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CCM Team Meet - Erik Brockman

Wed, 08/07/2013

Q: Name and title
A:  Erik Brockman, M.D, T-32 Postdoctoral Scholar, Clinical Instructor of Critical Care Medicine

Q:  What do you do here at CCM?
A: As a T-32 scholar, I spend the majority of my time doing research with the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research.  Additionally I am a Clinical Instructor at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the Pediatric ICU.

Q:  How long have you been with CCM?
A:  This will be my 4th year, after having completed 3 fun-filled years of fellowship. 

Q:  How do you take your coffee?
A:  That’s a complicated question.  I started drinking it black when I first met my future father-in-law, who happens to be a hard-nosed officer in the Army.  When he offered to pour me coffee the first morning after I’d met him, he asked how I take it.  How else could a hopeful future son-in-law respond to this guy?  “Sir! A splash of non-fat, non-dairy hazelnut creamer and 1 packet of Splenda, Sir!” I didn’t think that was an option, so I said, “Black.”  Ever since, most of the time I drink it black, but occasionally I revert to my former ways. 

Q:  What’s your favorite thing at your desk?
A:  My stapler.  It’s no Swingline, but after Office Space, who isn’t a fan of their stapler?  I’m really thinking of upgrading…

Q:  If you could be a superhero, which one would you be and why?
A:  I feel like saying Superman would be a cop-out, but I mean seriously he’s got it all.  The ability to fly, near invincibility, rock hard abs… Enough said. 

Q:  What is the best thing that you can cook?
A:  72-hr sous vide beef short ribs.  Hands down, the best thing I have ever made.  If you don’t know what sous vide is, google it.  It will change your life.  I promise.

Q:  Do you collect anything?
A:  Garage tools
. I'm always looking for things I don't have, even if I don't have an immediate need for them.

Q:  What is one thing people should know about you?
A:  For those of you who have never asked because you’ve been either afraid or not had the opportunity, the tattoo on my arm is NOT the Harry Potter lightning bolt.  If you want to know what it is, just ask.