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Sarah Perman, MD

​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

​Dr. Perman’s primary research interests are in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and post-cardiac arrest care, including targeted temperature management.  Her current research is examining novel methods of measuring injury post-arrest, understanding the complex decision making process that occurs in critically ill cardiac arrest patients.   Dr. Perman’s clinical interests are in resuscitation and emergency critical care. 
Degree Year ​Focus
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI B.S. 1998 Molecular Biology and Afro-American Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL M.S. 2003
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA  2007 Doctor of Medicine
​University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Philadelphia, PA 2011 ​Emergency Medicine Residency
​University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA M.S.C.E. 2013 ​Clinical Epidemiology
​University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 2013 ​Resuscitation Fellowship

Funded Projects

  • ​Efficacy and Utility of Continuous Electroencephalography in Patients Surviving Cardiac Arrest
    Funding Agency: University of Colorado Hospital
    Funding Period: August 1st 2013-August 1st 2014
    Aim: The use of Lean management strategies to optimize the use of continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) technology in the post-cardiac arrest setting


Other Projects

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Selected Publications (11 out of 17)
  • Lau B, Kirkpatrick JN, Merchant RM, Perman SM, Abella BS, Gaieski DF, Becker LB, Chiames C, Reitsma AM.  Experiences of sudden cardiac arrest survivors regarding prognostication and advance care planning.  Resuscitation.  2010 Aug; 81(8); 982-986 (PMID 20435392)


  • Perman SM, Chang A, Hollander J, Gaieski DF, Trzeciak S, Birkhahn R, Rivers E, Shapiro N.  The relationship between BNP and adverse outcome in patients with suspected sepsis presenting to the emergency department. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2011 Feb;18(2); 219-222 (PMID 21314784)


  • Perman SM, Kirkpatrick JN, Reitsma AM, Gaieski DF, Lau B, Smith T, Leary M, RN, Fuchs  BD, Levine JM, Abella BS, Becker LB, Merchant RM. Timing of neuroprognostication post- cardiac arrest therapeutic hypothermia.  Critical Care Medicine.  2012 Mar;40(3):719-724 (PMID 22080630)


  • Perman SM, Goyal M, Gaieski DF.  Initial diagnosis and management of adult patients with septic shock. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med.  2012 June;20(1):41 (PMID 22737991)


  • Starodub R, Abella BS, Grossestreuer AV, Shofer FS, Perman SM, Leary M, Gaieski DF.  Association of serum lactate and survival outcomes in patients undergoing therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2013 Aug; 84(8):1078-82 (PMID 23402966)


  • Delfin G, Leary M, Perman SM, O’Rourke DM, Levine JM, Abellas BS.  Post arrest targeted temperature management immediately following craniotomy- A case report.  Ther HypothermiaTemp Manag.  2013 Sep;3(3): 143-6 (PMID 24834843)


  • Beylin M, Perman SM, Abella BS, Leary M, Shofer F, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF.  Higher mean arterial pressure with or without vasoactive agents is associated with increased survival and  better neurological outcomes in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest.  Intensive Care Med. 2013 Nov;39(11): 1981-8 (PMID 23995983)


  • Grossestreuer AG, Abella BS, Leary M, Perman SM, Fuchs BD, Kolansky DM, Beylin ME,  Gaieski DF.  Time to arousal and neurologic outcome in therapeutic-hypothermia treated post-  cardiac arrest patients.  Resuscitation.  2013 Dec;84(12):1741-6 (PMID 23916554)


  • Perman SM, Goyal M, Neumar RW, Topjian A, Gaieski DF.  Clinical applications of targeted temperature management.  CHEST.  2014 Feb;145(2):386-93 (PMID 24493510)


  • Cristia C, Ho ML, Levy S, Anderson LW, Perman SM, Giberson T, Salciccoli J, Saindon BZ, Cocchi MN, Donnino MW. The association between a quantitative computed tomography (CT) measurement of  cerebral edema and outcomes in post-cardiac arrest - a validation study. Resuscitation.  2014 May 13 [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 24892267)


  • Johnson NJ, Acker M, Hsu CH, Desai N, Vallabhajosyula P, Lazar S, Horak J, Wald J, McCarthy F, Rame E, Gray K, Perman SM, Becker L, Cowie D, Grossestreuer A, Smith T, Gaieski DF.  Extracorporeal life support as rescue strategy for out-of-hospital and Emergency Department cardiac arrest.  Resuscitation.  2014 Sep 5 [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 25201611)


  • Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium, 2009
  • Young Investigator Award 2013, ​European Resuscitation Council, 2013
  • 3CPR Early Committee Member, ​American Heart Association, 2014