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Cameron Dezfulian, MD

Assistant Professor, Adult and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science

Scientist, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

Faculty, Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974 and immigrated to US in 1978 prior to the Islamic Revolution.  I was raised primarily in Baltimore, Maryland, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Educational information is below.  My dream has always been to be an academic physician and I fell in love with critical care during my fourth year medical student ICU rotation.  After fellowship, I took a faculty position at the University of Miami to be near family, having strongly considered the University of Pittsburgh.  After 2 years there, I missed the academic environment I knew I would find here and the multidisciplinary critical care department which was unique in the world and matched my training so I made the move.  I was awarded an NIH (NINDS) K08 just prior to moving and will be continuing that in Pittsburgh until 2015.

I am presently engaged to be married (July 16, 2011) to Ms. Audra Flanders whom I met in Miami.  I enjoy all water sports (SCUBA, surfing, water skiing), as well as snow skiing and triathlons.  I regularly run, bike and swim for exercise and lift weights when there’s time.  I am Christian and led a bible study in Miami prior to my departure.  I love medicine, science and learning new things in general.  My point of view on the world is highly optimistic and I’m known for my energy and enthusiasm.  I believe that with hard work, perseverance, humility, responsibility and a bit of God’s grace (some would call this luck), things always work out okay.  Life is rich and fun—live and play hard!


Education & Training




University of Florida, Gainesville, FL BS 1995 Biochem/ Mol Biology
Duke University, Durham, NC MD 1999 Medicine
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI   2003 Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD   2007 Critical Care Medicine (Adult)
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD   2008 Critical Care Medicine (Pediatrics)



2003 Best Resident Research Project, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
2007 Nominee, Excellence in Mentoring Award, National Institutes of Health
2007 FARE Travel Award for Outstanding Fellow Research, National Institutes of Health
2007 Best Abstract Award, Second International Role of Nitrite in Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Meeting
2007 Young Investigator Award, Resuscitation Sciences Symposium, American, Heart Association Scientific Sessions
2007 Best Oral Presentation, Johns Hopkins Anesthesia and Critical Care, Medicine Department Research Fair
2010 Nominee, Attending of the Year (Teaching Award), Department of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Administrative Titles

Assistant Professor, Adult and Pediatric Critical Care

Scientist, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

Faculty, Vascular Medicine Institute

Faculty, Post-Cardiac Arrest Service


Current Research Projects

Nitric oxide and S-nitrosothiol based signaling after cardiac arrest (Major project; K08)

Nitrite infusion in cardiac arrest survivors (Phase I)

Effects of hyperoxia on organ injury after cardiac arrest

Mitochondrial function and hemodynamics after resuscitation from cardiac arrest and therapeutic hypothermia

Effect of eNOS mutations and activity on microcirculation after cardiac arrest and septic shock


Completed Research

Nitrite improves cardiac function and survival after cardiac arrest

UV Powder surveillance reduces the transmission of resistant nosocomial pathogens

Subglottic secretion drainage reduces ventilator associate pneumonia

Multi-lumen catheters do not increase the risk of catheter related blood stream infections

GRP94 enters dendritic cells through receptor mediated endocytosis



See Cameron Dezfulian's Publications