David W. Crippen, MD, FCCM is Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He also holds a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Neurologic Surgery. He trained in general surgery, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Crippen is Co-Director of the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian University Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include bedside and didactic teaching of critical care fellows, neurosurgical and neurological house staff, medical students and nursing staff. When not pursuing clinical duties, Dr. Crippen spends a lot of time on the Internet, plays guitar with rock band The CODES, rides one of three vintage 70's BMW Airhead motorcycles.