Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM

Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Vice Chair

Ake N. Grenvik Endowed Chair in Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information


Education & Training

BS, Zoology, University of Michigan, 1976
MD, University of Chicago, 1980
Internship, Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 1981
Residency, Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 1983
Fellowship, Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, 1986

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury
  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care

Marion DW, Penrod LE, Kelsey SF, Obrist WD, Kochanek PM, Palmer AM, Wisniewski SR, Dekosky ST. Treatment of traumatic brain injury with moderate hypothermia. New England Journal of Medicine. 1997 Feb 20;336(8):540-6.

Simon DW, McGeachy MJ, Bayır H, Clark RS, Loane DJ, Kochanek PM. The far-reaching scope of neuroinflammation after traumatic brain injury. Nature Reviews Neurology. 2017 Mar;13(3):171.

Kochanek PM, Bramlett HM, Dixon CE, Shear DA, Dietrich WD, Schmid KE, Mondello S, Wang KK, Hayes RL, Povlishock JT, Tortella FC. Operation brain trauma therapy: approach to modeling, therapy evaluation, drug selection, and biomarker assessments, for a multi-center pre-clinical drug screening consortium for acute therapies in severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2015;522:513-22.

Kochanek PM, Jackson TC. The brain and hypothermia—from Aristotle to targeted temperature management. Critical care medicine. 2017 Feb;45(2):305.

Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
Director, Training in Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research

Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2017
Master in Critical Care Medicine, 2012
Distinguished Career Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care, 2008
Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2015