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Douglas White Elected a Hasting Center Fellow
December 02, 2021

Professor Douglas White, MD, MAS, has been elected a Hastings Center fellow in the class of 2021. The 24 new fellows join a distinguished group of more than 200 Hastings Center fellows. Their work informs scholarship and public understanding…read more...

Ericka Fink, MD, MS Receives Collaboration Award by NICHD
November 23, 2021

Ericka Fink, MD, MS and colleagues on the COVID-19 Common Data Elements Working Groups were selected to receive a Collaboration Award by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at a virtual celebration on November…read more...

A Legacy: Ake N. Grenvik, MD, PhD, MCCM
November 15, 2021

July 10, 1929 – September 5, 2021

Critical care medicine was in its infancy in 1968 when Ake Grenvik moved with his wife and four children from Sweden to Pittsburgh for a one-year fellowship in critical care medicine.

Perhaps Ake was in…

Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS Awarded Two R01 Grants from NIDDK for Team Science Projects
October 26, 2021

Professor Raghavan Murugan, MD, MS, with support from a team of investigators at the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and CRISMA, has been awarded two R01 grants, valued at more than $3.3 million, from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive…read more...

Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI Receives Grant to Study Interprofessional Education for Implementation of Evidence-based Practice
October 26, 2021

Associate professor Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI received a U01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute entitled “The Maximizing Extubation outcomes Through Educational and Organizational Research (METEOR) Trial.” The METEOR trial will examine innovative interprofessional education strategies designed…read more...

Three CCM Faculty Appointed to Academy of Master Educators
October 19, 2021

The Department of Critical Care Medicine announces the appointment of three faculty members who have been appointed to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Academy of Master Educators, which recognizes and rewards excellence in medical education. Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS;…read more...

Three Advanced Practice Providers Promoted
October 13, 2021

The Department of Critical Care Medicine announces the promotion of three advanced practice providers, effective August 15, 2021. Their new leadership roles coincide with the department’s adoption of an enhanced APP staffing model, which sees the growth of APP clinical…read more...

CCM investigators: monoclonal antibody trial results
September 09, 2021

UPMC and Pitt Provide First Results of Largest Comparative Randomized Trial of Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

PITTSBURGH (9/8/2021) – Monoclonal antibodies—an outpatient treatment that must be given soon after COVID-19 diagnosis—significantly decrease hospitalization and death from the disease. Real-world data from…read more...

Ake Grenvik, MD, PhD, MCCM | 1929-2021
September 07, 2021

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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements in Pittsburgh

The Grenvik family will receive friends on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10 am until noon at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. A graveside…read more...

Raj Ramanan, MD appointed ECMO medical director
August 30, 2021

Assistant professor Raj Ramanan, MD has been appointed the ECMO medical director for UPMC Presbyterian. In this role, Dr. Ramanan is responsible for the management and oversight of the ECMO program including assisting to set policy, monitor quality, credential providers,…read more...

Academic Promotions for Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS and Brad Butcher, MD
August 20, 2021

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is pleased to announce the promotions of Dr. Melinda “Mindy” Hamilton to professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, effective March 1, 2021, and the promotion of Dr. Brad Butcher to associate professor of…read more...

PCCM Team Receives NIH Grant to Develop Bio-digital Diagnostics
August 05, 2021

A team of pediatric critical care investigators, in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Informatics, has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million R01 grant entitled “Bio-digital Rapid Alert to Identify Neuromorbidity (BRAIN)” from the National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Stroke (NINDS). The grant…read more...

Critical Care in the Air
July 28, 2021

Emily Brant’s interest in prehospital medicine was sparked in the skies over Pittsburgh when she was a flight physician for STAT MedEvac during her Emergency Medicine residency. That interest matured during her T32 research fellowship and has led to a…read more...

Challenges in Discussing Life-Sustaining Treatment During COVID-19 Pandemic
July 08, 2021

Pediatric critical care fellow Michael Certo, MD, MM, has written about the challenges faced by intensivists when communicating remotely—due to pandemic-imposed restrictions—with family members and care givers of critically ill patients. He focused on the inherent subjectivity of certain terms…read more...

REMAP-CAP: COVID Expands Global Clinical Trial Network
July 07, 2021

The global REMAP-CAP: COVID clinical trial continues to expand internationally with CCM alumni increasingly part of the REMAP community. As of June 2021, there were 312 REMAP:CAP global clinical trial sites and 22 in the United States.

“Medical society members around…

EMR Alert Gives Reliable AKI Detection, Leads to Multicenter Clinical Study Grant
June 29, 2021

Investigators at the Center for Critical Care Nephrology have shown that an improved specificity for an electronic alert for acute kidney injury (AKI)—generated by the clinical decision support system (CDSS) imbedded in electronic health records of UPMC hospitals in western…read more...

Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS, Elected Medical Staff President
June 23, 2021

Associate professor Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS, was elected medical staff president of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for a two-year term beginning in 2023. Dr. Hamilton will serve the next two years as president-elect prior to taking office. 

