Kochanek is Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine
with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. He
is also one of the Vice Chairmen of Critical Care Medicine. Dr.
Kochanek received his MD from the University of Chicago in 1980.
After a residency in pediatrics at the University of California,
San Diego he did a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s
National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During his fellowship,
he trained in the area of experimental brain ischemia under Dr.
John Hallenbeck at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda,
Maryland. Dr. Kochanek has been a faculty member at the University
of Pittsburgh since 1986. He has directed the highly successful
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine research effort and since 1994,
has followed in the footsteps of the renowned Dr. Peter Safar as
the Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr.
Kochanek’s major research focus is on mechanisms of secondary
damage after severe traumatic brain injury. His bench to bedside
work in this area has been continuously supported by NINDS/NIH since
1995. Among his accomplishments, he was named the first Established
Investigator of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 1993, Editor-in-Chief
of the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in 2000
and is on the Editorial Boards of both Critical Care Medicine
and the Journal of Neurotrauma. He currently serves on
the Advisory Board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation
Research and on the Council of the National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development. Under his leadership, the Safar Center for
Resuscitation Research has continued to grow and is an inter-departmental
resource with over 14 million dollars of extramural governmental