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Laura E. Evans, MD, MSc, Chair

Laura E. Evans, MDDr. Evans is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and the Medical Director of Critical Care at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her interests focus on education, patient safety and quality improvement in the intensive care unit, particularly around sepsis.

She joined the Critical Care Medicine Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2014. She has served as the Chair of the Internal Medicine Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and served on the Guidelines Oversight Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians. She currently serves as the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines co-Chair on the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Evans earned her medical degree at the University of Michigan and completed her internal medicine residency at Columbia University. She completed pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship training and earned a master of science degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

As of November 2019, Dr. Evans reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Elsevier, receiving compensation for authorship for textbook for medical students.

Dr. Evans serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, Co-Chair, Council, Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Jeffrey F. Barletta, PharmD

Jeffrey F. Barletta, PharmDDr. Barletta is a Professor with tenure and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. Prior to his position at Midwestern University, Dr. Barletta was a clinical specialist in surgical intensive care at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Barletta joined the Critical Care Medicine Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2018. He is a past member of Council for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and current member of the SCCM Strategic Planning Committee. He has served on the SCCM Program Committee, the SCCM Research Committee and the Executive Committee for the Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network. He is a past-Chair for the SCCM Section of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Dr. Barletta is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Barletta has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters related to clinical outcomes with drug therapy in the critically ill or injured patient. He was co-editor of a textbook titled, “Drug Induced Complications in the Critically Ill Patient”.

Dr. Barletta holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now known as the University of the Sciences) and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed residencies in pharmacy practice and critical care, both at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

As of March 2020, Dr. Barletta reported the following external relationship:

Work as an author or editor for following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Wolters Kluwer, receiving compensation as a consultant.

Dr. Barletta serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Council Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Kimberly Bird, MD

Kimberly BirdDr. Kimberly Bird is a board-certified Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine physician and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director working at Sovah Health Danville in Danville, Virginia. She has served as the Medical Director of the Critical Care Unit and the Sleep Lab at Sovah Health Danville since 2005. She has also served as the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at Sovah Health Danville since 2016.

In 2016 and 2019, Dr. Bird received the Michael Moore Excellence in Education Award for the education of medical residents. In addition, Dr. Bird speaks to medical students, medical residents, and physicians at conferences and lectures for educational purposes and professional development.

Dr. Bird completed her undergraduate work at Wake Forest University where she graduated with honors. She completed her medical degree, her residency in Internal Medicine, and her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As of January 2020, Dr. Bird reported no external relationships.

Tessa Damm, DO

Tess DammDr. Damm is a practicing intensivist within a multidisciplinary critical care group at a quaternary referral center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care.

Her clinical practice currently includes care of patients in medical, neurologic, cardiac, and surgical intensive cares units. In addition to her clinical duties she serves as a clinical adjunct assistant professor for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. She is also faculty for a critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her professional passions include medical education, point of care ultrasound, and the difficult airway.

Dr. Damm received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctor of osteopathic medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and subsequently completed a chief residency, as well as fellowships in both medical critical care and neurocritical care, also at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

As of January 2020, Dr. Damm reported no external relationships.

Victor Kim, MD

Victor Kim, MDDr. Kim, who is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine, is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.

Previously, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and an Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Kim has been active in medical student education and was co-Director of the pulmonary pathophysiology course for Temple University School of Medicine. He also lectures to the Temple University School of Podiatry on pulmonary disease. He also served as Chief Medical Resident at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Kim is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the COPD Foundation. He is a member of ABIM Critical Care Medicine Board.

Dr. Kim received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kim trained as a fellow in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Temple University, and as a resident at Thomas Jefferson University. He received the Sol Sherry Award for Excellence in Research during fellowship, and the Outstanding Teaching Resident Award during residency.

As of July 2019, Dr. Kim reported no external relationships.

Michael F. McDuffie, PhD

Michael F. McDuffie, PhDDr. McDuffie is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM). He specializes in bioethics and clinical ethics, and he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the CSUSM School of Nursing. He is also Faculty Director of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM.

Dr. McDuffie has taught at CSUSM since 1996. Previously he held positions at Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut; Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. McDuffie serves as a Community Member of the Hospital Ethics Committee, the Clinical Ethics Consulting Team, and the Investigational Review Committee at Palomar Health, Escondido, California. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Medicine Board. He is also a Community Member of the Ethics Committee at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, and the San Diego County Medical Society Bioethics Commission.

His earlier publications fell mostly in the area of phenomenological philosophy, on topics of aesthetics, the philosophy of literature and the social construction of meaning. In recent years, he has focused on bioethics, and his current research addresses assorted topics in the philosophy of medicine and clinical ethics (mind/body interaction, neuroethics, the goals of medicine, problems of non-beneficial treatment, decision-making for unrepresented patients, etc.).

Dr. McDuffie received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and literature at New College of Florida and a doctoral degree in philosophy at Yale University.

As of July 2019, Dr. McDuffie reported no external relationships.

Rahul Nanchal, MD

Rahul Nanchal, MDDr. Nanchal is Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is currently the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care Fellowship Program and Chair of the Critical Care Committee for Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Nanchal serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Medicine Board. He serves as the co-Chair of the Hepatic Failure Guidelines for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and as a member of the Society’s Program Planning Committee.

Dr. Nanchal received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, followed by fellowship training in critical care medicine at Saint Louis University/St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

As of July 2019, Dr. Nanchal reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Nanchal serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member, Internal Medicine Steering Committee; Co-Chair, Guideline Committee, "Liver Failure in the ICU"; without compensation.

Angel O. Coz Yataco, MD

Angel Coz YatacoDr. Coz Yataco is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist, the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He served as the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Central California Veterans Affairs Health Care System until June 2017. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Coz Yataco has a strong interest in critical care, mechanical ventilation, sepsis resuscitation and medical education. He has led multiple quality improvement initiatives including efforts improve early detection and aggressive management of sepsis and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Sepsis Alliance. He is also a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines update panel.

Dr. Coz Yataco holds multiple leadership positions at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST): He is a member of the Guidelines Oversight Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Council of Networks, and a member of the Board of Regents. Moreover, he has been awarded the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation. He has given multiple talks on critical care, sepsis and pulmonary topics at the national and international level. Dr. Coz Yataco has published several peer reviewed articles and serves as ad hoc reviewer for several Journals including CHEST, Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Moreover, he is the section editor of the Critical Care Commentary of the CHEST Physician Newsletter.

Dr. Coz Yataco received his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in 2009 and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in 2012.

As of January 2020, Dr. Coz Yataco reported the following external relationships.

Dr. Coz Yataco serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • CHEST, teaching a symposium, and serving as section editor for the critical care commentary section, receiving honoraria.