Pulmonary Critical Care Leadership

Steven Stausbaugh, MD: Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Director

Recognized nationally for his commitment and work toward the care of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), Dr. Strausbaugh came to Cleveland to lead the Adult CF Program at Case Western Reserve University. Native to Ohio, Dr. Strausbaugh attended medical school at the Ohio State University after having a career as clinical faculty in pharmacy at the Ohio State University/Columbus Children's Hospital. Dr. Strausbaugh then completed his training in combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Hershey/Penn State University. He went on to complete a Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship with focus on adult cystic fibrosis at the University of Cincinnati. He served as Associate Director of their Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Center and worked closely with the Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship program.

Dr. Strausbaugh came to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in 2006 to assume the role of Director of the Adult CF Program. Dr. Strausbaugh has helped enhance University Hospitals' reputation as one of the leading centers in the world for the care of patients with cystic fibrosis. He has published extensively and has served as the principle investigator or co-investigator on over 60 clinical trials of therapeutic agents to treat CF. Dr. Strausbaugh has also served on multiple national committees on the Therapeutic Development Network(TDN) of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and from 2006 until January of 2013 served as the Principle Investigator/Director of the Adult CF TDN translational research center grant at Case Western Reserve University.

In 2009, he became Program Director for the Med-Peds Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He has been very active in the residency and is committed to maintaining a cohesive program of med-peds residents who will become leaders in their respective fields. Dr. Strausbaugh is a member of the Med-Peds Program Directors Association and is a member of the National MPPDA research committee.

In early 2013 Dr. Strausbaugh was approached and gladly accepted the offer to assume the role of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Director. He is extremely committed to the fellowship and has met with the fellows on multiple occasions to assure this transitional year is going well. Dr. Strausbaugh has also introduced a quarterly "Opportunities for Improvement" meeting with the fellows. This is an open forum for fellows to express their views on how to enhance their fellowship training experience.

Dr. Strausbaugh is very committed to graduate medical education and using multimedia to enhance educational opportunities. He is working to develop new teaching modalities and self-learning modules for fellows and residents through video and interactive multimedia. He is also interested in and has extensively studied generational differences in educational attainment. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Strausbaugh has a passion for animals and has worked with rescue organizations while also raising his own show-dogs. He is also an avid cook, often surprising residents and faculty with his famous pulled-pork, cheesecakes and other treats.

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