Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Dezfulian is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He presently attends within both the adult and pediatric intensive care units and is a consultant with the Pitt Post-Cardiac Arrest Service which sees over 350 cardiac arrest consults annually. Dr. Dezfulian's translational research interests are in neuroprotection after cardiac arrest with the goal of optimizing post-resuscitation care. His laboratory is based in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research where he performs in vitro and in vivo modeling of cardiac arrest brain injury. He is the PI of an ongoing RCT of inhaled nitric oxide after OHCA at Pitt and a co-investigator of an ongoing RCT of IV nitrite after OHCA in Seattle. These clinical trials stem from his earlier bench studies of nitrite and nitric oxide based protection after cardiac arrest. More recently Dr. Dezfulian has examined distinct patterns of organ injury after asphyxial cardiac arrest such as he sees clinically in the wake of the rising opioid epidemic compared to traditional cardiac etiology sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Dezfulian is lead author on a pending scientific statement examining the features of Opioid Associated OHCA. Dr. Dezfulian is PI and director of an AHA funded undergraduate summer research program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the chair of the 3CPR Early Career Council and serves on the 3CPR leadership and SCILL committees. He is a member of the AHA ECC Science Subcommittee and Pediatric Emphasis Group.
Wednesday, December 11
9:15 AM – 10:05 AM