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Timothy D. Girard Hired as Visiting Associate Professor

Thu, 09/15/2016

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is proud to announce the hire of Timothy D. Girard as a Visiting Associate Professor. Girard holds an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, and an MSCI from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. He is also a member of the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illnesses (CRISMA) Center.

“I’m thrilled to join the Department of Critical Care Medicine and CRISMA, where I will be focusing on understanding and improving the long-term cognitive and functional outcomes of critically ill patients,” said Girard. “During the past two decades, this department’s contributions to the field of critical care medicine through research, education, and clinical work have been unparalleled, and I consider it a true honor to be a part of that work going forward.”

Girard is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care Medicine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University before earning his medical degree and completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Girard comes to us from Vanderbilt University where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine, an Attending Physician at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a Staff Physician in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. While at Vanderbilt, Girard was an NIH-funded investigator in the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. He also chaired one of Vanderbilt’s Institutional Review Board committees, was co-director of the Clinical and Translational Research in the Office of Medical Student Research, served as Director of the Pulmonary Function Test Lab at the VA, and mentored several research trainees.

Girard's research interests include cognitive impairment after critical illness, delirium in the ICU, sedation, and liberation from mechanical ventilation. His research efforts have included, among others, a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of a paired sedation and ventilator weaning protocol on short- and long-term outcomes among medical ICU patients as well as a multicenter prospective cohort study of long-term cognitive impairment in survivors of critical illness. He is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to recruit Tim,” said Derek Angus, MD, MPH, FRCP, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine. “Several of our faculty have interacted with Tim over the years, and he has a strong reputation as a first-rate researcher and great collaborator. In particular, though, he has really developed a leadership role in thinking about the long-term neurocognitive and functional defects that can follow critical illness. This area is of high interest to the department in general and CRISMA in particular. But we were lacking a faculty member who could provide dedicated research leadership in this area. Tim’s interests and skills fit the bill perfectly.”

Girard has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, review articles and editorials. He has delivered dozens of national and international presentations and has received numerous honors for his research and scholarly contributions.

“We are tremendously excited to have Tim join our faculty,” said Angus. “It is wonderful to welcome not just Tim, but his whole family, to the Pittsburgh community.”