Craig Press, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2010)
Graduate School :
  • PhD, Washington University In St. Louis (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Northwestern University (IL) (2002)
Residencies:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Chief Resident, Neuroscience (2015)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2012)
Fellowships:
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Children's Memorial Hospital Program, Pediatric Neurocritical Care (2016)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Epilepsy (2017)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Pediatric Neurocritical Care
  • Director of NeuroRecovery Program

Recognition & Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, American Epilepsy Society (2014)
    For research on the effectiveness and safety of oral cannabis extracts in pediatric epilepsy patients.

Research Interests

My research is focused on improving clinical outcome for patients by developing new monitoring techniques with electroencephalograms (EEGs) and through Big Data (large multicenter databases).

Publications

  • Press CA, Kirschen M, LaRovere K, Risen S, Guilliams KP, Chung M, Griffith J, Erklauer J, Peariso K, Ducharme-Crevier L, Shah SS, Hall M, Wainwright MS. Variation in Treatment and Outcomes of Children With Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Feb;10(2):159-165. PubMed PMID: 31996356
  • Messacar K, Spence-Davizon E, Osborne C, Press C, Schreiner TL, Martin J, Messer R, Maloney J, Burakoff A, Barnes M, Rogers S, Lopez AS, Routh J, Gerber SI, Oberste MS, Nix WA, Abzug MJ, Tyler KL, Herlihy R, Dominguez SR. Clinical characteristics of enterovirus A71 neurological disease during an outbreak in children in Colorado, USA, in 2018: an observational cohort study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Feb;20(2):230-239. PubMed PMID: 31859216
  • O'Brien N, Reuter-Rice K, Wainwright M, Kaplan S, Appavu B, Erklauer J, Ghosh S, Kirschen M, Kozak B, Lidsky K, Lovett M, Mehollin-Ray A, Miles D, Press C, Simon D, Tasker R, LaRovere K. Practice Recommendations for Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography in Critically Ill Children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Multidisciplinary Expert Consensus Statement. J Pediatric Intensive Care. 2020. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1715128.
  • Koh S, Wirrell E, Vezzani A, Nabbout R, Muscal E, Kaliakatos M, Wickström R, Riviello J J, Brunklaus A, Payne E, Valentin A, Wells E, Carpenter J, Lee K, Lai Y, Eschbach K, Press C A, Gorman, M, Stredny C M, Roche W, Mangum T. Proposal to Optimize Evaluation and Treatment of Febrile Infection - Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES): A Report from FIRES Workshop. Epilepsia Open. Accepted Nov 2020.
  • Press CA, Chapman KE. Status epilepticus: Will we capture the moment or continue without evidence of efficacy or costs?. Neurology. 2019 May 14;92(20):931-932. PubMed PMID: 31068483
  • Larson AA, Baker PR 2nd, Milev MP, Press CA, Sokol RJ, Cox MO, Lekostaj JK, Stence AA, Bossler AD, Mueller JM, Prematilake K, Tadjo TF, Williams CA, Sacher M, Moore SA. TRAPPC11 and GOSR2 mutations associate with hypoglycosylation of a-dystroglycan and muscular dystrophy. Skelet Muscle. 2018 May 31;8(1):17. PubMed PMID: 29855340
  • Smith G, Press CA. Ketogenic Diet in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus. Pediatr Neurol Briefs. 2017 Nov;31(3):8. PubMed PMID: 29184380
  • Press CA, Morgan L, Mills M, Stack CV, Goldstein JL, Alonso EM, Wainwright MS. Spectral Electroencephalogram Analysis for the Evaluation of Encephalopathy Grade in Children With Acute Liver Failure. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Jan;18(1):64-72. PubMed PMID: 27811533
  • Ducharme-Crevier L, Press CA, Kurz JE, Mills MG, Goldstein JL, Wainwright MS. Early Presence of Sleep Spindles on Electroencephalography Is Associated With Good Outcome After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 May;18(5):452-460. PubMed PMID: 28328788
  • Press CA, Lindsay A, Stence NV, Fenton LZ, Bernard TJ, Mirsky DM. Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis in Children: Imaging Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes. Stroke. 2015 Sep;46(9):2657-60. PubMed PMID: 26251243
