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Jessica Wallisch, MD

Clinical Instructor, Department of Critical Care Medicine

T32 Postdoctoral Scholar, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

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Dr. Wallisch attended Kansas State University where she earned a B.S. in Biology with a secondary major in Gerontology then subsequently graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with an M.D.  She moved to Pittsburgh to complete her clinical training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is currently a T32 Postdoctoral Scholar and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

 

Education & Training

Degree

Year

Field

Kansas State University

BS

2007

Biology, Gerontology

University of Kansas School of Medicine

MD

2011

Medicine

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Resident

2014

Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Fellow

2017

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Honors

State of Kansas Governor's Scholar, 2003

Kansas State Foundation Scholar, 2003-2007

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2004

University of Kansas School of Medicine Academic Societies Service to the Kansas City Community and Beyond Award, 2010

Russell F. Holcomb Jr, MD Memorial Award, 2011

Mark A. Sperling Resident Scholarly Project Award, 2014

Star Research Achievement Awards, 45th SCCM Critical Care Congress, 2016

Best Abstract in Translational Science, Fink Scholar Day, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Univeristy of Pittsburgh, 2016

Best Abstract in Critical Care Medicine, Safar Symposium, 2016

Gold Snapshot Award, 46th SCCM Critical Care Congress, 2017

Presentations at Meetings

Wallisch J, Hamilton M, May C, Kuhnlein M, Maurer S. “Improving End of Life Communication Through Medical Education.”  Poster presentation at Society of Critical Care Medicine 43rd Critical Care Congress, San Francisco, CA, Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2013, (41) 12.

Simon DW, Wallisch J, Bell MJ, Bayir H, Aneja RK, Janesko-Feldman K, Kochanek PM, Clark RS. “Increased CSF NLRP3 but not NLRP1 after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.” Poster presentation and Student Competition Finalist at the 32nd Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, San Francisco, CA, Journal of Neurotrauma, June 2014, (31) 12.

Jha RM, Puccio A, Chou SH, Chang CCH, Wallisch J, Molyneaux BJ, Zusman B, Shutter LA, Poloyac SM, Feldman KA, Okonkwo DO, Kochanek PM. “Sulfonylurea Receptor-1 as a Potential Biomarker for Cerebral Edema in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.” Poster presentation at the 13th Annual Neurocritical Care Society Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, Neurocritical Care, Oct 2015, (23) Supplement 1.

Wallisch J, Jha R, Vagni V, Feldman K, Dixon C, Farr G, Kochanek P. “Effect of the Novel Aquaporin-4 Antagonist AER-271 in Combined TBI plus Hemorrhagic Shock in Mice.” Star Research Award and Oral presentation at Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress, Orlando, FL, Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2015, (43) 12.

Byrd C, Wallisch J, Jha R, Vagni V, Wisniewski S, Ma L, Hsia C, Kochanek P. “Polynitroxylated-Pegylated Hemoglobin as an Ultra-Small Volume Resuscitation Therapy.” In-Training Award and Oral presentation at Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress, Orlando, FL, Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2015, (43) 12.

Jha R, Molyneaux B, Jackson T, Wallisch J, Vagni V, Poloyac S, Dixon C, Kochanek P. “Glibenclamide Reduces Diffuse Cerebral Edema in a Combined Model of Traumatic Brain Injury and Shock.” Poster presentation at Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress, Orlando, FL, Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2015, (43) 12.

Jha R, Puccio A, Chou S, Chang CC, Wallisch J, Molyneaux B, Zusman B, Shutter L, Poloyac S, Janesko-Feldman K, Okonkwo D, Kochanek P. “Sulfonylurea Receptor-1 as a Novel Biomarker for Cerebral Edema in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.” Oral presentation at American Academy of Neurology 68th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Neurology 2016; 78 (Meeting Abstracts): S46.001.

Wallisch J, Hong Y, Xiecheng M, Empey P, Poloyac S, Feldman K, Kochanek PM, Dixon CE. “Evaluation of AER-271 in the Controlled Cortical Impact Model of Traumatic Brain Injury: An OBTT Consortium Study.” Poster presentation at the 34th National Neurotrauma Symposium, June 2016.  Journal of Neurotrauma, June 2016, 33(13): A-61.

