Dr. Tom Spentzas

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Spentzas graduated in 1983 from National Kapodistrian University, Athen’s Medical School, Greece. He served in the Army as a physician and was a Pediatric Resident and a Pediatric Fellow in Pediatric Critical Care at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York where he completed his medical training in 1995.

Dr. Spentzas started his practice at Babies Hospital of NYC and he served as Critical Care Medical Director at St Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana and in Swedish American Medical Center in Rockford,Illinois. He joined the Pediatric Critical Care Faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2004. In parallel with the clinical critical care duties, Dr. Spentzas is faculty of the Master in Epidemiology program at the University of Tennessee. He is teaching the BIOE 811 “R Software in Medical Research” course. He is involved with numerous epidemiology studies in his Epidemiology Laboratory. He is also participating in bench research in macrophage sepsis model in the Infectious Disease laboratory.

Selected Publications

  1. Nievas IFF, Spentzas T, Bogue WC. SNAP II Index: An alternative to the COMFORT scale in assessing the level of sedation in mechanically ventilated pediatric patients. J Intensive Care Med. 2013; 6;29(4):225-8. PMID: 23753227
  2. Spentzas T. Pediatric risk of mortality: is it the time of admission or the disease? Pediatr Crit Care Med 2013; 14(9):912. PMID: 24226564
  3. Ingram KC, Marker M, Meals E, Talati AJ, Spentzas T, English KB. Azithromycin inhibits macrophage tumor necrosis   factor secretion in response to both azithromycin-susceptible and azithromycin-resistant pneumococci J Ped Infect Dis 2014; 3(2):168-71 PMID - pending
  4. Spentzas T. Are readmissions to the PICU preventable or is this the nature of the beast? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014; 15(1):92. PMID: 24389715 
  5. Shappley R, Spentzas T. Differential role of rapamycin and Torin/KU63794 in inflammatory response of RAW264.7 macrophages stimulated by CA-MRSA. Int J Inflam 2014; 2014:560790. PMID: 24800098
  6. Spentzas T. Should I stay or should I go? Pediatr Crit Care Med 2014, 15(6):575-6. PMID: 25000426
  7. Spentzas T. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: Is high volume better or worse for the patients? Crit Care Med. 2014; 42(8):e603-4. PMID: 25029158.
  8. Spentzas T.  Mortality in Pediatric Patients Receiving Centrifugal-Pump Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Time, Hemolysis or Both. Crit Care Med. Crit Care Med. 2014;42(10):e679. PMID: 25226141
  9. Spentzas T.  Improving Survival After Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Arrest: Pay Attention to the Blood Pressure and the Time of CPR Crit Care Med.  2014;42(12):e807-8. PMID: 25370068
  10. Spentzas T.  What is the meaning of hypertension in the PICU? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014;15(9):917-8. PMID: 25402314
Dr. Tom Spentzas

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Department of Pediatrics

Critical Care Division

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Children's Foundation
Research Center
50 N Dunlap, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-287-6303