Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM, 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 announced he is departing Pittsburgh after nearly 20 years to take a position at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in June. His new roles include Professor of Surgery, Director of the Institute for Critical Care and Trauma Education, Director of Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Associate Director of Surgical Critical Care Services.
Dr. Tisherman completed medical school, a general surgery residency, and a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has been a faculty member since 1994. He has played a significant role in the education of fellows, residents and medical students over the years. Dr. Tisherman has been the Director of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program since 2010, Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship since 1996, Director of Acute Care Surgery Fellowship since its inception in 2007, an Advisor for the Critical Care Medicine Interest Group since 2011 and was previously the Surgery Clerkship Director for 10 years. 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 also a Co-Investigator for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium – an NIH-supported multi-center research group developed to conduct prehospital studies in trauma patients. Dr. Tisherman 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.
Clinically, he has been the Director of the Neurotrauma ICU at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital since 2008 and was Co-Director of the Trauma ICU from from 1998 – 2008. Dr. Tisherman is also the Chancellor of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and Secretary for the Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society.
The Department of Critical Care Medicine would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Tisherman’s unremitting service and dedication to education, research, clinical excellence, not to mention his friendship, throughout the years. It is with heartfelt sincerity that we will miss Sam and wish him the best in his position at the University of Maryland.