Departmental News

First Ever State Sepsis Regulation Tied to Lower Death Rates
July 16, 2019

Death rates from sepsis fell faster in New York than expected—and faster than in peer states—following the introduction of the nation’s first state-mandated sepsis regulation, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh researchers and published today in read more...

Sherry Chou, MD, Awarded R21 Grant to Study Biomarker for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
July 08, 2019

Associate Professor Sherry Chou, MD, was awarded an R21 grant to determine if an early biomarker test can identify subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients who will develop further brain injury and long-term disability. The study, entitled “MicroRNA Endotypes of Systemic Inflammation in…read more...

New Critical Care Medicine Leadership
June 21, 2019

Two new faculty members—Rachel Sackrowitz, MD, and Jonathan Bishop, MD—were recruited for leadership positions in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, effective July 1, 2019.

Rachel Sackrowitz, MD, MBA, is the inaugural Chief Medical Officer of the UPMC ICU Service Center.…read more...

Michael Pinsky, MD, Becomes Fellow of APS
June 21, 2019

Vice Chair Emeritus Michael Pinsky, MD, has been elevated to the rank of APS Fellow by the American Physiological Society, effective June 4, 2019. The fellowship is an honor bestowed on senior scientists who have “demonstrated excellence in science, have…read more...

Shedding Light on ‘Black Box’ of Inpatient Opioid Use
June 10, 2019

People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers who are not given opioids, according to research led by scientists at…read more...

Dana Fuhrman, DO, MS Awarded K23 Grant to Study Renal Fitness in CHD Young Adults
June 10, 2019

Dana Fuhrman, DO, MS was awarded a K23 grant for an innovative study of renal fitness in young adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). She will lead a group of investigators from critical care, nephrology and cardiac surgery to unravel…read more...

Rapidly Removing Fluid from Critically Ill Patients in Kidney Failure Linked to Increased Risk of Death
June 06, 2019

The faster fluid is removed using continuous dialysis from patients with failing kidneys, the higher the likelihood they will die in the next several months, according to a study published today in JAMA Network Open by University of…read more...

Christopher Schott, MD, MS, RDMS, FACEP, Recognized for Excellence in Medical Education
June 04, 2019

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine Christopher Schott, MD, MS, RDMS, FACEP, is the recipient of a 2019 Faculty Award from Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The award recognizes…read more...

Sedation, Paralysis Do Not Improve Survival of ICU Patients
May 22, 2019

Reversibly paralyzing and heavily sedating hospitalized patients with severe breathing problems do not improve outcomes in most cases, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial conducted at dozens of North American hospitals and led by clinician-scientists at…read more...

Pitt and CMU receive Department of Defense Contracts to Create Autonomous Robotic Trauma Care System
May 22, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Carnegie Mellon University each have been awarded four-year contracts totaling more than $7.2 million from the read more...

Sepsis Not ‘One-Size Fits All” CCM Study Finds
May 20, 2019

Research conducted by associate professor Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, and colleagues in the Department of Critical Care Medicine finds four distinct sepsis types. The “Sepsis ENdotyping in Emergency Care” (SENECA) Project used computer algorithms to analyze 29 clinical…read more...

Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM, Awarded Tenure
May 14, 2019
Ann Thompson, professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, was awarded tenure in the Department of Critical Care Medicine in May 2019. She is one of the most influential world figures in critical care medicine, and especially in pediatric critical…read more...
Florian Mayr, MD, MPH, Receives K23 Award from NIGMS
March 25, 2019
Florian Mayr, MD, MPH, a CRISMA Translational and Clinical Science program faculty member, has been awarded a K23 grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The project, entitled ‘A precision medicine framework to improve long-term outcomes in Sepsis…read more...
Meet CCM’s 2019-2020 Chief Fellows
March 18, 2019

The Office of Education at the Department of Critical Care Medicine is pleased announce the appointment of three Chief Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Chief Fellow is Madiha Raees, MD, who is one of 14 pediatric…read more...

Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, Received R35 Award
March 13, 2019

Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, is the first CCM faculty member to receive an Outstanding Investigator Award—known as an R35 award—from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. His R35, entitled “Organizational strategies for…read more...

