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photo Peter J Counihan, MD


Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-647-6296

Office: Cardiovascular Institute, UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street, PUH, Room A-349
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-6296
Fax: 412-647-8117
Education and Training
diploma, Glenstal Abbey School, Dublin, Ireland, 1972
MB, BCh, BAO, LRCPI, Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen's Green, 1977
Residency, St. Laurence Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 1983
Fellowship, St George's Hospital, London, 1988
Interventional Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1991
Research Interest
Dr. Counihan investigates the efficacy and safety of erythropoetin and darbopoetin in animal models of ischemia and reperfusion. This research may lead to further therapies in humans to improve clinical outcomes.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Peter Counihan's interests include cardiovascular hemodynamics and the assessment of valvular heart disease. He has a particular interest in the evaluation and treatment of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Counihan has treated selected patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with alcohol septal ablation, a newer and less invasive technique in the therapy of these patients.
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Selected Publications:
Rollman BL, Belnap BH, LeMenager MS, Mazumdar S, Houck PR, Counihan PJ, Kapoor WN, Schulberg HC, Reynolds CF 3rd. Telephone-delivered collaborative care for treating post-CABG depression: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2009; 302(19): 2095-2103.
Toma C, Letts DP, Tanabe M, Gorcsan J 3rd, Counihan PJ. Positive effect of darbepoetin on peri-infarction remodeling in a porcine model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2007; 43(2): 130-6.
Law Y, Boyle G, Miller S, Clendaniel J, Ettedgui J, Beerman L, Counihan P, Webber S. Restrictive hemodynamics are present at the time of diagnosis of allograft coronary artery disease in children. Pediatr Transplant. 2006; 10(8): 948-52.
Mulukutla SR, Marroquin OC, Smith C, Varghese R, Anderson WD, Lee JS, Cohen HA, Counihan PJ, Lee AB, Gulati V, McNamara D. Effect of statin therapy prior to elective percutaneous coronary intervention on frequency of periprocedural myocardial injury. Am J Cardiol. 2004; 94(11): 1363-6.
Cohen HA, Zenati M, Smith AJ, Lee JS, Chough S, Jafar Z, Counihan PJ, Izzo M, Burchenal JE, Feldman AM, Griffith B. Feasibility of combined percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease. Circulation. 1998; 98(11): 1048-50.