Baldisseri, MD Permissive Underfeeding or Standard Enteral Feeding in Critically Ill Adults
07-29-2015 Florian Mayr, MD David Huang, MD Effect of High-Dose Vitamin D3 on Hospital Length of Stay in Critically Ill Patients With Vitamin D Deficiency The VITdAL-ICU Randomized Clinical Trial
07-08-2015 Oluwaseun Davies, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD Prednisolone or Pentoxifylline for Alcoholic Hepatitis
06-17-2015 Jake Jentzer, MD Lillian Emlet, MD High-Flow Oxygen through Nasal Cannula in Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure
06-10-2015 Marcus Hoffman Jason Sperry, MD Trial of Short-Course Antimicrobial Therapy for Intraabdominal Infection
05-20-2015 Matt Kutcher, MD Joseph Darby, MD Effect of a Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter Plus Anticoagulation vs Anticoagulation Alone on Risk of Recurrent Pulmonary Embolism A Randomized Clinical Trial
04-29-2015 Eric Suess Dr. Ragi Murugan Adjunct prednisone therapy for patients with community-acquired pneumonia: a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial
04-08-2015 Matt Neal Matthew Rosengart, MD Transfusion of Plasma, Platelets, and Red Blood Cells in a 1:1:1 vs a 1:1:2 Ratio and Mortality in Patients With Severe Trauma The PROPPR Randomized Clinical Trial
03-18-2015 Kate Tyson, MD & Chris Horvat, MD Ericka Fink & Holt Murray, MD 1. Short- and intermediate-term survival after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in children with cardiac disease 2. An optimal transition time to extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for predicting good neurological outcome in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a propensity-matched study
03-11-2015 Rupal Patel, MD Dr. Sherry Chou Randomized Assessment of Rapid Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke
02-11-2015 Joseph Shy,MD Hernando Gomez, MD Effect of a Perioperative, Cardiac Output–Guided Hemodynamic Therapy Algorithm on Outcomes Following Major Gastrointestinal Surgery A Randomized Clinical Trial and Systematic Review
01-21-2015 Susan Cheng, M.D. Sachin Yende, M.D. Cost-effectiveness of Dalteparin vs Unfractionated Heparin for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Critically Ill Patients
12-10-2014 Jeffrey Javed, M.D. Cameron Dezfulian, M.D. Trial of the Route of Early Nutritional Support in Critically Ill Adults
11-12-2014 Timothy Baptist, M.D. David Huang, M.D. Goal-Directed Resuscitation for Patients with Early Septic Shock
11-06-2014 Anes: Joshua King, MD; Courtney Garbee, MD: CCM: Sean DeChancie, MD Mark Lischner, MD Effect of Fenoldopam on Use of Renal Replacement Therapy Among Patients With Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery A Randomized Clinical Trial
10-29-2014 Ryotaro Kato, M.D. Michael Pinsky, M.D. High versus Low Blood-Pressure Target in Patients with Septic Shock
09-10-2014 Jaqui King, M.D. Peter Simon, M.D. Fibrinolysis for Patients with Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism
08-13-2014 Michael Buscher, MD Lori Shutter, MD 1. Effect of Erythropoietin and Transfusion Threshold on Neurological Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury A Randomized Clinical Trial / 2. Family Presence During Brain Death Evaluation: A Randomized Controlled Trial
07-30-2014 Jonathan Auerbach, MD Cameron Dezfulian, MD Mortality Related to Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
06-02-2014 Jorge Cabrera Michael Pinsky
04-28-2014 Matt Siedsma Sachin Yende
04-16-2014 Prem Nattanmai Kees Polderman Real-time ultrasound-guided subclavian vein cannulation versus the landmark method in critical care patients: A prospective randomized study
04-07-2014 Petros Kopterides Jeremy Kahn Histamine-2 Receptor Antagonists vs Proton Pump Inhibitors on Gastrointestinal Tract Hemorrhage and Infectious Complications in the Intensive Care Unit
03-12-2014 Jeff DellaVolpe David Huang
03-03-2014 Angie Ingraham Sam Tisherman
02-26-2014 Treb Becher Ivonne Daly Perceptions of Appropriateness of Care Among European and Israeli Intensive Care Unit Nurses and Physicians
02-17-2014 Daniel Haase Chenell Donadee Real-time ultrasound-guided subclavian vein cannulation versus the landmark method in critical care patients: A prospective randomized study
01-29-2014 Ali Abdullah Mark Lischner Mechanical Chest Compressions and Simultaneous Defibrillation vs Conventional Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest The LINC Randomized Trial
12-04-2013 Michelle Kincaid Jason Sperry Effects of Fluid Resuscitation With Colloids vs Crystalloids on Mortality in Critically Ill Patients Presenting With Hypovolemic Shock The CRISTAL Randomized Trial
11-27-2013 Megan Rapp Matt Rosengart Effect of Early vs Late Tracheostomy Placement on Survival in Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation The TracMan Randomized Trial

2011-2012 Adult CCM Journal Club Schedule