Kate Kernan, MD, MFA

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information


Administrative Contact:
Vickie Johnson

Education & Training

BA, Biology, College of the Holy Cross, 2005
MD, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
MFA, Poetry, New England College, 2012
Residency, Pediatrics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 2015
Fellowship, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2018

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Human genetic variation and its contribution to critical illness
  • Multidimensional profiling of extreme phenotypes in acute neurologic illness

Kernan KF, Ghaloul-Gonzalez L, Shakoory B, Kellum JA, Angus DC, Carcillo JA. Adults with septic shock and extreme hyperferritinemia exhibit pathogenic immune variation. Genes & Immunity. 2018 Jul 6:1.

Carcillo JA, Shakoory B, Simon D, Kernan K. Understanding Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Hepatobiliary Dysfunction Multiple Organ Failure in Hyperferritinemic Critical Illness. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2018 Oct 1;19(10):1006-9.

Freeman K, Staehle MM, Gümüş ZH, Vadigepalli R, Gonye GE, Nichols CN, Ogunnaike BA, Hoek JB, Schwaber JS. Rapid temporal changes in the expression of a set of neuromodulatory genes during alcohol withdrawal in the dorsal vagal complex: molecular evidence of homeostatic disturbance. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2012 Oct;36(10):1688-700.

Freeman K, Brureau A, Vadigepalli R, Staehle MM, Brureau MM, Gonye GE, Hoek JB, Hooper DC, Schwaber JS. Temporal changes in innate immune signals in a rat model of alcohol withdrawal in emotional and cardiorespiratory homeostatic nuclei. Journal of neuroinflammation. 2012 Dec;9(1):97.

► Full listing on Pub Med

Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, Best Translational Research Abstract, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Critical Care Medicine, 2017
Society of Critical Care Medicine, Research Snapshot, 2015-2018
Chief Resident Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2014
National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Scholar Athlete, 2005