Dr. Deepika Mohan, MD

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Deepika Mohan, MD

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Critical Care Medicine

Biography

Deepika Mohan MD is Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing a residency in general surgery at Emory University and a fellowship in surgical critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, she joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Critical Care Medicine in 2009. Her research interests include the influence of intuitive judgments (heuristics) on physicians’ decision-making processes and its implications for quality improvement efforts. Most quality improvement efforts assume that doctors weigh information about the patient, knowledge of best practices, external incentives, and system constraints. Dr. Mohan’s own clinical experience as a surgical resident and critical care fellow suggests that other variables influence decision-making, particularly under conditions of time-pressure. Mohan uses behavioral science methods, such as signal detection theory, to identify these variables and to design novel interventions that might reduce variability in care.