Departmental News

Shedding Light on ‘Black Box’ of Inpatient Opioid Use
June 10, 2019

People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers who are not given opioids, according to research led by scientists at…read more...

Dana Fuhrman, DO, MS Awarded K23 Grant to Study Renal Fitness in CHD Young Adults
June 10, 2019

Dana Fuhrman, DO, MS was awarded a K23 grant for an innovative study of renal fitness in young adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). She will lead a group of investigators from critical care, nephrology and cardiac surgery to unravel…read more...

Rapidly Removing Fluid from Critically Ill Patients in Kidney Failure Linked to Increased Risk of Death
June 06, 2019

The faster fluid is removed using continuous dialysis from patients with failing kidneys, the higher the likelihood they will die in the next several months, according to a study published today in JAMA Network Open by University of…read more...

Christopher Schott, MD, MS, RDMS, FACEP, Recognized for Excellence in Medical Education
June 04, 2019

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine Christopher Schott, MD, MS, RDMS, FACEP, is the recipient of a 2019 Faculty Award from Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The award recognizes…read more...

Sedation, Paralysis Do Not Improve Survival of ICU Patients
May 22, 2019

Reversibly paralyzing and heavily sedating hospitalized patients with severe breathing problems do not improve outcomes in most cases, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial conducted at dozens of North American hospitals and led by clinician-scientists at…read more...

Pitt and CMU receive Department of Defense Contracts to Create Autonomous Robotic Trauma Care System
May 22, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Carnegie Mellon University each have been awarded four-year contracts totaling more than $7.2 million from the read more...

Sepsis Not ‘One-Size Fits All” CCM Study Finds
May 20, 2019

Research conducted by associate professor Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, and colleagues in the Department of Critical Care Medicine finds four distinct sepsis types. The “Sepsis ENdotyping in Emergency Care” (SENECA) Project used computer algorithms to analyze 29 clinical…read more...

Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM, Awarded Tenure
May 14, 2019
Ann Thompson, professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, was awarded tenure in the Department of Critical Care Medicine in May 2019. She is one of the most influential world figures in critical care medicine, and especially in pediatric critical…read more...
Florian Mayr, MD, MPH, Receives K23 Award from NIGMS
March 25, 2019
Florian Mayr, MD, MPH, a CRISMA Translational and Clinical Science program faculty member, has been awarded a K23 grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The project, entitled ‘A precision medicine framework to improve long-term outcomes in Sepsis…read more...
Meet CCM’s 2019-2020 Chief Fellows
March 18, 2019

The Office of Education at the Department of Critical Care Medicine is pleased announce the appointment of three Chief Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Chief Fellow is Madiha Raees, MD, who is one of 14 pediatric…read more...

Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, Received R35 Award
March 13, 2019

Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, is the first CCM faculty member to receive an Outstanding Investigator Award—known as an R35 award—from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. His R35, entitled “Organizational strategies for…read more...

Hemodynamic Monitoring Textbook Co-edited by Michael Pinsky, MD
March 13, 2019

A new textbook for intensivists, entitled Hemodynamic Monitoring, was published recently and will be available for purchase at the 39th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels, March 19-22, 2019. The book, edited by Michael Pinsky, MD,…read more...

ECMO at UPMC Hamot Saves Young Man’s Life
March 13, 2019
A streamlined and efficient collaboration among medical specialties at UPMC Hamot, including the fledgling ECMO program, saved a 36 year-old Erie, Pennsylvania man’s life.  A massive heart attack was the last thing he was thinking about on Valentine’s Day 2019.…read more...
CCM Co-Develops Curriculum for Kazakhstan Students
March 11, 2019
Lori Shutter, MD, was part of a six-person, international medical education team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) to visit and collaborate with colleagues at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine (NUSOM) in Astana, Kazakhstan. During the…read more...
8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day 2019
March 05, 2019


The 8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, a signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, will be held on the afternoon of April 16, 2019 at the University Club. The event is an opportunity for junior…read more...

Derek Angus, MD, MPH, Received 2019 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
February 18, 2019
In recognition of his outstanding record of research and academic activity, Derek Angus, MD, MPH, earned a 2019 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh on February 15, 2019. Dr. Angus was one of only three University researchers…read more...
Former Fellow, Jessica Wallisch, MD, Acknowledges Career-Defining Mentorship
February 14, 2019

Jessica Wallisch, MD, a former T32 post-doctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, acknowledged her Pittsburgh-based research training and mentoring in an “ECI Biocommentary” in the journal Pediatric Research, published on January 19, 2019. Two pivotal mentors…read more...

Cameron Dezfulian, MD, Awarded a Grant from PPDC for Pediatric Development of Threadrite IV
February 11, 2019

Threadrite IV moved a step closer to reality in kids when Cameron Dezfulian, MD, was awarded a $50,000 grant for pediatric development of the product from the Philadelphia Pediatric Device Consortium…read more...

