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Nitin Seam, MD
Staff Clinician and
Associate Chief
Head of Training
Critical Care Medicine Department

Academic Degrees
BA, Johns Hopkins University
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine


Phone: 301-496-9320

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Nitin Seam, MD


Dr. Seam is the Associate Chief and Head of Training of the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with double major in Biology and Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University and subsequently received his medical degree from George Washington University. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at George Washington University, he served as a chief medical resident at GW. He then completed fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at the NIH along with Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine fellowship training at George Washington.

Dr. Seam has an educational interest in the appropriate use of innovative technologies in medical education, such as web-based asynchronous learning and high-fidelity simulation. He is the digital media editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) and has been a member of the AJRCCM editorial board since 2011. He is the current chair of the Web Editorial Committee for the American Thoracic Society.

He also serves on the Executive Committee of a multi-center VA trial studying low-dose corticosteroids in severe pneumonia and conducts translational research studying the inflammatory response in sepsis and ARDS.

Honors and Awards

Chairman of the American Thoracic Society Website Editorial Board 2014-2018.

Chairman of the Society for Simulation in Health Care Critical Care Interest Group 2017, 2018.

Awarded VA Teaching Attending of the Year by George Washington University Internal Medicine Residents in 2010, 2014, 2015.

Selected Publications

Chatterjee S, Pepper DJ, Galiatsatos P, Seam N. Recommended Reading from the National Institutes of Health Critical Care Medicine Fellows. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Narute P, Seam N, Tropea M, Logun C, Cai R, Sun J, Shelhamer JH, Meduri GU, Suffredini AF. Temporal Changes in MicoRNA Expression in Blood Leukocytes from Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Shock. 2017 Jun;47(6):688-695

Seam N, Suffredini AF. Steroids are part of rescue therapy in ARDS patients with refractory hypoxemia: we are not sure. Intensive Care Med 2016 42:924-7.

Seam N, Suffredini AF. Steroids are part of rescue therapy in ARDS patients with refractory hypoxemia: we are not sure. Intensive Care Med 2016 42:924-7.

Shah NG, Seam N, Woods CJ, Fessler Hem Goyal M, McAreavey D, Lee BW. A Longitudinal Regional Educational Model for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows Emphasizing Small Group- and Simulation-based Learning. Ann AM Thorac Soc. 2016 13:469-74.

Seam N, Suffredini AF. Is Antithrombin Treatment of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation a Quixotic Goal? Crit Care 2014 8:639.

Seam N, Meduri GU, Wang H et al. Effects of methylprednisolone infusion on markers of inflammation, coagulation and angiogenesis in early ARDS Crit Care Med 2012;40:495-501.

Burbelo PD, Seam N, Groot S, Ching KH, Han BL, Meduri GU, Iadarola MJ, Suffredini AF. Rapid induction of autoantibodies during ARDS and septic shock. J Transl Med 2010;8:97.

Khosla R, Rohatgi PK and Seam N. Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy of pleural-based intrathoracic lesions. J Bronch Interven Pulm 2009; 16: 87-90.

Seam N. Corticosteroids for septic shock. N Engl J Med 2008;358: 2068-9.

Seam N, Gonzales DA, Hortin GL, Kern S, Hoehn GT, Suffredini AF. Quality control of serum albumin depletion for proteomic analysis. Clinical Chemistry 2007; 53: 1915-20.

Seam N, Finkelstein SE, Gonzales DA, Schrump DS, Gladwin MT. The work-up of stridor: virtual bronchoscopy as a complementary technique in the diagnosis of subglottic stenosis. Respiratory Care 2007; 52: 337-9.

Seam N, Khosla R. Metastatic Endobronchial Melanoma. Respiration 2007; 77: 214.

Seam N and Suffredini AF. Mechanisms of sepsis and insights from clinical trials. Drug Discov Today: Disease Mech 2007; 4: 83-93.

Nylen ES, Seam N, Khosla R. Endocrine markers of severity and prognosis in critical illness. Crit Care Clin 2006; 22: 161-79.

Hortin GL, Seam N, Hoehn GT. Bound homocysteine, cysteine and cysteinylglycine distribution between albumin and globulins. Clinical Chemistry 2006; 52:2258-64.

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