Internationally recognized intensivist leader Marie Baldiserri, MD, MPH, is promoted to Professor, capping a stellar clinical career with the Department of Critical Care Medicine that began in 1987 when she completed her two-year critical care fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Ake Grenvik. Her promotion is effective September 1, 2017.
She is recognized around the world as a leader in critical care obstetrics, neurocritical care, rapid response systems, brain death and organ donation, and the practice of critical care in global health and disaster medicine.
“Marie Baldiserri has been an integral and ever-present part of the Department of Critical Care Medicine for more than 30 years,” said Douglas White, MD, MAS, who is Vice Chair for Faculty Development. “It’s her passion for global health and disaster medicine that has made Marie’s career unique.”
Dr. Baldiserri founded an NGO, the Critical Care Disaster Foundation, which works in developing countries to create an infrastructure for critical medical services and to educate local health care providers in the delivery of critical care medicine in the event of a disaster or humanitarian crisis. She also devotes a significant amount of time to teaching worldwide about global health, disaster medicine and the role of critical care medicine in resource-limited environments. For the Department, Dr. Baldiserri is responsible for organizing and arranging global health rotations for fellows in various ICUs around the world.
She has held numerous leadership roles including Associate Medical Director of Critical Care Services and Respiratory Care Services, Associate Director of the Medical-Surgical ICU, and Medical Director of Critical Care Services at Magee-Womens Hospital. She has the rare distinction of holding the position of Medical Director of two ICUs—Magee Womens and Presbyterian Hospital Neurovascular—simultaneously during 2001 through 2004, while also acting as the Medical Director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the School of Nursing.
Currently, Dr. Baldiserri is Co-director of the Neurovascular ICU and was recently named the Program Director for CCM’s Global Health Division. She holds secondary appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Health Promotion and Development in the School of Nursing; and she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Chatham University. She is a medical graduate of the University of Navarra in Spain, and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Master of Science from Wagner College, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College. Her internal medicine residency training was undertaken in Brooklyn, New York at Jewish Hospital & Medical Center and at Interfaith Medical Center.