2019 Alumni Reunion at SCCM Congress
January 23, 2019

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) announced the venue for the 2019 Alumni Reunion to be held during the 48th Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. All current and former fellows are invited to join Lori…read more...

CIRC Leaders Learn About InS:PIRE, a Program to Help Survivors of Critical Illness
December 19, 2018
Brad Butcher, MD, and Tammy Eaton, MSN, RN, the founders of the newly established Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC) at UPMC Mercy, participated in the annual InS:PIRE conference hosted by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland in late November…read more...
Sachin Yende, MD, Appointed Interim Deputy Chief of Staff at VAPHS
December 12, 2018
Sachin Yende, MD, assumes a new leadership role as the Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System (VAPHS). He will continue to serve as Vice President of Critical Care, a position he has held at…read more...
Champion of Women’s Issues Honored with National GWIMS Leadership Award
December 03, 2018
A leading figure in the field of pediatric critical care medicine, Ann E. Thompson, MD, received the 2018 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Award for an individual. The award recognizes Dr. Thompson’s commitment to developing women…read more...
Two Critical Care Medicine Faculty Cited as Top 1% of Researchers Worldwide
November 29, 2018

Derek Angus, MD, MPH, and John Kellum, MD, are identified as researchers making an impact in solving the world’s biggest challenges by Clarivate Analytics in the annual 2018 Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list. Due to their extensive critical…read more...

Tim Girard, MD, MSCI Awarded U01 Grant from NHLBI
November 08, 2018
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded Tim Girard, MD, MSCI, a U01 grant to conduct a series of multicenter, hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials. He aims to identify the optimal strategy for promoting the use of post-extubation, noninvasive ventilation among…read more...
Alicia Au, MD, MS, Promoted to Associate Medical Director
September 24, 2018

Alicia Au, MD, MS, has been promoted to associate medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Au is an excellent clinician who is deeply committed to improving outcomes in critically…read more...

Endowment for Anoxic Brain Injury Gifted to Safar Center
August 31, 2018

The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research was recently gifted an endowment made in memory of Mr. Lloyd Reback. This special endowment of over $300,000 will support new research initiatives on the topic of anoxic brain injury undertaken by Safar Center…read more...

Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, Provides Expert Commentary for Sepsis Alliance Educational Video
August 22, 2018

September is National Sepsis Awareness Month, which also includes World Sepsis Day on the 13th. The Sepsis Alliance launched a first responder training video on August 11, 2018 to teach EMS personnel how to properly and quickly identify sepsis cases.…read more...

Lori Shutter, MD, is Co-PI for BOOST-3, a $32 Million Multicenter, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Trial
August 22, 2018

Under the guidance of co-principal investigator, Lori Shutter, MD, the University of Pittsburgh is a coordinating center for the $32 million Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe TBI, Phase 3 (BOOST-3) clinical trial, which aims to improve outcomes for severe traumatic…read more...

New Leadership Appointments in Pediatric Critical Care
August 06, 2018

Due to the growth and success of the pediatric critical care program, a number of leadership appointments have been made to ensure a strong leadership team directing and planning for the Division’s future. Robert Clark, MD, has been appointed to Vice…read more...

8th Annual AKI Symposium Features Kidney Health Experts and Patient Advocate
August 02, 2018

Fostering Across-Campus Research Collaboration on Acute Kidney Injury and Promoting Patient Advocacy and Kidney Health Education

VENUE: University of Pittsburgh, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower; Conference Room S120, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15261

The 1-½ day AKI Symposium on October…

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, Awarded K08 Grant to Evaluate SEP-1 Program
August 01, 2018

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, a CRISMA associate faculty member and former CRISMA postdoctoral scholar, has been awarded a K08 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, entitled ‘Evaluating National…read more...

Giving Plasma to Trauma Patients with Severe Bleeding During Air Transport Saves Lives
July 31, 2018

Two units of plasma given in a medical helicopter on the way to the hospital could increase the odds of survival by 10 percent for traumatically injured patients with severe bleeding, according to the results of a national clinical…read more...

Dr. Alicia Au Receives NIH Career Development Award
July 27, 2018

Assistant Professor Alicia Au, MD, has been awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (known as a K23 award) from the National Institutes for Health for her pediatric neurological morbidity research. Entitled “Mixed Graphical Models for the Prediction…read more...

7th Annual AKI Symposium Included Patient Advocate Experience
October 23, 2017
The 7th Annual AKI Symposium, held October 19, 2017, drew a diverse and engaged group of acute kidney injury (AKI) physician-scientists and junior investigators. The symposium featured two keynote speakers—Andrew Shaw, MBBS, and Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD—and, for the…read more...

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