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Quincy K. Tran, MD, PhD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Additional Title:



Baltimore, MD 21201

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Education and Training


1996                            B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

2002                            Ph.D., Biochemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

2008                            M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine


Post Graduate Education and Training

07/2008–06/2012        Residency, Emergency Medicine, George Washington University

07/2012–07/2013        Fellowship, Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University


After earning my PhD in Biochemistry in 2002, I worked briefly for a Biotech company where I developed and tested novel drugs for Parkinson Disease.  This experience introduced me to Central Nervous System disorders, and I have become interested in neurological injuries and patients' outcome.

In 2013, I became an attending physician for the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU), which is the first critical care unit of its kind in the United States.  Every month we receive and resuscitate hundreds of critically ill patients being transferred from different hospitals from the state of Maryland and its neighboring states.  From this unique clinical experience, I have developed a strong interest in improving the process of care for critically ill patients who are transferred to ICUs. 

Being faculty at the School of Medicine and with a background in research, I have a keen interest in developing next generation of physician scientists.  I founded the Research Associate Program in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in January 2016 (Our Facebook page:  Our mentorship program aims at improving undergraduate students' competitiveness for professional schools through effective mentorship, research experience and productivity and leadership experience. Our mission has been very successful.  Every year,  our students present at regional and national conferences and we publish monthly with our students as coauthors every time. Each application cycle, a large majority of our students gets accepted to medical school (majority to UMSOM) and other professional schools. 


Research/Clinical Keywords

neurological injuries, interhospital transfer, transferred critically ill patients

Highlighted Publications

  1. Tran Q, Roesser JR. Human transformer-2beta and SRp55 interact with a calcitonin-specific splice enhancer. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 2003 Jan 27; 1625(2):141-152.
  2. Scalea TM, Rubinson L, Tran Q, Jones K, Rea J, Stein D, Dinardo T, Doyle K, Sult L, Voss A, Bartlett ST, O’Connor J.  The Critical Care Resuscitation Unit:  An Innovative Solution to Expedite Transfer of Patients With Time Sensitive Critical Illness.  J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Apr;222(4):614-21
  3. Tran QK; O’Connor J; Vesselinov R; Haase D; Duncan R; Aitken A; Rea J; Jones K; Dinardo T; Scalea T; Menaker J; Rubinson L. The Critical Care Resuscitation Unit Transfers More Patients from Emergency Departments Faster and is Associated with Improved Outcomes. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Feb;58(2):280-289
  4. Tran QK; Yarbrough KL; Capobianco PJ; Chang W; Medic A; Menaker J; Rehan M; Swafford I; Traynor T; Phipps M. Comparison of Outcomes After Treatment of Large Vessel Occlusion in A Critical Care Resuscitation Unit or A NeuroCritical Care Unit.  NeuroCritical Care Journal. 2020 June; 32(3):725-733.
  5. Tran QK; Mester G; Bzhilyanskaya V; Afridi LZ; Andhavarapu S; Alam Z; Widjaja A; Andersen B; Matta A; Pourmand A. Complication of Vasopressor infusion Through Peripheral Venous Catheter: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. American Journal of Emergency Medicine November 2020. 38(11):2434-2443

