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Phyllis L. Hendry, M.D., FAAP, FACEP
Assistant Chair of Research

The division of emergency medicine research oversees departmental grants, research, patient safety and educational initiatives funded by federal (NIH and AHRQ), private foundation, industry, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and internal university grants. This includes oversight and implementation of industry sponsored trials (drug, device or observational), investigator-led research from other institutions seeking multi-center trials, and departmental investigator-led studies by faculty, residents and pediatric emergency fellows. The division has past and present partnerships with the following institutions: UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health North, University of Florida in Gainesville, University of North Carolina, University of Mississippi, Emory University, Brandeis University, Georgetown University, UCLA, and Mayo Clinic Rochester. Our faculty and staff have expertise in many areas, with particular focus on sepsis, pediatric emergency care, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic pain management, trauma and injury prevention, shock/resuscitation, geriatric emergencies, patient safety, simulation, prehospital care, biomarker studies and health literacy.

The division of emergency medicine research is recognized as a top site for study participant recruitment and for follow-up rate excellence. Drs. Wears and Hendry are past recipients of the Robert C. Nuss Research Scholar Award and Term Professorships. Additionally, Dr. Guirgis was the first recipient of both a KL2 and a K23 Award on the Jacksonville campus. Research faculty and staff have expertise in grant writing, research coordination, feasibility and design, database development, electronic CRF programs, survey creation and IRB preparation and management.

Experienced EM research coordinators and research assistants staff the emergency department 7 days a week and have experience in clinical study participant recruitment and laboratory specimen processing. The emergency medicine research offices are immediately adjacent to the ED and trauma center, allowing for easy access to equipment, facility services and patients. The division also has its own dedicated space in the UF biomedical laboratory with capabilities to process blood and other samples for analysis and storage. In addition, the lab gives access to an -80°C freezer, a standard freezer and refrigerator, and the ability to ship biological specimens for further testing.

Please click here for a partial list of ED studies. If you are interested in collaborating with the division of emergency research please contact us.

In memory of Robert L. Wears, MD, MS, PhD (1947-2017)

It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Dr. Robert Wears. He was a true scholar and leader in academic emergency medicine and was known internationally for his work in patient safety and human factors. He touched all of our lives and careers as the ultimate mentor and SCOG (super cool old guy). Though Dr. Wears is no longer with us in person, he has left a lasting footprint on the goals and aspirations of the faculty and staff in the division of research and will not be forgotten.

Phyllis L. Hendry, M.D., FAAP, FACEP
Assistant Chair of Research

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5/14/2018

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