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Excellence in Mentoring Award to Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH
December 18, 2019

Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH, was honored with the Allen Humphrey Excellence in Mentoring Award for her mentorship of a medical student participating in the Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship Program (DSRP) in 2019. Dr. Rudd mentored Gabriela Galli, a second-year Pitt…read more...

John Kellum, MD, Delivers Provost’s Endowed Lecture
December 10, 2019

John Kellum, MD, delivered a lively talk on December 9, 2019, entitled “The Inconvenient Truth About Acute Kidney Injury” for the Provost’s Inaugural Lecture to mark his appointment to the Endowed Chair in Critical Care Medicine Research. During the talk…read more...

Alexis Steinberg, MD, Awarded ReSS Young Investigator Award, First Place at AHA ‘Shark Tank’
December 04, 2019

Alexis Steinberg, MD, received a Young Investigator Award for the top-scoring abstract by a trainee at the 2019 Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) in Philadelphia on November 16-17. The Young Investigator Awards recognize the top scoring abstracts submitted by early career…read more...

Flu Vaccination Important even if Vaccine Matching is Poor
November 25, 2019

Previously vaccinated adult patients who were hospitalized with influenza A had reduced morbidity and mortality compared to non-vaccinated patients despite the poor vaccine matching recognized for the 2014-2015 flu season, according to a study by physician-scientists at the University of…read more...

An ICU Wedding on Short Notice
November 12, 2019

It was not the wedding they would have planned but “It worked out perfect,” said the bride, Amy Harvey Shilling, of Erie.

Her now husband, Matt Shilling sought medical care at UPMC Hamot after antibiotics for bronchitis did not resolve his…read more...

Penny Sappington, MD, Promoted to Associate Professor
November 05, 2019

Penny Sappington, MD, has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective August 1, 2019. She is the medical director of the ECMO Division for Procirca Perfusion Services and for the Procirca ECMO Simulation Committee, in addition she is the program director…read more...

INCLINE Grant for Neurocritical Care Research Awarded to Sherry Chou, MD, MMSc
October 18, 2019

Sherry Chou, MD, MMSc, was been selected to receive the Neurocritical Care Society’s 2019 Investing in Clinical Neurocritical Care Research (INCLINE) Grant, announced at the Society's annual meeting in Vancouver on October 15. She will use the $100,000 grant for…read more...

David T. Huang, MD, MPH Promoted to Professor
October 15, 2019

David T. Huang, MD, MPH, has been promoted to Professor of Critical Care Medicine, effective September 1, 2019. He is the associate medical director of the Transplant Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore and the director of the Multidisciplinary Acute…read more...

Dennis Phillips, DO, Appointed Co-Chair of GME LEAPS committee
October 08, 2019

Dennis Phillips, DO, has been appointed to the position of co-chair of the Leadership in Education And Patient Safety (LEAPS) committee, a sub-committee of the Graduate Medical Education committee. The LEAPS committee oversees the experience and safety of residents and…read more...

Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, Awarded Distinguished Professor Honor
October 04, 2019

Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM, was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, effective October 1, 2019. The Distinguished Professor title is the highest honor that the University of Pittsburgh accords a member of the professorate. Dr. Kochanek…read more...

9th Annual AKI Symposium Features Kidney Health Experts and Researchers
October 01, 2019

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

The one-day AKI Symposium on October 31, 2019 will feature scientific experts presenting the latest acute kidney injury research, abstract presentations by five junior investigators, and two…read more...

UPMC Joins Clinical Trial to Test Abdominal Foam in Traumas
September 12, 2019

Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC will join a multi-center trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an experimental treatment for trauma-related abdominal bleeding. 

The two-year study — REVIVE: Reducing Exsanguination Via In-Vivo Expandable Foam — will…read more...

Life or Death: Hospital Readiness for Pediatric Emergencies
August 23, 2019

Critically ill children brought to hospital emergency departments that are ill-prepared to care for pediatric emergencies have more than three times the odds of dying compared to those brought to hospitals well-equipped to care for them, according to an analysis…read more...

Inflammation Persists in Sepsis Survivors
August 09, 2019

One out of four sepsis patients who survive their hospital stay have elevated levels of inflammation a year after discharge, and they are at higher risk for major health problems and death, according to a study led by physician-scientists at…read more...

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...

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