Additional Publication Citations

A. Blood pressure management for critically ill patients

  1. Kuhn D; Tiffany L; Beher R; Boswell S; Giraldo D; Hassan M; Haase DJ; Khan A; Hassan S; Matta A; Sapru M; Tran QK. Blood pressure management in emergency department patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. Blood Pressure Monitoring. 2020, Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000473. Online ahead of print
  2. Tuteja G; Uppal A; Strong J; Nguyen T; Pope K; Jenkins R; Al-Rehb H; Gatz, D; Chang W; Tran QK. Interventions Affecting Blood Pressure Variability and Outcomes After Intubating Patients with Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019 Sep;37(9):1665-1671.
  3. Nguyen T; Pope K; Capobianco P; Cao-Pham M; Hassan S; Matthew JK; O’Connell C; Wessell A; Strong J; Tran QK. Sedation and Hyperosmolar Therapy Were associated With Blood Pressure Variability And Outcome Among Patients with Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage In Emergency Departments.  Journal of Emergencies Trauma and Shock. 2020 April-June 13(2): 151-160. doi: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_76_19. Epub 2020 Jun 10
  4. Tuteja, G; Jackson, M; Barr, JF; Cao-Pham, M; Capobianco, P; Kuhn, D; Motley, K; Pope, K; Strong, J; Kole, MJ; Wessell, A; Thom, ST, Tran, QKTransportation Management Affecting Outcomes of Patients With Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage.  Air Medical Journal. 2020 May-Jun;39(3):189-195
  5. Raffman A, Shah U, Barr JF, Hassan S, Azike LU, Tanveer S, Bracklow S, Parker B, Haase DJ, Tran QK. Predictors of Clinically Relevant Differences Between Noninvasive Versus Arterial Blood Pressure.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Feb 24;S0735-6757(20)30117-0. Online ahead of print.
  6. Shriki J; Johnson L; Patel P; McGann M; Lurie T; Phipps MS; Yarbrough K; Jindal G; Mubariz H; Galvagno S; Thom SR; Tran QKTransport Blood Pressures and Outcomes in Stroke Patients Requiring Thrombectomy. Air Medical Journal. 2020 May 01. 39(3): 166-172.
  7. Tran QK; Najafali D; Tiffany L; Tanveer S; Andersen B; Dawson M; Hausladen R; Jackson M; Matta A; Mitchell J; Yum C; Kuhn D. Emergency Blood Pressure Variability and Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage Patients’ Outcomes. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. January 12, 2021. Online Ahead of Print.
  8. Keville MP, Gelmann D, Hollis G, Beher R, Raffman A, Tanveer S, Jones K, Parker BM, Haase DJ, Tran QK. Arterial or cuff pressure: Clinical predictors among patients in shock in a critical care resuscitation unit. Am J Emerg Med. 2021. 2021 March 09. Online Ahead of Print.


B. Improving the process of care for transferred critically ill patients.

  1. Tran QK, Dave S, Haase DJ, Tiffany L, Gaasch S, Chang W-t, Jones K, Kole MJ, Wessell A, Schwartzbauer G, Scalea TM, Menaker J. The transfer of patients with spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage in need of external ventricular drain placement – does admission location matter?  Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.  January 12, 2021. Online Ahead of Print. Retrieved from
  2. Tiffany L; Haase DJ; Boswell K; Dietrich ME: Najafali D; Olexa J; Rea J; Sapru M; Scalea T; Tran QK. Care Intensity of Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage: Effectiveness of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Oct 28:S0735-6757(20)30940-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.10.044. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33172747
  3. Tran QK; Famuyiwa O; Haase DJ; Holland K; Lawner B; Matta S; McGuin L; Menaker J; Menne A; Ngono EE; Niles E; O’Connor J; Scalea T; Galvagno S. Care Intensity During Transport to The Critical Care Resuscitation Unit: Transport Clinician’s Role. Air Medical Journal. November-December, 2020 Volume 39 (6): 473-478.  Online ahead of Print.
  4. Patel NM, Tran QK, Capobianco P, Traynor T, Armahizer MJ, Motta M, Parikh GY, Badjatia N, Chang W-T, Morris N. Triage of Patients with Intracerebral Hemorrhage to Comprehensive Versus Primary Stroke Centers. April 2021. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 30(5):105672. DOI: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2021.105672





Research Interests

Patients with neurologic injuries (traumatic brain injury, spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, ischemic stroke) have significant mortality and morbidity.  Blood pressure management has been important in these patients.  Our group focuses on the blood pressure management and outcomes for these patients since they arrive at an emergency department, en route from another hospital to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and during the first few hours after they arrive at UMMC.

Blood pressure management is only one aspect of caring for critically ill patients.  Our research also aims to improve the process of care for the critically ill patients who need to be transferred from another hospital to UMMC for tertiary or quaternary care.

Clinical Specialty Details

1. Emergency Medicine

2. Anesthesiolog Critical Care Medicine

Awards and Affiliations

2012                Award, Excellence for Resident Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University

2015                Scholarship, Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skill, American College of Emergency Physician

2017                The Hero Award, R Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center

2019               Award, Silver Snapshot Abstract, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2019               Award, Gallery of Excellence Abstract, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine

2020               Award, University of Maryland Medical Center Nurse Excellence Award, category of Physician colleague

2020               Award, Distinguished Reviewer of the Year, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

2021               Award, Bronze Snapshot Abstract, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Community Service

2004-2017         Categorical Judge for High School State Engineering & Science  Regional/Fairfax County Engineering & Science

Professional Activity

2009–2010      Vice-Chair, Research Committee, Emergency Medicine Resident Association

2010–2011      Chair, Research Committee, Emergency Medicine Residents Association

2010–2012      Member, Research Committee, American College of Emergency Physicians

2016-2019       Member, Item Writing Committee, Adult, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2019-2021       Editorial board member, The World Journal of Emergency Medicine

2020-Present   Editor, The Journal of Critical Care Practice and Reserach

2021-Present   Editor, Critical Care section, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine