• Dr. Michael C. Kurz trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and completed Fellowship in Emergent Cardiac Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. Boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Kurz is currently a physician scientist at the Alabama Resuscitation Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

    Dr. Kurz serves as Chair of the AHA Emergency Cardiac Care Subcommittee on Systems of Care and contributed to the 2010 and 2015 AHA guidelines. His research interests are focused upon intra-arrest care, coagulation dysfunction following cardiac arrest, post-resuscitation care, and rehabilitation for hypoxic brain injury. Dr. Kurz has authored or co-authored more than 45 research papers and is a reviewer for Circulation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Resuscitation, and Critical Care Medicine. In addition, Dr. Kurz takes call on the UAB Medical Emergency Team and is Director of the Hypothermia Team providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Disability-Adjusted Life Years Following Adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United StatesCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.  12:e004677. 2019
    2019 Erratum: This Article Corrects: "Just Missing the Mark: Discharging High-risk Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter without Thromboprophylaxis"Western Journal of Emergency Medicine : Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health.  20:426. 2019
    2019 Studies Targeting Stroke and Acute Myocardial InfarctionTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  9:8-12. 2019
    2018 2018 American Heart Association Focused Update on Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Use of Antiarrhythmic Drugs During and Immediately After Cardiac Arrest: An Update to the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular CareCirculation.  138:e740-e749. 2018
    2018 Perspectives on temperature managementTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  8:188-194. 2018
    2018 Hospital Variation in the Utilization and Implementation of Targeted Temperature Management in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac ArrestCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.  11:e004829. 2018
    2018 Variation in Survival after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest between Emergency Medical Services AgenciesJAMA Cardiology.  3:989-999. 2018
    2018 A functional riboSNitch in the 3' untranslated region of FKBP5 alters MicroRNA-320a binding efficiency and mediates vulnerability to chronic post-traumatic painJournal of Neuroscience.  38:8407-8420. 2018
    2018 Effect of tamsulosin on passage of symptomatic ureteral stones: A randomized clinical trialJAMA Internal Medicine.  178:1051-1057. 2018
    2018 Procalcitonin-guided use of antibiotics for lower respiratory tract infectionNew England Journal of Medicine.  379:236-249. 2018
    2018 A prospective, multi-centre US clinical trial to determine accuracy of FebriDx point-of-care testing for acute upper respiratory infections with and without a confirmed feverAnnals of Medicine.  50:420-429. 2018
    2018 Advanced vs. Basic Life Support in the Treatment of Out-of-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Arrest in the Resuscitation Outcomes ConsortiumResuscitation.  128:132-137. 2018
    2018 Examining the Use of a Social Media Campaign to Increase Engagement for the American Heart Association 2017 Resuscitation Science SymposiumJournal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease.  7. 2018
    2018 Fueling the flames: Hyperoxia and comprehensive postresuscitation careCritical Care Medicine.  46:656-658. 2018
    2018 Just missing the mark: Discharging high-risk atrial fibrillation / flutter without thromboprophylaxisWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine : Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health.  19:361-363. 2018
    2018 Local to Systemic Use of HypothermiaTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  8:4-8. 2018
    2018 Gender Differences in Pain Experience and Treatment after Motor Vehicle Collisions: A Secondary Analysis of the CRASH Injury StudyClinical Therapeutics.  40:204-213.e2. 2018
    2018 Trends in Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest During Nights and WeekendsJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  71:402-411. 2018
    2018 Bridging the Gap: Extracorporeal Life Support for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac ArrestArtificial Organs.  42:5-7. 2018
    2018 Genes known to escape X chromosome inactivation predict co-morbid chronic musculoskeletal pain and posttraumatic stress symptom development in women following trauma exposureAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics2018
    2018 Racial differences in presentations and predictors of acute pain after motor vehicle collisionPAIN.  159:1056-1063. 2018
    2018 Telephone CPR: Adopting the standard of care, Just-in-timeResuscitation.  122:A6-A7. 2018
