Nov. 15 – Grand Rounds, John Kellum, MD
– APAKI Symposium Pittsburgh
Dec. 6 – Super Grand Rounds (90 mins), Tim Girard, MD, and patient Kimbra
Dec. 20 – Grand Rounds, Mindy Hamilton, MD
Dec. 21 –
CCM holiday luncheon
our faculty ranks at St. Joseph Children’s Hospital in Tampa are two new
clinical associate professors, who joined us in early September. Jerril Green,
MD, is an alumnus of our pediatric critical care fellowship, and has
spent most of his academic career at the University of South Alabama and
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Shashikanth Gangu,
MD, recently completed his pediatric critical care fellowship at the
University of Florida Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainsville.
9, Daryll Hall,
joined the Health Sciences Research Data Center as a project coordinator.
He coordinates infrastructure for research programs in the CRISMA Center.
Daryll holds an MS in Information Technology Project Management from
Robert Morris University and a BA in Individualized Studies from Edinboro
staff members joined us on October 23. MACRO added two regulatory and
compliance coordinators for clinical trials: Chelsea Michelessi
Biswas. Chelsea holds a BA in Environmental Studies from
Pitt. Nabanita is also a Pitt grad with a PhD and MS Infectious
Diseases and Microbiology. Prior to joining CCM, she worked at UMPC Magee
as a regulatory specialist at the
Gynecology Oncology Department and as a
research associate at Microbicide Trial Network.
Porter as a laboratory technician working under lab
manager Vanessa Jackson. She will focus on immunoassay testing such as
Luminex and ELISA assays for CRISMA projects. Lauren holds a BS from
Clarion University and an AS in Biotechnology from the Community College
of Allegheny County.
home to Pittsburgh after 10 years in Florida is the Office of Education’s
new GME department manager, Holly Lapinski, PHR, who joined us on
October 30. She works with the fellowship directors for Anesthesiology,
Surgery and Neurocritical Care on recruitment and programming for
fellows, and also works with Chris Schott as the medical student
coordinator. Holly holds a BA in English Literature and Classics
from Pitt and is a certified as a Human Resources professional. Her previous
position was program coordinator for the Centerstone Psychiatry Residency
Program in Bradenton, FL.
Talisa will join us permanently on November 20 as a data
scientist/systems programmer at CRISMA working with Sachin Yende and
Janeen LaForce. Victor is currently a GSR working for Dr. Yende, and
holds a BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MS in
Biostatistics from Pitt.
analyst Hanjay Kim
will join the BDMC team under Edvin Music on December 1. Hanjay has a
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pitt and has
worked for the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid since
After 15 years at UPMC, Ricardo Muñoz is
leaving us on November 30 to take up an exciting opportunity as the chief
of the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, co-director of
the Children's National Heart Institute, and director of Telemedicine at
Children's National Health System in Washington, DC. Under Ricardo’s
leadership, our pediatric cardiac ICU service has become one of the
world’s premier programs. Best wishes, Ricardo!
He Up To Now?
Crippen has traded in the ICU for a Pitt auditorium. He
is teaching “Forward to the Past: Social and Political Impact of 60s
Popular Music,” which follows the evolution of 1960s music as a unique
art form and a social force. If you notice the GSPH auditorium rocking on
a Monday morning, that’s Dave teaching his OSHER Lifelong Learning
neighborhood in America? It’s East Liberty/Lawrenceville! Yes,
really. Check out the other cool neighborhoods in Money magazine’s
list of the 10 coolest neighborhoods
to live right now.
sunny and sandy but Pittsburgh was just rated the best city to choose for
retirement according to Bankrate.com. Why? Good
healthcare and low cost of living and crime rate.
Us... We'll Correct It
your photo in the Department’s website directory? Your title
is out of date? Want to update your bio sketch? Just email the Communications
team and we’ll update your website profile.
On September 1, Jeremy Kahn, MD, was appointed the
vice chair of Academic Affairs and with that role he joins the Executive
Leadership team. He follows on the heels of the Department’s inaugural
vice chair of Academic Affairs, Michael Pinsky, who held the position for
10 years. Jeremy is responsible for fostering the Department’s academic
mission, which includes Grand Rounds, Fink Day and the Grenvik
Lectureship, coordinating our academic communication and also managing
and maintaining our distinction of holding an Adult T-32 training program continuously since 1998.
Holt Murray was appointed co-director of the
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Presby on October 11. He will serve
alongside Penny Sappington. After his Emergency Medicine
residency, Holt came to Pittsburgh as a critical care medicine fellow,
and then was hired by the Department in 2005. For the last 12 years, Holt
has been continually involved in cardiothoracic critical care and ECMO,
served as medical director of the Cardiovascular ICU at Mercy Hospital
and, most recently, was Chief of Service at Mercy.
Questions for Denise McCloskey
What brought you
A: I have been at Pitt for seven years: two at
the Titusville campus and then five at the University Center for
International Studies. These units reported up through the Office of the
Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor. The prospect of working in the
‘other side of the house’ for a department that reports up through the
Dean of the School of Medicine/Senior Vice Chancellor was very intriguing
to me. This position gives me the ability to stay at Pitt, use the
knowledge I have garnered over the years, and be challenged to learn a
new way of doing business.
What projects are
you currently working on?
Space. SPACE. SPACE! My first and foremost priority is to
get a handle on the current space situation and develop short- and
long-term plans for the whole department. I am also assisting the IT
folks to plan for the transition of Pitt staff from UPMC technology and
support. I just finished my sixth week (but who’s counting?), so
most of my time has been spent meeting with faculty and staff members to
learn our operations.
What do you do in
your spare time?
