Christopher M. Hughes, MD, FCCP, FACP, FCCM


Co-Director, Critical Care Services

St. Clair Memorial Hospital

1000 Bower Hill Road, Suite 211

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Office: 412-942-4655                                                                                                          

The Agnew Clinic

Thomas Eakins(1889)


Curriculum vitae

Christopher M. Hughes, MD



E  D  U  C  A  T  I  O  N


Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio

Doctor of Medicine, 24 May 1984*


Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

B.S., Combined Sciences, 24 May 1984*

*Six year combined B.S./M.D. Program with Youngstown State University and NEOUCOM


Middlesex Hospital Medical School (now University of London), London, England

Senior Medical Student Electives, Jan - Feb 1984


St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Internship (Internal Medicine Categorical*) 1984-1985


Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, Ohio (now Forum Health)

Internal Medicine Residency 1985-1987


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, 1987 to 1989


California University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Business,

September 1997 to May 1998. (12 Credits)


Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

September 1998 to May 2000. (12 Credits)


Medical Informatics National Library of Medicine/Marine Biological Institute Course Fellow

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Certificate, Fall Course, 2002.


Mediation Training, Certificate, The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association,

February to March, 2008.


AMPAC Campaign School, Washington, DC, April 2008.


E M P L O Y M E N T   E X P E R I E N C E


St Clair Memorial Hospital                                                                                   Pittsburgh, PA         

Co-Director, Critical Care Services                                                                   2003 –

Board of Trustees Patient Safety and Quality Committee                    2004-2006

Co-Chairman, Critical Care Clinical Leadership Group                                   2003-

Section Chief, Critical Care Medicine                                                      2002-

Medical Education Committee, Co-Chair or Chair                                2003-

Information Systems Committee                                                              2002-

Ethics Committee, Chair                                                                            2008-

Physician Champion, Rapid Response Team Initiative                                  2005-

                  Winner of VHA National Performance Award                      2006

Physician Champion, CLAB Reduction Team                                      2005-

                  Winner of VHA National Performance Award                      2006

Physician Champion, Perioperative Beta Blocker Initiative                2004-



Monongahela Valley Hospital                                                                             Monongahela, PA  

Director, Intensive Care Unit                                                                               1993 - 2003

Chairman, Ethics Committee                                                                    2002 - 2003

Chairman, Department of Medicine                                                         2000 - 2002

Chairman, Critical Care Committee                                                         1995 - 2003

Chairman, Continuing Medical Education Task Force                                    2002 - 2003

Co-Chair, Library and Education Committee                                         2002 - 2003

Medical Executive Committee, Peer-elected                                          1996 - 2002

Patient Care Committee (Quality Assurance and Utilization Review)           1999 - 2003

Patient Education Advisory Committee                                                   1996 - 2003



Led development of a Heart Failure project resulting in reduced length of stay and readmission rate.

Led Continuing Medical Education accreditation effort and developing CME programs.


Riverside Methodist Hospital                                                                              ColumbusOhio

Critical Care Physician                                                                                         1991-1993


Teaching staff; Triage physician for 20 bed multidisciplinary intensive care unit;

Lecturer, Riverside Medical Seminar Service; Heart Services Information System Team;Clinical Information Systems Laboratory Reporting Committee; Physician Computer Advisory Task Force


Western Reserve Care System                                                                          Youngstown, Ohio

Critical Care Physician, Hospitalist                                                                   1989-1991


Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Private consulting practice of Critical Care Medicine and hospital based Internal Medicine. Patient Care Committee (Peer Review) 


A C A D E M I C__A P P O I N T M E N T S


Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002 – 2003.

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 1989 – 1991.


S P E C I A L T Y   A N D    S U B S P E C I A L T Y    C E R T I F I C A T I O N


Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1988.

Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1989. Recertified 1999. Pending Recertification 2010 (Recertification is lapsed pending final approval.)




Licensed Physician, State of Ohio, 6 September 1985.

Licensed Physician, Pennsylvania, 27 June 1987.


