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Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD

Rosemary Kozar, MD
Co-Director, STAR ORC


Wei Chao, MD, PhD
Co-Director, STAR ORC

Peter Rock, MD, MBA

Peter Rock, MD, MBA
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Thomas Scalea, MD
Director, Program in Trauma

Administrative Staff

Brandon Goldschmitt
Director of Clinical Business Operations

Kristie Nichols
Human Resources Program Manager

Mark Scarboro
Sr. Director of Research Operations and Compliance

Danielle Hill - Basic Researchers
Office Manager

Betsy Burcham - Trauma Researchers
Administrative Manager 

Support Staff

Katie Black
Contracts and Grants Coordinator

Sophie Li
Contract & Grant Specialist

Reetu Neupane
Senior Accountant

Vanessa Rook
Senior Contract & Grant Specialist

Kalpana Vijay
Contract & Grant Specialist


Neeraj Badjatia, MD, MS 
Professor of Neurology
Interests: Targeted temperature management, shivering, nutrition and metabolism, inflammation

James Barrett, PhD
Research Associate in Anesthesiology
Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Innate Immunity, Neuroinflammation, Microglia/Macrophage activation, Aging, Neurodegeneration

Konstantin Birukov, MD, PhD 
Anesthesiology Endowed Professor of Entrupenrial Research
Interests: Pathologic mechanisms of development and resolution of vascular endothelial dysfunction and lung injury, including ARDS, shock/trauma, sepsis and others

Brandon Bruns, MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Interests: Emergency General Surgery, Trauma, Open Abdomen Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury

Laura Buchanan, MD
Assistant Professor of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
Interests: Geriatric patients with acute surgical needs and surgical education

William Chiu, MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Interests: Neuroendocrine Function in Sepsis, Neuroimmunomodulation in Circulatory Shock, Mitochondrial Injury in Shock

Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA
Anesthesiology Endowed Professor in Translational Research
Interests: Innate immune signaling and its role in sepsis and ischemic myocardial injury, trauma, and myocardial ischemic injury

Jose Diaz, MD
Professor of Surgery
Interests: Complex abdominal wall reconstruction, Emergency General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery - Population Analysis

Alan Faden, MD
David S. Brown Professor in Trauma
Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Neuroinflammation, Central Nervous System Injury, Neuroprotection, Cell Death and Recovery, Spinal Cord Injury, Chronic Pain

Gary Fiskum, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Adult and pediatric traumatic and ischemic brain injury; Mitochondrial bioenergetics; Cerebral energy metabolism; Oxidative stress; Apoptosis; Neuroprotection

Samuel Galvagno, DO, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Aeromedical Critical Care, Patient Monitoring, Resuscitation, Safety & Quality Improvement in the Intensive Care Unit, Medical Education

Mira Ghneim, MD 
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Interests: Surgical Critical Care

Michael Grant, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Interests: Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ophthalmology

Thomas Grissom, MD, MSIS, FCCM
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Airway management, Critical care air transport, Trauma anesthesiology, Simulation-based education

Daniel Jennings Haase, MD 
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Interests: Critical care, bedside ultrasound, echocardiography, resuscitation, penetrating brain injury

Nader Habashi, MD, FACP, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Interests: Acute respiratory failure, ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome, APRV, airway pressure release ventilation, critical care medicine

Reney Henderson, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Allogeneic blood transfusions in cardiac surgery, organ oxygenation while preserving autologous whole blood; and cardiac pulmonary bypass (CPB)

Sharon Henry, MD
Anne Scalea Professor in Trauma
Interests: Wound Healing and Metabolism

Daniel Herr, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Interests: Critical Care, Cardiac Critical Care, Neuro Critical Care, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), ICU Management, Post- Operative Heart Surgery Patients, Sepsis

Caron Hong, MD, MSc 
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology 
Interests: Inflammation secondary to mechanical ventilation in normal lungs, Inflammation secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage, proteomics and biomarkers, critical care medicine, safety and quality improvement, and medical education

Bingren Hu, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology 
Interests:  Molecular mechanisms and treatments of brain ischemia, traumatic brain injury, and hemorrhagic shock

