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Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Faculty in the Division lead and participate in a wide range of research studies related to pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Dolores Njoku, M.D., for example, is the lead investigator for the section on drug-induced liver injury in the Center for Autoimmune Disease Research. Through his research, Ken Brady, M.D., is developing new methods of monitoring the autoregulation of blood flow in the brain to improve care of children with traumatic brain injury. Dr. Kristen Nelson’s  research interests include the use of medical simulation to improve resident and nurse resuscitation skills, and the role of human factors in cardiopulmonary arrest management. Dr. Lynne Maxwell’s  clinical studies have been aimed at reducing side effects and on comparing IV and epidural pain management. The research of Z. Leah Harris, M.D., has focused on the roles of transition metals, in particular iron and copper, in human diseases. The investigations of these and our other faculty also relate to, among other topics –

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Anesthetic and perioperative complications of patients with dwarfing syndromes 
  • Maternal anxiety and satisfaction in the Pediatric Intensive 
  •  Neurologic outcomes of children who survive cardiac arrest
  • Neuromonitoring in congenital heart surgery patients 
  • Onset of neurodegeneration after Hypoxia-Ischemia 
  • Pathophysiology of cerebrovascular dysfunction in bacterial meningitis
  • Prevention of post-injury hyperthermia in children with head trauma 
  • Ventilator associated lung injury

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