COTS Trauma Research Symposium 2019

On Wednesday, May 8th the Central Ohio Trauma System held their annual Trauma Research Symposium.

Each year, trauma residents, fellows and trauma medical directors from central Ohio’s level I, II, and III trauma centers present their research. Research is significant to add to the body of knowledge in the trauma and critical care literature. In addition to having a strong interest in their topic, the presenter’s research is a part of their training as a resident or fellow as well as required to meet the standards of the American College of Surgeons if being verified as a Level I trauma center.

“We have offered the opportunity - many of these presenters go on to present at state and national meetings - so it gives them the opportunity to hone their skills in presenting and managing questions about their research.” Said Vic Graymire, Trauma Process Improvement Coordinator for COTS.  

After a chance to network and catch up with colleagues with a delicious dinner, the presentations began. Below, each presenter and a summary of their research is listed, along with a link to a video of the full presentation.

  • Tim Wolff - More Call Does Not Mean More Burnout: A Multicenter Analysis of Trauma Surgeon Activity with Fatigue & Burnout Risk | Wolff is an alumnus of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is completing his General Surgery residency at Doctors Hospital. This year, he has been working with Grant Medical Center as their trauma research fellow. Full Presentation.


  • Courtney Pisano - Complexity of close-range Shotgun Injury in Pediatrics
    Pisano is a research fellow in Dr. Gail Besner’s lab at Nationwide Children’s hospital. Before this, she completed 2 years of general surgery residency at South Pointe Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. She is currently obtaining her MPH from Berkeley online. Her goal is to become an academic pediatric surgeon. She has a special interest in pediatric trauma and burn. Full Presentation.


  • Chelsea Horwood - Stop Flying the Patients! Evaluation of the Overutilization of Helicopter Transport of Trauma Patients | Horwood is a general surgery resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in her fourth year of training. She also obtained her Masters of Public Health working on patient safety and outcomes while working on quality improvement within the healthcare setting during her academic advancement years. She is planning a career in Acute Care surgery. Full Presentation.


  • Aimee LaRiccia - Variability of Radiological Grading of Blunt Cerebrovascular Injuries in Trauma
    LaRiccia attended Wright State University in Dayton where she graduated summa cum laude while also pursuing her interest in professional ballet. She achieved her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is currently a general surgery resident at OhioHealth Doctor’s Hospital. Full Presentation.


  • Allen McElroy - Operation Continued Care: A Large Mass Casualty Full-Scale Exercise as a Test of Regional Preparedness | McElroy is the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Medical Director at Marietta Memorial Hospital, a COTS member hospital, and one of the busiest level 3 trauma centers in Ohio. Dr. McElroy is also Medical Director and member of their SWAT team. Full Presentation.

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