Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholar John Whitcomb, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

John Whitcomb, Ph.D., R.N., C.C.R.N., F.C.C.M.

School of Nursing
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: jwhitco@clemson.edu  

Who is Professor Whitcomb?

John Whitcomb retired in 2009 from the Navy as a Commander, Nurse Corps after 26 years. He served as the Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General for Critical Care, Navy (2007-2009). He was on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (2007-2010) and Certification Corporation of AACN (2008-2010). John completed his B,S., Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, his MSN in Critical Care at Marymount University in Arlington VA. and his Ph.D. in Resuscitative Outcomes from the University of San Diego, San Diego Ca. He has been a primary or significant contributor to 33 articles in high level, peer reviewed scholarly journals and his work is being used by other scholars in critical care as indicated by citations of my work in scholarly publications. He has achieved a national reputation that has resulted in being invited to present at national and international conferences and to serve as a reviewer for top tier journals and textbooks in the field of critical care. He is an NIH Early Career Reviewer for the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). He a past Chair of the Scientific Review Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine overseeing awarding of grants $200,000/year. He serves as a consultant and mentor to Prisma staff, project FOUR research study that was completed and published, presented at the Prisma Evidence based Practice Fellowship Program. At Clemson, he has competed for $177,211 in grant funding both internally and externally he has in total received $140,858. John is a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM).

For more information, see his college profile.

How Professor Whitcomb's research is transforming health care

Whitcomb's program of research consists of adult critical care in areas or resuscitative outcomes post cardiac arrest, delirium, and neuro assessment. Over the years, based on the outcomes of research conducted, his research has translated to policy and procedure changes within large academic healthcare settings. One example, based on findings from a cardiac arrest studies, protocols and approach to care during emergencies were changed that improved access and outcomes. Currently, Whitcomb is interested in a retrospective study at Prisma looking at the outcomes of therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest as well as delirium in the ICU. One of his studies was published and premiered in the Greenville News. He has participated in many studies at Prisma Health.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Critical Care, Resuscitative Outcomes Post Cardiac Arrest, Delirium, Ethics, Leadership, Military Nursing, End of Life