Joseph E Tonna, MD, MS, FCCM, FACEP, FAAEM Expert Witness
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General Specialties:

Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine

Specialty Focus:

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care Surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) / ECLS, Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS), intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), physical therapy, ventricular assist device (LVAD), cardiothoracic surgery, ventilation


MD, University of California, San Francisco; BA, University of Chicago; MS, University of Utah

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HIGHLIGHTS: --Full Time Clinically active in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care --Tenured Associate Professor at high volume referral Tertiary Academic Medical Center --NIH Funded Researcher (>100 peer reviewed journal articles) --International Leader in ECMO/Critical Care --Authored Multiple Guidelines in ECMO/Critical Care --ICU Medical Director --Section Head of Critical Care --Medical Director of ECMO --Expert Witness since 2014 --Authored multiple reports/depositions. Effective reports, honest/direct assessments, rapid turn around, repeat clients. Dr. Joseph E Tonna, MD, MS, FCCM, FACEP, FAAEM, is a clinically active attending physician with dual board certification in both Emergency Medicine and in Critical Care Medicine, and is a leading international expert in the use and management of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest, and life support, with 90+ peer reviewed publications on PubMed. He has particular expertise in emergency medicine, ECMO, mechanical circulatory support devices (IABP/Impella/VAD), cardiogenic shock, heart failure, post-cardiothoracic surgery care. Dr. Tonna is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah with appointments in the Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. He is the Section Head of Cardiothoracic Critical Care, the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular ICU/Cardiothoracic Critical Care, and the Associate Director of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Services. He works as an Attending Physician in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units and in the Emergency Department. He has an active research practice in ECMO that is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, multiple book chapters, and lectures internationally on ECMO. He is an active teacher of students, residents, trainees, and junior faculty. His clinical and research interests include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR), delirium prevention, and enhancing sleep and mobility. He is the Chair of the Registry of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), the largest international ECMO organization in the world. He has served as an expert witness and consultant on the appropriate conduct of emergency medicine, on the use of ECMO and ECMO patient management, critical care, and patient therapy/mobility, with particular expertise in cases of acute cardiogenic shock, heart failure/cardiomyopathy, respiratory failure, pneumonia, cardiac arrest/sudden death, shock, post-operative care, post-cardiothoracic surgery care, resuscitation, ECPR, IABP, Impella, pVAD, heart transplant, lung transplant, and renal/kidney failure.