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Michael PINSKY, United States / Professor / Vice Chair Academic Affairs

Department of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
[Educational Background]
• 1971
- BSc, McGill University, Canada
• 1974
- MD, CM, McGill University, Canada

[Work Experience]
• 1974-1978
- Medical Resident and Pulmonary Fellow, Stanford University, USA
• 1979-1981
- Cardiopulmonary Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA
• 1981-1986
- Assistant Professor, Medicine and Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh, USA
• 1987-1991
- Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA
• 1991-2001
- Professor, Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh, USA
• 2001-present
- Professor of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh USA

[Publications Featuring Your Research Findings within Last 5 Years]
1. Maas JJ, Geerts BF, de Wilde RBC, van den Berg PCM, Pinsky MR, Jansen JRC. Assessment of venous return
curve and mean systemic filling pressure in post-operative cardiac surgery patients. Crit Care Med 37(3): 912-918,
2009. (PMID: 19237896)
2. Alhammouri M, Kim HK, Mokhtar Y, Cannesson M, Tanabe M, Gorcsan III J, Schwartzman D, Pinsky MR. Effects of
different left ventricular pacing sites on contractile synchrony and cardiac performance. Crit Care & Shock 12(2): 67-
84, 2009. (PMID: 21949483 PMCID: PMC3178394)
3. Simon MA, Mathier M, Deible C, Madan S, Goitein O, Lacomis J, Shroff SG, Pinsky MR. Phenotyping the right
ventricle in patients with pulmonary hypertension. Clin Translat Sci 2 (4):294-299, 2009. (PMID: 20443908: PMCID:
4. Simon M, Deible C, Mathier M, Shroff S, Pinsky MR, Lopez-Candales A. Tissue Doppler imaging of right ventricular
decompensation in pulmonary hypertension. Congestive Heart Failure 15(6): 271-276, 2009. (PMID: 19925505 PMCID:
5. Gomez H, Mesquida J, Simon P, Kim HK, Puyana JC, Ince C, Pinsky MR. Characterization of tissue oxygen
saturation and the vascular occlusion test: Influence of measurement sites, probe sizes and deflation thresholds. Crit
Care 13 (Suppl 5): S3, 2009 (PMID: 19951387: PMCID: PMC2786105)
6. Namas N, Ghuma A, Torres A, Polanco P, Gomez H, Barclay D, Gordon L, Zenker S, Hermus L, Zamora R, Rosengart
MR, Clermont G, Peitzman A, Billiar TR, Ochoa J, Pinsky MR, Puyana JC, Vodovotz Y. An adequately robust early
TNF- response is a hallmark of survival following trauma/hemorrhage. PLos One Medicine 4(12): e8406, 2009.
(PMID: 20027315: PMCID: PMC26794373)
7. Lamia B, Tanabe M, Kim HK, Gorcsan III J, Pinsky MR. Quantifying the role of regional dyssynchrony on global
ventricular performance. J Am Coll Cardiol: Cardiovasc Imaging 2(12): 1350-1356, 2009. (PMID: 20083067: PMCID:
8. Azoulay E, Timsit JF, Sprung CL, Soares M, Rusinová K, Lafabrie A, Abizanda R, Svantesson M, Rubulotta F, Ricou
B, Benoit D, Heyland D, Joynt G, Français A, Azeivedo-Maia P, Owczuk R, Benbenishty J, de Vita M, Valentin A,
Ksomos A, Cohen S, Kompan L, Ho K, Abroug F, Kaarlola A, Gerlach H, Kyprianou T, Michalsen A, Chevret S,
Schlemmer B Conflicus Study Investigators and for the Ethics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care
Medicine.(Pinsky MR one of the contributors) Prevalence and factors of intensive care unit conflicts: the Conflicus
study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 180(9):853-860: 2009. (PMID: 19644049)
9. Zenker S, Polanco PM, Torres A, Clermont G, Kim HK, Vodovotz Y, Pinsky MR, Namas RA, Puyana JC. Very low
frequency variability in the peripheral circulation: the possibility of plethysmographic quantification. Eur J
Anaesthesiol 26(6):522-524, 2009.
