News Archive

2020

Luke Chelluri, MD, MPH Retires After 33 Years at UPMC and Pitt
December 17, 2020

For more than three decades, clinical professor of Critical Care Medicine Lakshmipathi “Luke” Chelluri, MD, MPH has been a beacon of calmness in the ICU and a physician dedicated to translating his clinical findings into practice. His retirement from the…read more...

ICU Triage Protocols: An Equitable Solution
December 16, 2020

Surging COVID-19 cases in recent weeks have led to intensive care units across the country nearing capacity. In turn, this has prompted governments and health systems to review their existing ICU triage protocols for allocation of scarce ventilators and critical…read more...

GCAR, Amgen, & Eisai Announce First Patient Enrolled in International COVID-19 Trial
October 28, 2020

AMGEN and Eisai to Participate in the Immune Modulation Domain of REMAP-COVID, an Adaptive Clinical Trial to Test Interventions for Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19

AMGEN’s Apremilast and Eisai’s Eritoran to be Evaluated Across Multiple International Trial Sites Within the Remap Network

On…read more...

Ericka Fink, MD, MS Awarded an INCLINE Grant from the Neurocritical Care Society
September 25, 2020

Pediatric critical care investigator Ericka Fink, MD, MS has been awarded an INCLINE grant from the Neurocritical Care Society to support the pediatrics arm of the Global Consortium Study of Neurological Dysfunction in COVID-19 (GCS NeuroCOVID).

The University of Pittsburgh is…read more...

Pitt Septic Shock Researchers Among World's Top 0.1%
September 14, 2020

Five faculty members in the Department of Critical Care Medicine have propelled the University of Pittsburgh to number three in the world, and first in the US, for institutions studying septic shock. The 2020 rankings, compiled by ExpertScape, identified…read more...

Corticosteroids Improve Survival in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients
September 01, 2020

UPMC Announces Results of International Trial

In a tremendous demonstration of global collaboration, an international team led by clinician-scientists at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have pooled data from 121 hospitals in eight countries to…read more...

Nahmah Kim-Campbell, MD, MS Awarded K23 Grant to Study Renal Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass
September 01, 2020

Assistant Professor Nahmah Kim-Campbell, MD, MS was awarded a K23 grant entitled “Mechanisms of Cell-Free Plasma Hemoglobin-Mediated Renal Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The project will investigate the…read more...

UPMC and Pitt Physician-Researchers Assume JAMA Editorial Roles
September 01, 2020

One of the world’s most prestigious academic medical journals announced today that it is strengthening its editorial team with expertise from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Derek Angus, chief health care innovation officer at…read more...

Hülya Bayır, MD Receives Grant to Mitigate Radiation Treatment Toxicity
August 26, 2020

Professor Hülya Bayır, MD received a U01 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases entitled “Radiation Mitigators Targeting Regulated Necrosis Pathways of Parthanatos Pyroptosis.” The project will explore the potential of small molecule compounds to mitigate radiation…read more...

CCM Researchers Recognized with HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award
August 18, 2020

A team of health policy researchers, led by professor Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS from the Department of Critical Care Medicine, was awarded the 2020 HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Policy Category. Their article “Association Between…read more...

Mackenzie Martin Received GME Mentor of the Year Award
July 14, 2020
Mackenzie Martin, GME academic manager in the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s Office of Education, received the 2020 Mentor the Year award given by the UPMC Graduate Medical Education program. The award recognizes Mackenzie’s dedication to supporting the learning and…read more...
Michael Pinsky, MD, Receives 2020 ATS Assembly on CC Annual Lifetime Achievement Award
July 02, 2020

Professor and vice chair Emeritus Michael Pinsky, MD, has been selected to receive the 2020 American Thoracic Society Assembly on Critical Care Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Pinsky’s career dedicated to…read more...

REMAP-CAP TO PARTNER WITH EISAI ON INNOVATIVE TRIAL TO COMBAT COVID
June 30, 2020

The Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR), in collaboration with UPMC, and Eisai Co., Ltd. announced on June 30, 2020 that Eisai Co., Ltd. will join REMAP-COVID, a substudy of REMAP-CAP (A Randomized, Embedded, Multifactorial, Adaptive Platform trial for…read more...

CCM Chair Appointed UPMC's Chief Healthcare Innovation Officer
June 22, 2020

UPMC announced, on June 22, 2020, the appointment of Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH as UPMC chief healthcare innovation officer. His appointment comes at a time when healthcare is undergoing unparalleled change. The acceleration of biomedical discovery, together with advances in technology and…read more...

Jane Guttendorf, DNP, CRNP Achieves 40-Year Employment Milestone with UPMC
June 17, 2020

Advanced Practice Provider Jane Guttendorf, DNP, CRNP celebrated 40-years employment with UPMC on June 9, 2020. She began her career at Presbyterian University Hospital in 1980 after completing her BSN. She was assigned to the hospital’s only ICU, a 16-bed…read more...

Promoted: Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS to Professor and David Wallace MD, MPH to Associate Professor
June 15, 2020

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is pleased to announce the promotion of two faculty members: Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS has been promoted to professor of Critical Care Medicine, effective March 1, 2020 and David Wallace, MD, MPH has been…read more...

