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Patrick Michael Kochanek, MD, MCCM

Professor and Vice Chairman  Department of Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Admin Assistant: Fran Mistrick
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Dr. Kochanek is Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. He is also one of the Vice Chairmen of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Kochanek received his MD from the University of Chicago in 1980. After a residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego he did a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During his fellowship, he trained in the area of experimental brain ischemia under Dr. John Hallenbeck at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Kochanek has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 1986. He has directed the highly successful Pediatric Critical Care Medicine research effort and since 1994, has followed in the footsteps of the renowned Dr. Peter Safar as the Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr. Kochanek’s major research focus is on mechanisms of secondary damage after severe traumatic brain injury. His bench to bedside work in this area has been continuously supported by NINDS/NIH since 1995. Among his accomplishments, he was named the first Established Investigator of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 1993, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in 2000 and is on the Editorial Boards of both Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Neurotrauma. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and on the Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Under his leadership, the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research has continued to grow and is an inter-departmental resource with over 14 million dollars of extramural governmental funding.

Education & Training

Degree

Year

Field 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan BS 1976 Zoology
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois MD 1980 Medicine
University of California, San Diego, California Internship 1981 Pediatrics
University of California, San Diego, California Residency 1983 Pediatrics
Children's Hospital National, Medical Center, Washington, DC Fellowship 1986 Pediatric Critical Care

 


Administrative Titles

 
1986-1991 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology/CCM Assistant Professor
1991-2002 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology/CCM Associate Professor
1986-1991 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
1991-2002 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor
2002-present University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Critical Care Medicine Professor
2002-present University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Professor
2002-present University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology Professor
Non-Academic    
1983-1986 Hyperbaric Medicine Program, Center/Naval Medical Research Institute, Washington, DC Guest Scientist
1986-2009 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Associate Director
1992-2009 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Critical Care Research Director
1994-present Safar Center for Resuscitation Research Director
2002-present University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Critical Care Medicine Vice Chairman

 


Honors

 
1976 Phi Beta Kappa
1980 Alpha Omega Alpha
1984-1985 Fellow of the Year, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital National Medical Center
1985-1986 Fellow of the Year, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital National Medical Center
1991 Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine
1993 Society of Critical Care Medicine Pediatric Award
1993-1995 Society of Critical Care Medicine Established Investigator Award
1994 Outstanding Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation
1996 Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine
1998 The American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
1998 Taubin Lecture, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
2001 Nominated, Pittsburgh Men and Women of the Year Award (in Science and Medicine) Vectors of Pittsburgh
2001 Editor-in Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
2002 Neuroscience Specialty Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine
2002 Distinguished Service Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine
2002 Vice-Chairman of Research, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2002 Cited in Best Doctors in America, and Pittsburgh Magazine
2002 Asmund S. Laerdal Memorial Lecturer
2002 Pfizer Professorship, University of Illinois Dept. of Pediatrics
2002 Dolph Adams Award Nomination-Five most cited research article 1997-2001, Carols TM, et al. J Leukoc Biol 61, 279-285.
2005 First Tomas Vargo Visiting Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas, Houston
2007 American College of Critical Care Medicine Distinguished Investigator Award
2007 First Visiting Professor, Center of Critical Illness and Health Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
2008 2nd Bakken Lecturer, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, June 4-5, 2008
2008 2008 AAP Section on Critical Care Distinguished Career Award, Boston, Massachusetts, October 12, 2008
2009 SCCM Presidential Citation Award
2009 Integra Foundation Lecturer, College of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, LA
2010 Lucy Gooding Professorship, University of Florida, Jacksonville

 

Current Research Projects

Brain Trauma Research Center-Emerging Therapeutics for TBI – Core C & Project #5

Inhalation of oxygen and hyperventilation early after injury may be deleterious to casualties with closed-head TBI

Understanding the biomechanical, biochemical, physiological and functional consequences of blast injury to the human brain

Role of CNPase in TBI

Operation Brain Trauma Therapy

Polynitroxylated pegylated hemoglobin for traumatic brain injury resuscitation

Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research

 

Completed Research

Please see the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research Website 

Publications

See Patrick M. Kochanek's Publications