10. Van Pelt DC, Schulz R, Chelluri L, Pinsky MR. Patient-specific, time-varying predictors of post-ICU caregiver burden:
The caregiver-outcomes after ICU discharge project. Chest 137(1): 88-94, 2010.(PMID: 19762552: PMCID:
11. Schwartzman D, Johnson L, Tanaka H, Ota T, Gorcsan J III, Lamia B, Pinsky MR, Shroff SG. Dynamic and site-
specific impact of ventricular pacing on left ventricular ejection fraction. Heart Rhythm 7: 813-819, 2010. (PMID:
20206298 PMCID: PMC3771404)
12. Vincent JL, Singer M, Marini JJ, Moreno R, Levy M, Matthay MA, Pinsky MR, Rhodes A, Ferguson N, Evans T,
Annane D, Hall JB. Thirty years of critical care medicine. Crit Care 14(5): 310, 2010. (PMID: 20550727 PMCID:
13. Pinsky MR. Complexity modeling: Identifying instability early. in: Singer M & Matthay MA (eds.) Thinking outside the
box: Proceedings of a Round Table Conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 2010. Crit Care Med 38(10): S649-S655,
2010. (PMID 21164410)
14. Hadian M, Kim H, Severyn DA, Pinsky MR. Cross-comparison of cardiac output trending accuracy of LiDCO, PiCCO
FloTrac and pulmonary artery catheters Crit Care 14(6): R212, 2010.(PMID: 21092290 PMCID: PMC3220011)
15. Geerts BF, Maas JJ, Lagrand WK, Aarts LP, Pinsky MR, Jansen JRC. Partitioning the resistances along the vascular
tree: effects of dobutamine and hypovolemia in piglets with an intact circulation. J Clin Monit Comp 24:377-384, 2010.
(PMID: 20803060)
16. Hadian M, Severyn D, Pinsky MR. The effects of vasoactive drugs on pulse pressure and stroke volume variation in
post-operative ventilated patients. J Crit Care 26(3): 328.el-e8, 2011. (PMID 21036528 PMCID PMC3103641)
17. Hravnak M, DeVita MA, Clontz A, Edwards L, Valenta C, Pinsky MR. Cardiorespiratory instability before and after
implementing an integrated monitoring system. Crit Care Med 39(1) 65-72, 2011. (PMID: 20935559: PMCID: PMC3473290)
18. Lamia B, Tanabe M, Tanaka H, Kim HK, Gorcsan J, Pinsky MR. Left ventricular systolic torsion correlates global
cardiac performance during dyssynchrony and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Am J Physiol (Heart Circ) 300:
H853-H858, 2011. (PMID: 21169399: PMCID: PMC3064300)
19. Simon MA, Pinsky MR. Right ventricular dysfunction and failure in chronic pressure overload. Cardiol Res Pract 23:
568095, 2011. (PMID 21559218 PMCID: PMC3087982)
20. Tarassenko L, Clifton DA, Pinsky MR, Hravnak M, Woods JR, Watkinson PJ. Centile-based early warning scores
derived from statistical distributions of vital signs. Resuscitation 82: 1013-1018, 2011. (PMID 21482011)
21. Expert Round Table on Ultrasound in the ICU. (Pinsky MR one of 29 collaborators) International expert statement on
training standards for critical care ultrasonography. Intensive Care Med 37(7): 1077-1083, 2011. (PMID 21614639)
22. Mesquida J, Kim HK, Pinsky MR. Effect of tidal volume, intrathoracic pressure and cardiac contractility on variations in
pulse pressure, stroke volume and intrathoracic blood volume. Intensive Care Med 37(10): 1672-1679, 2011. (PMID:
21739340 PMCID: PMC3818902)
23. Hatib F, JRC Jansen, Pinsky MR. Peripheral vascular decoupling in porcine endotoxic shock. J Appl Physiol 111(3):
853-860, 2011. (PMID: 21700890 PMCID: PMC3174791)
24. Vincent JL, Rhodes A, Perel A, Martin GS, Della Rocca G, Vallet B, Pinsky MR, Hofer C, Teboul JL, de Boode WP,
Scoletta S, Vieillard-Baron A, De Backer D, Walley KR, Maggiorini M, Singer M. Update on Hemodynamic Monitoring:
A Consensus of 16. Crit Care 15: 229, 2011. (PMID: 21884645 PMCID: PMC3387592)
