Dr. Rittenberger has focused much of his academic research on the use of therapeutic hypothermia for treatment of post-cardiac arrest patients and acute neurologic injury. He is also an expert on neurologic prognosis following cardiac arrest. His published articles have appeared in the journals Resuscitation and Neurocritical Care. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, where he was named a fellow in 2010, and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Rittenberger received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine followed by a Resuscitation Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.