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photo Ronald K. Poropatich, MD, MS

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences

Colonel/Retired/U.S. Army


Phone: 412-624-5293

Office: 410 Bridgeside Point Bldg.
450 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-624-5293
Fax: 412-624-5363
Administrative Assistant:
Katy Wharton
Phone: 412-624-5293
Education and Training
BS, Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 1977
MS, Bacteriology, Wagner College, Staten Island, 1978
MD, Drexel University (formerly Hahnemann University), 1985
Internship, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1986
Residency, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1988
Fellowship, Pulmonary Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1991
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1992
Research Interest
Dr. Poropatich, MD is the Principal Investigtor along with a team of talented Pitt and CMU Co-Investigators, on a 4 year DoD funded project called Trauma Care in a Rucksack (TRACIR). He aims to develop an autonomous, pre-hospital robotic controlled cardio-pulmonary resuscitation platform that is widely deployed across the battlefield via unmanned air or ground vehicles with important civilian application in remote locations. He continues to participate in DoD funded telemedicine research efforts in critical care medicine as well as seek broader utilization of artificial intelligence and machine learning in health care.
Colonel/Retired Poropatich led the U.S. Army effort from 1992-2012 in the development and deployment of telemedicine capability across 22 time zones for remote consultation for both overseas locations (Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Kuwait, Haiti, Croatia) as well as stateside U.S. Army locations. He served as the U.S. Army Medical Informatics Consultant from 2000-2008. Since 1996, he has served as an Associate Editor for the “Telemedicine and e-Health Journal,” is the former Chair of the NATO Telemedicine Expert Team (2000-2012), and former President (2002-2003) and Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association since 1995.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Ronald Poropatich is the Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences and Professor of Medicine (with Tenure) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an experienced Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician who served 30 years on active duty in the US Army retiring in 2012 at the rank of Colonel with extended assignments at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda from 1985 to 2012. His last assignment was at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD, serving as the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) from 2006-2012 where he managed large medical research programs and developed novel research programs and technologies in medical informatics and telemedicine. He leverages his extensive clinical experience to facilitate medical research teams across DoD, the VA and Pitt to successfully compete for DoD medical research funding.
Educational Interest
Dr. Poropatich is a long-standing educator and has been faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, since 1985 and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine. He has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, numerous book chapters, and edited 2 books on Telemedicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow and past president of the American Telemedicine Association, and Fellow, American Institute for Medical Biological Engineering.
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Selected Publications:
Pamplin JC, Davis KL, Mbuthia J, Cain S, Hipp SJ, Yourk DJ, Colombo CJ, Poropatich R. Military Telehealth: A Model For Delivering Expertise To The Point Of Need In Austere And Operational Environments. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019; Aug;38(8): 1386-1392.
Doarn CR, Latifi R, Poropatich RK, Sokolovich N, Kosiak D, Hostiuc F, Zoicas C, Arafat R. Development and Validation of Telemedicine for Disaster Response: The NATO Multinational System. Telemed J E Health. 2018; Sept;24(9): 657-668.
Berkow J, Poropatich R. TRAuma Care in a Rucksack (TRACIR), a Disruptive Technology Concept. Small Wars Journal. 2016; 19 Feb.
Pavliscsak, H, Little, JR, Poropatich, RK, McVeigh, FL, Tong, J, Tillman, JS, Smith, CH, Fonda, SJ. Assessment of patient engagement with a mobile application among service members in transition. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016; Jan;23(1): 110-8.
Bashshur, RL, Shannon, GW, Smith, BR, Antoniotti, N, Alverson, D, Bashshur, N, Brown, E, Coye, M, Doarn, CR, Ferguson, S, Grigsby, J, Kvedar, JC, Krupinski, EA, Linkous, J, Merrell, RC, Nesbitt, T, Poropatich, R, Rheuban, K, Sanders, J, al. The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management. Telemed J E Health. 2014; 20(9): 769-800.
Poropatich, RK, Pavliscsak, HH, Tong, JC, Little, JR, McVeigh, FL. mCare: Using Secure Mobile Technology to Support Soldier Reintegration and Rehabilitation. Telemed J E Health. 2014; 20(6): 563-569.
Poropatich, R, Lai, E, McVeigh, F, Bashshur, R. The U.S. Army Telemedicine and m-Health Program: Making a Difference at Home and Abroad. Telemed J E Health. 2013; 19(5): 1-7.
Doarn, CR, Shore, J, Ferguson, S, Jordan, PJ, Saiki, S, Poropatich, R. Challenges, Solutions, and Best Practices in Telemental Health Service Delivery across the Pacific Rim – A Summary. Telemed J E Health. 2012; 18(8): 654-60.
Evans, WD, Abroms, LC, Poropatich, RK, Nielson, P, Wallace, J. Mobile Health Evaluation Methods: Opportunities, Challenges and the text4baby Case Study. J Health Comm. 2012; 17(1): 22-29.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Trauma Care in a Rucksack (TRACIR)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Department of Defense
Grant Number: W81XWH19C0101
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2023
Title: Autonomous Delivery of Trauma Care in the Field – RoboTRAC
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Department of Defense
Grant Number: W81XWH18SBAA1
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2023
Notable Achievements
mCare - a mobile health based tool for Soldiers; Army Greatest Invention 2010, 2010