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Critical Care Research

The critical care faculty of the Emory Department of Surgery are highly active researchers. Their basic science studies typically focus on gut integrity and the immunological host response in sepsis, with special attention to the settings of cancer or alcohol abuse, while their bench-to-bedside research often concentrates on designing, testing, and implementing innovations in critical care.

Dr. Tim Buchman

Tim Buchman

Dr. Timothy Buchman's translational research includes NIH-funded studies of physiological dynamics, the application of streaming analytics to patient data, and ICU end-of-life care. As the founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC), which is integrating ICUs throughout the wider Emory Healthcare system, Dr. Buchman is bringing together multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians to enable research that defines best clinical practice. The goal of much of his work is to develop sophisticated systems and processes that will give ICU clinicians the ability to predict and plan for the future of each patient.

Before joining Emory in 2009, Dr. Buchman served as professor of surgery and director of Acute and Critical Care Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prior to his 15 years on the faculty at Washington University, Dr. Buchman directed the surgical intensive care unit and founded the trauma center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he completed his surgical training.

Dr. Craig Coopersmith

Craig Coopersmith

Dr. Craig Coopersmith is one of the top investigators of sepsis and shock in the country. In 2013, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, an organization that requires its members to have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. He is also immediate past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the world's largest multi-professional ICU organization.

Dr. Coopersmith's current research activity includes an NIH T32 training grant and four NIH R01 grants, three of which are collaborative studies with Emory transplant immunologist Dr. Mandy Ford that are investigating aspects of the immunological host response in sepsis.