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Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, MD, MSc, FACP, FCCP, FAHA, FACC, FCCM, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Implementation Science and an interventional and critical care cardiologist at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He joined the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in 2014. He is the past chair of the In-Training Section Steering Committee and is currently a member of the Advanced Pharmacotherapy Course Committee and Graduate and Resident Education Committee. You can find him reading, traveling, and enjoying cricket (both playing and watching) during his free time. His clinical ...
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Ashley D. DePriest, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, is a clinical dietitian at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, USA. She joined the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in 2015 and is currently a social media ambassador and a member of SCCM's Future of Critical Care Taskforce. During her free time, you can find her gardening or traveling. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal nutrition, professional development, and quality and patient safety. Mrs. DePriest shares her love for critical care, offers advice for those starting their critical care careers, and reflects on the industry's challenges. Why do you love being in critical care? ...
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Connor McNamara, MD, MS, is an anesthesiologist and assistant professor of critical care medicine and anesthesiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Dr. McNamara joined SCCM in 2017 and is on the Social Media Committee. His clinical interests include quality and patient safety, nutrition, ethics, and end-of-life care. When not working, you can find him learning about space. Get to know your fellow SCCM member as he shares more about his path to critical care and where he sees the future of the specialty. Why do you love being in critical care? I love taking care of patients and guiding families through ...
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Bethany Shoulders, PharmD, BCCCP, is a pharmacist at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, Florida, USA. She joined the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in 2015 and became involved with the Social Media Committee. She enjoys traveling, working out, and practicing yoga in her free time. Her clinical interests include pharmacology, professional development, and trauma. Get to know Dr. Shoulders as she shares her thoughts on critical care medicine and discusses some of the upcoming trends and issues in the field. Why do you love being in critical ...
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Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FASA, FCCM, is an intensivist and anesthesiologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He is associate professor and vice-chair for research for the department of anesthesiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has been actively involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) since 2012, serving on several committees and currently serving as the co-chair of the 2023 Critical Care Congress Program Committee and incoming chair of the SCCM Research Section. You will find him playing tennis and spending time with his kids in his free time. His clinical interests ...
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Aarti Sarwal, MD, FAAN, FNCS, FCCM, is a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. She is the Social Media Editor of Critical Care Medicine , the official peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical interests include neurology, professional development, research, and ultrasound, and she unwinds in her free time by dancing and working out. Get to know Dr. Sarwal as she shares her thoughts on critical care and provides some advice for those entering the field. Why do you love being in critical care? Critical care allows us to make a difference, day in and day out. We are there for ...
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Ann-Marie Brown, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN, CNE, FAANP, FCCM, is an associate clinical professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and a practicing pediatric intensive care unit nurse practitioner. She has been actively involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) since 1995, serving on several committees, the most recent being the Social Media Committee. In her free time, you will find her reading and bicycling. Her clinical interests include pediatrics, gastrointestinal nutrition, and research. She reflects on the current challenges in critical care and her career. Why do you love being in critical care? Critical care is where high-tech ...
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Rahul Kashyap, MBA, MBBS, is a physician scientist and division director for research at HCA Healthcare in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA. His clinical research interests include patient outcomes, checklist use in ICU, COVID-19, and sepsis. In his free time, he enjoys working out, traveling, and playing chess and tennis. He has been an active Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member since 2012 and was appointed vice-chair of the Social Media Committee in 2021. Get to know more about Dr. Kashyap in this member feature. Why do you love being in critical care? Critical care is a melting pot for medical specialties. Critical care professionals and scientists ...
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Michael Sirimaturos, PharmD, BCNSP, BCCCP, FCCM, is a clinical pharmacist at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has been actively involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and was appointed vice-chair of the Membership Committee in 2021. His clinical interests include endocrinology, pharmacology, and professional development. He offers some advice for those starting their careers in critical care, discusses his most significant professional achievement, and shares the value of his SCCM membership. Why do you love being in critical care? I love being in critical care because of its fast pace, its unpredictable days, ...
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Neha S. Dangayach, MD, MSCR, is a physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. A member since 2012, she has served on the Membership and Social Media committees. In 2020, she was appointed as chair of the Social Media Committee. Her interests include patient and family care, research, and neurology. She shared her perspectives on critical care, SCCM, and her passion for medicine. How did you become involved in social media? My first foray into tweeting was the at the 46th Critical Care Congress (#CCC46). Seeing my name on the Top 10 Influencers board was exciting! I reached out via Twitter direct message to social media guru Christopher L. Carroll, ...
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