At the 42nd annual Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Society bestowed one of its highest honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award, on our Department’s inaugural chair, Mitch Fink. This award honors a Society member who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of critical care through the advancement of medical science, medical education, or medical care. Dr. Fink gave a visionary plenary talk entitled, “Tough Problem: New Therapies for Sepsis or Shock”.
John Kellum was also honored as a Master Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) at the Convocation for the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM). This award recognizes SCCM members who have distinguished themselves by achieving national and international professional prominence due to personal character, leadership, eminence in clinical practice, outstanding contributions to research and education in critical care medicine, or years of exemplary service to the Society. John joins previous MCCM honorees with Pittsburgh connections: Derek Angus, Mitch Fink, Ake Grenvik, Pat Kochanek, Michael Pinksy, Peter Safar, and Ann Thompson.
At the ACCM Convocation, Lori Shutter was inducted as a Fellow of the College. Sam Tisherman has moved up to Vice-Chancellor and Marie Baldisseri has become Chair of the Credentials Committee.
Many members of the Department participated in the Congress itself. The diverse and exciting program was developed by the Program Committee, co-chaired by Sam Tisherman. Other members of the Committee included Marie Baldisseri and John Kellum. Congress faculty included Raj Aneja, Derek Angus, Marie Baldisseri, Hulya Bayir, Joe Carcillo, Bob Clark, Cameron Dezfulian, John Kellum, Michael Pinksy, Chris Seymour, Ann Thompson, Scott Watson, and Doug White. Fellows and faculty presented 28 abstracts, 4 as oral presentations and 24 as posters.
The social highlight of the Congress was the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the American College of Critical Care Medicine. In addition, both the adult and the pediatric critical care training programs had successful alumni reunions.