A: I love to garden
(flowers, not vegetables). My partner and I bought a home in
Blackridge two years ago, and I have spent a great deal of time
experimenting with new plants to transform my empty backyard into a place
with color from spring to fall. I also took up running three years ago
and have run several half-marathons. And I finally took the plunge
and registered for my first full marathon…Pittsburgh in May
2018. Wish me luck – I’m going to need it!
MBA, is director of Academic Administration managing the Pitt side of the
can find Denise in Scaife 642B.
Congratulations to Ruchira Jha and Sherry Chou who
were each selected to receive the Allen Humphrey Excellence in Mentoring
Award. The award is based primarily on nominations from medical students
participating in the Deans Summer Research Program. The awards were
presented at the DSRP Symposium on September 28.
Brad Butcher received a Beckwith Institute
grant to pilot a Critical
Illness Recovery Clinic at UPMC Mercy, which will begin
in early 2018. Brad was also one of 10 awardees who received a Society of
Critical Care Medicine THRIVE
Initiative grant to foster a network of hospitals focused
on developing post-ICU clinics to provide comprehensive care to ICU
Ruchira Jha, MD, was awarded $50K from UPP in
September for a TBI study, “From benchtop to bedside- Sur1 is a novel
biomarker and unique therapeutic target against cerebral edema in
traumatic brain injury.”
Pat Kochanek and co-investigator Raj Aneja have
been awarded a three-year contract with the Department of Defense to study novel pre-clinical strategies to
prevent brain edema in traumatic brain injury and polytrauma. This
is a collaborative study between the Safar Center and Walter Reed Army
Institute of Research.
Recent CRISMA T-32 post-doctoral fellow Jennifer Seaman
was one of 10 physicians and nurses nationwide to be accepted into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership
Program, which develops emerging palliative care leaders
and is funded by Cambia Health Foundation. Jen receives a two-year, $180K
grant to support research, clinical, educational or policy projects. Her
project is “Development and testing of a nurse-led intervention to ensure
timely interdisciplinary family meetings in the ICU.” Jen was mentored by
Lori Shutter, a co-PI for BOOST-3, was
notified in October that this multi-site clinical trial has been approved
by the NIH. BOOST-3, which stands for phase 3 of the Brain Oxygen
Optimization in Severe TBI trial, will study people who experience
prolonged coma from a traumatic brain injury and require sophisticated
care in neurological ICUs. The study is part of the Neurological
Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network.
Ericka Fink and her FLO2 NeuroCap
Manole and Ted
Huppert, made it to the final of the Pitt Innovation
Challenge 2017 and went home with $25K on October 25. The money goes
toward development of a prototype cap that will be the first to integrate
measurements of neural energetics via simplified electroencephalography
with near-infrared spectroscopy. This will allow ICU and emergency
medicine physicians to measure blood flow and oxygen supply in the
pediatric brain. Mio is an associate director at the Safar Center and the
director of Basic and Translational Research in the Division of Pediatric
Emergency Medicine at CHP. Ted is associate professor in the School of
Engineering and Department of Radiology.
A husband and wife are thanking their lucky stars
that nurse Jamie
Ponter was driving home near the Tri County Soccer field
in Beaver County and saw a man lying face down. Jamie jumped out of her
car and immediately noticed he had agonal breathing so began chest
compressions until the police arrived to take over CPR. Later at Beaver
Medical Center, doctors found the man had 100% blockage of his left
anterior descending artery—aka the widow maker—which has since been
opened. He told Jamie she saved his life. The couple plan to take Jamie
out for dinner soon. Jamie is a professional staff nurse at Magee 4800
ICU. We’re proud to have you on our team, Jamie!
Therapy Brings Smiles
Magee ICU director, Lauren Gorman, recently had an
elderly patient who was in pain after his joint-replacement. He was not
having a happy day when music therapist Aaron Teague arrived. After a few
questions, Aaron understood the patient liked folk music-inspired western
classical music. That was all the prompting needed for Aaron to pull out
his MP3 player and play an excerpt from the ballet Rodeo…not once but
many times. Aaron said, “The patient focused on the music, his demeanor
relaxed, and after 10 minutes was smiling and seemed more comfortable.”
His family, who were visiting at the time, were delighted and said the
music therapy really improved their day. Aaron, who works for the UPMC
Palliative and Support Institute, visits Magee and provides music therapy
for two hours on Wednesdays.
Financial research administrator Scott Szypulski
received the Volunteer Excellence Award from the Pitt-Greensburg
Alumni Association to recognize his volunteer work for the Association
and the University. Since graduating from Pitt-Greensburg in 2014 with a
BS in management accounting, Scott’s volunteering has included the
Holiday Wine Tasting, Welcome Back Picnic, and Pitt Greensburg at PNC
Park, Annual Book Fund, the External Relations Committee, and chair of
the 2017 Kennywood Committee. He is currently treasurer and executive
committee liaison for the Alumni Association. In his ‘spare’ time, Scott is
studying for his MBA at Katz School of Business at Pitt.
The Education Office has been using Poll Everywhere, a
web-based audience response system, before and after Journal Club
presentations and during Thursday educational sessions for almost a year
now. For example, they’ve been measuring the potential for change in
practice and anonymously assessing choices in treatment options. Poll
Everywhere has a variety of poll types—multiple-choice, open-ended,
Q&A, ranking, and clickable image polls—that provide feedback on
changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or potential actions. The Poll
Everywhere tool is available to Department faculty and staff. Contact Jim Rieker to book
a time slot.
Know Your Research Centers?
Here’s the full names of
CCM’s four research centers.
– the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute
– the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
– the Multidiscipinary Acute Care Clinical Research Organization
– the Center for Critical Care Nephrology, which is a sub-center of