Michael Pinsky, MD, Receives 2020 ATS Assembly on CC Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

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 research and teaching of the science and practice of critical care medicine. He will receive his award during the Critical Care Assembly virtual membership meeting to be held August 5-10, 2020.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is a wonderful and fitting way for Michael’s peers to recognize the impact of his 40-year career devoted to academic critical care medicine,” said Douglas White, MD, MAS, who is vice chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Pinsky’s research focuses on the effects of ventilation on cardiovascular function, functional hemodynamic monitoring as a precision diagnostic tool for cardiorespiratory insufficiency, left ventricular pump function and dysfunction in the setting of regional wall motion abnormalities and, more recently, machine learning to glean knowledge from data in defining health and disease. He is also recognized internationally as the co-editor of Hemodynamic Monitoring, the definitive textbook on major principles in managing critical care patients.

He holds many roles across the Pitt campus, including director of the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory, senior advisor for the Center for Military Medicine Research, a faculty member of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology, and an investigator in the McGowan Institute for Tissue Regeneration. Among his many honors, Dr. Pinsky is a fellow of the American Physiological Society, Docteur honoris causa from the University of Paris V (2002), a Master of the College of Critical Care Medicine (2011), and he received the SMART Award for Distinguished Achievement in Critical Care (2014).