Personal HistoryDaniel L. Herr, MD is the Chief of Surgical Critical care services and Director of the Cardiac Surgery Unit at the University of Maryland. He is responsible for the oversight of the clinical ICU care of cardiac surgery patients, heart transplant, lung transplant, ventricular assist devices and, extracorporeal lung support. Dr Herr serves as an Associate professor of Medicine. Dr Herr's research interests are in use of extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for lung failure, avoidance and treatment of acute confusional states in the ICU and the use of hypothermia for resuscitation. Dr Herr is boarded in the fields of Internal medicine, Critical Care and Neuro-Critical care.
A Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Herr is an experienced principal investigator with special interests in novel therapies and devices. He is proficient in regulatory compliance, protocol design, and pharmacology. His research findings have been published in prominent medical journals such as JAMA, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Critical Care Medicine. He has also authored two book chapters on the subject of nutrition in critical care and endocrine management of the cardiac surgical patient.
As a recognized expert in the field of critical care, Dr. Herr is frequently invited to speak at medical conferences on topics concerning novel/new treatments and therapies for crucially ill patients. He has served on several Data Safety Monitoring Boards, and often provides consultative services to pharmaceutical companies. Throughout his career, he has been an active member of several medical organizations. Presently, he serves as the Section Chair, Internal Medicine for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Herr received a Masters of Science in Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, and a Medical Degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, W.I. He completed a residency at York Hospital in York, PA, and completed post-graduate training in critical care (medical, surgical and trauma) at Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services (MIEMSS), University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Cornell University, New York, NY.
Prior to assuming his current positions, Dr Herr was Assistant Vice President of Scientific Affairs at MedStar Research Institute, as well as Director of Critical Care Research, and Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center (WHC) in Washington, DC. Dr. Herr was responsible for all critical care research conducted at WHC, and oversaw all MedStar-administered research projects conducted in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past several years, Dr. Herr served as a key scientific contributor to MedStar's Office of Research Integrity and served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for eight years. In addition to his clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Herr was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. Prior to those appointments, Dr. Herr served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at George Washington University in Washington DC, and was Medical Director of MedSTAR, the renowned trauma transport and emergency program at WHC.
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