Abstract Winners for 9th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day
June 01, 2020

The members of the Fink Scholar Day Committee are pleased to announce the winners of the four abstract categories for the 9th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, held as a virtual scholarship event on June 4, 2020.

Clinical Research category –…read more...

9th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day
June 01, 2020

The 9th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, a signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, will be held as a virtual event via Zoom from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing…read more...

A Model Hospital Policy for Fair Allocation of Medications to Treat COVID-19
May 18, 2020

Available now online:

To assist hospitals and health systems to implement a transparent and fair approach to allocate scarce medications to treat patients with COVID-19, we have created a model hospital policy and allocation framework. Hospitals and health systems are welcome…read more...

Dennis Simon, MD Awarded R21 Grant to Study Microbiome-mediated Neuroprotection in TBI
May 18, 2020

Assistant professor of Critical Care Medicine, Dennis Simon, MD was awarded an R21 grant entitled, “Gut Microbial Metabolite-mediated Neuroprotection in Traumatic Brain Injury” from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The multi-PI grant includes Bob Clark, MD, professor…read more...

Christopher Horvat received NICHD K23 Grant & ABPM Clinical Informatics Certification
April 20, 2020

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Christopher Horvat, MD, MHA, was awarded a K23 grant entitled, “A Learning Health System Approach to Precision Sedation and Analgesia in Critically Ill Children,” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health…read more...

Bradley Molyneaux Promoted to Co-director of NICU
April 16, 2020

Bradley Molyneaux, MD, PhD has been promoted to the position of co-director of the Neurovascular Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, effective immediately. He will share the co-director role with Marie Baldisseri, MD, MPH and work under Lori…read more...

Clark-Clermont Team Awarded NIH R21 Grant to Study Real-time Assessment of Intracranial Compliance
April 09, 2020

Professors Robert Clark, MD and Gilles Clermont, MD have been awarded a two-year, Multiple Principal Investigators Exploratory Neuroscience Research Grant (R21) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The study is entitled “Innovative Methods for Real-time Assessment of…read more...

UPMC Leads Global Effort to Fast-Track COVID-19 Therapies
April 09, 2020

UPMC Leads Global Effort to Fast-Track Testing of Hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 Therapies with ‘Learning While Doing’ Clinical Trial

A novel clinical trial developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine launched today at UPMC to address one of the…read more...

UPMC, AHN & Pittsburgh VA Healthcare Form Western PA ECMO Collaboration Team
April 07, 2020

Colleagues from UPMC, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Pittsburgh VA Healthcare have formed the Western Pennsylvania ECMO Collaboration Team to provide expertise and advice on the use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for COVID-19 patients. The collaboration was spearheaded by…read more...

A Model Hospital Policy for Allocating Scarce Critical Care Resources: Available Online now
March 24, 2020

Available now online:

A Model Hospital Policy for Allocating Scarce Critical Care Resources

To assist hospitals and health systems to implement a fair and transparent approach to allocating scarce critical care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a…read more...

Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI, to be Inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation
March 03, 2020

Associate Professor Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI is to be officially inducted as a member of The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) during the Society's annual dinner and new member induction ceremony in Chicago on April 3, 2020. Dr. Girard…read more...

Five Former Fellows Attain Neurocritical Care Certification
February 19, 2020

In a first for the UPMC Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP), five former fellows have passed the Neurocritical Care certification examination. Namir Khandker, MD trained in the two-year Adult Neurologic Critical Care Program while Vikram Balakumar, MD, Ruth Musselman,…read more...

UPMC receives $3.7 million PCORI award to improve care for patients with sepsis and pneumonia
February 18, 2020

Novel adaptive design aims to optimize at-home interventions to reduce complications and readmission risk for sepsis and pneumonia survivors

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, a nonprofit research organization housed within UPMC Insurance Services, announced Feb. 19, 2020 it has…read more...

Bob Clark, MD & Hülya Bayır, MD receive Grant to Find Druggable Mitochondrial Targets after Pediatric Brain Injury
January 31, 2020

Principal investigators Bob Clark, MD and Hülya Bayır, MD have received funding for a five-year, $2.9 million, R01 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke entitled “Druggable Mitochondrial Targets for Treatment of Cerebral Ischemia.” Their goal is…read more...

Kate Kernan, MD, MFA, Selected as a Scholar in the PCCTSD Program
January 17, 2020

Assistant professor Kate Kernan, MD, MFA, is one of three physician-scientists from across the United States selected as a 2020 Scholar in the prestigious Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP). The program is funded by the Eunice…read more...

Sepsis Associated with 1 in 5 Deaths Globally, Double Previous Estimate
January 16, 2020

Twice as many people as previously believed are dying of sepsis worldwide, according to an analysis published today in The Lancet and announced at the Critical Care Reviews annual meeting in Belfast. Among them are a disproportionately…read more...

UPMC Study Supports Value of Certified Nurses
January 09, 2020

Research published in American Journal of Critical Care finds CCRN certification a differentiating factor in nurses’ knowledge of and perceived value in evidence-based practice

Nurses with specialty certification may play an integral part in speeding translation of the latest research into…read more...

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