Dr. Ron Poropatich Announced as CMMR Director

The following message from Dr. Arthur Levine, Dean of the School of Medicine announced Dr. Ron Poropatich as the new Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research as CMMR Founding Director Rocky Tuan transitions to a new role at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

I am very pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2018, Ron Poropatich, MD, has accepted appointment as Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences. Dr. Poropatich (Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Senior Advisor for Telemedicine, UPMC; and retired US Army Colonel) has made significant inroads with senior leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) medical research community and Pitt faculty since his arrival at Pitt in 2012, when the Center was established.

The mission of the Center for Military Medicine Research is to develop new research themes and to promote collaboration among investigators in the Health Sciences and related disciplines, which will lead to significant scientific and clinical advances that support the medical needs of the DOD and Veterans Affairs. Examples of novel medical research themes developed at Pitt and funded by the DOD include whole eye transplant, traumatic brain injury treatments, a trauma care research consortium in support of battlefield casualties, closed loop robotic controlled cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and human performance optimization. Ron's active outreach across the Health Sciences has been exemplary and resulted in more than $100M in DOD funding over the last five years to 16 Pitt investigators. The Center's efforts in other disciplines, such as regenerative medicine, reconstructive surgery, tissue engineering and acute lung injury, have also been productive. The Center has established an important network of successful partnerships and collaborations among scientists, clinicians, industry, the DOD and the Veterans Administration. These relationships have led to strategic partnerships, promising research technologies and emerging therapeutic strategies. With Ron's determined leadership, the Center will continue to serve Pitt and facilitate research on health sciences and rehabilitation outcomes with the constant aim of accelerating the transition of innovative therapies to the military medical community. The Center has also provided an ideal multidisciplinary training environment that encourages students, trainees and investigators to address the conceptual, methodological and analytical issues implicit in advancing research for wounded members of the armed services.

We thank Rocky Tuan, PhD, the founding Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research for his outstanding leadership and wish him well in his new assignment as head of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition, Peter Strick, PhD (Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurobiology and Scientific Director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, among his many other appointments), will continue to provide guidance and counsel to Dr. Poropatich in developing the Center. Ann Gleeson will continue in her role as Managing Director. Her strategic leadership and support of the Center have been critical to its success. Further, the Center is fortunate to have two senior Pitt faculty members on the CMMR team: Michael R. Pinsky, MD (Professor of Critical Care Medicine) serving as Clinical Initiatives Advisor, and Bradley Nindl, PhD (Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Wounded Warrior Human Performance Center and Professor of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as an Army Reservist Colonel commanding the Southwest Medical Area Readiness Support Group) serving as Senior Military and Scientific Advisor.

Congratulations to Dr. Poropatich on his new appointment. 

Arthur S. Levine, M.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine