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ECMO Program

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a mechanical life support for refractory respiratory and/or cardiac failure. Our research evaluates biomarker's changes associated with clinical interventions (ventilator changes, prone positioning, etc) for patients on ECMO. Quality improvement ECMO projects include evaluating nurses as the ECMO bedside specialist, physical therapy for severe ARDS patients on ECMO, and anticoagulation.

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ECMO Research

Here at UC San Diego Health and Owens Lab, our goal is to find the best ventilator settings for patients with ARDS on ECMO. Other ECMO research topics include physical therapy, anticoagulation, drug levels, and the effects on our immune system.


  1. Odish MF, Bellinghausen A, Golts E, et al. E-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) treated with veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) and ultra-protective ventilator settings. BMJ Case Reports CP 2020;13:e234771. Role: primary author.
  2. Odish MF, McGuire WC, Thistlethwaite P, et al. Bleomycin-induced lung injury treated with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ultra-protective ventilator settings. BMJ Case Reports CP 2020;13:e236474. Role: primary author.
  3. Illum, B., Odish, M., Minokadeh, A. et al. Evaluation, Treatment, and Impact of Neurologic Injury in Adult Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: a Review. Curr Treat Options Neurol 23, 15 (2021). Role: editing, writing
  4. Odish MF, Yi C, Chicotka S, Genovese B, Golts E, Madani M, Owens RL, Pollema T. Implementation and Outcomes of a Mobile Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program in the United States During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 May 26:S1053-0770(21)00460-2. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2021.05.047. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34176676; PMCID: PMC8152207.
  5. Odish M, Yi C, Eigner J, Kenner Brininger A, Koenig KL, Willms D, Lerum S, McCaul S, Boyd King A, Sutherland G, Cederquist L, Owens RL, Pollema T. The Southern California Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Consortium During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021 Jun 8:1-8. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2021.179. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34099097. Role: primary author.
  6. Odish M, Yi C, Tainter C, Najmaii S, Ovando J, Chechel L, Lipinski J, Ignatyev A, Pile A, Yeong Jang Y, Lin T, Tu XM, Madani M, Patel M, Meier A, Pollema T, Owens RL. The Implementation and Outcomes of a Nurse-Run Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program, a Retrospective Single-Center Study. Crit Care Explor. 2021 Jun 15;3(6):e0449. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000449. PMID: 34151280; PMCID: PMC8208419. Role: primary author.
  7. Odish, F. MD1; Yang, Jenny MD1; Cheng, George MD, PhD1; Yi, Cassia RN, MSN2; Golts, Eugene MD3; Madani, Michael MD3; Pollema, Travis DO3; Owens, Robert L. MD1 Treatment of Bronchopleural and Alveolopleural Fistulas in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a Case Series and Literature Review, Critical Care Explorations: May 2021 - Volume 3 - Issue 5 - p e0393 doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000393. Role: primary author