Jha R, Okonkwo D, Puccio A, Zusman, B, Park S, Wallisch J, Empey P, Shutter L, Clark R, Kochanek P, Conley Y. “ABCC8 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Are Associated with Cerebral Edema in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.”  Poster presentation at the 34th National Neurotrauma Symposium, June 2016.  Journal of Neurotrauma, June 2016, 33(13): A-41.

Wallisch JS, Jha RM, Farr GW, McGuirk PR, Pelletier MF, Jackson TC, Kochanek PM, Manole MD. “Aquaporin-4 inhibitor AER-271 blocks early cerebral edema in pediatric rat asphyxial cardiac arrest.” Presented at Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress, Honolulu, HI. Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2016, 44(12): 255.

Jha RM, Puccio A, Okonkwo DO, Zusman BE, Wallisch J, Shutter LA, Kochanek PM, Conley YP. “ABCC8 tag-single nucleotide polymorphisms correlate with edema and outcome in traumatic brain injury.” Presented at Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress, Honolulu, HI. Critical Care Medicine, Dec 2016, 44(12): 260.

Jha RM, Wallisch JS, Alexander H, Farr GW, Kochanek PM, Manole MD. “Aquaporin-4 but not sulfonylurea-receptor-1 inhibition attenuates cerebral edema after asphyxial cardiac arrest in developing rats.” Poster presentation at the European Stroke Organisation Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2017.

Wallisch JS, Kochanek, PM. “Aquaporin-4 Inhibitor AER-271 Blocks Early Cerebral Edema in Pediatric Rat Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest”. Poster Presentation. 46th SCCM Critical Care Congress, 2017

Publications

Jha RM, Puccio A, Chou SH, Chang CCH, Wallisch J, Molyneaux BJ, Zusman B, Shutter LA, Poloyac SM, Janesko-Feldman KL, Okonkwo DO, Kochanek PM. “Sulfonylurea Receptor-1: A Novel Biomarker for Cerebral Edema in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.” Critical Care Medicine, Nov 2016, Epub ahead of print.

Jha RM, Puccio A, Okonkwo D, Zusman BE, Park S, Wallisch J, Empey PE, Shutter LA, Clark RSB, Kochanek PM, Conley YP. “ABCC8 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms are associated with Cerebral Edema in Severe TBI.” Neurocritical Care, Sept 2016, Epub ahead of print.

Wallisch JS, Simon DW, Bayir H, Bell MJ, Kochanek PM, Clark RS. “Cerebrospinal Fluid NLRP3 is Increased after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Infants and Children.” Neurocritical Care, Feb 2017, Epub ahead of print.

Kochanek PM, Wallisch JS, Bayir H, Clark RSB.  “Pre-clinical models in pediatric traumatic brain injury—Challenges and lessons learned.” Child’s Nervous System, Accepted for publication, May 2017.

BOOK CHAPTERS:

Kochanek PM, Bell MJ, Bayir H, Jackson TC, Wallisch JS, Forbes MJ, Ruppel R, Adelson PD, Clark RSB.  Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Infants and Children.  In: Fuhrman and Zimmerman’s Pediatric Critical Care, 5th Edition, Elsevier, 2016.

Wallisch JS, Bell MJ, Foster K. Accidental Traumatic Brain Injury IN Pediatric Neurosurgery. DiRocco, Pang, Rutka eds. Springer Publishing, 2017 [in press].

EDITORIALS

Wallisch JS, Pang D, Carcillo JA, Aneja RK. “Implementation of Guidelines to Treat Pediatric Sepsis: Cookbook Medicine or the Force Awakens!” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Sept 2016, 17(9): 884-885.

Wallisch JS, Kochanek PM. “A ‘Meta-morphosis’ in our approach to treatment is not likely to result from a Meta-analysis of the use of therapeutic hypothermia in severe TBI.” Critical Care Medicine. Accepted for publication Nov 2016.