Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

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photo Ian J. Barbash, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-2210

Office: UPMC Montefiore, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2210
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
JoAnne Phillips-Kronz
Phone: 412-648-6494
Fax: 412-648-6495
Education and Training
BA, Williams College, 2006
MD, Harvard Medical School, 2010
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Internal Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013
Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Research Interest
My primary interest is how health policy at multiple levels (local, state, and national) affects critical care delivery and patient outcomes. Inherent in this research is an understanding of health care quality measurement, and this has been a focus of several of my early projects. I am working to use both administrative data and large electronic health record datasets to provide both a broad and deep understanding of the impact of health policy in critical care.
Clinical Interest
I spend most of my clinical service in the medical intensive care unit, with a focus on the management of sepsis and acute respiratory failure. I am interested in how we can spur interdisciplinary ICU teams to implement evidence-based best practices for critically ill patients. I also consider end-of-life communication to be a central component of my practice as an intensivist, and I strive to ensure I provide care that is concordant with my patients' preferences and values.
Educational Interest
My educational activities focus on the intensive care unit. I am interested in how we can help learners across the medical professions synthesize evidence from the literature with their patient's clinical data to guide diagnosis and management. I am also interested in how we can use simulation to improve trainee's acute care management skills. Finally, I am interested in how we can support wellness in trainees and clinical staff who practice in a high-stakes ICU environment.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Barbash, IJ. Cognitive Impairment, Anesthesia, and Critical Illness: Learning From the Past to Gain Perspective on the Future. Mayo Clin Proc. 2018; Oct 9. pii: S0025-6196(18): 30744-4.
Barbash IJ. Silent Space. JAMA. 2018; Sep 18;320(11): 1105-1106.
Barbash, IJ. Immunosuppression and Heterogeneity in the Sepsis Volume-Outcome Relationship. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018; Aug;15(8): 916-918.
Barbash, IJ, Rak, KJ, Kuza, CC, Kahn, JM. Hospital Perceptions of Medicare’s Sepsis Quality Reporting Initiative. J Hosp Med. 2017; Dec;12(12): 963-968.
Barbash, IJ, Zhang, H, Pike, FR, Chang, CH, Angus, DC, Reis, SE, Kahn, JM. Differences in Hospital Risk-standardized Mortality Rates for Acute Myocardial Infarction When Assessed Using Transferred and Nontransferred Patients. Med Care. 2017; May;55(5): 476-482.
Barbash, IJ, Pike, FR, Seymour, CW, Gunn, SR, Kahn, JM. Effects of Physician-Targeted Pay-for-Performance on Use of Spontaneous Breathing Trials in Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017; Jul 1;196(1): 56-63.
Barbash, IJ, Kahn, JM, Thompson, BT. Medicare’s Sepsis Measure: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016; Jul 15; 194(2): 139-41.
Barbash, IJ, Le, TQ, Pike, FR, Barnato, AE, Angus, DC, Kahn, JM. The effect of ICU admission patterns on mortality-based critical care performance measures. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016; Jun;13(6): 877-86.
Barbash, IJ, Kahn, JM. Assessing the Value of Intensive Care. JAMA. 2015; 314(12): 1240-1241.
Barbash, IJ, Kahn, JM. Organizational Approaches to Improving Resuscitation Effectiveness. Critical Care Clinics. 2015; 31(1): 165-176.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Understanding Sepsis Policy Using the Electronic Health Record
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K08 HS025455
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Title: The Impact of Variation in the ICU Bed Supply on Utilization of Intensive Care Services
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: F32 HL132461
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018
Title: Translational Training Program in Pulmonary Biology and Medicine
Role: Post Doctoral Scholar
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: T32 HL007563
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2018
Notable Achievements
Robert M. Rogers Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, PACCM Division, 2016
Best Quality and Safety Abstract, Critical Care Medicine Fink Scholar Day, 2015
Mort Swartz Humanism in Medicine Award, MGH, 2013
Senior Resident Teaching Award, 2013
Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award, 2012