Dr. Cobb's clinical specialty is surgical critical care with a research interest in the pathophysiology of sepsis and injury. His early research focus was the treatment of sepsis; more recently he's worked with collaborators nationally to develop a novel sepsis diagnostic, the riboleukogram, which uses contemporary genomics and microfluidics technology to track the host response to injury and infection. Since moving to
His investigative work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. His awards include the Research Scholarship Award of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Founders Grant for Critical Care Research of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the George H. A. Clowes, Jr. Memorial Research Career Development Award of the American College of Surgeons, and the 2nd Annual Critical Care Medicine Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cobb is a former President of the Association for Academic Surgery and is Director of the US Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group.
ResearchThe future of intensive care requires integrating advances in biomedical and engineering sciences. We apply knoweldge of systems, cellular, and molecular engineering to study how best to improve outcomes, aiming to engineer health in our most vulnerable patient population. The goal of this new program, Reanimation and Health Engineering, is to fully reanimate the critically ill or injured. Examples of current projects include quantitative modeling of patient flow through the hospital, ICU quality and value dashboards, measuring effectiveness of process improvement interventions, testing efficacy of telemedicine, and stem cell therapy for organ dysfunction. You can learn more about our vision for the future of critical care research at the MGH Critical Care Center and the Harvard Catalyst.
Massachusetts General Hospital investigators collaborate with clinical staff to generate new knowledge and discuss innovations at the First Annual Critical Care Research Retreat.
Local artist donates prints to the MGH Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) waiting room.
Massachusetts General Hospital Critical Care Center staff members were recognized for their study on communication between providers and family members in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
MGH marathon runners — in their own words
J. Perren Cobb, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Critical Care Center, presents on the ABCDE Bundle for quality assurance and performance improvement.