P R O F E S S I O N A L    S O C I E T Y    M E M B E R S H I P S 


Pennsylvania Medical Society, Trustee

American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow

American College of Physicians, Fellow

Society of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow

Pennsylvania Chapter, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Past President

American Medical Association

Washington County Medical Society, Board of Directors

American College of Physician Executives


P R O F E S S I O N A L    S O C I E T Y    A C T I V I T I E S 


Pennsylvania Medical Society                                                                            Harrisburg, PA

11th District Trustee                                                                                               2002 –


Chair, Board of Trustees Patient Safety Committee                           2003-2008

Chair, Patient Safety Working Group, Council on Patient Advocacy            2008-2009

Chair, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Forum                                            2005-2007

Strategic Planning Committee                                                                  2008-

Patient Safety Working Group                                                                   2009-

Council on Patient Advocacy                                                                    2006-

Pain Working Group, Council on Patient Advocacy                             2009-

Workgroup on Uniform Healthcare Infection Reporting                                   2006-2007

Advance Directives Work Group                                                               2006-

Commission on Healthcare Facilities                                                      2006-2007

Communications Technology Committee                                              1998-2002

Young Physicians Section Governing Council                                     1997-2000

Delegate to AMA Young Physicians Section                                         1997-2000


Pennsylvania Chapter, Society of Critical Care Medicine

President                                                                                                                  1999-2000

Representative to PMS                                                                                         2000-2008


Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative                                                                Pittsburgh, PA


Critical Care Medicine-Emergency Medicine Working Group             2004-2007

Clinical Leadership Group                                                                         2004-

Leadership Obligation Group                                                                    2004-


Washington County Medical Society                                                               Washington, PA

Board of Directors                                                                                                 1997-1998, 2002-



P R O F E S S I O N A L    I N V I T A T I O N S 


GOP Doctors Caucus, Health Reform Panel, Invited Testimony               Washington, DC

           Testimony Link                                                                                              January 21, 2010


Highmark Blue Shield Physician Advisory Panel                                         Pittsburgh, PA

            Established to review and discuss issues relating to relationships

            among patients, physicians and Highmark                                            2008 -


Pennsylvania Department of Health                                                                 Harrisburg, PA

            Patient Life-Sustaining Wishes Committee                                           2007-


Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Pittsburgh                                         Pittsburgh, PA

Educational Advisory Committee                                                             2006-


Governor’s Office of Healthcare Reform “Just Culture” Task Force       Harrisburg, PA

Member                                                                                                         2006-


Governor’s Task Force on End-of-Life Care                                                   Harrisburg, PA

Background Paper Working Group                                                          2005-2007

Chapter Writing Chair, “Communicating Wishes”                                 2005-2007


Governor’s Advisory Panel on Universal Access to Health Care             Harrisburg, PA

Quality of Health Care Panel                                                                    2005-2006


Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Healthcare Consortium                               Harrisburg, PA

Co-Chair, End-of-Life Working Group                                                     2003 –2005


Coalition for Quality in End of Life Care (CQEL)                                            Pittsburgh, PA

Member                                                                                                         2004 -


Western Pennsylvania End-of-Life Providers                                                Pittsburgh, PA

Member (Reorganized as CQEL, above)                                                 2000 – 2004




Rapid Response Team Initiative, St. Clair Memorial Hospital

                              Winner of VHA National Performance Award                   2006


CLAB Reduction Team, St. Clair Memorial Hospital

                              Winner of VHA National Performance Award                   2006


Leadership Development Program for Private Practice Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, Seattle, Washington, October 23, 2004.





O R I G I N A L   C O N T R I B U T I O N S


Hughes, C.M. “Management of Venous Thromboembolism” [letter] Annals of Internal Medicine 2007;147;519


Hughes, C.M. “Implications of New Advance Directive Law”  Physicians News Digest June, 2007


Hughes, C.M. “Striving for Excellent End-of-Life Care” [letter] Chest 2005;128;465-466


Hughes, C.M. "Standardized Order Forms and Very High Drug Levels." [letter] Critical Care Medicine, 2004 (Sept.);32:1981-2.


Hughes, C.M. Commentary on “Standard therapy was as effective as CPAP for acute hypoxemic nonhypercapnic respiratory insufficiency” in ACP Journal Club 2001 May-Jun;134:3. Comment on: Delclaux C, L’Her E,  Alberti C, et. al. Treatment of acute hypoxemic nonhypercapnic respiratory insufficiency with continuous positive airway pressure delivered by a face mask. A randomized controlled trial.

JAMA 2000 (Nov 8);284:2352-60.


Hughes, C.M. “How many deaths are due to medical errors?” [letter]  JAMA 2000 (Nov 1); 284(17):2187.


Hughes, C.M. “Influence of hospital volume on mortality following major cancer surgery.” [letter] JAMA 1999 Apr 21;281(15):1375 Comment on: JAMA 1998 (Nov 25);280(20):



Hughes, C.M. Commentary on “Review: Continuous positive airway pressure support reduces the need for intubation in patients with cardiogenic pulmonary edema” in ACP Journal Club. 1999 May-June;130:58. Comment on: Pang D, Keenan SP, Cook DJ, Sibbald WJ. The effect of positive pressure airway support on mortality and the need for intubation in cardiogenic pulmonary edema. A systematic review. Chest. 1998 Oct;114:1185-92.