Peter Hu, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology 
Interests: Utilizing real-time patient field and admission vital signs data to predict life-saving interventions such as emergency blood transfusion, intubation, and emergency surgery; Developing real-time advanced machine learning algorithms to predict trauma patient outcomes

Manjari Joshi, MBBS
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Interests: Targeted temperature management, shivering, nutrition and metabolism, inflammation

Rosemary Kozar, MD
Professor of Surgery
Interests: Hemorrhagic shock, syndecan-1, endothelial dysfunction, injured elderly, liver trauma

Tibor Kristian, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Acute brain injury and chronic neurodegenerative disorders. Our studies are centered on processes leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and mechanisms of NAD+ catabolism-related pathophysiology.

Margaret Lauerman, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Interests: Surgical Critical Care, Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

Seung Lee, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: CRPS, Using application technology for medical practice

Marta Lipinski, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Autophagy, Neurodegeneration, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's Disease

Jay Menaker, MD
Professor of Surgery
Interests: Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Nicholas Morris, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Interests: Multimodality Monitoring, Large/Administrative Data, Simulation

Jonathan Morrison, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Interests: Vascular and Trauma Surgery

Sarah Murthi, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Interests: Virtual reality applications for medicine and medical training, Surgical Critical Care

Arthur Nam, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Interests: Facial Trauma, Secondary Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction, Vascularized Composite Tissue Transplantation, 3D Printing

Gunjan Parikh, MD
Assistant Professor and Neurology 
Interests: MRI, Neuroimaging, Traumatic Brain Injury, Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Inflammation, Translational Neuroscience, Multimodality Monitoring

Brian Polster, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Basic subcellular mechanisms that govern cell death and survival in neurodegenerative disorders, with a focus on mitochondrial bioenergetics

Peter Rock, MD, MBA, FCCM
Martin Helrich Chair and Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Acute lung injury, septic shock, pulmonary circulation, perioperative myocardial ischemia, medical informatics and post-operative respiratory complications

Robert Rosenthal, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Interests: Cardiac Arrest, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hyperoxia, Hypobaria

Chinmoy Sarkar, PhD
Research Associate in Anesthesiology
Interests: Mechanism and function of autophagy lysosome system in neurodegeneration following traumatic brain injury

Thomas Scalea, MD
The Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor in Trauma Surgery
Interests: Emergency Medicine, Shock Trauma, Trauma Surgery, Spinal Cord Injury, Shock, Critical Care

Kinjal Sethuraman, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Interests: Hyperbaric oxygen as treatment for carbon monoxide toxicity, radiation injury, decompression illness, ophthalmic conditions and necrotizing soft tissue infections

Bogdan Stoica, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Mechanisms and modulation of neuronal cell death after central nervous system traumatic injury

Erik Strauss, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology 
Interests: Antifibrinolytic Therapies and Pharmacokinetics, Cardiac Xenotransplantation, Translational Research for Mitral Valve Repair

Gary Schwartzbauer, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery 
Interests: Microvascular causes of brain swelling and hemorrhage

Flaubert Tchantchou, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Effects of stress and associated genetic dysfunctions on traumatic brain injury pathophysiology and functional outcomes

Samuel Tisherman, MD 
Professor of Surgery 
Interests: Hemorrhagic shock, cardiac arrest, therapeutic hypothermia, education, surgical skill, simulation

Roumen Vesselinov, PhD
Research Associate in Epidemiology & Public Health
Interests: Statistics, Econometrics, Data Mining, Forecasting

Brittney Williams, MD 
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Cardiopulmonary bypass associated coagulopathy and sepsis induced coagulopathy

Junfang Wu, BM, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Spinal cord injury, brain injury, inflammation, autophagy-lysosomal, neuropathic pain, Hv1/NOX2, cell cycle pathway, microRNA, motor function, cognition, depression, neurons, astrocytes, microglia

Shiming Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Interests: Large scale data analysis. Medical sensor signal processing. Developing efficient machine learning algorithms to predict life-saving interventions and long term outcomes for trauma patients.

Lin Zou, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology 
Interests: Molecular mechanisms of sepsis and septic shock