The Sections of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, in partnership with Boston University School of Medicine, conducts cutting-edge research on trauma interventions focusing on wound repair and healing, gene regulation after injury and mechanical ventilator impact on traumatic brain injury as well as many other areas of interest. The sections have presented and published at national and international scientific forums.
Lisa Allee, LICSW
As the Director of Injury Prevention and the Community Violence Response Team (CVRT) at Boston Medical Center in the Sections of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and Instructor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Lisa plays a vital role in trauma care. Her research interests include violence-related injury and epidemiology, older adult falls and motor vehicle crash prevention as well as impaired driving, child passenger safety and infant mortality related to sleeping habits. Lisa also holds the position of Director of Programs and Education for the Injury Prevention Center and is a member of the New England Injury and Violence Prevention Research Collaborative (NEIVPRC).
Peter Burke, MD, FACS
As the Chief of Trauma Services at Boston Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Burke’s clinical interests involve developing a better understanding of the overall injury response with a special interest in the nutritional needs of trauma and critically ill patients. The effects of metabolic and nutritional support on the inflammatory response and their interactions with other ongoing therapies in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) population remains an area of active and ongoing study. Presently, we are enrolling Trauma SICU patients in a NIH funded study evaluating the effects of early metabolic support on inflammatory and metabolic parameters. Preliminary data from these studies will be utilized to develop a multi-center study with enough power to examine early metabolic support on outcome and mortality, length of stay and complications in severely injured trauma patients.
Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS
As an Attending Surgeon in the Section of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Dechert’s research interests include injury prevention, trauma disparities and surgical education. As Associate Program Director of the Surgery Residency Program, she is actively involved in resident education and wellness. Additionally, Dr. Dechert is the founder of Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS), a working group that aims to embolden surgeons as healthcare leaders to advocate for outstanding patient care and to confront disparities in health and healthcare. Founded in 2014, the work of SRS involves education, research, advocacy and service.
George Kasotakis, MD, MPH, FACS
As an Attending Surgeon in the Sections of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. George Kasotakis is interested in identifying the role of Histone Deacetylase Inhibition in the management of ARDS & sepsis initially in murine models of the disease, hoping that soon these agents will be able to improve survival in these deadly conditions, for which no targeted therapies currently exist. He is also working with scientists from the BU Department of Biomedical Engineering to develop a method that allows non-invasive depiction, and eventually mitigation of scar tissue formation after abdominal surgery.
In terms of clinical research, Dr. Kasotakis is evaluating the effect of trainee participation in outcomes on surgical patients; blood product use and association with adverse events in transfused trauma patients; risk prediction for adverse outcomes in Surgical Critical Care; assessment of intraoperative risk factors associated with adverse outcomes after surgery; risk prediction in abdominal hernia repairs; and optimal indications for chest wall reconstruction after trauma. He is also coordinating numerous educational and quality improvement efforts in the Surgical Critical Care Unit (SICU) at Boston Medical Center.
Sabrina Sanchez, MD, MPH
As an Attending Surgeon in the Sections of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Sanchez is interested in geriatric surgery, palliative and end-of-life care in the ICU, and surgical education and resident well-being. Specifically, she is interested in improving the care and outcomes of geriatric trauma and acute care surgical patients and enhancing the appropriate use of palliative care in trauma and surgical critical care settings. As a recent graduate, she recognizes the importance of a strong surgical education program that focuses on providing residents with efficient and effective learning opportunities and is interested in finding new ways to achieve this.
Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD, FACS
As an Attending Surgeon in the Sections of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Sarkar is actively involved in basic and clinical research. His laboratory uses a mouse model of abdominal sepsis that is similar to what is seen in human surgical patients. The project examines the role of mitochondrial DNA in sepsis as both a marker for survival as well as an inflammatory molecule. His primary clinical interests include abdominal wall reconstruction, due in large part to the fact that a multitude of trauma patients develop complications requiring an open abdomen while in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Clinical research projects currently in progress include examining factors that contribute to poor outcomes in emergency general surgery patients and whether surgery is superior to percutaneous drainage for acute cholecystitis.