David T. Huang, MD, MPH Promoted to Professor

David T. Huang, MD, MPH, has been promoted to Professor of Critical Care Medicine, effective September 1, 2019. He is the associate medical director of the Transplant Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore and the director of the Multidisciplinary Acute Care Research Organization (MACRO). His research interests include clinical trials, resuscitation and biomarkers of sepsis, and neuromuscular blockade and acute respiratory distress syndrome spanning both the critical care and emergency medicine fields.

“David is the rare individual who is an outstanding investigator, clinician, educator, and administrator,” said Douglas White, MD, MAS, who is vice chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. “In the nine years since David became director of MACRO, his productivity and MACRO’s output have been outstanding: he has published more than 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, The BMJ, and Chest, and has accrued diverse funding from the NIH, foundations, and the University, all while undertaking a 50% clinical load in the Transplant ICU.”

Dr. Huang has expanded the academic scope of the of the MACRO research associate program into a formal internship, providing these undergraduate RAs with lectures by MACRO physician investigators, opportunities to clinically shadow, and greater structured learning in addition to their key function enrolling patients in clinical trials. He also devotes considerable time as mentor or co-mentor to fellows and junior faculty in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

MACRO serves investigators seeking to maximize the productivity and efficiency of acute care research, from the pre-hospital setting to the ICU and inpatient wards. Services include 24/7 screening and enrollment into clinical trials and assistance in the conduct of prospective, observational, patient-oriented acute care research.

Dr. Huang earned his MD at New York Medical College, followed by an Emergency Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, and completed both his Critical Care Medicine fellowship and NIH T32 research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, while also undertaking an MPH at the Graduate School of Public Health. He was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Critical Care Medicine in 2004.

His work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2010 Peter Reizenstein Prize from the International Society for Quality Health Care, 2006 Young Investigator Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the 2015 Clinicals Research Achievement Award for his work on the ProCESS clinical trial.