Our PEM Fellows are supported by a robust team through the Department of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Research Team

PEM Fellows work closely with PhD’s (statistical support), clinical research coordinators (IRB and grant support), and research assistants (we employ a number of RAs for prospective data collection). A number of PEM faculty are dedicated as academic faculty. We have numerous ongoing projects in our department and there are ample opportunities for our fellows to pursue their clinical interests.

  • Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc – Associate Fellowship Director, Director of Research for Emergency and Trauma Services
  • Andrew Flood, PhD – Career Scientist, Epidemiologist
  • Gretchen Cutler, PhD, MPH – Epidemiologist, Scientific Investigator
  • Jill Dreyfus, PhD, MPH – Epidemiologist, Scientific Investigator
  • Kristin Frenn, MPH – Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Heidi Vander Velden, MS – Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Ernest Krause, BA – Clinical Research Associate, level II
  • Samuel Kim, BS – Clinical Research Associate, level I
  • Yi Lu, MS – Health Service Research Specialist
  • Angela Plaisance – Grants and Contract Specialist

Academic Faculty

A number of our faculty are dedicated to academics and have devoted time for clinical research and/or teaching.  Our fellows have ample opportunities to engage in research and explore their clinical interests. Our scientific investigators and their research interests are:

Our teaching faculty are:

Our fellow research projects:

  • Anna Depompolo, MD: Implementation of a pediatric prehospital pain management protocol
  • Kara Seaton, MD: Development of a decision rule for children at high risk of prolonged post-concussion syndrome
  • Meghann Duffy, MD: Parasagittal vertex clots on head CT in infants with subdural hemorrhage as a predictor for abusive head trauma
  • Jonathan Strutt, MD: Shock index as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in pediatric trauma patients
  • Kelly Bergmann, DO: Measurement of the optic nerve sheath diameter by optic ultrasound in diabetic ketoacidosis and the relationship to cerebral edema
  • Megan Cain, MD: Development of a clinical decision rule to identify pediatric patients with headache at low risk for intra-cranial pathology
  • Michael McWay, MD: Utility of bedside lung ultrasound for the diagnosis of pneumonia in the pediatric emergency department
  • David Piechota, MD: Refinement of a clinical pathway to aid disposition following equivocal ultrasound in children with acute abdominal pain

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