Cohen Children’s Medical Center Appoints Vice Chair of Research

Cohen Children’s Medical Center recently bolstered its clinical research abilities with the addition of Clifford Deutschman, MD, as vice chair of research.

“The addition of Dr. Deutschman is part of an ongoing effort to enhance clinical and translational research at Cohen Children’s Medical Center,” said Charles Schleien, MD, chair, Department of Pediatrics. “His expertise in the area of critical care medicine has earned him well-deserved international recognition. We are proud to have him on our faculty.”

Over the years, Dr. Deutschman’s research in critical care has centered on sepsis in adults and children. His work has been broad-based, including topics as diverse as sepsis-induced organ dysfunction, the development of guidelines for the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia and critical care research.

Before joining Cohen Children’s, Dr. Deutschman served as an attending anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a tenured professor at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. A prolific writer, Dr. Deutschman has coauthored nearly 100 peer-reviewed research papers in journals such as Critical Care Medicine, Immunity, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Investigation as well as more than 80 chapters, editorials and reviews.

In addition, he is a long-standing member of the editorial boards of Critical Care Medicine and Shock, has been an invited reviewer for numerous other journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He also has served as both a permanent and ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Deutschman is the editor of the textbook EvidenceBased Critical Care and a coauthor of the most recent version of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s guidelines on the management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

Trained as an anesthesiologist and an intensivist, Dr Deutschman received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College before earning a master’s degree from Northwestern College and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and received fellowships in critical care medicine at both Hopkins and the University of Minnesota.

Board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Deutschman is a member of a number of medical and research societies. He served as president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine from 2012 to 2013. He currently cochairs a joint Society of Critical Care Medicine/European Society of Intensive Care Medicine task force to update and revise criteria for the diagnosis of sepsis, septic shock and sepsis-induced organ dysfunction. A native New Yorker, Dr. Deutschman and his wife, Chris Hilke, reside in Huntington Bay.

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