Academic Promotions for Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS and Brad Butcher, MD

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 Critical Care Medicine, effective May 1, 2021.

Dr. Hamilton is the epitome of an intensivist clinician educator. She is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in pediatric simulation training and curriculum development, pediatric resuscitation education, and communication skills training. At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, she is the director of the UPMC Pediatric Simulation Center, where she has oversight for all operations functions and for more than 40 simulation courses. For the last seven years, Dr. Hamilton has served as the program director for the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship program while simultaneously advising and mentoring fellows, residents, Pitt students, and junior faculty.

In addition to serving as co-chair of the Professional Development subcommittee of the UPMC GME, in June this year Dr. Hamilton was elected as medical staff president of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was also selected as a fellow for the class of 2022 in the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, a national academy that prepares women in healthcare for academic leadership.

Dr. Butcher was recruited to the Department of Critical Care Medicine in 2013 and ever since has been a driving force for the improvement in long-term outcomes for critical illness survivors and humanizing the ICU experience for both patients and their families. The most visible outcome of his passion for ICU survivorship is his founding of the UPMC Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC) in 2018. Dr. Butcher built a partnership of hospital administration and leadership from several departments who would unite around his vision for care after an ICU stay.

As part of CIRC, he launched the Multidisciplinary Post ICU Follow Up Clinic at UPMC Mercy that evaluates patients for Post-Intensive Care Syndrome. In the past year, he expanded the clinic to include all ICU COVID-19 survivors across the UPMC system. Dr. Butcher is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine THRIVE task force and his work for CIRC’s primary palliative care intervention has won awards at the Society’s Congress.