Timothy R. Billiar, MD

Dr. Timothy Billiar is the George Vance Foster Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer UPMC, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Academics, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Billiar received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1983. He then completed training in general surgery at the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh.  This included a four-year research training fellowship.

In 1992, Dr. Billiar joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery University of Pittsburgh as a trauma surgeon. Since 1999, Dr. Billiar has served as Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and the George Vance Foster Endowed Chair.  Dr. Billiar has a long standing clinical and research interest in trauma, shock and sepsis. In research that has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989, Dr. Billiar’s laboratory has contributed to fundamental discoveries on the mechanisms leading to dysfunction of the immune system after injury or severe infection.  His laboratory has also contributed to discoveries on the regulation and function of the inducible nitric oxide synthase.

Dr. Billiar is past President of the Society of University Surgeons, the Nitric Oxide Society, the Surgical Infection Society, and the Shock Society, USA.  In 2006, Dr. Billiar was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, USA, and in 2011 was named Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also past recipient of the Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association and the Award for Scientific Achievement from the Shock Society.

A list of Dr. Billiar’s publications is here.