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Juan Carlos Puyana, MD

Associate Professor, CCM and Surgery

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Juan Carlos Puyana, MD is Associate Professor of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Past-President of the Pan-American Trauma Society, and Director of Global Health for the Dept. of Surgery at Pitt.  

He was originally born in Colombia where he finished Medical School before completing his residency training at McGill in Montreal and his Trauma Fellowship at Yale. He is well aware of the many challenges facing the health system in Colombia and his experience places him in a unique and advantageous position to identify major gaps in the areas of clinical medical research, education and provision. As a clinician, Dr. Puyana is an active trauma and Critical Care Surgeon working at the Largest Level One Trauma center and Acute Care Center in Pennsylvania. He participates in, Fellowship, Resident and Student mentoring.  He is a vicechairman for Pennsylvania at the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. 

Over the past 10 years he has participated in several International Research and Training Collaborations in Latin America. He is currently the PI of the Fogarty International Center (FIC) D43 Informatics Training for Global Health (ITGH) in Colombia (1D43TW008443-01), the PI/PD of an R21 on Capacity Building for Decompressive Craniotomy in Colombia (1R21TW009332-01A1) and was former PD/PI of a D43 on International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Grant (D43 TW 007560 01) also in Colombia. Dr. Puyana is involved in promoting research, educational opportunities, and clinical collaboration in Latin America. Dr. Puyana has been the mentor of 14 Colombians that have returned to their country to participate in many areas of clinical research.  


Education and Training Degree Year Field
Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia MD 1983 Medicine
McGill University, Montreal, Canada   1989 Surgery
Yale University   1992 Trauma and Critical Care
Positions and Honors
  • 2010-2011        Vice-President Pan-American Trauma Society
  • 2002 – 2009     Secretary Pan-American Trauma Society
  • 2001- Present: Associate Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine UPMC
  • 1998-2001        Co-Director, Surgical ICU Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts, Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • 1998–2001       Program Leader, Trauma and Casualty Care CIMIT Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Harvard Medical School, Partners Health Care Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1992-1998        Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
1989               Fellow Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada
1993               Fellow, American College of Surgeons
1994               Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians Heart Association
2003               The Independent Insurance Agents of Pittsburgh.  Outstanding Public Service.  The Big I Award.  4-24, 2003
2006               First Place Region XIV, Clinical Science Category    Committee on Trauma Resident’s Paper Competition Prehospital And First Hospital System Response At A Trauma Center  Due To A Terrorist Attack  In A Developing Country 2008
2007               Pitt INNOVATOR Award 2007,          Intelomed – Pitt Start up company 2007
2009               Pitt INNOVATOR Award 2009           Intelomed – Pitt Start up company 2009


Ongoing and Completed Research Projects
1. R21 on Capacity Building for Decompressive Craniotomy in Colombia (1R21TW009332-01A1)
    3/1/2012 -3/1/2014
    PI Pilot trial in three trauma centers in Colombia. Developing of a check list for Decompressive Craniotomy in austere environments. Fogart International Center. $ 196,000
2.Informatics Training for Global Health (ITGH) (D43) 1D43TW008443-01
    9/2009 – 9/2014
    PI Training Grant global health informatics $ 1,2500.000
    Fogarty International center
3.International Trauma Research Training Grant
    Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (ICTIRT) Co-PI and Co-Director Training program Fogarty Institute NIH Fogarty International center
    2006-2011 Indirect Cost $750,000.00
4.R01 HL076157-01 NHLBI
            Metabolic-Inflammatory Systems in Irreversible Shock
            Principal Investigator
            I-4/1/04-3/31/08 Direct $1,100,000.00 Indirect: $366,737.00
            Source/Grant Number N01-HR-15162 NIH
            Grant Title: Clinical Centers for the Clinical Network for the Treatment of Adult 
            Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Co-Investigator  - Years Inclusive 6/26/03-10/30/05 


See Juan Carlos Puyana's publications.