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Samuel A. Tisherman, MD

Professor, Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery
Medical Director, Neuro Trauma ICU, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Associate Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM, is a Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery and Associate Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed medical school, a general surgery residency, and a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has been a faculty member since 1994. Clinically, he is the Director of the Neurotrauma ICU at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He is heavily involved in educational programs for medical students, residents, and critical care fellows. He has been the Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship since 1996, Director of the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship since its inception in 2007. He is a member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Academy of Master Educators. For his contributions to education he has been awarded the “Outstanding Teacher” Award from the critical care fellows, the Preceptor of the Year Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Shubin-Weil Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Tisherman’s laboratory research, which began when he was a medical student working with Dr. Peter Safar, has focused on novel approaches to management of severe hemorrhagic shock and cardiac arrest, with a special interest in therapeutic hypothermia. Along with Drs. Peter Safar and Pat Kochanek, he has worked on the development of Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation (EPR), a novel approach to the management of the exsanguinating trauma patient utilizing hypothermia to “buy time” for resuscitative surgery. He is currently planning a clinical trial of EPR. He is also involved in several other trauma-related clinical trials. For his research accomplishments, Dr. Tisherman has received the Asmund S. Laerdal Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the Resuscitation Science Symposium of the American Heart Association.

Education & Training

Degree

Year

Field

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts B.S. 1981 Biology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania M.D. 1985 Medicine
General Surgery Residency, University Health Center of Pittsburgh   1993  
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, University Health Center of Pittsburgh   1994  
Research Fellowship, International Resuscitation Research Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   1991  

 

Administrative Titles

Professor, Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery

Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship

Interim Director, Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program

Medical Director, Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit, UPMC Presbyterian

Associate Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research



Honors

 
1997 “Outstanding Teacher”
  Critical Care Medicine Fellows, University of Pittsburgh
2000 Shubin-Weil Award for Excellence in the Teaching and Ethical Practice of Critical Care Medicine
  Society of Critical Care Medicine
2006 Asmund S. Laerdal Memorial Lecture Award
  Society of Critical Care Medicine
2006 Clinical Preceptor of the Year
  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science
  American Heart Association Research Science Symposium

 

Research

See Samuel Tisherman's Investigator page

 

Current Research Projects

ROC: Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium

EPR-CAT: Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest from Trauma

 

Selected Publications

Bulger EM, May S, Kerby JD, Emerson S, Stiell IG, Schreiber MA, Brasel KJ, Tisherman SA, Coimbra R, Rizoli S, Minei JP, Hata JS, Sopko G, Evans DC, Hoyt DB, for the ROC investigators. Out-of-hospital Hypertonic Resuscitation After Traumatic Hypovolemic Shock: A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial. Ann Surg 2011;253:431-441.

Tisherman SA, Ivy M, Frangos S, Kirton O: Acute Care Surgery Survey: Are Surgeons Ready For This New Training Paradigm? Arch Surg 2011;146:101-106.

Bulger EM, May S, Brasel KJ, Schreiber M, Kerby JD, Tisherman SA, Newgard C, Slutsky A, Coimbra R, Emerson S, Minei JP, Bardarson B, Kudenchuk P, Baker A, Christenson J, Idris A, Davis D, Fabian TC, Aufderheide TP, Callaway C, Williams C, Banek J, Vaillancourt C, van Heest R, Sopko G, Hata JS, Hoyt DB, ROC Investigators: Out-of-hospital hypertonic resuscitation following severe traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2010;304:1455-64.

Minei JP, Schmicker RH, Kerby JD, Stiell IG, Schreiber MA, Bulger E, Tisherman S, Hoyt DB, Nichol G: Severe traumatic injury: Regional variation in incidence and outcome. Ann Surg 2010;252(1):149-57.

Tisherman SA, Powell JL, Schmidt T, Aufderheide T, Kudenchuk P, Spence J, Climer D, Kelly D, Marcantonio A, Brown T, Sopko G, Kerber R, Sugarman J, Hoyt D, and the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators: Regulatory Challenges for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. Circulation 2008;118:1585-1592. PMC2757627.

Tisherman SA, Bokhari F, Collier B, Ebert J, Holevar M, Cumming J, Kurek S, Leon S, Rhee P: Clinical Practice Guideline: Penetrating Neck Trauma. J Trauma 2008;64:1392-1405.

Wu X, Drabek T, Tisherman SA, Henchir J, Stezoski SW, Culver S, Stezoski J, Jackson EK, Garman R, Kochanek PM: Emergency preservation and resuscitation with profound hypothermia, oxygen, and glucose allows reliable neurological recovery after 3 h of cardiac arrest from rapid exsanguination in dogs. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2008;28(2):302-11.

Wu X, Kochanek PM, Drabek T, Henchir J, Stezoski SW, Stezoski J, Cochran K, Garman R, Tisherman SA: Induction of profound hypothermia for emergency preservation and resuscitation allows intact survival from cardiac arrest resulting from prolonged lethal hemorrhage and trauma in dogs. Circulation 2006;113:1974-82.

Nozari A, Safar P, Stezoski SW, Wu X, Kostelnik S, Radovsky A, Tisherman S, Kochanek PM: Critical time window for intra-arrest cooling with cold saline flush in a dog model of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Circulation 2006;113:2690-96.

Tisherman SA, Angood PB, Barie PS, Napolitano LM: Structure of surgical critical care and trauma fellowships. Crit Care Med 2006;34:2282-86.

 

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