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Pandharipande named chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care

Mar. 20, 2014, 9:14 AM

Pratik Pandharipande, M.D., MSCI, professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, has been named chief of the Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, succeeding C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D., who was named chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital earlier this month.

Pratik Pandharipande, M.D., MSCI

Pandharipande, a Vanderbilt faculty member since 2001, is an internationally recognized National Institutes of Health-funded investigator in the area of delirium and sedation, and his studies conducted with fellow Vanderbilt researchers have significantly impacted the care of critically ill patients in intensive care units throughout the world.

“Pratik accepted the challenge of serving as associate division chief for Critical Care Medicine in early 2013, and he brought his highly structured approach to research to this role,” said Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Anesthesiology. “He’s been instrumental in reorganizing the group for long-term success in patient care, research, education and administration, particularly as the future of health care continues to evolve. It’s an honor to have Pratik represent our department and Vanderbilt in this capacity.”

“Pratik has continued to develop as a leader, not just in the Anesthesiology Critical Care Division, but also within the department and institution, as well as nationally and internationally,” Parmley said. “His ongoing contribution to the knowledge related to caring for critically ill patients is significant. It is a true honor to have been associated with Pratik during this phase of his professional growth, and I’m delighted he has accepted this position.”

Pandharipande received his medical degree from the University of Nagpur in India. After completing a research assistantship in surgical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed an anesthesiology residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He then completed a fellowship in Critical Care Anesthesia in 2001 at VUMC. In 2005, Pandharipande completed a Master in Science and Clinical Investigation degree at Vanderbilt.

His clinical practice is divided between VUMC and the intensive care unit at the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s Nashville campus.

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