“I am honored…

Additional Equity Interventions in Revised Pandemic Policy to Allocate Scarce Critical Care Resources
June 14, 2021

The model hospital policy for allocating scarce critical care resources during the pandemic (originally distributed in March 2020) has been updated to include several modifications that strengthen the equity focus of the policy. Authored by Douglas White, MD, MAS and…read more...

Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS Selected for ELAM Leadership Program
June 02, 2021

Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS has been selected as a fellow in the class of 2022 in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program. ELAM is tailored specifically to expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for…read more...

COVID-19 Medications: Weighted “Lottery” to Increase Access
May 24, 2021

Weighted “Lottery” Provides Greater Access to Scarce COVID-19 Medications for Those Most Impacted

A weighted “lottery” designed to increase access to the antiviral drug remdesivir during the May-July 2020 COVID-19 surge for those most affected by the coronavirus, including members…read more...

18th Annual Safar Symposium Breaks Gender/Other Records
May 21, 2021

The 18th Annual Safar Symposium held May 19-20, 2021, broke gender, participation, and geographic records in addition to being the first virtual event. For the first time, the awards for best abstracts were won by seven women junior investigators in…read more...

Research Fellow Alumnus Leads COVID-19 Care in Wuhan
April 28, 2021

Zhiyong Peng, MD and Colleagues Win Golden Team Award

There are few physicians in the world with more COVID-19 experience than Zhiyong Peng, MD. He is head of Critical Care Medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China and…read more...

Call for Abstracts: 18th Annual Safar Symposium
March 23, 2021

The 18th Annual Safar Symposium—a two-day event that includes the Multi-Departmental Trainees’ Research Day and the WISER Simulation Lecture Session—will be held on May 19-20, 2021 as a virtual event. The theme for the event is “Future Visions for Neuroprotection,…read more...

REMAP-CAP: COVID Trial Seeks New Partners
March 16, 2021

The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC collaboration seeks partners from medical institutions across the US to join the global REMAP-CAP: COVID clinical trial that is testing the efficacy of COVID-19 treatment. REMAP-CAP is a platform trial for suspected or confirmed…read more...

Catching Up with Ake Grenvik, MD
March 11, 2021

Ake Grenvik, MD, DJ, MCCM, left his native Sweden for Pittsburgh when intensive care medicine was in its infancy. It was a moment in time when three forward thinkers—Peter Safar, William Shoemaker and Max Harry Weil—had a vision for a…read more...

SCCM Turns 50
February 24, 2021

In a fitting tribute to its founding ties to the University of Pittsburgh, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) selected Lillian Liang Emlet, MD, MS to co-chair the 50th Anniversary Congress. She was one of three co-chairs to plan…read more...

Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS Appointed Vice Chair for Research
February 19, 2021

Professor Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS was appointed Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Critical Care Medicine, effective February 1, 2021. He succeeds John Kellum, MD, who held the role for the past 12 years.

“Jeremy has done a fantastic…

Hülya Bayır, MD Awarded Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
February 15, 2021

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) awarded a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (R37) to Hülya Bayır, MD for her R01 renewal entitled, “Oxidative Lipidomics in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury.” The award was announced on February 8, 2021.

“The Javits Award…

Call for Abstracts: 10th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day 2021
February 11, 2021

The 10th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day—a signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine—will be held on April 21, 2021 as a virtual event. Fink Scholar Day is an opportunity for junior faculty and fellows to…read more...

Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI, Appointed Director of CRISMA
February 04, 2021

Associate Professor Timothy Girard, MD, MSCI, is appointed the Director of the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center, succeeding Derek Angus, MD, MPH, who founded the center in 2001 and stepped down to lead…read more...

McGrevin Post-Doctoral Award Funds Three Critical Care Fellows
February 02, 2021

For the first time, three Critical Care Medicine fellows will share the McGrevin Post-Doctoral Award. The 2021 recipients are Stephanie LaCount, MD, Michael Certo, MD, and Mark Andreae, MD, who are all fellows in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.…read more...

John Kellum, MD to Become CMO of Spectral Medical
February 02, 2021

Professor and Vice Chair for Research John Kellum, MD announced he is taking a two-year leave of absence to join Spectral Medical, a biotech company, as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kellum will retain his faculty appointment at the University of…read more...

CCM Faculty Renounce All-Male Scientific Panels
January 20, 2021

As part of an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, more than 30 faculty members of the Department of Critical Care Medicine renounced the lack of female representation on scientific panels by signing a pledge to not serve on all-male…read more...

Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH & 3 Mentees Feature in AJTMH COVID-19 Management Supplement for Resource-Limited Settings
January 15, 2021

The international COVID–LMIC Task Force published a collection of 10 journal articles on January 12, 2021 that offer guidance on severe COVID-19 management in resource-limited settings of low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH is a member of…read more...

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