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NEWSLETTER

September 4, 2018

 

Upcoming Events

Sep. 5   Grand Rounds, Doug White, MD, MAS, University of Pittsburgh
Sep. 19   Grand Rounds, Ramona Hopkins, PhD, Brigham Young University
Oct. 3   Grand Rounds, Shannon Carson, MD, University of North Carolina
Oct. 10   Grand Rounds, Samuel Brown, MD, University of Utah
Oct. 11-12   8th Annual AKI Symposium
Nov. 7   Grand Rounds, Neal Thomas, MD, MSc, Penn State University
Nov. 28   Grand Rounds, Rana Awdish, MD, Wayne State University
Dec. 5   Grand Rounds, Shelly Dev, MD, University of Toronto
Dec. 12   Grand Rounds, Sapna Kudchadkara, MD, Johns Hopkins University
 

Future Happenings

Apr. 16, 2019   8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day
 

New Leadership at Pediatric CCM

Clark
Clark
The tremendous growth and success of the Pediatric Critical Care program has led to the need for a new leadership structure to guide the division into the future. Effective in July, the new leadership team is Bob Clark, MD, as Vice Chair for Pediatric Critical Care, Hülya Bayιr, MD, as Academic Chief, and Rajesh Aneja, MD, as Clinical Chief. The team was bolstered on August 1 by Justin Yeh, MD, who moved from San Diego to become new Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine and the Co-director of the Heart Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Bayir
Bayιr
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Aneja
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Yeh
 

Partnering Across the System

Donadee
Donadee
Chenell Donadee, MD, and Aimee Skrtich, ICU Clinical Program Director of the ICU Service Center, are spearheading the roll out the PARTNER Family Support Program across all 32 ICUs in the UPMC system. The Transplant ICU was the first unit to go live on June 11, followed at two- to three-week intervals by the Presby MICU, SICU, CICU and Shadyside SICU and MSICU. The PARTNER program trains nurses to provide family members with emotional and decision support when navigating the complex and difficult medical situations and options faced by their loved ones. The PARTNER program builds off NIH-funded research by Doug White, MD, recently published in the NEJM. Skrtich
Skrtich
 

ButcherCritical Recovery

The Critical Illness Recover Center at UPMC Mercy opened its door on June 14 becoming the first such center within the UPMC system to provide dedicated care to patients who have had an extended ICU stay. Brad Butcher, MD, and Tammy Eaton, MSN, RN, co-founded the center to ensure patients discharged from the ICU receive the long-term medical support they need. The Center is funded by a Beckwith Institute grant and a Society of Critical Care Medicine THRIVE Initiative grant.
 

3 Questions for Tina Day, Lead Advance Practice Provider

What excites you about heading the Advance Practice Providers?
DayEvery day, or should I say night, I'm excited to work with a dynamic team of 20 nurse practitioners and five physician assistants. Our APPs are highly skilled and manage the nighttime care of our critically ill patients. They provide 24/7 coverage for the Surgical ICU and Magee ICU, and 4-7 nights coverage per week for the Neurotrauma, Neurovascular, Transplant, and Surgical Trauma ICUs.

What is involved in the APP residency?
We offer the UPMC Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider Residency to train new PA and nurse practitioner graduates in the art of critical care medicine. It's a 12-month, post graduate program where APP residents train alongside CCM's fellows. The APP program is based at UPMC Presbyterian and is one of only a few of its kind in the country. It's tremendously successful.

What do you do in your spare time when you're not working nights?
When I'm not in the ICU you might find me as a clinical/lab instructor for acute care nurse practitioner students. Or else I love being outdoors running, camping, hiking and traveling.

Tina Day, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CRNP, CCRN, has served as Lead Advance Practice Provider since 2011. You can find Tina in the Surgical Trauma ICU.

 

Sepsis, Sepsis, Sepsis

September…what a month to learn more about sepsis! September is Sepsis Awareness Month and September 13 is World Sepsis Day. Plus, on September 5-6 the Global Sepsis Alliance is hosting the 2nd World Sepsis Congress. It's a free, online congress with more than 100 speakers and moderators from 30 countries that includes Derek Angus, MD, Jeremy Kahn, MD, David Huang, MD, and Chris Seymour, MD. Sign up for the World Sepsis Congress, or find out more about Sepsis Awareness Month and World Sepsis Day. Angus
Angus
Kahn
Kahn
Huang
Huang
Seymour
Seymour
 

Sepsis AllianceSepsis Spokesperson

Just in time for Sepsis Awareness Month, the Sepsis Alliance has released a training video—Sepsis: First Response—for first responders. The 15-minute video features expert commentary by Chris Seymour, MD.
 

