Intensivist, trauma surgeon and decision scientist Deepika Mohan, MD, MPH, is promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. A faculty member in the Department of Critical Care Medicine since 2008, her promotion recognizes her innovative research program and her commitment to teaching trainees and to administering effective, patient-centered care to critically ill and injured patients. Her promotion is effective December 1, 2017.
“Deepika is remarkable in her breadth of expertise,” said Douglas White, MD, MAS, who is Vice Chair for Faculty Development. “She is a trauma surgeon, an intensivist, and an incredibly talented decision scientist. Her accomplishments in just one of these fields would constitute a successful career for most people.”
Dr. Mohan is an NIH-funded investigator who studies how doctors think under conditions of time-pressure and uncertainty. By attempting to understand the influence of intuition (heuristics) on doctors’ clinical decisions, her studies have challenged existing dogma and provided the first empirical evidence that heuristics explain physicians’ non-compliance with clinical practice guidelines. Her innovative research program has the potential to reshape quality improvement for physicians.
She has developed multi-disciplinary collaborations with behavioral and computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon as well as innovative methods to study this refractory clinical problem. Findings from these studies have been published in high-impact journals, including Annals of Surgery, Journal of Trauma, Critical Care Medicine, and PLoS One. They have also allowed her to compete successfully for the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, one of 30 awarded annually for high-risk, high-impact research.
The importance of Dr. Mohan’s research was underscored in February 2018 when her BMJ publication about her Night Shift video game was chosen to represent Pitt/UPMC in the STAT Madness competition to find the best innovation in science and medicine.
After completing her general surgery residency at Emory University in 2007, Dr. Mohan entered a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received the Multidisciplinary Fellow of the Year award. During her residency, she obtained a Masters in Public Health (2003) from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is a medical graduate of Emory University School of Medicine (2001) and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and political theory Princeton University (1997).