Departmental News

Former Fellow, Jessica Wallisch, MD, Acknowledges Career-Defining Mentorship
February 14, 2019

Jessica Wallisch, MD, a former T32 post-doctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, acknowledged her Pittsburgh-based research training and mentoring in an “ECI Biocommentary” in the journal Pediatric Research, published on January 19, 2019. Two pivotal mentors…read more...

Cameron Dezfulian, MD, Awarded a Grant from PPDC for Pediatric Development of Threadrite IV
February 11, 2019

Threadrite IV moved a step closer to reality in kids when Cameron Dezfulian, MD, was awarded a $50,000 grant for pediatric development of the product from the Philadelphia Pediatric Device Consortium…read more...

2019 Alumni Reunion at SCCM Congress
January 23, 2019

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) announced the venue for the 2019 Alumni Reunion to be held during the 48th Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. All current and former fellows are invited to join Lori…read more...

CIRC Leaders Learn About InS:PIRE, a Program to Help Survivors of Critical Illness
December 19, 2018
Brad Butcher, MD, and Tammy Eaton, MSN, RN, the founders of the newly established Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC) at UPMC Mercy, participated in the annual InS:PIRE conference hosted by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland in late November…read more...
Sachin Yende, MD, Appointed Interim Deputy Chief of Staff at VAPHS
December 12, 2018
Sachin Yende, MD, assumes a new leadership role as the Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System (VAPHS). He will continue to serve as Vice President of Critical Care, a position he has held at…read more...
Champion of Women’s Issues Honored with National GWIMS Leadership Award
December 03, 2018
A leading figure in the field of pediatric critical care medicine, Ann E. Thompson, MD, received the 2018 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Award for an individual. The award recognizes Dr. Thompson’s commitment to developing women…read more...
Two Critical Care Medicine Faculty Cited as Top 1% of Researchers Worldwide
November 29, 2018

Derek Angus, MD, MPH, and John Kellum, MD, are identified as researchers making an impact in solving the world’s biggest challenges by Clarivate Analytics in the annual 2018 Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list. Due to their extensive critical…read more...

Tim Girard, MD, MSCI Awarded U01 Grant from NHLBI
November 08, 2018
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded Tim Girard, MD, MSCI, a U01 grant to conduct a series of multicenter, hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials. He aims to identify the optimal strategy for promoting the use of post-extubation, noninvasive ventilation among…read more...
Alicia Au, MD, MS, Promoted to Associate Medical Director
September 24, 2018

Alicia Au, MD, MS, has been promoted to associate medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Au is an excellent clinician who is deeply committed to improving outcomes in critically…read more...

Endowment for Anoxic Brain Injury Gifted to Safar Center
August 31, 2018

The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research was recently gifted an endowment made in memory of Mr. Lloyd Reback. This special endowment of over $300,000 will support new research initiatives on the topic of anoxic brain injury undertaken by Safar Center…read more...

Chris Seymour, MD, MSc, Provides Expert Commentary for Sepsis Alliance Educational Video
August 22, 2018

September is National Sepsis Awareness Month, which also includes World Sepsis Day on the 13th. The Sepsis Alliance launched a first responder training video on August 11, 2018 to teach EMS personnel how to properly and quickly identify sepsis cases.…read more...

Lori Shutter, MD, is Co-PI for BOOST-3, a $32 Million Multicenter, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Trial
August 22, 2018

Under the guidance of co-principal investigator, Lori Shutter, MD, the University of Pittsburgh is a coordinating center for the $32 million Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe TBI, Phase 3 (BOOST-3) clinical trial, which aims to improve outcomes for severe traumatic…read more...

New Leadership Appointments in Pediatric Critical Care
August 06, 2018

Due to the growth and success of the pediatric critical care program, a number of leadership appointments have been made to ensure a strong leadership team directing and planning for the Division’s future. Robert Clark, MD, has been appointed to Vice…read more...

8th Annual AKI Symposium Features Kidney Health Experts and Patient Advocate
August 02, 2018

Fostering Across-Campus Research Collaboration on Acute Kidney Injury and Promoting Patient Advocacy and Kidney Health Education

VENUE: University of Pittsburgh, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower; Conference Room S120, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15261

The 1-½ day AKI Symposium on October…

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, Awarded K08 Grant to Evaluate SEP-1 Program
August 01, 2018

Ian Barbash, MD, MS, a CRISMA associate faculty member and former CRISMA postdoctoral scholar, has been awarded a K08 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, entitled ‘Evaluating National…read more...

Giving Plasma to Trauma Patients with Severe Bleeding During Air Transport Saves Lives
July 31, 2018

Two units of plasma given in a medical helicopter on the way to the hospital could increase the odds of survival by 10 percent for traumatically injured patients with severe bleeding, according to the results of a national clinical…read more...

7th Annual AKI Symposium Included Patient Advocate Experience
October 23, 2017
The 7th Annual AKI Symposium, held October 19, 2017, drew a diverse and engaged group of acute kidney injury (AKI) physician-scientists and junior investigators. The symposium featured two keynote speakers—Andrew Shaw, MBBS, and Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD—and, for the…read more...

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