Christopher Brackney, DO, FACOI

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information

brackneycr2[at]upmc.edu

Education & Training

BS, Biology, University of Kentucky, 1997
DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2001
Residency, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine , Midwestern University, 2006
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine , University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Novel approaches to teaching critical care medicine
  • Medical student education
  • Quality improvement


Scheff SW, Price DA, Hicks RR, Baldwin SA, Robinson S, Brackney C. Synaptogenesis in the hippocampal CA1 field following traumatic brain injury. Journal of neurotrauma. 2005 Jul 1;22(7):719 - 32.

Brackney CR, Diaz LA, Milbrandt EB, Al - Khafaji A, Darby JM. Is albumin use SAFE in patients with traumatic brain injury? Critical Care 2010;14(2):307.

Paladino JD, Crooke PS, Brackney CR, Kaynar AM, Hotchkiss JR. Medical practices display power law behaviors similar to spoken languages. BMC medical informatics and decision making. 2013 Dec;13(1):102.

Estock JL, Curinga HK, Li A, Grieve LB, Brackney CR. Comparison of chest compression interruption times across 2 automated devices: a randomized, crossover simulation study. The American journal of emergency medicine. 2016 Jan 1;34(1):57 - 62.

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Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit , Oakland Vetera ns Affairs Medical Center
Co-Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Student Critical Care Elective Site
Director, Critical Care Fellowship, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Faculty Advisor, Critical Care Medicine Student Interest Group

Chief of Staff Clinical Excellence Award, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2018
Excellence in Government Award in Medicine / Science, Federal Executive Board, 2015
Fellow, American College of Osteopathic Internists, 2012
Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2003