Dr. Michael C. Kurz

Michael C. Kurz, MD, MS-HES, FACEP

Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, UAB Therapeutic Hypothermia Program 

Dr. Michael C. Kurz began his medical career as a paramedic in Charlottesville, Virginia. He served in this capacity for seven years while obtaining his M.D. and an M.S. in Health Evaluation Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and 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 vice-chair of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiac Care Subcommittee on Systems of Care and the Systems of Care Writing Group helping to craft the 2015 AHA guidelines. His research interests are focused upon resuscitation, post-resuscitation care, and rehabilitation following cardiac arrest. He is the Associate Director for the Acute Care Research and Resuscitation Center (ARC) at UAB handling twenty-five research trials both publically and industry funded. Dr. Kurz has authored or co-authored more than 30 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 Co-Director of the Hypothermia Team providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Selected Publications

  • Marr A, Kurz MC, Stern J, Kulstad E. Calculation Methods of Confidence Intervals are Infrequently Described in Emergency Medicine Literature. Academic Emergency Medicine 2007;14(1):74-6.
  • Ornato JP, Kurz MC, Peberdy MA. Controlling Reperfusion Injury: Role of Induced Hypothermia in Post-Resuscitation Care J Emerg Med Serv 2009;34(1):17-20.
  • Kontos M, Kurz MC, Joyner S, Kriesa L, Roberts C, Ornato JP, Vetrovec G An Evaluation of the Accuracy of Emergency Physician Activation of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Patients with Suspected ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Annals of Emergency Medicine 2010;55(5): 423-430
  • Bossaert L, O'Connor RE, Arntz HR, Brooks SC, Diercks D, Feitosa-Filho G, Nolan JP, Hoek TL, Walters DL, Wong A, Welsford M, Woolfrey K; Acute Coronary Syndrome Chapter Collaborators. (Kurz MC) Part 9: Acute Coronary Syndromes: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations Resuscitation. 2010 Oct;81 Suppl 1:e175-212.
  • Camp-Rogers T, Dante S, Kontos MC, Roberts CS, Kreisa L, Kurz MC, The Impact of Pre-Hospital Activation of the Cardiac Catheterization Team on Recognition-to-Reperfusion Interval for Patients Presenting with ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction American Journal of Emergency Medicine, epub Oct 26, 2010
  • Camp-Rogers T, Murphy G, Dean A, Gunnerson K, Rossler D, Kurz MC, Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia to treat Cardiac Arrest caused by Accidental Hypothermia; A Case Report American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Feb 2, 2011 (epub)
  • Shandilya S, Qi X, Najarian K, Ward K, Kurz MC, Hargraves R. Finding an Optimal Model for Prediction of Shock Outcomes through Machine Learning. ICCGI 2013, The Eighth International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology July 2013.
  • Vanlangdingham SC, Kurz MC, Wang HE. Thermodynamic Aspects of Therapeutic Hypothermia. Resuscitation 2014 (accepted)
  • Sawyer K, Kurz MC, Gossip M, Roberts C, Dhindsa H, Reid R, Ornato JP, Peberdy MA, External Validation of Hypothermic to Ischemic Ratio on Survival to Hospital Discharge for Patients undergoing a Comprehensive Post-Resuscitation Program following Shockable Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation, 2015