Trauma, Emergency General Surgery & Surgical Critical Care Research

David J. Ciesla, MD
dciesla@health.usf.edu 

System 

  • Trauma system performance (outcomes and resource utilization) 
  • Triage and patient distribution within trauma systems 
  • Care delivery models in trauma and emergency general surgery 
  • Trauma Quality Measures 
  • Implementation and adoption of Evidence based approaches to care 

Clinical 

  • Host inflammatory response to severe injury 
  • Epidemiologic changes in postinjury multiple organ failure over time 
  • The effect of age on the postinjury inflammatory response 
  • Shock resuscitation and patient outcome 
  • Endocrine response to injury, shock, and reperfusion 
  • Chest wall trauma and mechanical deformity effects on pulmonary function 
  • Severe hepatic trauma and hemorrhage control 
  • Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury 

Basic Science 

  • Intracellular inflammatory signal transduction 
  • Cytoskeletal structure/function relationships 
  • Protein kinase signaling cascade modules 
  • Inter-cellular metabolism and signaling between leukocytes and platelets 
  • Innate-immune system and indiscriminate tissue damage 

John Y. Cha, MD
jcha@health.usf.edu 

Basic Science 

  • Myocardial protection mechanisms against ischemia-reperfusion injury 
  • Cellular signaling of ischemia-reperfusion injury 
  • Cross-reactivity of innate immunity and heat-shock chemistry 

David H. Shapiro, MD
dshapiro@health.usf.edu 

System 

  • Epidemiology and choice of therapy for breast cancer in underserved populations 
  • Surgical education 

Clinical 

  • Intraoperative temperature control using external warming devices 
  • Treatment of hemorrhoidal disease using galvanic currents 
  • Surgical treatment of inguinal hernia