Kurt R Denninghoff
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Professor, Optical Sciences
Primary Department
Department Affiliations
(520) 626-1551
Research Interest
Over the last seven years, I have developed an innovative clinical research nursing program, new retinal oximetry techniques including a prototype device called the ROx-3 and a research associate volunteer program. I have been working on improving the prehospital care for children and adults with traumatic brain injury and have been successful organizing a collaborative that is rapidly advancing this field. Recently, I have begun working with others to improve the care of children with asthma presenting to the emergency department. My clinical trials research, clinical device testing, injury control efforts, mentoring and research center leadership experience taken together make me very well suited to serve as the Southwest PECARN Node and Arizona HEDA PI.


Undurraga Perl, V. J., Leroux, B., Cook, M. R., Watson, J., Fair, K., Martin, D. T., Kerby, J. D., Williams, C., Inaba, K., Wade, C. E., Cotton, B. A., Del Junco, D. J., Fox, E. E., Scalea, T. M., Tilley, B. C., Holcomb, J. B., Schreiber, M. A., & , P. S. (2016). Damage-control resuscitation and emergency laparotomy: Findings from the PROPPR study. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 80(4), 568-74; discussion 574-5.

The Pragmatic Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) trial has demonstrated that damage-control resuscitation, a massive transfusion strategy targeting a balanced delivery of plasma-platelet-red blood cell in a ratio of 1:1:1, results in improved survival at 3 hours and a reduction in deaths caused by exsanguination in the first 24 hours compared with a 1:1:2 ratio. In light of these findings, we hypothesized that patients receiving 1:1:1 ratio would have improved survival after emergency laparotomy.

Qureshi, A. I., Palesch, Y. Y., Barsan, W. G., Hanley, D. F., Hsu, C. Y., Martin, R. L., Moy, C. S., Silbergleit, R., Steiner, T., Suarez, J. I., Toyoda, K., Wang, Y., Yamamoto, H., & Yoon, B. W. (2016). Intensive Blood-Pressure Lowering in Patients with Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage. The New England journal of medicine, 375(11), 1033-43.
BIO5 Collaborators
Kurt R Denninghoff, Chelsea Kidwell

Background Limited data are available to guide the choice of a target for the systolic blood-pressure level when treating acute hypertensive response in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Methods We randomly assigned eligible participants with intracerebral hemorrhage (volume,

Stoneking, L. R., Winkler, J. P., DeLuca, L. A., Stolz, U., Stutz, A., Luman, J. C., Gaub, M., Wolk, D. M., Fiorello, A. B., & Denninghoff, K. R. (2015). Physician documentation of sepsis syndrome is associated with more aggressive treatment. The western journal of emergency medicine, 16(3), 401-7.

Timely recognition and treatment of sepsis improves survival. The objective is to examine the association between recognition of sepsis and timeliness of treatments.

Spaite, D. W., Spaite, D. W., Bobrow, B. J., Bobrow, B. J., Keim, S. M., Keim, S. M., Smith, J. J., Smith, J. J., Mhayamaguru, K., Mhayamaguru, K., Rice, A., Rice, A., Mullins, T., Mullins, T., Barnhart, B., Barnhart, B., Denninghoff, K. R., Denninghoff, K. R., Viscusi, C. D., , Viscusi, C. D., et al. (2017). Body Temperature after EMS Transport: Association with Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes. Prehospital Emergency Care, 21(5), 575-582. doi:10.1080/10903127.2017.1308609

Gaither JB, Chikani V, Stolz U, Viscusi C, Denninghoff K, Barnhart B, Mullins T, Rice AD, Mhayamaguru M, Smith JJ, Keim SM, Bobrow BJ, Spaite DW: Body Temperature after EMS Transport: Association with Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017 Sep-Oct;21(5):575-582. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2017.1308609. Epub 2017 May 8. PubMed PMID: 28481163; NIH Manuscript System ID: NIHMS910946; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5638643.

Spaite, D. W., Hu, C., Bobrow, B. J., Chikani, V., Gaither, J. B., Barnhart, B. J., Adelson, P. D., Denninghoff, K. R., Rice, A. D., Mullins, T., Sherrill, D., & Keim, S. M. (2017). Evaluation of the Combined Prehospital Hypoxia-Hypotension “Depth-Duration Dose” and Mortality in Major Traumatic Brain Injury. Circulation.

Spaite DW, Hu C, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Gaither JB, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Denninghoff KR, Rice AD, Mullins T, Sherrill D, Keim SM: Evaluation of the Combined Prehospital Hypoxia-Hypotension “Depth-Duration Dose” and Mortality in Major Traumatic Brain Injury. Circulation 2017