• Dr. Michael Kurz is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds joint appointments with the Department of Surgery and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. In addition, Dr. Kurz is the Director of the UAB Post-Cardiac Arrest Service providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for cardiac arrest victims throughout Alabama.

    Dr. Kurz attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, receiving both an MD and MS is Health Services Research. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and Fellowship in Emergent Cardiac Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Kurz is boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

    Dr. Kurz serves as Immediate-Past Chair of the AHA Emergency Cardiac Care Subcommittee on Systems of Care and has contributed to the AHA ECC guidelines since 2010. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in resuscitation science.and regularly reviews for JAMA, Circulation, Resuscitation, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Kurz’s research interests are focused upon intra- and post-arrest care including coagulation dysfunction, optimizing hemodynamic support, and rehabilitation for survivors.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Continuous Neuromuscular Blockade Following Successful Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest: A Randomized Trial 2020
    2020 Performance of PCR/Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry on Whole Blood for Detection of Bloodstream Microorganisms in Patients with Suspected SepsisJournal of Clinical Microbiology.  58. 2020
    2020 Age-dependent trends in survival after adult in-hospital cardiac arrestResuscitation.  151:189-196. 2020
    2020 Sensitivity of Continuous Electroencephalography to Detect Ictal Activity After Cardiac ArrestJAMA Network Open.  3:e203751. 2020
    2020 Do Sex Differences Exist in the Establishment of “Do Not Attempt Resuscitation” Orders and Survival in Patients Successfully Resuscitated From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest? 2020
    2020 Accuracy of Patient Reported Stone Passage for Patients With Acute Renal Colic Treated in the Emergency DepartmentUrology.  136:70-74. 2020
    2020 The AURORA Study: a longitudinal, multimodal library of brain biology and function after traumatic stress exposureMolecular Psychiatry.  25:283-296. 2020
    2020 Vitamin D insufficiency increases risk of chronic pain among African Americans experiencing motor vehicle collisionPAIN.  161:274-280. 2020
    2020 Characteristics of tianeptine effects reported to a poison control center: a growing threat to public health 2020
    2020 Low dose- high frequency, case based psychomotor CPR training improves compression fraction for patients with in-hospital cardiac arrestResuscitation.  146:26-31. 2020
    2020 MicroRNA-19b predicts widespread pain and posttraumatic stress symptom risk in a sex-dependent manner following trauma exposurePAIN.  161:47-60. 2020
    2020 Relationship between duration of targeted temperature management, ischemic interval, and good functional outcome from out-of-hospital cardiac arrestCritical Care Medicine.  370-377. 2020
    2020 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart AssociationCirculation.  E654-E685. 2020
    2020 Telecommunicator Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Policy Statement from the American Heart AssociationCirculation.  E686-E700. 2020
    2020 Utilization of thromboelastograms in management of Crotalus adamanteus envenomation 2020
    2019 2019 American Heart Association Focused Update on Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: Use of Advanced Airways, Vasopressors, and Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation during Cardiac Arrest: An Update to the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular CareCirculation.  140:E881-E894. 2019
    2019 2019 American Heart Association Focused Update on Systems of Care: Dispatcher-Assisted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Cardiac Arrest Centers: An Update to the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular CareCirculation.  140:E895-E903. 2019
    2019 Unique Uses of Cooling StrategiesTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  9:168-172. 2019
    2019 Quality Is Not the only Part of the Emergency Department-Based Intensive Care Unit Value EquationJAMA Network Open.  2. 2019
    2019 In hospitals with more nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, better outcomes for patients after cardiac arrestHealth Affairs.  38:1087-1094. 2019
    2019 Perspectives on Temperature ManagementTherapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.  9:98-101. 2019
    2019 The Latest in Resuscitation Science Research: Highlights From the 2018 American Heart Association's Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019
    2019 Disability-Adjusted Life Years Following Adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States: A Burden of Disease EstimateCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.  12. 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
    2019 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 Genetics.  180:415-427. 2019
    2018 Effect of Levocarnitine vs Placebo as an Adjunctive Treatment for Septic Shock: The Rapid Administration of Carnitine in Sepsis (RACE) Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Network Open.  1:e186076. 2018
    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 pain 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 Variability of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation utilization for refractory adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: An international survey studyClinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine.  5:100-106. 2018
    2018 Examining the Use of a Social Media Campaign to Increase Engagement for the American Heart Association 2017 Resuscitation Science Symposium 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 Study 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 Arrest 2018
    2018 Evaluation of the association between genetic variants in circadian rhythm genes and posttraumatic stress symptoms identifies a potential functional allele in the transcription factor TEFFrontiers in Psychiatry.  9. 2018
    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 symposium 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 departmentContemporary 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 arrest 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
    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


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

    Research Overview

  • resuscitation science, coagulation dysfunction, optimizing hemodynamic support, rehabilitation for survivor of cardiac arrest
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by RAPID PATHOGEN SCREENING, INC. 2020 - 2022
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Post-traumatic Syndromes (Fixed Price)  awarded by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2017 - 2021
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Post-Traumatic Syndromes (Cost Reimbursement)  awarded by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016 - 2021
  • Coagulation Irregularities Resulting from Cardiac Arrest (CIRCA)  awarded by Emergency Medicine Foundation 2016 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by JANSSEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC 2017 - 2018
  • Multi-Center Randomized Trial to Study Tamsulosin for Ureteral Stones in the Emergency Department  awarded by George Washington University 2015 - 2018
  • Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProACT)  awarded by University of Pittsburgh 2017 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION 2016 - 2018
  • Neuromuscular Blockade for Management of Post-Cardiac Arrest Patients  awarded by BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER 2016 - 2018
  • Coagulation Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest  awarded by Society of Critical Care Medicine 2016 - 2018
  • L-carnitine Treatment for Vasopressor Dependent Septic Shock  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER 2014 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT MOLECULAR 2015 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by RAPID PATHOGEN SCREENING, INC. 2014 - 2016
  • HELP PAIN  awarded by RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL - NEW 2015 - 2016
  • Persistent Pain and Associated Physical Function Decline Among Elderly Individuals Experiencing Minor Motor Vehicle Collision  awarded by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2015 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 2015 - 2016
  • Education And Training

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

  • Michael Kurz