SAFAR CenterNew Safar Center Endowment

An endowment to support anoxic brain injury was gifted to the Safar Center by the family of Mr. Lloyd Reback. Under the direction of Pat Kochanek, MD, investigators at the Center aim to develop new therapies for asphyxia and other forms of anoxic brain injury including those caused by the opioid epidemic.
 

Notable Publications

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Evans

Published in JAMA on July 24, a new analysis of data from New York hospitals by Idris Evans, MD, and Chris Seymour, MD, found that completion of the sepsis protocol within one hour decreased the odds of a child's death by 40 percent. The study was featured on the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well as in US News & World Report among many other news outlets, and Chris was interviewed by NPR.

Co-lead author Jason Sperry, MD, published the Prehospital Air Medical Plasma (PAMPer) study in the NEJM on July 26. Coordinated by MACRO, the clinical trial compared outcomes in trauma patients at risk of hemorrhagic shock who received blood plasma during air medical transport to those who did not. The plasma patients had higher survival after 30 days as well as lower 24-hour and in-hospital mortality. CCM co-authors included Barb Early, Louis Alarcon, MD, Matthew Neal, MD, Matt Rosengart, MD, and Raquel Forsythe, MD. US News & World Report ran a story on this study, too.

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Sperry
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Early
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Alarcon
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Neal
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Rosengart
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Forsythe
 

Hats Off to…

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Przybysz

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Fink

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Dezfulian

Assistant professors Chenell Donadee, MD, Matthew Neal, MD, and Mary Przybysz, MD, joined a cohort of 28 UPMC physicians for the 12-week Mini-MBA Program, which is a collaborative venture between the UPMC Physician Services Division and the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ruchira Jha, MD, received the highly competitive Dean's Faculty Advancement Award on June 15. The award supports investigators believed to have prospects for "an exceptional career ahead." Ruchi is mentored by Pat Kochanek, MD.

Ericka Fink, MD, presented her work on Personalizing Outcomes after Child Cardiac Arrest (POCCA) at the Pediatric Innovation Retreat on July 13. The POCCA study is expanding to 20 sites across the country.

First-year neurocritical care fellow Alexis Steinberg, MD's, QI project on venous thromboembolic rates in neurologic patients was selected for an oral presentation at the 1st Annual GME Quality and Safety Symposium on September 5.

Cameron Dezfulian, MD, and his team are one of six projects to make the final of the Pitt Innovation Challenge. They'll pitch their ThreadRite IV project to judges on September 26. The prize is $100K. Fingers crossed!

Financial Research Administrator Scott Szypulski can now add MBA after his name. In August after three years of part-time study, Scott graduated from Katz School of Business with his MBA concentrated in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management. Juggling work, school and life was worth it, says Scott, and he's happy to answer anyone's questions about Katz.

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Jha

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Steinberg

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Szypulski
 

New Funding

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Shutter

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Jackson

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Barbash

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Wallace

Lori Shutter, MD, is Co-PI of the Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe TBI Phase-3 (BOOST-3), a $32M clinical trial recently funded by the NIH. BOOST-3 is a multicenter trial that will monitor the partial pressure of oxygen in brain tissue, and apply interventions to prevent brain tissue hypoxia and improve neurologic outcome. Lori will be collaborating with investigators from the Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trails Network (SIREN) including her Co-PIs at the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded Tim Girard, MD, a U01 grant to conduct a series of studies leading to a multicenter clinical trial. He aims to determine the optimal strategy for promoting the use of post-extubation, noninvasive ventilation in high-risk patients recovering from acute respiratory failure.

Travis Jackson, PhD, was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate a new neuroprotective approach that is aimed at improving neurological outcomes following a traumatic brain injury.

Alicia Au, MD, received a K23 award from the NIH to identify pediatric ICU-related neurological vulnerability and prevent ICU-acquired neurological morbidity.

Former CRISMA fellow Ian Barbash, MD, was awarded a K08 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to evaluate the effect of Medicare's SEP-1 sepsis performance reporting program on the care processes and outcomes for patients hospitalized with sepsis.

