Check the CCM
website calendar for further details on these July events.
July 6 – Thursday Professor Rounds begin for Fellows
July 12 – Grand Rounds: new season begins with ICU Research
July 23 – CCM Welcome Picnic. Bring your family. RSVP
Baldisseri, MD is serving as the new Associate Director of the
Neurovascular ICU (4/5F) based at Presbyterian effective July 1. Marie
also spearheads Global Critical Care electives for Fellows.
July is a
busy month for new hires. On July 10, two new staff members join
the Center for Critical Care Nephrology team based at 3347 Forbes Avenue.
moves to a permanent role as Administrative Assistant, having been with
the Center for the last six months in a temporary capacity. Victoria is a
Pitt graduate with a Master of Social Work and BA in History. Prior
to CCM, she worked as a family therapist. And Project Manager Richard “Rick” Banas will
work under John Kellum, MD on his UG3, multi-PI
grant, PReCISE, funded by the NIDDK. Rick has bench, lab management, and
grant submission experience gained during his nine years in Pitt’s
Department of Pathology and Division of Pulmonary Medicine, and 13 years
in industry. He holds an MS in Biology. Karen Nieri joined
the Center on June 26 as Executive Assistant. She spent seven years as a
research assistant and lab manager for the Department of Neuroscience at
Pitt. Karen holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh at
Bart, MD joins CCM as Associate Professor and will work as an
intensivist at Children’s Hospital. His primary appointment is with UPMC
as Chief Medical Information Officer where will oversees UPMC technology,
including electronic health records. Previously, he spent five years as
CMIO for the Department of Health Services for Los Angeles County.
Stein joins as project manager for the program on health, policy,
and management in the CRISMA Center, which currently includes three R01s
and two K awards from the NIH. Howard has nearly 25 years of experience
in research in healthcare, most recently at Pitt’s School of Nursing.
Polaski joins the IT team on July 10 as a Systems Analyst
supervised by Dan Ricketts, Director of Technology.
Trista will be splitting her responsibilities between the department for
Pitt desktop support and SharePoint, and also the Health Services
Research Data Center (HSRDC) directed by Jeremy Kahn, MD. For the HSRDC
she will be supporting the virtual desktop environment, systems
programming in C#, and further developing her SQL skills.
AV/Media Specialist is Chris
Bowman, who comes to us from Pitt’s University Center for
International Studies. Chris started on July 3 and will be leading our
webinars and video production. He is based at Scaife 649.
on July 3 was Surya
Sharma, who is a Research Assistant working with
Cameron Dezfulian, MD.
Tate joined Kim
Kushon’s team on June 5 as a Financial Assistant
responsible for purchasing, payment processing, reimbursements and
account management. Catherine received her BS in Business Administration
with a major in Accounting from West Liberty University in May 2017.
Cambriel, MD, a freshly minted physician from the
University of Paris, began her second visit to CRISMA on July 1. Working
with A. Murat Kaynar, MD for two months, Amelie will
be studying the impact of exercise on the metabolomics and lifespan of
fruit flies surviving sepsis. The team hopes to find conserved mechanisms
in drosophila as well as humans. Murat applied for a Franco-American
grant to continue collaborating with Laurence LeMoyec, Amelie’s mentor in
Pitt senior Alina Maysterchuk
has joined the Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Care
Medicine as a Student Research Assistant. She will be providing program
support for Doug White, MD’s R01A Trial to
Improve Surrogate Decision Making for Critically Ill Older Adults, known
as the Four Supports Project. Alina is studying the Natural Sciences and
planning to do an MS in Histotechnology and MS in Pathologists'
to Professor Emeritus David
Crippen, MD and Richard
(Dick) Orr, MD, who retired as of June 30. David roared
off on his Triumph bike to continue his adventures. Dick is transferring
his attention from CHP kids to grandkids with the occasional CCM
three years as Project Manager for CRISMA, LauraEllen Ashcraft
is heading back to school to do a PhD at Pitt’s School of Social
Work. She also received her Masters of Social Work at Pitt. Her
last day is August 18.
