Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FCCM, is a member of the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine, where he is Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery; Associate Director of the Emory Critical Care Center; and director of the surgical/transplant intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital.
Dr. Coopersmith attended the University of Pennsylvania for both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees. During his surgical residency at Washington University, he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. This was followed by a fellowship in surgical critical care, also at Washington University.
After the completion of these programs, Dr. Coopersmith joined the faculty of Washington University, where he advanced from assistant to associate to professor of surgery. While in St. Louis, he also served as co-director of the surgical/burn/trauma intensive care unit and program director for the surgical critical care fellowship. In 2009, he was recruited to Emory University.
Dr. Coopersmith has been continuously funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for the past 15 years. He has worked in seminal basic science, translational, and clinical research, contributing 115 publications to the peer-reviewed literature. He is the current recipient of three R01 grants from the NIH. His research focuses on intestinal integrity during sepsis, as well as the importance of specific co-morbidities (cancer and chronic alcohol use) on the pathophysiology of sepsis.
As the principal investigator for a T32 critical care-focused training grant, Dr. Coopersmith is investigating the multi-year intensive research experiences of post-doctoral fellows who pursue careers in critical care medicine. Importantly, and wholly consistent with the mission of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), this study includes faculty members from seven different departments and trainees from multiple primary specialties.
Dr. Coopersmith has performed peer review for scientific organizations in nine countries and is a permanent member of the Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section at the NIH. He also serves on multiple editorial boards, including the board of SCCM's journal, Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Coopersmith has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career, including recognition as a Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate during his undergraduate and medical school years. As a faculty member, he has been honored as Teacher of the Year on four occasions and received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Washington University Postdoc Society.
A Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Coopersmith has held multiple leadership roles in SCCM, including chair or co-chair responsibilities for the Congress Program, the Research Committee, the Task Force on the Future of Research, the Publications Advisory Committee, the Workforce in Critical Care Task Force, and the Surgical Section. In addition, he is an active leader within other societies, notably the Shock Society, where he is a former Program Chair and current council member and editorial board member.
Dr. Coopersmith has served as a primary mentor for over 50 clinical and scientific trainees, ranging from high school students, to college students, to medical students, to residents and fellows. He is also a mentor for three current NIH K series grants to junior faculty members.
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