    2018 The Latest in resuscitation science research highlights from the American Heart Association's 2017 resuscitation science symposiumJournal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease.  7. 2018
    2017 Association of antiplatelet therapy with patient outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrestResuscitation.  121:98-103. 2017
    2017 Therapeutic Hypothermia in Postcardiac ArrestTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  7:184-187. 2017
    2017 Post-resuscitation arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide and outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrestResuscitation.  120:113-118. 2017
    2017 Diagnostic Accuracy of FebriDx: A Rapid Test to Detect Immune Responses to Viral and Bacterial Upper Respiratory Infections.Journal of Clinical Medicine.  6. 2017
    2017 Design and rationale of the Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProACT), a multicenter randomized trial of procalcitonin antibiotic guidance in lower respiratory tract infectionBMC Emergency Medicine.  17. 2017
    2017 Prevalence, natural history, and time-dependent outcomes of a multi-center North American cohort of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest extracorporeal CPR candidatesResuscitation.  117:24-31. 2017
    2017 Variations in survival after cardiac arrest among academic medical center-affiliated hospitalsPLoS ONE.  12. 2017
    2017 Deconstructing the “Time to Target Temperature” interval: Emphasis on timing rather than depthResuscitation.  113:A4-A5. 2017
    2017 Perspectives on Temperature ManagementTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  7:8-11. 2017
    2017 Design and challenges of a randomized clinical trial of medical expulsive therapy (tamsulosin) for urolithiasis in the emergency departmentControlled Clinical Trials.  52:91-94. 2017
    2016 Association between Duration of Resuscitation and Favorable Outcome after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Implications for Prolonging or Terminating ResuscitationCirculation.  134:2084-2094. 2016
    2016 Why Has Your Hospital Not Formed a Postarrest Consult Team?Critical Care Medicine.  44:2113-2115. 2016
    2016 Thrombus-in-Transit: A Case for a Multidisciplinary Hospital-Based Pulmonary Embolism System of CareJournal of Emergency Medicine.  51:298-302. 2016
    2016 Computed tomography of the brain following out of hospital cardiac arrest: Neuro-prognostication or phrenology?Resuscitation.  104:A3-A4. 2016
    2016 Inflammatory markers following resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest-A prospective multicenter observational studyResuscitation.  103:117-124. 2016
    2016 Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Pilot Qualitative Survey Study of SurvivorsTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  6:76-84. 2016
    2016 Integration of attributes from non-linear characterization of cardiovascular time-series for prediction of defibrillation outcomesPLoS ONE.  11. 2016
    2016 Association of advanced airway device with chest compression fraction during out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrestResuscitation.  98:35-40. 2016
    2016 Clinical Studies Targeting Stroke and In-Hospital Cardiac ArrestTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  6:6-8. 2016
    2016 Which comes first? The chicken or the egg: The association of d-dimer with return of spontaneous circulation following in-hospital cardiac arrestThrombosis Research.  143:159-160. 2016
    2015 Limb-Threatening Acute Venous Thromboembolism in a Patient Undergoing Postarrest Therapeutic HypothermiaTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  5:228-234. 2015
    2015 Part 4: Systems of care and continuous quality improvement: 2015 American Heart Association guidelines update for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular careCirculation.  132:S397-S413. 2015
    2015 Early identification of an atypical case of type A dissection by transthoracic echocardiography by the emergency physicianAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine.  33:985.e1-985.e3. 2015
    2015 Assessing cardiac arrest beyond hospital discharge - We are only as "Good" as the outcomes we measureResuscitation.  94:A1-A2. 2015
    2015 If there is a "time to target temperature paradox" in post-cardiac arrest care, would we know?Resuscitation.  88:A3-A4. 2015
    2015 Therapeutic Hypothermia in Post-Cardiac Arrest and Myocardial InfarctionTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  5:193-197. 2015
    2015 Thermodynamic aspects of therapeutic hypothermiaResuscitation.  86:67-73. 2015
    2015 Triple rule out versus CT angiogram plus stress test for evaluation of chest pain in the emergency departmentWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine : Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health.  16:677-682. 2015
    2014 Full neurologic recovery and return of spontaneous circulation following prolonged cardiac arrest facilitated by percutaneous left ventricular assist deviceTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  4:168-172. 2014
    2014 Degradation of benzodiazepines after 120 days of EMS deploymentPrehospital Emergency Care.  18:368-374. 2014
