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Deepika Mohan, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery

Admin Assistant: Brandon McLaughlin

I joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh - Department of Critical Care Medicine in 2009, after completing a residency in general surgery at Emory University and a fellowship in surgical critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. My research interests include determinants of physician decision making. Specifically, I am interested in the influence of intuitive judgments (heuristics) on decision making, and the implications for quality improvement efforts.

Education & Training




Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
BA 1997 Religion & Political Theory
Emory University Medical School,
Atlanta, GA
MD 2001 Medicine
Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, NY MPH 2003  
Emory University, Atlanta, GA Intern 2002 General Surgery
Emory University, Atlanta, GA Resident 2007 General Surgery
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Fellow 2008 Critical Care Medicine


Administrative Titles

2008–2009 Visiting Instructor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
2009–Present Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
2009–Present Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Non Academic  
1998 Research Assistant to Hermione Lyall, MD, Department of Pediaetrics, St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College of Medicine, London, United Kingdom.
1996 Intern, Division of Child Development, New York Hospital, New York City, New York.



2000 Alpha Omega Alpha Society.
2001 Evangeline Papageorge Award for service to medical school class, Emory University Medical School.
2008 Fellow of the Year, Multidisciplinary Critical Care Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


See Deepika Mohan's Investigator page


Current Research Projects

Modifying Physician Decision Making in Trauma Triage

Completed Research

CT Scan Acquisition in Patients with Moderate-Severe Injuries

Intensive Care Unit Triage Communication and Decision Making: The Role of Patient Race

Isolating Mechanisms Underlying Hospital Variation in End-of-Life ICU Use


Refereed Articles

  1. Mohan D, Barnato AE, Angus DC, Rosengart MR. Determinants of Compliance with Transfer Guidelines for Trauma Patients: A Retrospective Analysis of CT Scans Acquired Prior to Transfer to a Level I Trauma Center. Ann Surg. 2010 251(5): 946-51.
  2. Mohan D, Alexander SA, Gerrigues SK, Arnold RM, and Barnato AE. Communication practices in physician decision-making for an unstable critically ill patient with end stage cancer. J Pall Med. 2010; 13(8): 949-56.
  3. Mohan D, Rosengart MR, Farris CF, Cohen E, Angus DC, and Barnato AE. Assessing the feasibility of the American College of Surgeons’ benchmarks for the triage of trauma patients. Arch Surg. 2011; forthcoming
  4. Barnato AE, Mohan D, Downs J, Bryce CL, Sperlazza CL, Angus DC, and Arnold RM. A randomized trial of the effect of patient race on physician ICU and life sustaining treatment decisions for an acutely unstable elder with end-stage cancer. Crit Care Med. 2011; forthcoming.