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Dr. Lakshmipathi (Luke) Chelluri Leaving for Prominent Appointment at West Virginia University

Tue, 05/26/2009

A 1976 graduate of Andhra Medical College in India, Dr. Lakshmipathi (Luke) Chelluri completed his Internal Medicine residency in Harrisburg, PA, and his Critical Care Medicine fellowship in Albany, NY, at the Medical College of Union University. He was recruited to our CCM program at Pitt in 1987. He has been on the University of Pittsburgh Critical Care Medicine Faculty for 22 years except for 6 months when he was Director of Specialty Care at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Hospital in Columbia, MO. During Dr. Chelluri's time with the Department of CCM at Pitt, he obtained an MPH Degree in 1984 from the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health. He has received over $1.5 million in research support, most importantly was his R01 NIH grant as Principal Investigator of a well known study entitled " Long-term outcome of prolonged mechanical ventilation in the aged." In recent years, Dr. Chelluri has been our popular leader in patient safety and quality assurance issues with most appreciated monthly lectures/discussions in these fields. He has also served as Director of the Long Term Care ICU at UPMC Montefiore. Dr. Chelluri has published over 150 scientific papers and book chapters. He was appointed Professor of CCM in 2005. Dr. Chelluri is leaving on May 15, 2009, to assume a position as Professor of Medicine at West Virginia University and Coordinator of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance in the Department of Medicine, both at the University and at Robert Bird Health Center in Charleston, WV. We thank Dr. Chelluri for his outstanding service in our CCM Department and wish him continued professional success in WV.