Hughes, C.M. Commentary on “Daily screening and breathing trials hastened the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in ACP Journal Club 1997 May-Jun;126:3 and Evidence-Based Medicine. 1997 May-Jun;2:81. Comment on: Ely EW, Baker AM, Dunagan DP, et al. Effect on the duration of mechanical ventilation of identifying patients capable of breathing spontaneously. N Engl J Med. 1996 Dec 19:335;1864-9.


Hughes, C.M. "Regionalization of Critical Care Medicine" [letter] Critical Care Medicine, 1995:23;1153-1155.


Hughes, C. M. "Pressure Support Ventilation improved weaning from mechanical ventilation."  ACP Journal Club, 1995 Mar-Apr;122:34. Comment on: L. Brochard, et. al. Comparison of three methods of gradual withdrawal from ventilatory support during weaning from mechanical ventilation. Am J Respir Crit care med 150;896-903:1994.


Hughes, C. M. Commentary on "Respiratory Failure and Coagulopathy Predicted Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Critical Care." ACP Journal Club, 1994 Jan-Feb;121:24.


Rogove, H.J. and Hughes, C.M. "Cardioversion and Defibrillation."  Critical Care Clinics, 1992:8;839-863.


Hughes, C. M.  "Mortality in Alcoholic Hepatitis."  [letter] Annals of Internal Medicine,



r E S E A R C H   G R A N T S


National Library of Medicine Grant, Principal Investigator: Internet Access to Digital Libraries. Oct. 2002- 2003.


E D U C A T I O N - T E A C H I N G


“Activism and the Prospects for Reform in Healthcare.” Invited Discussion for The Plexus Institute (PlexusCalls – Telephone Conference), November 6, 2009


“The New Advance Directive Law: What You, Your Practice, and Your Hospital Need to Know." at 18th Annual University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Program Retreat - Medical Ethics and the Humanities: Narrative and Cultural Approaches, Wheeling, WV, September 29, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA.


"End of Life Decision Making: In The Trenches." at 18th Annual University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Program Retreat - Medical Ethics and the Humanities: Narrative and Cultural Approaches, Wheeling, WV, September 29, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA.


“Act 169: Advance Directives and POLST” at the16th Annual LHAS Medical Ethics Update 2007, University of Pittsburgh, March 26, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA.


“Act 169: Pennsylvania’s New Advance Directive Law” at Sewickley Valley Hospital, February 20, 2007, Sewickley, PA.


“The New Advance Directives Law: What You, Your Medical Practice, and Your Hospital Need to Know to Comply,” Statewide Webinar, Pennsylvania Medical Society, January 10, 2007, Harrisburg, PA.


“Reducing MRSA Transmission,” Panel Presentation, at the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s House of Delegates Meeting, October 21, 2006, Hershey, PA.


Chair, “Improving End-of-Life Care Through Local And Regional Initiatives,” Panel Discussion at American College of Chest Physicians Annual Scientific Session, November 3, 2005, Montreal, Quebec.


Faculty Presenter, “Bringing Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care to Your Community,” Panel Discussion at American College of Chest Physicians Annual Scientific Session, November 3, 2005, Montreal, Quebec.


Course Director, “Protecting Patients in Complex Systems” Presented by Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Pittsburgh, PA. September 23, 2004.


Course Director, AMA’s Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC), August 3, 2000 (Monongahela Valley Hospital - Co-Director), January 30-31, 2003 and January 16-17, 2004 (Washington County Medical Society).


Course Director and National Course Consultant, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Course (FCCS, Society of Critical Care Medicine), May 5-6, 2000 for Monongahela Valley Hospital.


O T H E R   M E D I A   A P P E A R A N C E S


Health Care Reform Debate Blog, Owner,  2006-


PCNC-TV “Night Talk,” Two appearances on Health Reform 2009-2010.


KDKA Radio “The Mike Pintek Show,” multiple appearances on health reform, 2009-2010.


Additional radio, television, and newspaper interviews on health reform, advance directives and end-of-life care.


“Doctors Support the Public Option,” Sunday Forum, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 8, 2009.



“Before You Die, Speak Up,” Forum Section, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2006.



“End of Life Issues” OnQ Magazine, WQED-TV, Panel Participant, Pittsburgh, March 28, 2005.