Philip C. Spinella, M.D., FCCM
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Translational Research Program, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Philip C. Spinella is the Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Translational Research Program at St.
Louis Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of
Dr. Spinella earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology (1991) at Tufts University, and his
Medical Degree (1995 at New York Medical College. Following residency in Pediatrics at Tripler Army
Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, he served as Chief of Pediatric In-patient and Outpatient Services at
Bayne-Jones Army Medical Center at Fort Polk, LA (1998-2000). Dr. Spinella then completed a fellowship
in Pediatric Critical Care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2003). After fellowship he served as
the Assistant Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio (2003-2007).
During this time he was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom for one year (2004-2005). He came
to Washington University in 2010 to assume leadership of the Pediatric Critical Care Translational Research
Dr. Spinella served 15 years in the US Army and separated as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. He is a veteran
of the Iraq War, where he received a Bronze Star and the Combat Medic Badge for providing care under fire.
In collaboration with investigators at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, his groundbreaking work in
the area of treatment of hemorrhagic shock received the US Army's Best Invention Award in 2007 for his role
in the development of the concept of"damage control resuscitation".
Dr. Spinella co-founded and is the co-Chair of the Trauma Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) Network, which is an international multidisciplinary network of civilian and military providers ranging from first responders/medics to critical care physicians, as well as from basic scientists to clinical trialists. Since 2011, THOR has organized and sponsored a Remote Damage Control Resuscitation annual conference with civilian and military attendees encompassing 18 countries. The conference has led to national policy changes regarding the care of patients with traumatic hemorrhagic shock in the pre-hospital phase of resuscitation in countries such as Israel, Australia, Canada, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom, as well as policy changes at multiple
trauma centers in the US. Dr. Spinella is a consultant to the US Army Blood Research Program at the US
Army Institute of Surgical Research, and the Norwegian Navy Blood Research Program.
Dr. Spinella is also a co-founder and Chair of the Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network (Blood Net).