CIPT Scholar, Alison Gardner, MD
The Childress Institute Scholar is
Alison Gardner, MD, a third-year fellow in the Pediatric Emergency
Medicine program and assistant professor at Wake Forest School of
Dr. Gardner's award provides $21,000
for two years degree to obtain her masters degree in Clinical
Population Translational Science.
Severely injured children often
experience symptoms of shock. The American College of Surgeons
recommends treatment of shock after trauma with the underlying
assumption that shock in trauma is caused by hemorrhage. However,
many injured children do not have a loss of large volumes of blood
to explain their shock. CIPT Scholar Dr. Alison Gardner is using a
novel non-invasive technology, impedance cardiography, to monitor
the cardiovascular function of pediatric trauma patients to further
understand the mechanism of shock in children without
Dr. Gardner's prior research found
that a large percentage of children presenting with shock have
sustained isolated head injuries, and that this is more common in
the younger age groups. This could help shift the paradigm for
treatment of shock in young children with head injuries. She is
continuing her research on a nationwide scale using the National
Trauma Databank (NTDB) to improve outcomes for pediatric
Her co-investigators include John K.
Petty, MD, assistant professor in general surgery, and James
Hoekstra, MD, of the Department of Medicine.
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