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Zachary D.W. Dezman, MD, MS, MS

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Secondary Appointment(s):

Epidemiology & Public Health

Location:

Paca-Pratt, 6th floor, Suite 200

Phone (Primary):

410-328-8025

Education and Training

Education

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (2003)
  • M.S., Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, (2006) Thesis Advisor – Patrick MacCarthy, “Biocompatibility of Calcium Phosphates Prepared by Self-Propagating, High-Temperature Synthesis”
  • M.D. with Distinction in Research, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, (2011) Thesis Advisor – Hamish Kerr, “A Biomechanical Analysis of Heading in Collegiate Soccer Players"
  • M.S., Clincial Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (2016)

Training

  • 2009-2010 Clinical Research Training Program, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • 2011-2014 Residency, Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014-2016 Fellowship, Clinical Research, Department of Emergency Medicine and the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS Baltimore, MD

Non-Clinical Duties

  • 2017-Present  Vice Chair, Research Committee, University of Maryland: Midtown Campus.
  • 2017-Present  Staff Scientist, Research HARBOR, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • 2018-Present  Deputy Director, Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Biosketch

My interest in clinical research reaches back to when I was a biomedical engineer, helping children with cerebral palsy learn to walk again. In medical school, I reapplied those analytical skills towards studying risk factors for concussions in collegiate athletes. As a clinical research fellow, I used the resources at the Charles "McC" Mathias National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (NSC) to link large patient databases to discover risk factors for injuries and predict clinical outcomes of injured patients. Now as a practicing emergency physician in inner-city Baltimore, I am continually confronted with patients suffering from issues related to substance abuse. This confluence of substance abuse and injury informs my current research interests.

Research/Clinical Keywords

clinical research, emergency medicine, substance abuse, injury

Highlighted Publications

  • Dezman ZD, Gorelick DA, Soderstrom CA. Test Characteristics of a Drug CAGE Questionnaire for the Detection of Non-Alcohol Substance Use Disorders in Trauma Inpatients. Injury. 2018 Jun 13.
  • Browne BJ, Dezman ZDW, The Burden of the Opioid Crisis on the State of Maryland with a Focus on the Impact of Fentanyl, testimony and report provided to the United States Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate, 4/11/18 (found here and here).
  • Browne BJ, Dezman ZDW, The Burden of Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues, testimony and report provided to the United States Sentencing Commission, 12/5/2018 (found here).
  • Dezman ZDW, Comer AC, Narayan M, Scalea TM, Hirshon JM, Smith GS. Alcohol consumption decreases lactate clearance in acutely injured patients. Injury. 2016 Mar 22.
  • Dezman ZDW, Comer AC, Smith GS, Narayan M, Scalea TM, Hirshon JM. Failure to clear elevated lactate predicts 24-hour mortality in trauma patients. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2015 Oct 1;79(4):580-5.
  • Dezman ZDW, Ledet EH, Kerr HA. Neck strength imbalance correlates with increased head acceleration in soccer heading. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2013 Mar 20.

Additional Publication Citations

A more complete listing of my publications can be found here or here.

Awards and Affiliations

  • 2007 Summer Research Fellowship, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
  • 2008 Winner, Poster Competition, National Medicine/Pediatrics Resident Association Conference, Albany, NY
  • 2009 Dean's Certificate for External Research Endeavors, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
  • 2014 Winner, Clinical Case Competition, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014 T. David Sisk Award for Most Outstanding Original Research Paper, Sports Health
  • 2014 Winner, 13th Annual Resident Research Competition, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014 Academic Achievement Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2016 Best of the Best, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • 2016 Prime Time Practice Changers: Highlights of the 2015 Research Forum, Scientific Assembly, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 2018 Gold Standard Award for Outstanding Manuscript Reviews, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

Grants and Contracts

NIH/NINDS Dezman (PI) 08/26/2015-07/01/2017
Extramural Loan Repayment Award – Clinical Research
Novel Biomarkers Predict Morbidity and Mortality in Traumatic Brain Injury
NIH provides student loan relief for two years provided I maintain 50% or greater commitment towards clinical research projects.
Role: PI

In the News

  • 2018 Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, and Huffington Post on administering buprenorphine in the emergency department to patients in withrawal (here, here, and here)
  • 2018 Fox 45 Morning Interview on testing for synthetic drugs in the emergency department (here)
  • 2018 Baltimore Sun on complex drug overdoses seen in the emergency department (here)