My long-term career objective is to become a federally funded independent investigator who conducts important clinical trials in critically ill patients using ultrasound related applications. My ambition is to direct large multi-center RCTs that will utilize new ultrasound applications and approaches to improve survival in critically ill patients. As part of my long-term goals, I am eager to take advantage of the gap in transitional knowledge and develop this academic focus in clinical research. My research interests center around the effects of ultrasound applications on clinical outcomes, including the perceptions and use of ultrasound in critical care, patient safety, and hospital resource utilization.
My short-term goals include identifying ultrasound applications that will enhance management of critically ill patients. My most recent project has focused on ultrasound-guided verification of central venous catheter insertion as replacement for standard and resource intense, post procedure imaging.
Research Support (role, title, duration, amount)
- 2000 – 2002, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors Research Thesis: The role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor and the mechanism behind placental toxicity induced by three principle environmental toxins: Benzo [a] pyrene, polychlorinated biphenyls, and 2,3,7,8 – tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in choriocarcinoma JEG-3 human placental cells
- 2005 – 2007, Multidisciplinary MPH thesis dissertation
Title: HIV infection in minority populations: analysis of the disparity amongst African American women.
Project: Qualitative investigation of the knowledge, attitude and sexual behavior practices of African American women.
- 2010, Missouri College of Emergency Physicians (MOCEP) resident grant. Co-investigator. Project Title: ED Flow-directed Fluid Optimization Resuscitations Trail (EFFORT), 1 year, $5000
- 2012 – 2008, ED Flow-directed Fluid Optimization Resuscitation Trial (EFFORT) – Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring in shock states. Holthaus (PI), Fuller (Co-PI)
- 2014, Faculty Diversity Scholars Program, Washington University School of Medicine. Project Title: An Ultrasonography Curriculum in Critical Care: Impact on Practice and Patient Management. Project Investigator, 3 years, $221,000
- 2015, Emergency Medicine, Washington University Grant. Project Title: Ultrasound guided emergent pericardiocentesis training in EM resident training. Principle Investigator, $5000
- 2015, Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation Grant. Project Title: Simulation Critical Care Ultrasound Training. Principle Investigator, $35,000
- 2016, Emergency Medicine, Washington University Grant. Project Title: Ultrasound guided confirmation of central venous catheters. Principle Investigator, $5000