Critical care intensivist and sepsis investigator Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc, is promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. A faculty member in the Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments since 2011, Dr. Seymour’s promotion recognizes his innovative research program on early sepsis care, his dedication as a skilled physician to critically ill patients, and his active role teaching medical students, residents, fellows and faculty colleagues. His promotion is effective February 1, 2018.
“In the five years since Chris joined the Department his productivity has been phenomenal,” said Douglas White, MD, MAS, who is Vice Chair for Faculty Development. “During that short time, he has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has accrued diverse funding from the NIH, foundations, and the University – all while performing clinical service at the Medical ICU at UPMC-Mercy.”
Dr. Seymour is an independent investigator who studies new methods for beginning sepsis treatment earlier. He has fostered the growth of a new field: prehospital sepsis. By identifying important but under-appreciated epidemiology and public health burdens for sepsis, his work has led to new international criteria for sepsis as well as innovative ways to find and treat sepsis earlier. He is published in high-impact publications including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and JAMA Pediatrics. Through his ground-breaking work, Dr. Seymour is acknowledged as a national and international leader in the early recognition and treatment of sepsis.
With a BS in Biology and Mathematics, Dr. Seymour graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2000, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2004 and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine (2007) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (2010) at the University of Washington. He also completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health.