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Joseph S. Piktel, MD, FACEP


Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, MetroHealth
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, CWRU
Co-Director, Emergency Care Research Institute, MetroHealth


  • Basic and Translational Resuscitation Science
  • Myocardial Ischemia and Arrhythmias, Clinical and Basic
  • Targeted Temperature Management 
  Joseph S. Piktel, MD FACEP  


Dr. Piktel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. His research focuses on implementation of novel therapies in order to improve resuscitation outcomes by understanding the complex derangements during myocardial and neurological ischemia and resuscitation from cardiac arrest. His works have provided insights into designing a novel readily translatable model of resuscitation with the capability of determining not only arrhythmia mechanisms during resuscitation from cardiac arrest, but long-term neurologic outcomes. Dr. Piktel is a member of the Research Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is currently Co-Chair of the Research Forum at the ACEP Scientific Assembly. He is continuing his pursuit of novel improvement in resuscitation therapies in the prehospital setting, and using informatics as a tool to identify patients at risk for adverse outcomes from the emergency department. At MetroHealth-CWRU he is closely involved in the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee, responsible for clinical improvement of in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.



    2004-present Society of Academic Emergency Physicians (SAEM)
    2008-present American Board of Emergency Physicians (ABEM)
    2009-present Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)


  • Changes in arrhythmia substrates during targeted temperature management
  • Myocardial and neurological changes in gap junction function during resuscitation from cardiac arrest
  • Informatics-led initiatives to identify patients at high risk for adverse events


Department of Emergency Medicine
2500 MetroHealth Dr.
Cleveland OH, 44109
Phone: 216-778-2864
Email: [email protected], [email protected]