Mitch Cohen
Mitchell Jay Cohen, MD FACS

Bruce Rockwell Chair of Surgery
Denver Health Medical Center
Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mitchell Jay Cohen (President)

I have been a proud member of SCAI and attendee of ICCAI since 2007 and it remains the most intellectually stimulating of the many meetings and associations of which I am a part. Throughout its history SCAI has remained unique in its truly cross-disciplinary approach to the understanding of the care of our sick and injured patients. This synergistic meeting of different backgrounds and scientific perspectives provides a scientific atmosphere where each scientific constituency (modelers, mathematicians, biologists, clinicians, physicists) is certain they have the better end of the deal. I think it is safe to say that this makes ICCAI the best meeting of the year for most of us and I remain extremely honored to be a part of SCAI.

While we have been thought leaders (beginning with a bunch of like minded investigators in a bar) in the areas of modeling, computation and complexity of acute illness, the world has caught up with us. Precision medicine is in vogue and many individual investigators, institutions, societies and funding agencies have made the topics abound which SCAI was founded and has existed their reason to be. While we remain an important group it is time to solidify SCAI’s relationship with the larger modeling, computation, precision medicine world. Our primary goal for the next years should be for SCAI to grow towards and solidify its leadership in this space, all the while maintaining the ethos of the small group of intellectually jazzed, likeminded scientists and clinicians, which created and fostered SCAI/ICCAI.

Sven Zenker, M.D.
Sven Zenker, M.D.

University of Bonn Medical Center
Dpt. of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine
Faculty Member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM)
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Sven Zenker (Vice-President)

The critical care environment, since its inception, has been one of the clinical fields with the highest data density. Continued development of the biotechnological, imaging, and physiologcial measurement toolkit available to the intensive care clinician is contributing to an increase in this data density which is threatening to overwhelm the practitioner, potentially leading to suboptimal extraction of knowledge from the available information, and thus suboptimal decision making. Unfortunately, validated quantitative analysis and decision support technologies available at the bedside have not kept up with the development of the data generating techniques. Having been involved in SCAI activities for now more than 10 years, I have come to value the uniquely diverse intellectual environment it provides. This diversity is manifest in the range of backgrounds, from active clinicians who make sure discussions remain grounded in clinical practice, and thus relevant to improving patient care, over engineers with implementation expertise, to mathematician and physicist able to contribute theoretical insight enabled by higher levels of abstraction. This diversity, however, is also tangible in the broad range of approaches chosen, which cover a broad spectrum from pure “black box” data driven learning technologies, to non-linear timeseries analysis techniques motivated by techniques successful in the physical sciences, to mechanistic modelling efforts, and numerous combinations thereof, of course usually combined with or at least driven by real-life data acquisition either in the lab or the hospital. This diversity has both led to uniquely stimulating discussions of approaches to understanding the pathophysiology of critical illness and developing technologies to help resolve it that would not have been possible in other environments, and catalyzed the formation of the transdisciplinary collaborations required to sucessfully rise to the resulting challenges.

Judy Day
Judy Day, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee
Dept. of Mathematics and
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Judy Day (Treasurer)

One of the main strengths of SCAI is its focus on bringing together diverse researchers who are interested in forging cross-disciplinary collaborations that aim to make progress in translational medicine. It provides an important platform through its yearly meeting (ICCAI) for these researchers (clinicians, experimentalists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists) to connect and share new insights as well as current and ongoing difficulties faced in critical care medicine. I am proud to have been involved in SCAI nearly since its inception and serving on the board since 2009 as a junior/trainee colleague and strongly support finding ways to better incorporate junior colleagues into the activities of SCAI. I have had the privilege of serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013 and as Treasurer since 2013.

Ruben Zamora
Ruben Zamora, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Surgery
Ruben Zamora (Secretary)

I have been working with Dr. Yoram Vodovotz, former Secretary, Vice President and President of the Society for Complex Acute Illness (SCAI), for more than 15 years. I have witnessed the birth of the Society and actively participated in many of its national and international meetings, both with poster and oral presentations. As a key part of my current research work, I am very interested in the use of computational and data-driven methods to help unravel the complexity of acute illness. Embarking on being Secretary of SCAI would be very beneficial to my understanding of the role of the Society, to my future interactions with the trainees and senior members of SCAI across all disciplines, and more importantly to my contribution to the work of the Society.

Board Members:

Gary An
Andriy Batchinsky
Timothy Buchman
Leopoldo Cancio
Steve Chang
Gilles Clermont
Mitchell Cohen
Judy Day
Randall Moorman
Edmund Neugebauer
Jose Salinas
Andrew Seely
Frank Jacono
Yoram Vodovotz
Sven Zenker
Marie Csete
Ruben Zamora
International Conference on Complex Acute Illness