McGrevin Post-Doctoral Award Funds Three Critical Care Fellows

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. The award was established by Carol McGrevin, PhD and her husband Gene McGrevin, MBA—both alumni of the University of Pittsburgh—to foster extended learning for post-doctoral intensivist fellows.

“I’m fortunate to have learned about Peter Safar—the father of cardiopulmonary resuscitation—when I studied at Pitt,” said Gene McGrevin, whose business career prior to retirement was focused on healthcare companies. “I always had a desire to give back to students who work with the most critically ill people and hope that through those students I will have played a small part in advancing medical knowledge.”

During his career working and investing in companies that use therapeutic hypothermia, Mr. McGrevin came to understand the fragility of life when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. “It’s not enough to increase survival rates, you want to preserve brain function. Cooling therapy is one way to do that,” he added.

In addition to the award program for critical care medicine fellows, Carol and Gene McGrevin also set up a scholarship for students who study Parkinson’s disease and another for School of Education students.

All three of the critical care medicine fellows plan to use their award to fund advanced coursework that they are undertaking at the University of Pittsburgh.

Third-year pediatric fellow, Dr. Stephanie LaCount is completing a Master of Public Health degree. Her research project is looking at the quality of communication practices and barriers to communication between families and providers within the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Michael Certo is enrolled in coursework for his Master of Arts in Bioethics degree. His studies are focused on ethical decision-making frameworks related to surrogate conflicts of interest, life-sustaining treatment decisions, and quality of life considerations, including the assessment of moral distress and burnout in caregivers. He is a second-year pediatric fellow.

Dr. Mark Andreae, a second-year adult fellow, is undertaking a Certificate in Medical Education through Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research Education. His research work is targeted to the development of a simulation-based, point-of-care transesophageal echocardiography curriculum. The curriculum will be adopted by the department’s Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program for use by future fellows.