Hemodynamic Monitoring Textbook Co-edited by Michael Pinsky, MD
March 13, 2019

A new textbook for intensivists, entitled Hemodynamic Monitoring, was published recently and will be available for purchase at the 39th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels, March 19-22, 2019. The book, edited by Michael Pinsky, MD,…read more...

ECMO at UPMC Hamot Saves Young Man’s Life
March 13, 2019
A streamlined and efficient collaboration among medical specialties at UPMC Hamot, including the fledgling ECMO program, saved a 36 year-old Erie, Pennsylvania man’s life.  A massive heart attack was the last thing he was thinking about on Valentine’s Day 2019.…read more...
CCM Co-Develops Curriculum for Kazakhstan Students
March 11, 2019
Lori Shutter, MD, was part of a six-person, international medical education team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) to visit and collaborate with colleagues at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine (NUSOM) in Astana, Kazakhstan. During the…read more...
8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day 2019
March 05, 2019

 

The 8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, a signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, will be held on the afternoon of April 16, 2019 at the University Club. The event is an opportunity for junior…read more...

Derek Angus, MD, MPH, Received 2019 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
February 18, 2019
In recognition of his outstanding record of research and academic activity, Derek Angus, MD, MPH, earned a 2019 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh on February 15, 2019. Dr. Angus was one of only three University researchers…read more...
Former Fellow, Jessica Wallisch, MD, Acknowledges Career-Defining Mentorship
February 14, 2019

Jessica Wallisch, MD, a former T32 post-doctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, acknowledged her Pittsburgh-based research training and mentoring in an “ECI Biocommentary” in the journal Pediatric Research, published on January 19, 2019. Two pivotal mentors…read more...

Cameron Dezfulian, MD, Awarded a Grant from PPDC for Pediatric Development of Threadrite IV
February 11, 2019

Threadrite IV moved a step closer to reality in kids when Cameron Dezfulian, MD, was awarded a $50,000 grant for pediatric development of the product from the Philadelphia Pediatric Device Consortium…read more...

2019 Alumni Reunion at SCCM Congress
January 23, 2019

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) announced the venue for the 2019 Alumni Reunion to be held during the 48th Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. All current and former fellows are invited to join Lori…read more...

CIRC Leaders Learn About InS:PIRE, a Program to Help Survivors of Critical Illness
December 19, 2018
Brad Butcher, MD, and Tammy Eaton, MSN, RN, the founders of the newly established Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC) at UPMC Mercy, participated in the annual InS:PIRE conference hosted by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland in late November…read more...
Sachin Yende, MD, Appointed Interim Deputy Chief of Staff at VAPHS
December 12, 2018
Sachin Yende, MD, assumes a new leadership role as the Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System (VAPHS). He will continue to serve as Vice President of Critical Care, a position he has held at…read more...
Champion of Women’s Issues Honored with National GWIMS Leadership Award
December 03, 2018
A leading figure in the field of pediatric critical care medicine, Ann E. Thompson, MD, received the 2018 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Award for an individual. The award recognizes Dr. Thompson’s commitment to developing women…read more...
Two Critical Care Medicine Faculty Cited as Top 1% of Researchers Worldwide
November 29, 2018

Derek Angus, MD, MPH, and John Kellum, MD, are identified as researchers making an impact in solving the world’s biggest challenges by Clarivate Analytics in the annual 2018 Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list. Due to their extensive critical…read more...

Tim Girard, MD, MSCI Awarded U01 Grant from NHLBI
November 08, 2018
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded Tim Girard, MD, MSCI, a U01 grant to conduct a series of multicenter, hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials. He aims to identify the optimal strategy for promoting the use of post-extubation, noninvasive ventilation among…read more...
Alicia Au, MD, MS, Promoted to Associate Medical Director
September 24, 2018

Alicia Au, MD, MS, has been promoted to associate medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Au is an excellent clinician who is deeply committed to improving outcomes in critically…read more...

Endowment for Anoxic Brain Injury Gifted to Safar Center
August 31, 2018

The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research was recently gifted an endowment made in memory of Mr. Lloyd Reback. This special endowment of over $300,000 will support new research initiatives on the topic of anoxic brain injury undertaken by Safar Center…read more...

Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, Provides Expert Commentary for Sepsis Alliance Educational Video
August 22, 2018

September is National Sepsis Awareness Month, which also includes World Sepsis Day on the 13th. The Sepsis Alliance launched a first responder training video on August 11, 2018 to teach EMS personnel how to properly and quickly identify sepsis cases.…read more...

Lori Shutter, MD, is Co-PI for BOOST-3, a $32 Million Multicenter, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Trial
August 22, 2018

Under the guidance of co-principal investigator, Lori Shutter, MD, the University of Pittsburgh is a coordinating center for the $32 million Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe TBI, Phase 3 (BOOST-3) clinical trial, which aims to improve outcomes for severe traumatic…read more...

New Leadership Appointments in Pediatric Critical Care
August 06, 2018

Due to the growth and success of the pediatric critical care program, a number of leadership appointments have been made to ensure a strong leadership team directing and planning for the Division’s future. Robert Clark, MD, has been appointed to Vice…read more...

8th Annual AKI Symposium Features Kidney Health Experts and Patient Advocate
August 02, 2018

Fostering Across-Campus Research Collaboration on Acute Kidney Injury and Promoting Patient Advocacy and Kidney Health Education

VENUE: University of Pittsburgh, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower; Conference Room S120, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15261

The 1-½ day AKI Symposium on October…read more...

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, Awarded K08 Grant to Evaluate SEP-1 Program
August 01, 2018

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, a CRISMA associate faculty member and former CRISMA postdoctoral scholar, has been awarded a K08 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, entitled ‘Evaluating National…read more...

Giving Plasma to Trauma Patients with Severe Bleeding During Air Transport Saves Lives
July 31, 2018

Two units of plasma given in a medical helicopter on the way to the hospital could increase the odds of survival by 10 percent for traumatically injured patients with severe bleeding, according to the results of a national clinical…read more...

Dr. Alicia Au Receives NIH Career Development Award
July 27, 2018

Assistant Professor Alicia Au, MD, has been awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (known as a K23 award) from the National Institutes for Health for her pediatric neurological morbidity research. Entitled “Mixed Graphical Models for the Prediction…read more...

ACCESS MAPS Project Awarded Pitt SEED Project Funding
July 23, 2018

Surprisingly, there is very little data about how and where healthcare is delivered, especially in middle- and low-income counties. Primary investigator David Wallace, MD, hopes to change this with a Pitt SEED Project award from the University of Pittsburgh to…read more...

Pediatric Sepsis Care Within an Hour Decreases Chance of Death, Largest Ever Analysis Finds
July 23, 2018

PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2018 - More than one in 10 children hospitalized with sepsis die, but when a series of clinical treatments and tests is completed within an hour of its detection, the chances of survival increase considerably, according to…read more...

Critical Illness Recovery Center Opens at UPMC Mercy
July 02, 2018

When patients are discharged from the ICU, their life-threatening illness may have been treated, but a large number of patients still suffer from significant impairments in their ability to function in activities of daily living. The Critical Illness Recover Center…read more...

Jeremy Kahn, MD, Appointed Chair NIH Study Section
July 02, 2018

Jeremy Kahn, MD, has been appointed as incoming Chair of the NIH Health Services, Organization, and Delivery (HSOD) scientific review group. Dr. Kahn succeeded Justin B. Dimick, MD, from the University of Michigan Health System at the June 26 meeting…read more...

Chair of Critical Care Medicine Calls for a Bold Approach to Fight Sepsis
June 14, 2018

In a 'First Opinion' op-ed for STAT News, internationally recognized sepsis expert Derek Angus, MD, MPH, calls for a bold approach to fight and combat sepsis. Noting that the sepsis infection kills as many Americans each year as…read more...

Three Critical Care Physicians Selected for Mini-MBA Program
June 11, 2018

Uniting the Practice of Medicine with the Business of Health Care

Three physicians from the Department of Critical Care Medicine have been selected to participate in the highly competitive 2018 Marshall Webster Physician Leadership Program. Assistant professors Chenell Donadee, MD, Matthew…read more...

Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS, Awarded Grant to Study a Test for AKI in Pregnant Women
June 11, 2018

Acute kidney injury (AKI), also known as a "kidney attack," is a serious problem during pregnancy yet there is no test to diagnose AKI early in pregnancy. Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS, has been awarded a grant from the Volunteer Service…read more...

PARTNER Family Support Program Launched in Transplant ICU
June 08, 2018

The ICU Service Center launched the PARTNER family support program in the first of 32 intensive care units—the Transplant ICU— within the UPMC system on June 11, 2018. The PARTNER program is designed to improve the support provided to families…read more...

Travis Jackson, PhD, Awarded R01 NIH Grant to Study TBI
June 08, 2018

Research Assistant Professor Travis C. Jackson, PhD, was awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Jackson and his colleagues will investigate the therapeutic potential of a new neuroprotective approach that is aimed…read more...

Team Approach to Support Families Improves ICU Patient-Centered Care and Lowers Costs
May 23, 2018

SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2018 - Families of critically ill hospital patients report higher satisfaction with clinician communication and a better perception of patient-centered care when the care team uses a low-cost strategy involving intensive emotional support and frequent meetings,…read more...

Use of Opioids During Most of Hospital Stay and Insufficient Opioid Weaning Before Discharge May Increase Odds of Outpatient Opioid Prescription
May 23, 2018

ATS 2018, San Diego, CA - Patients who receive an opioid for most of their hospital stay and patients who are still taking an opioid within 12 hours of being discharged from the hospital appear more likely to fill a…read more...

New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Accompanies PARTNER Study Results Paper
May 23, 2018

Nurse-Led Communication in the Intensive Care Unit

An editorial about the merit of the ICU nurse-led communication program adds a strong human dimension to the results of the PARTNER study by Douglas White, MD, MAS. The study…read more...

Infection Blood Test of Limited Value in Reducing Antibiotic Use
May 23, 2018

SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2018 - Overall antibiotic use was not curbed by giving physicians the results of biomarker tests in patients with suspected lower respiratory tract infections, according to findings from the Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProACT).…read more...

16th Annual Safar Symposium Tackles Opioid Epidemic
May 11, 2018

The theme for the 16th Annual Safar Symposium is "The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for Resuscitation Medicine." The symposium will be led by this year's Peter & Eva Safar Lecturer, Lewis S. Nelson, MD, whose talk will be "The Newest Opium…read more...

Research on Genetic Components of Traumatic Brain Injury for Precision Medicine
May 10, 2018

Ruchira Jha, MD, and colleagues are exploring a potential role of precision medicine in the understanding of cerebral edema in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specifically, they are looking at the role of the sulfonylurea receptor 1 (Sur1) pathway related to…read more...

First Annual CRISM-DBMI Research Conference
May 07, 2018

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) is pleased to announced the first annual CRISMA-DBMI Research Conference featuring nine speakers from the CRISMA Center in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Informatics. The 90-minute conference…read more...

Derek Angus, MD, Talks "Precision Medicine in the ICU" for Breathe Easy Podcast
May 02, 2018

Derek Angus, MD, talked with NIH Critical Care Fellow Dominique Pepper, MD, for the Breathe Easy podcast hosted by the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Their discussion on "Critical Perspective: Precision Medicine in the ICU" touches on an array of challenges…read more...

Fourteen Critical Care Physicians Named Best Doctors in America for 2017
May 02, 2018

Congratulations to the 14 physicians from the Department of Critical Care Medicine who have been selected for the Best Doctors in America list for 2017. They are named in Pittsburgh Magazine's list of "Pittsburgh's Best Doctors in 2017."

Critical…read more...

In Memoriam: Chester B. Hollinger, MD
March 28, 2018

October 29, 1959 - March 4, 2018

It is with sadness that the Department of Critical Care Medicine announce the unexpected passing of critical care medicine physician Chester B. "Skip" Hollinger, MD, on March 4, 2018.  

Dr. Hollinger was a graduate…read more...

Christopher Seymour, MD, MSc, Appointed to the International Sepsis Forum Council; Joins Department Chair Derek Angus
March 27, 2018

Associate Professor Christopher Seymour, MD, MSc, was appointed a council member of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF) on March 1, 2018. ISF is an international collaboration formed to reduce the global burden of morbidity and mortality from sepsis.…read more...

Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc, Promoted to Associate Professor
March 15, 2018

Critical care intensivist and sepsis investigator Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc, is promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. A faculty member in the Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments since 2011, Dr. Seymour's promotion recognizes his…read more...

Pitt Researcher Leads Multinational Survey of Fluid Removal Practices
March 14, 2018

Associate professor Raghavan Murugan, MD, is conducting a multinational survey to understand fluid removal prescription and practices during renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients with fluid overload. The 25-question, anonymous survey has already been rolled out in…read more...

T32 Post-Doctoral Scholar Jessica Wallisch, MD, Wins CSSM In-Training Award
March 01, 2018

Jessica Wallisch, MD, a T32 post-doctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, was honored with the In-Training Award at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 47th Annual Congress, held in San Antonio, Tex., February 23-28, 2018.

Dr. Wallisch studies…read more...

Deepika Mohan, MD, MPH, Promoted to Associate Professor
March 01, 2018

Intensivist, trauma surgeon and decision scientist Deepika Mohan, MD, MPH, is promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. A faculty member in the Department of Critical Care Medicine since 2008, her promotion recognizes her innovative research program and…read more...

Matthew Rosengart, MD, MPH, to be Inducted into The American Society for Clinical Investigation
February 26, 2018

Professor Matthew Rosengart, MD, MPH, is to be officially inducted as a member of The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) during the Society's annual dinner in Chicago on April 20, 2018. Dr. Rosengart is one of 78 physician-scientists recognized…read more...

Marie Baldiserri, MD, MPH, Promoted to Professor
February 21, 2018

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…read more...

Hülya Bayır, MD, Honored with 2018 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
February 15, 2018

In recognition of Professor Hülya Bayır, MD's, national and international prominence as an outstanding scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, she is the recipient of a 2018 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award. Her award is in the Senior Scholar category, which…read more...

ICU Rounding Checklists Need Improvement, Study Finds
January 29, 2018

A Study at UPMC Health System Confirms It's Time to Apply User-Centered Design to Checklists

"Checklists are still important, but not a 'one and done'," says Jeremy Kahn, MD, who presented a qualitative study of the perceptions of rounding checklists in…read more...

Think Sepsis, Save Lives Event to Feature CCM Experts
January 19, 2018

Keynote address by Ciaran Staunton, founder of The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention. CCM Speakers include Derek Angus, MD, MPH, Joseph Carcillo, MD, and Christopher Seymour, MD, MSc.

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Night Shift Video Game Featured on NPR
January 19, 2018

A New Video Game Developed by CCM’s Deepika Mohan, MD, Could Help Doctors Save More Lives. Pittsburgh’s NPR station, WESA, aired a 4-minute news story on January 19, 2018 by journalist Sarah Boden about a new video game…read more...

Pediatric Intensivist Melinda Hamilton to Co-Chair Professional Development Subcommittee
January 11, 2018
Associate Professor Melinda (Mindy) Hamilton, MD, MSc, was appointed Co-Chair of the Professional Development subcommittee of the UPMC Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. Her appointment was announced at the Graduate Medical Education Committee meeting on January 10, 2018. The focus…read more...
Call for Abstracts: 2018 Fink Scholar Day
January 10, 2018
7th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day April 24, 2018 The Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day was established as a celebration of our Department’s trainees. All students, residents, clinical fellows, research fellows, and other trainees from the Department of Critical Care…read more...
Pitt a National Leader for Critical Care Organizations
January 04, 2018
New Research Paper Critical Care Organizations: Building and Integrating Academic Programs, A new model for delivering critical care services is gaining momentum within academic centers across North America as institutions respond to health care market demands for greater efficiency, lower…read more...
7th Annual AKI Symposium Included Patient Advocate Experience
October 23, 2017
The 7th Annual AKI Symposium, held October 19, 2017, drew a diverse and engaged group of acute kidney injury (AKI) physician-scientists and junior investigators. The symposium featured two keynote speakers—Andrew Shaw, MBBS, and Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD—and, for the…read more...

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