Penny L. Sappington, MD

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information


Administrative Contact:
Joanne Woodson

Education & Training

BS, Biology, North Carolina A&T State University, 1989
MD, Pennsylvania State University, 1994
Residency, Internal Medicine, Howard University Hospital, 1997
Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Howard University Hospital, 1999
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2000

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

•    Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)


Chonde M, Sappington P, Kormos R, Althouse A, Boujoukos A. The use of ECMO for the treatment of refractory cardiac arrest or postarrest cardiogenic shock following in-hospital cardiac arrest: a 10-year experience. Journal of intensive care medicine. 2018 Jan 1:0885066617751398. 

Bermudez CA, Rocha RV, Zaldonis D, Bhama JK, Crespo MM, Shigemura N, Pilewski JM, Sappington PL, Boujoukos AJ, Toyoda Y. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplant: midterm outcomes. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2011 Oct 1;92(4):1226-32. 

Bermudez CA, Rocha RV, Toyoda Y, Zaldonis D, Sappington PL, Mulukutla S, Marroquin OC, Toma C, Bhama JK, Kormos RL. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for advanced refractory shock in acute and chronic cardiomyopathy. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2011 Dec 1;92(6):2125-31. 

Bermudez CA, Rocha RV, Sappington PL, Toyoda Y, Murray HN, Boujoukos AJ. Initial experience with single cannulation for venovenous extracorporeal oxygenation in adults. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2010 Sep 1;90(3):991-5.

Medical Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Division, Procirca Perfusion Services
Medical Director, Procirca ECMO Simulation Committee
Program Director, ECMO Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

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