Jon C. Rittenberger, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine



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Education

2007 MS, Clinical Research, Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine

2005, Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

2002 MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

1998 BS, The Pennsylvania State University

Biography

Dr. Rittenberger is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. His clinical research focuses on acute neuronal injury. As one of the founding members of the Post Cardiac Arrest Service, Dr. Rittenberger focuses on anoxic brain injury and treatments to ameliorate this injury and improve functional recovery. This work was supported through the NIH KL2 mechanism at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Association of EMS Physicians/Zoll EMS Resuscitation Research Fellowship.

Dr. Rittenberger also serves as the Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory. In this venue, the main thrust of this research line has been the physiologic effects of both heat stress and induced hypothermia. The lab is now exploring pharmacologic treatments to mitigate heat stress and aid in hypothermia induction for brain injured patients. Through an award from the DSF Charitable Foundation, the Applied Physiology Laboratory is evaluating the physiologic and cognitive effects of disturbed sleep and sleep deprivation on healthy individuals.

Research Interests

Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation, Anoxic Brain Injury, Hypothermia, Rehabilitation, Functional Outcomes

Potential Conflicts of Interest

Dr. Rittenberger was reimbursed for travel to and from the following Steering Committee Meeting:

Zoll Circulation-Cool Arrest Study. January 29-30, 2009.

Dr. Rittenberger was paid honoraria to lecture, as well as travel to and from the following:

The Creation of a Resuscitation Consult Service - Emergency Cardiopulmonary Bypass Network Conference - University of Pennsylvania - May 5, 2009. This was a CME conference sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania.

Cardiac Interventions in Post-Resuscitation Care - University of Alabama Division of Cardiovascular Disease Electrophysiology Rounds - May 21, 2009. This was a CME event sponsored by the University of Alabama.

Developing a Cardiac Arrest Center of Excellence - University of Alabama Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds - May 21, 2009. This was a CME event sponsored by the University of Alabama.

Novel Approaches for Delivering Resuscitation in the ED. 6th New York Symposium on Neurological Emergencies and Neurocritical Care - June 4, 2009. This was a CME Symposia sponsored by the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care in 2010: Beyond Hypothermia. The Big Chill in August - Wheeling Hospital - August 26, 2009. This was a CME Symposium sponsored by the Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care. Hypothermia Training Institute at the University of Pennsylvania - October 30, 2009. This was a CME Symposia sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania.

Hyothermia After Cardiac Arrest: Cooling the Mind and Body. St. Agnes Medical Center - June 5, 2010. This was a CME event sponsored by St. Agnes Medical Center.

Neurologic Recovery and Prognostication. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Annual Meeting - October 8, 2010. This was a CME Symposium organized by SCAA in Pittsburgh, PA. SCAA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to SCAA are tax deductible. SCAA has been supported by donations from manufacturers of resuscitation devices. (http://associationdatabase.com/aws/SCAA/pt/sp/about)

Hospital Cardiac Arrest Academy. American College of Cardiology - Emergency Cardiovascular Care 2011: Defining and Expanding STEMI Systems of Care - May 20, 2011. This is a CME Symposia sponsored by the American College of Cardiology.

What is the Evidence for Cardiac Arrest? American College of Cardiology - Emergency Cardiovascular Care 2011: Defining and Expanding STEMI Systems of Care - May 20, 2011. This is a CME Symposia sponsored by the American College of Cardiology.

Who the Heck Should We Cool? Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2012 - November 7, 2012. This is a CME conference sponsored by Essentials of Emergency Medicine.

How Do We Cool 'Em Without Killing Them? Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2012 - November 7, 2012. This is a CME conference sponsored by Essentials of Emergency Medicine.

What a Cardiac Arrest Center Will Look Like in a Decade. Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2012 - November 7, 2012. This is a CME conference sponsored by Essentials of Emergency Medicine.

Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest. STEMI and Cardiac Arrest: Improving Outcomes in Eastern North Carolina AHEC Conference - April 9, 2013. This is a CME events sponsored by the Eastern North Carolina AHEC.

Post-Arrest Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation: An Evidence-Based Review. 16th Congress-Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care - April 25, 2013. This is a CME event sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. SCPC is a non-profit organization. SCAA has been supported by donations from manufacturers of resuscitation devices. (http://www.scpcp.org/index.php/home/our-sponsors)

Research Support:

 Dr. Rittenberger currently receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and David Scaife Charitable Foundation. He has received a loan of equipment for laboratory studies, without financial support or restrictions, from Somanetics, Inc. (a manufacturer of devices to measure cerebral oximetry).

Grants

Title: Pharmacologic Adjuncts to Optimize Hypothermia

Project Period: 4/1/17 - 3/31/18

Sponsor: CTSI Pilot Sward Program

Grant Number: UL1TR001857

 

Title: Therapeutic Exercise to Improve 12-month Quality of Life after Cardiac Arrest

Project Period: 1/1/17 - 12/31/18

Sponsor: American Heart Association

Grant Number: N/A

 

Title: Amantadine to Stimulate Wakefulness Following Post-Anoxic Encephalopathy

Project Period:  7/1/15 – 6/30/17

Sponsor: American Heart Association

Grant Number:  N/A

 

Title: Rapid, Focused EEG Monitoring to Predict Malignant EEG Patterns after Cardiac Arrest

Project Period:  1/1/15 – 12/31/16

Sponsor: Laerdal Foundation

Grant Number:  N/A

 

Title: Neuromuscular Blockade for Management of Post-Cardiac Arrest Patients

Project Period:  7/1/15 – 6/30/17

Sponsor: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

               American Heart Association (Michael Donnino, MD – PI)

Grant Number:  N/A

 

Title: Neuromuscular Blockade for Management of Post-Cardiac Arrest Patients

Project Period:  9/1/15 – 8/31/17

Sponsor: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

               National Institute of Health - NHLBI (Michael Donnino, MD – PI)

Grant Number:  K24HL127101

 

Title: Therapeutic Exercise Following Cardiac Arrest

Project Period: 7/1/16 - 6/20/17

Sponsor: UPP Foundation

Grant Number: N/A