Senior Research Director: Mary Frances Ward, RN, MS, ANP
Research Director: David Lee, MD
Research Director: Jason D’Amore, MD
Senior Advisor for Faculty Affairs: Martin Lesser, PhD, EMT-CC

Introduction by Senior Research Director
Emergency Medicine research is flourishing at North Shore-LIJ's Department of Emergency Medicine in New York. Since its inception in 1994, our research program has expanded beyond the scope of clinical research to include a Translational Research Fellowship Program and an NIH-funded basic science research laboratory. The Clinical Research Program aims to provide support to scholarly activities that contribute to the expansion of medical knowledge in the field of emergency medicine.

The Department of Emergency Medicine encourages research in all aspects of medicine, from the development of novel treatment modalities to the improvement of methods of community education and preventive health. Our physician researchers are encouraged to pursue their research interests, and we take every measure to see to the completion of their research goals.

The development of all Emergency Medicine research projects is guided by faculty and consultant members of our Research Committee. At Research Committee meetings, projects receive peer review and feedback and are assigned to an Academic Associate who serves as a study coordinator. As a result of the long-standing vision and continued support from our Department Chairman, Andrew Sama, MD, Emergency Medicine research at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, has grown over the Emergency Medicine research at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, has grown over the past decade. His dedication to fostering a solid academic environment, as well as to his own research efforts, has facilitated the continued expansion of our research program.

Over the years, the Basic Science Research Program has become an R01-funded laboratory located in The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Haichao Wang, PhD, has conducted many novel research protocols regarding cytokines, sepsis and ischemia, which have led to many publications, presentations, invited lectures and patents. We are very proud to have the ability to incorporate such a prestigious basic science research component into our Emergency Medicine Research program. In the spirit of a comprehensive research program, we have also created a Translational Research Program to bridge the gap between discoveries in basic science and clinical research.

Our department is committed to accommodating and assisting physicians in research project development. Several of our physicians have specific research interests. For example:

  • David Lee, MD, specializes in toxicological research. His fellowship training in medical toxicology enables him to apply this specialized knowledge base to emergency medicine.
  • Jason D’Amore, MD, has emergency medicine research interests involving sepsis, as well as neurological emergencies. He currently has a grant-funded research protocol allowing him to study the cytokines fetuin and HMGB1 and their roles in sepsis. Dr. D’Amore has also been awarded the opportunity to administer the department’s second Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) award from the New York State Department of Health focusing on neurological disorders that commonly present to the emergency department. He will be serving as a mentor for a research fellow who will be conducting translational research focusing on neurological disorders for the next year. The ECRIP Fellow, Dr. Tse Chiang Lau, along with Dr. D’Amore, has begun research on late phase cytokine levels in patients suspected of meningitis/encephalitis.

Our Emergency Medicine research is also supported by the Senior Faculty Advisor for Research Affairs, Martin Lesser, PhD. He is the Director of Biostatistics for North Shore-LIJ Health System and a member of the Research Committee in our department. Dr. Lesser specializes in biostatistical methodology, study design and regulatory compliance. He is also available for consultation.

Academic Associates Program
As we constantly seek to improve our research infrastructure, we have incorporated an Academic Associates program. This one-year program employs highly competent and motivated college and medical school graduates who plan to pursue a career in medicine. Since its inception, departmental research productivity has increased and continues to grow. The Academic Associates are available to provide assistance to our physician researchers during all phases of the research process.

Volunteer Research Interns
In the spirit of supporting the development of future physicians, scientists and academicians, our Emergency Medicine Research program also welcomes individuals to become involved as Volunteer Research Interns. In the past, we have had exceptional high school students (including Intel and Westinghouse finalists); undergraduate and graduate students; medical students; nursing and nurse practitioner students, as well as physician assistant students participate as Research Interns. The Volunteer Research Internships Program has been used in the past to supplement both undergraduate and graduate curricula and has been accepted as an elective course at times. Please consult your registrar for further information on receiving course credit for program participation.

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