School of Nursing graduate Karlie
Kirk spent several years as a student worker for the
Center for Critical Care Nephrology. She moves on to begin her nursing
career in the Medical ICU at Presbyterian Hospital.
Two CCM faculty received a Dean’s
Faculty Advancement Award for the next two years. The Award enables
junior and mid-career faculty members to maintain their research
trajectory during a challenging period in their life and career. Associate Professor Sherry Chou, MD
received an award allowing her to continue her research into the use of
molecular biomarkers for outcomes and mechanisms of acute brain injury. Octavia Peck Palmer,
PhD, Director of the CRISMA Molecular Biology Lab Core, whose primary
appointment is in Pathology, received an award allowing her to continue
her translational research that focuses on identifying the biological and
social factors that contribute to ethnic differences in the host immune
response to infection and sepsis.
Alexandra Briggs, MD – Adult Fellow of the Year
Raj Padmanabhan, MD and Krystle Shafer, MD
– Adult Chief Fellows
Kendra Woods, MD – Pediatric Chief Fellow
Danish Malik, MD – Medical Students Teacher of
Schott, MD –
Adult Faculty of the Year
Dana Fuhrman, DO – Pediatric Faculty of the
Onome Oghifobibi, MD – Ann Thompson Award for
First-Rate Performance Outstanding Resident in the Pediatric Intensive
for Caring So Much
Medical professionals can be some
of our harshest critics. So, Satya
Acharya, MD’s recent ‘Thank You’ message from an RN of 24
years was a powerful endorsement of her work. Staci Isaac wrote about her
aging mother saying: “…Dr. Acharya
falls into the category of one of the best [Hospitalists] that I have
come across… Please recognize Dr. Acharya for a job perfectly done, and
extend thanks from my entire family, near and far, for caring enough to
provide the VERY BEST CARE to my mother.”
Professor Hülya Bayîr, MD
had the honor to present the SFRR-Europe Clinical Award Lecture 2017 at
the June 21-23 joint meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research
–Europe/Oxygen Club of California(SFRR-E/OCC) in Berlin, Germany. Her
presentation was entitled “Signaling by Oxidized Lipids in Acute Brain
wins Teacher of the Year for the entire School of Medicine. Chris is
Director of the Medical Students’ Critical Care Medicine elective.
Kendra Woods, MD and Chief Pediatric Fellow
was named 2017 Fellow of the Year by Children’s Hospital,
an award that was voted on by CHP Residents. Kendra beat out every other
Fellow in all specialties, and becomes the 11th Pediatric
Critical Care Medicine Fellow to win the award in the last 17 years. Past
winners were Randal Ruppel, MD; Kate Felmet, MD; Ericka Fink, MD; John
Lin, MD; Lillian Su, MD; Craig Smith, MD; Emily Miller, MD; Anthony
Willyerd, MD; Dennis Simon, MD; and Jenny Mendelson, MD. Go Peds!
Code Runners Stephanie Ames, MD, Raj Aneja, MD, Cameron Dezfulian,
MD, and Cat Gretchen,
MD and Clinical Social Work colleague Gwen Harcar represented the Pediatric
ICU at Children’s Hospital in the Pittsburgh Marathon relay event on May
6. Code Runners finished in a time of 04:01:58.
Three Pediatric CCM staff members—Sajel Kantawala,
Systems Analyst; Janet
Santucci, Manager; and Lori Markey, Administrative Assistant
Associate—raised $880,000 in the Walk for Children’s on June 3. Lori was
involved in the fundraising but was unable to join the 4,000 other
walkers on the day. The money raised supports Children’s Hospital.
