Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors

Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, MHCDS, FACEP: My research interests include bleeding control, tourniquet usage, first aid and public response, mass casualty incidents, and developing novel educational programs and tools. Examples of my recent projects include development of a novel audiovisual tourniquet designed for the lay public, creation of the American Red Cross’s First Aid for Severe Trauma program, and a consensus conference of clinician responders to recent mass shootings. I have received funding from the Department of Defense (Defense Health Agency), Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the American Red Cross, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and Department of Transportation among others. I enjoy working on projects in collaborative teams. Pubmed Bibliography

Roger J. Lewis MD, PhD: My expertise centers on adaptive and Bayesian clinical trials, including platform trials; translational, clinical, health services and outcomes research; interim data analysis; data monitoring committees; and informed consent in emergency research studies. These clinical trial designs use the incoming stream of information that exists during the conduct of a clinical trial to trigger changes in key clinical trial characteristics to improve the ethical balance, statistical efficiency, or scientific value of the trial relative to a fixed, non-adaptive trial design. Pubmed Bibliography

Amy H. Kaji, MD, PhD: Dr. Kaji completed a disaster medicine and research fellowship after residency training, during which time she earned her Masters’ and Doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the assessment of hospital disaster preparedness in Los Angeles County. Amy’s main research interest has been in study design and methodology and serves as a consultant for diverse topics in emergency care and surgery. She has studied the predictors of necessity for admission in pediatric Apparent Life-Threatening Events (now Brief Resolved Unexplained Event), out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, level I vs level II trauma center outcomes, predictors for necrotizing soft tissue infections, ultrasound applications and the educational learning curves, vaccine effectiveness, emergency airways, and appendicitis. Amy served as the co-site PI for the Comparison of Drugs vs. Appendectomy PCORI funded study, the site PI for the National Emergency Airway Registry Study, and the PI for an NIH-funded study investigating the use of BlueBox, a device for assessing process measures during resuscitations of cardiac arrest. She serves on the ACEP Research Scientific Review Subcommittee and a methodological consultant for the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee, as well as a methodology/statistics editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine and JAMA Surgery. Pubmed Bibliography

Juliana Tolles, MD, MHS: My research interests include resuscitation, prehospital medicine, and adaptive clinical trial design. I am a site investigator for the SIREN research network at Harbor-UCLA (https://siren.network/). In the past few months, I have focused my efforts on COVID-19 surge modeling for the county of Los Angeles. Pubmed Bibliography

Marianne Gausche-Hill MD: I am the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, and my research interests include EMS, pre-hospital care of children, and pediatric emergency medicine. Key studies have included a study of pre-hospital airway management for children published in JAMA 2000 and the National Pediatric Readiness Project published in JAMA–Pediatrics in 2015. Pubmed Bibliography

Kabir Yadav, MDCM, MS, MSHS: I am dual-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Clinical informatics, and have two Masters to match (Clinical Research Methods, and Translational Science). I am core faculty at the UCLA CTSI for both the Community Engaged Research Program, and Biomedical Informatics. I have been funded through NIH, CDC, PCORI, and foundations, most recently Co-PI for the Southwest SIREN Hub to perform nationwide emergency care clinical trials. I seek to leverage technology and implementation science to perform collaborative health services research focused on improving patient and provider decision making. I partner with community to do mutually meaningful research with an emphasis on social determinants of health. Pubmed Bibliography

Ross Fleischman, MD, MCR: As physician lead for emergency medicine for the electronic health record of the LA County department of Health Services, my interests include using large clinical datasets for research. Seeing over 400,000 ED patients annually, the three emergency departments of the LA DHS share a single electronic health record and provide a wealth of data for researchers at Harbor-UCLA. Recent projects include antibiotic and opioid stewardship interventions, national epidemiology of firearms injuries, pediatric appendicitis, and trauma epidemiology. Pubmed Bibliography

Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MS, MBA: I currently serve as the Director for the Institute for Health Services and Outcomes Research at the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA. My academic areas of focus include acute presentation of pediatric chronic diseases, technology use in ED aftercare, health policy, and emergency medical services for children. I have had grant funding through foundations, CTSI, the NIH, and most recently from HRSA, and I serve as a member of the executive core and one of three national leads for the knowledge management domain for the HRSA funded EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center program. (https://emscimprovement.center/). I also serve as a member of the dissemination committee for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) (https://www.pecarn.org/) representing the EIIC. Pubmed Bibliography

Tim Horeczko, MD, MSCR: My research interests include pediatric emergency medicine, study design, and translation of medical research via educational methods such as podcasting, FOAMed. Pubmed Bibliography
Pediatric Emergency Playbook, top 10 EM podcasts, top PEM podcast US, International: http://pemplaybook.org/

Social EM Research Group: (Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD; Shamsher Samra MD, MPhil; Kabir Yadav, MD, MS, MSHS; Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA; Adedamola Ogunniyi, MD; Kian Preston-Suni, MD, MPH) We collaborate on a number of projects on issues relating to social emergency medicine and the social determinants of health and work closely with Juliana Tolles, MD, MHS and Ross Fleischman, MD, MCR to develop research plans and evaluate these projects (see above).