Just last week, Flo Mayr, MD, received a VA Healthcare network VISN 4 Competitive Career Development Fund award for two years. His pilot study aims to develop a precision medicine framework to improve long-term outcomes in veteran sepsis survivors.

CRISMA investigator David Wallace, MD, received a Pitt SEED Project award to test and evaluate ACCESS MAPS by creating a map of microbiology labs around the world to show the ability of countries to respond to public health issues.

Ragi Murugan, MD, was awarded a grant from the Volunteer Service Board of the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation to study a novel urine test recently approved by the FDA for diagnosing AKI in critically ill adults.

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Girard

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Mayr

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Murugan

 

BaumanNew APP Resident

On July 1, Hollie Bauman, DNP, CRNP, joined the Department as our latest UPMC Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider resident. Hollie holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Adult Gerontology Acute Care from Creighton University and most recently was Relief Lead RN in the Cardiovascular ICU at Nebraska Medicine.
 

MunjalA First for Peds

Neil Munjal, MD, is our first pediatric neurocritical care fellow. In addition to his PCCM training, Neil will have NCC-focused clinical, educational, and administrative responsibilities during his 2nd and 3rd years of fellowship and he'll be eligible for the UCNS certification exam.
 

C3N at Play

C3N

The C3N crew headed to Lawrenceville on June 22 for a competitive evening of bowling and fun. Front L to R: Michele Elder, Xiaoyan Wen, Karen Nieri, Shengnan Li, Carlos Manrique, Ali Smith, Shashank Badavanahalli, Alicia Frank, Sadudee Peerapornratana Back L to R: Elly Bresz, Dave Emlet, Dana Fuhrman, Win Kulvichit, John Kellum, Faye Cotton, Ragi Murugan, Emily Joyce
 

BasilePromotion Congratulations to…

Kim Basile was promoted to the position of Director of Academic Administration, effective August 6.
 

Welcome Aboard…

Welcome

Pitt senior, Brittany Gunsallus, joined the Center for Critical Care Nephrology in June as a student worker to manage the Center's social media. Brittany plans to undertake an MHA or MPH dual degree after she graduates with a BA in Psychology and Communication.

July 1 saw seven newly appointed faculty members. Alicia Alcamo, MD, MPH, and Michael Wolf, MD, were appointed pediatric Clinical Instructors and T32 Postdoctoral Scholars in the Safar Center. Idris Evans, MD, MA, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Kate Kernan, MD, MFA, was appointed Assistant Professor at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; she is also undertaking a Certificate program with the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Namir Khandker, MD, was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor. Rajagopala Padmanabhan, MD, was appointed Clinical Instructor. Diwakar Turaga, MD, moved from a fellowship at UCSF to take up a position as Clinical Instructor in the pediatric division.

Samyuktha Anumolu joined the CRISMA BDMC on July 30 as an Application Developer. A graduate from the University of Missouri with an MS in Computer Science, she'll be focusing on web and database development for clinical trials.

Two Clinical Instructors were appointed on August 1. Rebecca Smith, MD, a former Safar T32 Research Scholar, and Andrew Prout, MD, MPH, who is a current T32 Research Scholar in the CRISMA Center.

Nancy Igoe joined CCM on August 13 as the Manager, Academic and Administrative Operations. She will work with Kelly Gottschalk and executive leadership on projects related to faculty affairs such as recruitment, onboarding and faculty development.

On August 20, the ICU Service Center welcomed Stacey Fertal, MSN, RN, CPN, CCRN, as its first Improvement Specialist. She'll work with Aimee Skrtich on implementation of the PARTNER program. Stacey is a Pittsburgher from the South Hills and most recently was a critical care float nurse for all three ICUs at CHP.

 

Best Wishes…And So Long

Wonshill Koh, MD, headed to Cincinnati Children's Hospital on July 1 to take up a position as an Assistant Professor at the Heart Institute.

Victoria Smith's last day at C3N was July 6 and Chris Bowman's last day in the Office of Communications was August 9.

 

Did you know?Did you know?

  • CCM finished FY 2017-18 with 932 news media stories for a potential audience of almost 60 million!
  • The APP Residency program began in 2012 and was the first postgraduate training program of any specialty for APPs in western Pennsylvania
  • Outlook lets you schedule emails to be sent at a later date. Too easy!

 
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