25. Garcia X, Pinsky MR. Clinical applicability of functional hemodynamic monitoring. Ann Crit Care 2011 1:35, 2011.
(PMID: 21906267 PMCID: PMC3170571)
26. Valentin A, Ferdinande P, ESICM Working Group on Quality Improvement (Pinsky MR listed working group co-author).
Recommendations on basic requirements for intensive care unit structural and organizational aspects. Intensive Care
Med 37(10): 1575-1587, 2011. (PMID: 21918847)
27. Johnson L, Lamia B, Kim HK, Tanabe M, Gorcsan J, Schwartzman D, Shroff S, Pinsky MR. Physiological relevance of
quantifying segmental contraction synchrony. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol (PACE) 35:174-187, 2012. (PMID: 22017611
PMCID: PMC3770141)
28. Mesquida J, Espinal C, Graurtmoner G, Masip J, Sabatier C, Baigorri F, Pinsky MR, Artigas A. Prognostic
implications of tissue oxygenation in human septic shock. Intensive Care Med 38:592-597, 2012. (PMID: 22310873)
29. Guyette FX, Gomez H, Suffoletto B, Quintero J, Mesquida J, Kim HK, Puyana JC, Pinsky MR. Prehospital dynamic
tissue O2 saturation response predicts in-hospital morality in trauma patients. J Trauma 72(4):930-935, 2012. (PMID:
22491607 PMCID: PMC3770128)
30. Maas JJ, Pinsky MR, de Wilde RBP, Aarts LP Jansen JRC. Determination of the vascular waterfall phenomenon by
bedside measurement of mean systemic filling pressure and critical closing pressure in postoperative cardiac
surgery patients. Anesth Analg 114(4): 803-810, 2012. (PMID: 22344243 PMCID: PMC3310263)
31. Gómez H, Mesquida J, Hermus L, Polanco P, Kim HK, Zenker S, Torres A, Namas R, Gordon L, Severyn D, Vodovotz
Y, Clermont G, Puyana JC, Pinsky MR. Physiologic responses to severe hemorrhagic shock and the genesis of
cardiovascular collapse: Can irreversibility be anticipated? J Surg Trauma 178(1): 358-369, 2012. (PMID: 22475354)
32. Yousef K, Pinsky MR, DeVita MA, Sereika S, Hravnak M. Characteristics of patient with cardiorespiratory instability in
a step-down unuit. Am J Crit Care 21(5) 344-350, 2012.(PMID: 229417080 PMCID: PMC3679534)
33. Ott LK, Pinsky MR, Hoffman LA, Clarke SP, Clark S, Ren D, Hravnak M. Medical Emergency Team Calls in the
Radiology Department: Characteristics and Outcomes. BMJ – QualSaf 21(6): 509-518, 2012. (PMID: 222389020
PMCID: PMC3630458)
34. Maas JJ, MD, Pinsky MR, Aarts LP, Jansen JRC. Bedside assessment of stressed volume, total systemic vascular
compliance and cardiac function curves in ICU patients. Anesth Analg 115(4): 880-887, 2012. (PMID: 227639097)
35. Maas JJ, Pinsky MR, Geerts BF, de Wilde RB, Jansen JR. Estimating mean systemic filling pressure in postoperative
cardiac surgery patients with three methods. Intensive Care Med 38(9):1452-1460, 2012 (PMID: 22584797 PMCID:
36. Zenker S, Kim HK, Clermont G, Pinsky MR. Robust model-based quantification of global ventricular torsion from
spatially sparse 3-D time series data by orthogonal distance regression. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol (PACE) 36(1):
13-23, 2013. (NIHMS 396598)(PMID: 22897587)(PMCID: PMC3502665)
37. Maas JJ, Pinsky MR, de Wilde RB, de Jonge E, Jansen JR, Cardiac output response to norepinephrine in
postoperative cardiac surgery patients: interpretation with venous return and cardiac function curves. Crit Care Med
39(1): 143-150, 2013 (PMID: 23128382).
38. Guarracino F, Baldassarri R, Pinsky MR. Ventriculo-arterial decoupling in acutely altered hemodynamic states. Crit
Care 17(2):213, 2013. (PMID: 23510336, PMCID: in process).
39. García X, Simon P, Guyette FX, Ramani R, Alvarez R, Quintero J, Pinsky MR. Non-invasive assessment of dyspnea in
the Emergency Department. Chest 144(2):610-615, 2013. (PMID: 23471509)
40. Puyana JC, Pinsky MR, U Leuenberger, J Berkow Model-based prediction of autoregulatory exhaustion in response
to lower body negative pressure-induced shock. J Trauma 75(2 Suppl 2):S190-S196, 2013. (PMID: 23883907)
41. Lee J, Ogedele O, Pike F, Pinsky MR. Effect of acute endotoxemia on analogue estimates of mean systemic pressure.
J Crit Care 28(5): 880.e9-15, 2013. (PMID: 23731817, PMCID: PMC4075759)
42. Gruartmoner G, Mesquida J, Masip J, Martínez ML, Villagra A, Pinsky MR, Artigas A, Baigorri F. Tissue oxygen
saturation (StO2) during weaning from mechanical ventilation: An observational study. Euro Respir J 43(1):143-150,
2014. (PMID: 23314894).
43. Mayo PH, Vieillard-Baron A, Vignon P, Cholley B, Slama M, Pinsky MR, McLean A, Choi G, Beaulieu Y, Arntfield R,
Koenig S, Colreavy F, Canivet JL, De Backer D. International Consensus Statement on Training Standards for
Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography: Expert Round Table on Echocardiography in ICU. Intensive Care Med
40(5):654-666, 2014. (PMID: 24615559)
44. Guarracino F, Ferro B, Morelli A, Baldisseri R, Pinsky MR. Arterio-ventricular decoupling in human septic shock. Crit
Care 18(2): R80, 2014. (PMID 24762124)
45. Pinsky MR. My paper 20 years later: Effect of positive end-expiratory pressure on right ventricular function in humans.
Intensive Care Med 40(7): 935-941, 2014. (PMID: 24760121)

• 2002
- Docteur honoris causa (Dr. h.c.), Université René Descartes Paris V (La Sorbonne), Paris, France
• 2004
- Sodalem honoris causa, Bohemian Society of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Acute Care Medicine, Czech
• 2009
- J. Earl Wynands Endowed Lectureship in Cardiac Anesthesiology, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada
• 2010
- Profesor Honoraria, Universidad de Iberoamérica, San José, Costa Rica
• 2010
- Honorary Member, Academia Colombia de Medicina Critica, Bogotá, Colombia
• 2011
- 1st Gertie Marx/FAER lectureship, Society of Obstetrical Anesthesiology and Perinatology
• 2012
- Master (MCCM), College of Critical Care Medicine
• 2012
- Visiting Professor, Peking Union People’s University, China
• 2012
- Honorary Member, European society of Intensive Care Medicine
• 2013
- SMART Distinguished Achievement Award, Milano, Italy