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photo Ian J. Barbash, MD, MS

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, UPMC TeleICU


Phone: 412-692-2211

Office: UPMC Montefiore, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2211
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
Shannon McKenzie
Phone: 412-692-2211
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
BA, Williams College, 2006
MD, Harvard Medical School, 2010
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Internal Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013
Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Research Interest
My primary interest is how health policy at multiple levels (local, state, and national) affects critical care delivery and patient outcomes. Inherent in this research is an understanding of health care quality measurement, and this has been a focus of several of my early projects. I am working to use both administrative data and large electronic health record datasets to provide both a broad and deep understanding of the impact of health policy in critical care.
Clinical Interest
I spend most of my clinical service caring for patients in the intensive care unit, with a focus on the management of sepsis and acute respiratory failure. I am interested in how we can spur interdisciplinary ICU teams to implement evidence-based best practices for critically ill patients. I am also actively engaged in the use of telemedicine to support the care of critically ill patients across the health system.
Educational Interest
My educational activities focus on the intensive care unit. I am interested in how we can help learners across the medical professions synthesize evidence from the literature with their patient's clinical data to guide diagnosis and management. I am also interested in how we can use simulation to improve trainee's acute care management skills. Finally, I am interested in how we can support wellness in trainees and clinical staff who practice in a high-stakes ICU environment.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Barbash IJ, Kahn JM. Sepsis quality in safety-net hospitals: An analysis of Medicare's SEP-1 performance measure. J Crit Care. 2019; Aug 5;54: 88-93.
Barbash IJ, Wallace DJ, Kahn JM. Effects of Changes in ICU Bed Supply on ICU Utilization. Med Care. 2019; Jul;57(7): 544-550.
Darby JL, Davis BS, Barbash IJ, Kahn JM. An administrative model for benchmarking hospitals on their 30-day sepsis mortality. BMC Health Services Research. 2019; Apr 11;19(1): 221.
Barbash IJ, Pilewski JM, McVerry BJ. Closing the Loop: Engaging Leaders and Front-Line Physicians to Promote Physician Wellness. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019; Mar 15 epub.
Barbash IJ, Davis B, Kahn JM. National Performance on the Medicare SEP-1 Sepsis Quality Measure. Crit Care Med. 2019; Aug;47(8): 1026-1032.
Groetzinger LM, Rivosecchi RM, Bain W, Bahr M, Chin K, McVerry BJ, Barbash IJ. Ketamine infusion for adjunct sedation in mechanically ventilated adults. Pharmacotherapy. 2018; Feb;38(2): 181-188.
Barbash, IJ, Rak, KJ, Kuza, CC, Kahn, JM. Hospital Perceptions of Medicare’s Sepsis Quality Reporting Initiative. J Hosp Med. 2017; Dec;12(12): 963-968.
Barbash, IJ, Pike, FR, Seymour, CW, Gunn, SR, Kahn, JM. Effects of Physician-Targeted Pay-for-Performance on Use of Spontaneous Breathing Trials in Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017; Jul 1;196(1): 56-63.
Barbash IJ. A Piece of My Mind: Silent Space. JAMA. 2018; Sep 18;320(11): 1105-1106.
Barbash IJ. Hope and Worry. SGIM Forum. 2019; 2019;42(6): 16.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Robust emergency critical care telemedicine system for military and civilian use
Role: Principal Investigator
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2020
Title: Understanding Sepsis Policy Using the Electronic Health Record
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K08 HS025455
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Notable Achievements
Robert M. Rogers Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, PACCM Division, 2016
Best Quality and Safety Abstract, Critical Care Medicine Fink Scholar Day, 2015
Mort Swartz Humanism in Medicine Award, MGH, 2013
Senior Resident Teaching Award, 2013
Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award, 2012