06/05/2006

Crocco Named Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Todd J. Crocco, M.D., will assume the position of interim chair of the West Virginia University Department of Emergency Medicine effective July 1, School of Medicine Dean John E. Prescott announced. The department’s current chair, Ann Chinnis, M.D., will step up to the role of executive director of the campus-wide EPIC information system and associate dean for clinical informatics.

“Dr. Chinnis’ leadership over the past seven years has helped raise the level of emergency health care at WVU,” Prescott said. “I’m confident that as a dedicated member of our Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Crocco will continue this path of excellence.”

Crocco has served as an associate professor of emergency medicine at WVU. Prior to being named interim chair, Crocco assumed several roles in the department including vice chair, research director and medical director. He has dedicated his career to studying the role of the prehospital emergency care systems in the treatment of stroke victims. Crocco is part of an interdisciplinary team that is developing a novel neuroprotective agent, NP3, for future use in the prehospital setting to help protect the brain and blood vessels of stroke victims while en route to the hospital. 

“Dr. Crocco has made impressive contributions to the department as medical director, research director and as vice chair,” Chinnis said. “I am confident that under his leadership the department will achieve success in all our missions, values and visions.”

Crocco received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, and attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed an emergency medicine services fellowship and residency at the University of Cincinnati.  He has co-chaired the American Stroke Association’s Advisory Writing Group for EMS Continuing Medical Education on Stroke and Physician Continuing Medical Education on Stroke. He is a current member of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee for the American Heart Association and has recently completed an evidence-based medicine update on the role of tPA in the treatment of ischemic stroke patients. Crocco has also served as a committee member for the National Institutes of Health Specialized Programs of Transitional Research in Acute Stroke, which reviews program project grants that seek to develop new and innovative strategies for stroke care.

A national search process will be initiated for the future chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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