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Feb. 3,  2011

American College of Critical Care Medicine Honors Timothy Buchman as Distinguished Investigator

ATLANTA — The American College of Critical Care Medicine has honored Timothy Buchman, MD, PhD, FCCM, with the Distinguished Investigator Award – the organization’s most prestigious honor.

The Distinguished Investigator Award honors clinical researchers for meritorious and pioneering work in critical care, and for significantly contributing to the understanding of disease and treatment of critically ill and injured patients.

Buchman, who is professor of surgery and anesthesiology at Emory University, is also the founding director of the Emory Center for Critical Care (ECCC). The ECCC recently became Emory’s newest comprehensive center of excellence, integrating Intensive Care Units throughout the Emory Healthcare system, bringing together clinicians and investigators from diverse disciplines to conduct research to define best clinical practices and inform public health policy. The center also houses Emory’s training programs in critical care anesthesiology, surgical critical care, and pulmonary/medical critical care.

“Dr. Buchman’s vision and leadership in developing the Emory Center for Critical Care has helped us to ensure the highest-quality critical care for patients across all facilities in Emory Healthcare, to integrate patient/family-centered care with research and teaching, and to provide more integrated, effective, and efficient use of resources,” says Wright Caughman, MD, executive vice president for Health Affairs and CEO of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center.  “In addition to his professional acumen, he also brings a high degree of energy and compassion to his lifesaving work, and this recognition of his achievements by ACCM is richly deserved.”

Buchman received his undergraduate and master's degrees, as well as a PhD in virology at the University of Chicago, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

He is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the largest organization of critical care professionals worldwide. He currently is president of the Society for Complexity in Acute Illness and is deputy editor of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. His research spans the bench-to-bedside continuum, including studies of physiological dynamics and of ICU end-of-life care. Before joining Emory, Buchman served as professor of surgery and director of Acute and Critical Care Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. And prior to his 15 years on the faculty at Washington University, Dr. Buchman directed the surgical intensive care unit and the trauma center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he completed his surgical training.

The American College of Critical Care Medicine was created in 1988, and is committed to fostering the highest goals of multi-professional critical care medicine, honoring individuals whose achievements and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to these goals, promoting a forum for the development of collaborative practice among the specialties and professions providing critical care, developing guidelines and practice parameters, and providing the Society with a consultative body possessing recognized expertise in the practice of critical care.  

The prestigious designation of Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) honors practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the collaborative field of critical care. The College is comprised of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals who are all experts in their fields.         


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