    2014 An investigation of a hypothermic to ischemic ratio in patients following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest presenting with a shockable rhythmTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  4:72-78. 2014
    2014 Caution when defining prolonged downtime in out of hospital cardiac arrest as extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation becomes accessible and feasibleResuscitation.  85:979-980. 2014
    2014 External validation of termination of resuscitation guidelines in the setting of intra-arrest cold saline, mechanical CPR, and comprehensive post resuscitation careResuscitation.  85:910-914. 2014
    2014 Improving postarrest care through evidence-based common senseAnnals of Emergency Medicine.  64:507-508. 2014
    2013 An observational study of patient selection criteria for post-cardiac arrest therapeutic hypothermiaResuscitation.  84:1536-1539. 2013
    2013 Prevalence of troponin elevations in patients with cardiac arrest and implications for assessing quality of care in hypothermia centersAmerican Journal of Cardiology.  112:933-937. 2013
    2013 Reply to Letter: Risk of injury to rescuers who use hands-on defibrillationResuscitation.  84. 2013
    2013 We cannot improve that which we do not measureResuscitation.  84:1015-1016. 2013
    2013 Anxiety, depression, and PTSD following cardiac arrest: a systematic review of the literature.Resuscitation.  84:873-877. 2013
    2013 Perhaps crying "clear" should be left to the TV actors?Resuscitation.  84:533-534. 2013
    2013 The 60-day temperature-dependent degradation of midazolam and Lorazepam in the prehospital environment.Prehospital Emergency Care.  17:1-7. 2013
    2012 Is variety always the spice of life?Resuscitation.  83:1309-1310. 2012
    2012 Non-linear dynamical signal characterization for prediction of defibrillation success through machine learningBMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.  12. 2012
    2012 Estimating the impact of off-balancing forces upon cardiopulmonary resuscitation during ambulance transportResuscitation.  83:1085-1089. 2012
    2012 Hospital-based strategies contributing to percutaneous coronary intervention time reduction in the patient with ST-segment elevation myocardiaI infarction: A review of the "system-of-care" approachAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine.  30:491-498. 2012
    2012 Intramuscular versus intravenous therapy for prehospital status epilepticus.New England Journal of Medicine.  366:591-600. 2012
    2012 Therapeutic hypothermia after profound accidental hypothermia and cardiac arrestAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine.  30:387.e5-387.e7. 2012
    2011 For whom the bell tolls...Resuscitation.  82:1371-1372. 2011
    2011 The impact of prehospital activation of the cardiac catheterization team on time to treatment for patients presenting with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarctionAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine.  29:1117-1124. 2011
    2011 Emergency physician-initiated cath lab activation reduces door to balloon times in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patientsAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine.  29:868-874. 2011
    2010 Part 9: Acute coronary syndromes: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations.Circulation.  122:S422-S465. 2010
    2010 Part 9: Acute coronary syndromes: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations.Resuscitation.  81 Suppl 1:e175-e212. 2010
    2010 An evaluation of the accuracy of emergency physician activation of the cardiac catheterization laboratory for patients with suspected ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctionAnnals of Emergency Medicine.  55:423-430. 2010
    2009 Controlling reperfusion injury: role of induced hypothermia in post-resuscitation care.Journal of Emergency Medical Services.  34:17-20. 2009
    2007 The Impact of Emergency Physician-Initiated Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Mean Door-to-Balloon Time in Patients With ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial InfarctionAnnals of Emergency Medicine.  50:527-534. 2007
    2007 Confidence Interval Calculation Methods Are Infrequently Reported in Emergency-medicine LiteratureAcademic Emergency Medicine.  14:74-76. 2007
    2005 Real time electronic patient study enrollment system in emergency room.AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium.  881. 2005


    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 Adult Resuscitation 2017
    2009 What is the Value of the Prehospital Acquired 12-Lead ECG?.  176-181. 2009

    Education And Training

  • University of Chicago Hospitals, Chief Resident 2006
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Virginia 2003
  • University of Chicago Hospitals, Internship 2004
  • University of Chicago Hospitals, Residency 2006
  • University of Chicago Hospitals, Residency 2005
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007
  • Full Name

  • Michael Kurz