pauline k. park, md, facs, fccm

Associate Professor, Surgery
Co-Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit


Dr. Park is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan and Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Michigan Hospitals.  She also currently serves as a member of the institutional Biorepository Governance Committee.  She received her MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1982 and completed residency in General Surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in 1987.  She completed an additional research fellowship investigating microvascular endothelial cell-vascular prosthetic interactions and worked with a team translating bench discoveries to preclinical and Phase I device studies in critical limb ischemia.  She holds board certification in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Park’s ongoing clinical and research interest is in the prevention and support of acute lung injury, particularly severe hypoxic respiratory failure in critically ill and injured patients.  She serves as the Chair of the Ancillary Studies/Publication Committee for the USCIITG Lung Injury Prevention group, a national critical care research collaborative.  She is the University of Michigan site principal investigator for two ongoing NIH/NHLBI-funded U01 trials (lung injury prevention and transpulmonary pressure-guided ventilation in early ARDS) and serves as a co-investigator for a third U01 trial with Pulmonary medicine.  She has participated as a member of the steering committee of the original ARDSNetwork, the CIHR OSCILLATE investigator group, the American Association for Surgery of Trauma Multi Institutional Trials Committee and the Michigan Committee on Trauma.  Her published work has focused on interventional and observational trials in lung injury prevention, ventilator strategies, extracorporeal support, trauma surgery and surgical critical care.  She has presented nationally and internationally on lung injury prevention, extracorporeal support in severe influenza and advanced ventilator strategies.  Dr. Park has been a recipient of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation and Annual Scientific Award.