(From the June 2014 Research Now)
Huiyun Xiang, MD, PhD, a principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will direct a newly designated Center for Pediatric Trauma Research.
Nationwide Children’s is one of the largest regional pediatric trauma centers in the United States and the only Level I pediatric trauma center in central Ohio. Nationwide Children’s has maintained its Level I designation from the American College of Surgeons since 1991. Research has shown that survival rates and outcomes are better when children are given trauma care at a pediatric hospital, as opposed to a Level I trauma center that is not designed exclusively for children.
The Center for Pediatric Trauma Research will be integrated with the Trauma Program, the Division of Emergency Medicine, the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Division of Sports Medicine and other programs to leverage existing research collaborations and to better align research with clinical care, education and advocacy for pediatric trauma patients.
“It’s a great honor for me to work together with outstanding scientists and physicians at Nationwide Children’s and around the world to achieve best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients,” stated Dr. Xiang. Dr. Xiang is currently the Director of the Research Core, the Director for International Programs, and the Associate Director of Professional Development in the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Xiang is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
“Dr. Xiang’s research prowess as an expert in the field of trauma outcome research, in tandem with his proven leadership success, will be instrumental in promoting the continued excellence of Nationwide Children’s as a leader in pediatric trauma research and trauma care.” said John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute.