Matt Sundermann, PhD

Commercial Translation Associate

Develops and refines commercial translation roadmaps for projects within the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data, focusing on medical device projects

Clinical Research Scientist at ZOLL

Development of clinical trial protocols, assessment of clinical and preclinical data, and assistance with numerous other aspects of clinical research.

Education and Experience

Matt is a Clinical Research Scientist at ZOLL Medical Corporation in Pittsburgh where he has many roles that include developing clinical trial protocols, performing data analysis, conducting preclinical studies, and interacting with physicians and KOLs. Matt joined ZOLL in the fall of 2017. Since then, he has been working with multiple departments, including regulatory affairs, marketing, and new product development. Matt received his BE in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. His PhD research, under Dr. James Menegazzi in the Department of Emergency Medicine, focused on innovative solutions towards improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). At Pitt, Matt was also active in Fourth River Solutions as a consultant, and participated in Pitt’s 1st Gear Program. Matt was part of a team developing CPR technology (SmartCPR) and received initial funding from the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) program at Pitt, as well as Phase 1 Ventures, a commercialization program within the Science Center in Philadelphia. SmartCPR uses an adaptive approach to mechanical chest compressions that utilizes biosignals from the patient during CPR. In addition to his translational research experience, Matt also has a strong clinical background having volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician at Foxwall Emergency Medical Service and worked at UPMC as an artificial heart engineer supporting patients on left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).


BE, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2011
PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Research Experience

Graduate Research, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: James Menegazzi, PhD
Performed research focused on innovative approaches to improving the delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Effects of intra-resuscitation antiarrhythmic administration on rearrest occurrence and intra-resuscitation ECG characteristics in the ROC ALPS trial. Salcido DD, Schmicker RH, Kime N, Buick JE, Cheskes S, Grunau B, Zellner S, Zive D, Aufderheide TP, Koller AC, Herren H, Nuttall J, Sundermann ML, Menegazzi JJ; Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators. Resuscitation. 2018 129. 6-12.
  • Effect of neuromonitor-guided titrated care on brain tissue hypoxia after opioid overdose cardiac arrest. Elmer J, Flickinger KL, Anderson MW, Koller AC, Sundermann ML, Dezfulian C, Okonkwo DO, Shutter LA, Salcido DD, Callaway CW, Menegazzi JJ. Resuscitation. 2018. 129. 121-126.
  • Reynolds JC, Salcido DD, Sundermann ML, Koller AC, Menegazzi JJ. Extracorporeal life suport during cardiac arrest resuscitation in a porcine model of ventricular fibrillaiton. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2013 Mar 45(1) 33-39
  • Sundermann ML, Salcido DD, Koller AC, Menegazzi JJ. Inaccuracy of patient care reports for identification of critical resuscitation events during out-of-hospitall cardiac arrest. AM J Emerg Med. 2015 33(1) 95-99.
  • Marill KA, Salcido DD, Sundermann ML, Koller AC, Menegazzi JJ. Energy Conserving chemical defibrillation of ventricular fibrillation: A rondomized twho phase controlled blinded trial. Resuscitation 2016 41-48.
  • Salcido DD, Schmicker RH, Buick JE, Cheskes S, Grunau B, Kudenchuk P, Leroux B, Zellner S, Zive D, Aufderheide TP, Koller AC, Herren H, Nuttall J, Sundermann ML, Menegazzi JJ. The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators. Compression to ventilation ratio and incidence of rearrest – A secondary analysis of the ROC CCC trial. Resuscitation. 115 (2017 68-74
  • Sundermann ML, Salcido DD, Koller AC, Menegazzi JJ. Feasibility of Biosignal-guided Chest Compression During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Proof of Concept. Acad Emerg Med. 2016. 23(1) pg. 93-97
  • Reynolds JC, Salcido DD, Sundermann ML, Frisch A, Suffoletto BP, Menegazzi JJ. Tissue oximetry by near-infrared spectrosciopy in a porcine model of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2013. 84(6) 843-847.
  • Salcido DD, Sundermann ML, Koller AC, Menegazzi JJ. Incidence and outcomes of rearrest following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015 86 19-24.

Commercial Translation Experience

1st Gear Program Participant
4th River Solutions Consultant:
  • Provided product development and marketing advice for two projects with Fourth River Solutions
Michael G. Wells Student Healthcare Entrepreneurship Competition – Semi-Finalist
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Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Manager

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