  • Press CA, Wainwright MS. Preventable Pediatric Stroke via Vaccination?. Pediatr Neurol Briefs. 2015 Oct;29(10):76. PubMed PMID: 26933534
  • Press CA, Knupp KG, Chapman KE. Parental reporting of response to oral cannabis extracts for treatment of refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Apr;45:49-52. PubMed PMID: 25845492
  • Good RJ, Messacar K, Stence NV, Press CA, Carpenter TC. Abnormal Neuroimaging in a Case of Infant Botulism. Front Pediatr. 2015;3:108. PubMed PMID: 26697417
  • Greninger AL, Messacar K, Dunnebacke T, Naccache SN, Federman S, Bouquet J, Mirsky D, Nomura Y, Yagi S, Glaser C, Vollmer M, Press CA, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Dominguez SR, Chiu CY. Clinical metagenomic identification of Balamuthia mandrillaris encephalitis and assembly of the draft genome: the continuing case for reference genome sequencing. Genome Med. 2015 Dec 1;7:113. PubMed PMID: 26620704
  • Press C, Wallace A, Chapman KE. The Janus-faced nature of Rasmussen's encephalitis. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Jun;21(2):129-36. PubMed PMID: 25149947
  • Gaensbauer JT, Press CA, Hollister JR, Asturias EJ. Procalcitonin: a marker of infection not subverted by treatment with interleukin-6 receptor inhibition. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Sep;32(9):1040. PubMed PMID: 24008743
  • Miller BR, Press C, Daniels RW, Sasaki Y, Milbrandt J, DiAntonio A. A dual leucine kinase-dependent axon self-destruction program promotes Wallerian degeneration. Nat Neurosci. 2009 Apr;12(4):387-9. PubMed PMID: 19287387
  • Press C, Milbrandt J. The purine nucleosides adenosine and guanosine delay axonal degeneration in vitro. J Neurochem. 2009 Apr;109(2):595-602. PubMed PMID: 19245660
  • Press C, Milbrandt J. Nmnat delays axonal degeneration caused by mitochondrial and oxidative stress. J Neurosci. 2008 May 7;28(19):4861-71. PubMed PMID: 18463239
  • Jiang L, Rampalli S, George D, Press C, Bremer EG, O'Gorman MR, Bohn MC. Tight regulation from a single tet-off rAAV vector as demonstrated by flow cytometry and quantitative, real-time PCR. Gene Ther. 2004 Jul;11(13):1057-67. PubMed PMID: 15152187
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Professional Memberships

  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group, Member
  • Resident's and Fellow's Section of Neurology Journal, Board Member
  • American Academy of Neurology, Member
  • American Epilepsy Society, Member
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Member
  • Child Neurology Society, Member
  • Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium (CCEMRC), Member
  • International Pediatric Stroke Study, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Child Neurology, Board Certification (2016)
  • Pediatric Epilepsy, Board Certification (2018)
  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care, Certificate (2016)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Brain and Nervous System - Stroke
  • Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neurovascular Conditions
  • Brain and Nervous System - Meningitis
  • Brain and Nervous System - Epilepsy
  • Brain and Nervous System - Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
Clinical Interests
Neurocritical Care Stoke Epilepsy/Seizures Neuroimmune disorders Traumatic Brain Injury

Care Philosophy
I aim to provide compassionate and state-of-the-art care to patients with neurocritical care needs.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2010)
Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, Washington University In St. Louis (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Northwestern University (IL) (2002)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Chief Resident, Neuroscience (2015)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2012)
Fellowships:
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Children's Memorial Hospital Program, Pediatric Neurocritical Care (2016)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Epilepsy (2017)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology
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