Mik Pietrzak, MD, serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for MedStar's Institute for Innovation (MI2) and is a founding Director of MedStar's ER One Institute. Dr. Pietrzak has had a distinguished medical career in both the military and civilian sectors. Several of his positions have included extensive involvement in medical facility design.
In 2001 he was appointed Project Principal and Director of Project ER One, where he was responsible for developing the design features, concepts, and specifications for an "all risks" medical facility in a multi-threat environment. Project ER One was a federally-funded project with follow on work that resulted in the development of a 20-bed "all risks ready" unit currently in operation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining MedStar, he served as Chief Medical Officer of TRICARE Southwest, where he oversaw medical affairs for the Department of Defense (DOD)/Military Health System in the Southwest Region of the United States and coordinated the clinical integration of all DOD treatment facilities in the region, which included the strategic planning of medical facility scope and sizing. He has held several academic positions, including Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor at Georgetown University and Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Military Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. During his career, he has made more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences, was a member of the American Institute of Architects committee for Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities, and served on several committees and working groups that provided input to the U.S. government on critical infrastructure protection.
Dr. Pietrzak received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Pietrzak's research interests include
- Medical facility design
- Innovations in healthcare building materials
- Reduction and prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in the built environment
- Advances in emergency medicine
- Research Areas
- Critical Care/Emergency Medicine