Christopher Seymour, MD, MS, has been recognized in two distinct ways for his recent work in the field of Critical Care Medicine. Seymour, an Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine, was recently confirmed as a member of the Editorial Board of Critical Care Medicine. Seymour is one of only two Assistant Professors on the Board, making him one of the youngest invited members of the group.
In addition, at the American Thoracic Society 2016 International Conference in San Francisco, Seymour was presented with the Critical Care Early Career Achievement Award. The award was presented at the Critical Care Assembly Reception on May 16. The criteria for the award, as detailed by Carolyn S. Calfee, MD, Chair of the Assembly on Critical Care, ATS, were that the awardee should have made “the most outstanding scientific contributions in clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research relevant to critical care early in his or her career.”
Seymour has certainly been active in this regard of late. He had a key role in the international task force that, in a series of papers published in February 2016 in JAMA and Critical Care Medicine, recommended a new definition for sepsis. Seymour led the study that analyzed more than 800,000 electronic health record encounters at 177 hospitals worldwide, an effort that led to the development of qSOFA, a new prompt intended to help clinicians more easily identify patients outside the ICU who are likely to be septic.
Seymour also co-wrote a review of sepsis care guidelines that appeared in JAMA in August 2015. The review incorporated the results of several high-profile clinical trials into a concise clinical diagnosis and treatment algorithm to aid hospitals in the implementation of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Management Bundle, adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service in October. Seymour also spread the word about sepsis to a more general audience when he spoke in March at a TEDx event held at the University of Pittsburgh.