Division of Research
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a rich history of clinical and bench-top research. In 1988, the Emergency Medicine Research Program was formalized with William H. Cordell, MD (Methodist EM Class of 1980) serving as Research Director. Over the past 20 years, the department has developed numerous areas of research excellence including acute pain control, clinical toxicology, wound care, emergency medical informatics, EMS, helicopter transport, ergonomics, mass gathering medicine and geriatrics.
In 1996, Methodist Hospital merged with Riley and University Hospitals on the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSOM) campus. In July of 1999, the IUSOM created the Department of Emergency Medicine to span the two largest ED’s in the state of Indiana; The Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (EMTC) and the Wishard Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. With this new paradigm the Emergency Medicine Research Program was replaced by the Division of Research.
The Division of Research continues to thrive as a strong research faction with a combination of experience and youth. In April of 2002, Dr. Rawle A. Seupaul was appointed the Assistant Director for Clinical Research.
Emergency Medicine has charted a research program course—more fairly this is some combination of serendipity, individual effort, off-service mentoring, and departmental support.
Perhaps the ventures most valued by the school rest on the success of several individuals who have worked to prepare themselves with appropriate research tools, identified and relied heavily upon very capable (in fact, extraordinary) mentors, and have pursued additional extramural funding from a variety of sources.
Dan Rusyniak first received a Clarian Values Grant, an IUSM Biomedical Research Grant, and then the Neurosciences Fellowship Award (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine). He now has a K08 from the National Institute for Drug Abuse for “Ecstasy and the Dorsomedial Hypothalamus.” Fewer than 20% of academic departments of emergency medicine have NIH funding. Related to his laboratory interest, he spent 3 months in Australia in the spring of '06 to learn how to remotely monitor physiologic parameters in ambulatory rats. He has failed to get funding of one grant submission as the principal investigator (Emergency Medicine Foundation) and has 5 R01’s as a co-investigator. His mentor is Joe DiMicco. An issue approaching will be laboratory independence and support.
Kevin Terrell won a Dennis W. Jahnigen Award from the American Geriatrics Society. The award is to allow individuals in surgical-related specialties to initiate careers in research in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline. He has more recently been awarded a K23 Research Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging for “Transfers Relevant to the Acute Care of Elders (TRACE).” He is a recipient of the American Geriatrics Society 2008 New Investigator Award. He is aligned with the IU Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR) and is an Affiliated Scientist with the Regenstrief Institute. His mentors are Drs. Doug Miller and Chris Callahan, the Directors of IU-CAR.
Charlie Miramonti sits within the Division of Out of Hospital Care (EMS). He completed our related fellowship and joined the Wishard based faculty in 2003. He is a Deputy Medical Director for the Wishard Ambulance Service and is the Out of Hospital Care Fellowship Director. He has been an enormously pleasant surprise—mature, thoughtful, well spoken, and hard working. He has found extramural funding for his out of hospital care activities dominantly surrounding disaster management. He has recently been awarded a large federal grant (Department of Health and Human Services) administered by Health and Hospital Corporation. This is Health Care Partnership Emergency Care—one of five emergency health care partnership projects to serve as best practices examples for the nation’s public health community.