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Dr. Michael Depietro

Director Of Medical ICU research, Codriector Nutritional Support Team
Christiana Care Health Services, Department of Medicine
271 Hockessin Circle

Brief Biography:

I am a 1986 graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia Pa. I subsequently trained in Internal Medicine, and Neurology at Hahnemann and Georgetown University. From 1991-1993 I was a critical care fellow at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. I practiced Neurologic Critical Care at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia Pa, were I was involved with teaching neurology residents and Neurosurgical residents from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I then became a fellow at the National Institutes of Health which lead to board certification in pulmonary disease. From 1999-2012 I was a partner in Pulmonary Associates, a large group practice serving Northern Delaware. Our group provided pulmonary and critical care medicine coverage to Christiana Care Hospital, a large teaching hospital in Newark Delaware, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. I served nearly 5 years as Medical director of the ICU at Christiana. I also helped create the Nutrition support team and am currently co-director of the team. In 2012 Our group was purchased by the health system and I became director of Medical ICU research. For the last 14 years I have been PI or Sub I for a large number of industry sponsored clinical trials in critical care. I continue to be involved in clinical trials, but more recently have also been engaged in increasing the activity of our house staff in clinical research. I have also been working with VISICU Phillips Telemedicine program, to monitor and improve our sedation practices and delirium treatment in the Intensive care unit at Christiana and other hospitals served by VISICU


Academic positions:

Academic Position:

1. 2010- present: Director Medical Intensive Care Research, Dept of Medicine, Christiana Care Health Systems
2. 2007- present: Co director Nutritional Support Team, Christiana Care Health System Newark DE 19173
3. 6/06 – 12/10: Medical Director Medical Intensive Care Unit, Christiana Hospital, Newark DE 19713
4. 7/09-present: Pulmonary Associates PA. Partner in 12 person pulmonary and CCM group at
Christiana Hospital,  Newark DE 19713.

Other Professional Positions:

1. 8/93-7/96: Staff  neuro  intensivist, Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Neurology, Philadelphia, PA.19106


1. 7/96-7/99: Senior Fellow, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Department of
Critical Care Medicine, Bethesda, MD 20892, and from 3/97-4/99 concurrent Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, NW Washington DC 20037
2. 7/91-7/93: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Departments of Anesthesiology and CCM,
and Pulmonary Medicine and CCM, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore,  MD. 21287.
3. 7/88-7/91: PGY-2 Neurology Residency (88-89'), Georgetown University Hospital PGY-3 Internal Medicine Residency (89-90') Georgetown Univ. Hospital PGY-4 Neurology Residency (90-91') Georgetown University Hospital, NW Washington DC 20007
7/87-7/88: PGY-2 Internal Medicine Residency, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. 19102
4. 6/86-6/87: PGY-1 Transitional Year Internship, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Darby, PA. 19023
5. 8/82-6/86: Doctor of Medicine, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. 19102
6. 9/78-8/82: BS in Biology, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510

Academic Appointments:

1. 1/01-present: Clinical Assistant professor of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University School of
Medicine, Philadelphia Pa. 19104
2. 10/94-7/96: Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University School of
Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19107
3. 8/93-8/94: Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. 19104

Administrative Positions:

1. Director Medical Intensive Care Research, Department of Medicine Christiana Hospital Newark Delaware 12/10- present
2. Co Director Nutritional Support Team Christiana Care Health Systems   6/2007- present
3. Director Medical Intensive Care Unit, Dept of Medicine, Christiana Care Health Systems
Newark, DE 19173 06/06-  12/10


Research interests:

Neurologic critical care, including ICU sedation, and delirium treatment, nutrition support in the ICU, infections and sepsis in the ICU, general critical care issues.


Any other information:

I am also interested in medical ethics from the Catholic philosophical perspective. I have worked with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington in developing a Catholic living will and lectured in the community about end of life decision making.


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

I think this is the future of biomedical publication. It will allow more and broader feedback of clinical research, and will address the problem that a large number of clinical studies are never published because of various forms of publication bias. For example it is well described that negative studies are significantly less likely to be published as opposed to positive studies. The concept of Webmed Central is one answer to this.