Joseph M. Darby, MD

Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Neurosurgery

Contact Information


Administrative Contact:
Joanne Woodson

Education & Training

BS, Biology, Illinois State University, 1977
MD, University of Illinois, 1981
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Texas, 1984
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1986

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Organ donation
  • Rapid response systems
  • Quality and safety

Darby JM, Stein K, Grenvik A, Stuart SA. Approach to management of the heartbeating ‘brain dead’ organ donor. Jama. 1989 Apr 21;261(15):2222-8.

Marion DW, Obrist WD, Earlier PM, Penrod LE, Darby JM. The use of moderate therapeutic hypothermia for patients with severe head injuries: a preliminary report. Journal of neurosurgery. 1993 Sep;79(3):354-62.

Singbartl K, Murugan R, Kaynar AM, Crippen DW, Tisherman SA, Shutterly K, Stuart SA, Simmons R, Darby JM. Intensivist‐led management of brain‐dead donors is associated with an increase in organ recovery for transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation. 2011 Jul;11(7):1517-21.

Darby JM, Halenda G, Chou C, Quinlan JJ, Alarcon LH, Simmons, RL. Emergency Surgical Airways Following Activation of a Difficult Airway Management Team in Hospitalized Critically Ill Patients: A Case Study. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. 2016 Nov;33(9):517-526.

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Co-Director of Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Illinois, 1980
Excellence in teaching award, Department of Anesthesiology, 2002
Faculty of the year award, Department of Critical Care Medicine, 2004
Surgical Educator Award, Division of Plastic Surgery, 2007