Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM

Distinguished Professor and Ake N. Grenvik Professor of Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Clinical and Translational Science

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Education & Training

BS, Zoology, University of Michigan, 1976
MD, University of Chicago, 1980
Internship, Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 1981
Residency, Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 1983
Fellowship, Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, 1986

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury
  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care

Kochanek PM, Bramlett HM, Dixon CE, Shear DA, Dietrich WD, Schmid KE, Mondello S, Wang KK, Hayes RL, Povlishock JT, Tortella FC. Approach to modeling, therapy evaluation, drug selection, and biomarker assessments for a multicenter pre-clinical drug screening consortium for acute therapies in severe traumatic brain injury: operation brain trauma therapy. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2016 Mar 15;33(6):513-22.

Simon DW, McGeachy MJ, Bayır H, Clark RS, Loane DJ, Kochanek PM. The far-reaching scope of neuroinflammation after traumatic brain injury. Nature Reviews Neurology. 2017 Mar;13(3):171.

Jha RM, Koleck TA, Puccio AM, Okonkwo DO, Park SY, Zusman BE, Clark RS, Shutter LA, Wallisch JS, Empey PE, Kochanek PM. Regionally clustered ABCC8 polymorphisms in a prospective cohort predict cerebral oedema and outcome in severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 1;89(11):1152-62.

Kochanek PM, Jackson TC: Therapeutic hypothermia and targeted temperature management with or without the “cold stress” response. (editorial) Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag 7:134-136, 2017.

Vice Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
Director, Training in Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research

Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2017
Master in Critical Care Medicine, 2012
Distinguished Career Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care, 2008
Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2015