Applied Physiology in
Intensive Care Medicine,
MD’s textbook, now in its 3rd edition, made the top 25 percent of
all downloaded chapters from Springer Publishing Company, a leading
source of health care books, textbooks and medical journals.
MD; Joe Lynch,
MD; Neil Munjal,
MD and Madiha Raees,
Catherine Gretchen, MD, MS and Wonshill Koh, MD,
Hassan Aijazi, MBBS; Jessica Cassavaugh,
MD; Devin Caswell,
DO and Rachel Pool,
Sabrina Arshed, MD; Emily Brant, MD; Meshe Chonde, MD; Garmia Gupta, DO; Bachar Hamade, MD;
MD; Matthew Niehaus,
DO; Carlos Pacheco,
MD; Leeanne Stratton,
MD; Ammar Syed,
MD and Karthik
Mohammad Hirzallah, MD and Christian Ricks,
Kirsten Arnold, MD; Letitia Bible, MD
and Cathline Layba,
note to self: Apply for grant. Run research lab. Write paper. Read
literature. Mentor Fellow. Give presentation. Hire lab tech. See
patients. Spend time with
family. Ensure “me” time scheduled. The must-do list for junior
faculty is a blur of new roles and time juggling. To help them prepare
for these challenges, the School of Medicine founded the Career Mentoring
Program (CaMP) four years ago. CCM’s past CaMP participants include Alicia Au, MD; Cameron Dezfulian,
MD; Hernando Gomez Danies,
MD; Travis Jackson,
PhD; Deepika Mohan, MD; Christopher Seymour, MD;
MD; and Xiaoyan Wen,
MD. For more information about CaMP, contact Lori Shutter, MD,
who is a member of the CaMP organizing committee.
National news outlets
sought Lori Shutter,
MD’s neuro critical care expertise to provide insight into the case of
Otto Warmbier, the student who sustained brain trauma while detained by
North Korea. She was quoted numerous times by NBC News and Live
Science in their stories about Mr. Warmbier’s cause of death and his
family’s decision not to proceed with an autopsy.
CCM was the center of media
attention at this year’s ATS. The New
England Journal of Medicine published three articles and one
commentary on Sunday, May 28 … CCM was in three of the four! Chris Seymour,
MD’s study about the early sepsis regulations in New York state garnered
huge media interest with coverage in over 500 news outlets including USA Today and NPR. Jeremy Kahn, MD
and Pitt Public Health colleague Tina Hershey, JD, MPH wrote the Journal’s
perspective piece on the Seymour sepsis article. Jeremy was also quoted
in many of the news stories related to the sepsis regulations. And more
recently on June 30,
Chris Seymour was quoted and his research included in
‘The Seriousness of Sepsis,’ a US
News & World Report story.
To round out CCM’s 3 out
of 4 at ATS, Ragi
Murugan, MD was a collaborator on the third article
published by the Journal on “Super Sunday.” His research was part
of an international collaboration studying vasodilatory shock.
Jeremy Kahn, MD was interviewed for a lengthy
Q&A about the organization of an evidence-based ICU for ICU Management and Practice
In today’s instantaneous
news environment, getting your biomedical research covered by mainstream
news media is no easy feat. As soon as your paper is accepted for
publication, let Wendy
O’Donnell, Director of Communications, know so she can
begin the media relations process. News media are usually disinterested
if the journal has already published your paper.
Scaife Hall Renovation Project
Phase 1B involves closure of the main entrance to Scaife lobby from
Terrace Street (use the Auditorium entrance instead) as well as closure
of the escalators. The main entrance will be closed from July 5 to
November 1, 2017. The escalators will be shut down from July 11
through the end of December 2017.
CCM has 106 Pitt staff employees (as of July 7).
New Chief Fellows are Alicia Alcamo, MD, MPH (Pediatric)
and Ruth Musselman,
MD and Danish Malik,
Adult Surgery fellows arrive on August 1st,
Pediatric fellows on July 7th, all other Adult fellows on July