Dr. Patrick Kochanek was the inaugural recipient of the Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, which was presented to him during the combined American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Convocation/Society of Critical Care Medicine Awards Presentation, held on Monday, January 19, 2015.
SCCM President J. Christopher Farmer commented that Dr. Kochanek was selected for this award because of his “sustained exemplary and pioneering achievements in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.”
Dr. Kochanek, MD, MCCM, is Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and is the Ake N. Grenvik Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine with secondary appointments in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Bioengineering, and Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Kochanek’s major areas of research focus on mechanisms of secondary damage after severe traumatic brain injury, novel approaches to neuroprotection in cerebral resuscitation, and pediatric neurocritical care. His bench to bedside work in this area has been continuously supported by NINDS/NIH since 1995. Among his accomplishments, he was named the first Established Investigator of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 1993, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in 2000, received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the ACCM in 2007, and was named Master Fellow of the ACCM in 2013.