Henry Xiang Team

Huiyun Xiang

Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA
Principal Investigator

Dr. Henry Xiang is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research as well as the Research Director at Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Xiang directs the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program at the NIH funded Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the President of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). 

Dr. Xiang is an internationally recognized authority in pediatric injury prevention and trauma care research. He  has published extensively in the area of violence, firearm injuries, child maltreatment, opioid drug poisoning and prescription laws, traumatic brain injuries, suicide, emergency medical care services to injured children, secondary injuries among children with disabilities, social media’s role on violence and suicide, virtual reality for pediatric pain management, and causal inference methods based on medical records,  which are critical issues facing children, youth, and families in the United States and around the world. 

Dr. Xiang has more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 books (chapters), and has presented his research findings more than 100 times at conferences around the world. Dr. Xiang’s research has been continuously funded by AHRQ, HRSA, CDC, NIH, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Xiang has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Science Award (2011), Outstanding Mentor Award(2011), and Outstanding Team Award (2014) of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Outstanding Board of Directors Service Award of SAVIR (2009); Excellence in Science Award of the American Public Health Association Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section (2016); Joseph Tepas Award of the Pediatric Trauma Society (2017); Distinguished International Engagement Award of the Ohio State University (2017), and Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award of the HealthCare Information and Management Systems Society North America (2019).

Poly-Matching Causal Inference for Assessing Multiple Acute Medical Managements of Pediatric TBIs

Funded by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, this R01 study aims to use innovative causal inference statistical methods to assess outcomes of major medical procedures for acute treatment of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.

Randomized Clinical Trial of Smartphone Virtual Reality for Pain Mgmt During Burn Care Transition

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded this multi-site R01 study to determine VR-PAT effectiveness for pain management and opioid medication use reduction during at-home burn care and to identify potential facilitators and barriers that could affect wide use of VR-PAT.

Virtual Reality for Pain Management During Repeated Pediatric Laser Procedures

This pilot study is a randomized crossover clinical trial to assess the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of VR-PAT for pain management during outpatient laser procedures and to assess sex, age, and anxiety as key factors.

Team Members

Megan Armstrong, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator Team Lead

Megan earned a B.S. in Human Nutrition and Community Health in 2012 and a Master of Public Health in 2015 from The Ohio State University. After receiving her MPH, Megan worked as a contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assisting with the Ebola response and the Division of Global Health Protection. Since joining Dr. Xiang’s team in 2018, her research interests include improving treatment and outcomes following pediatric traumatic injuries, including burns and traumatic brain injuries. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs and cheering for the Buckeyes!

Helen Girin
Research Assistant

Helen graduated from The Ohio State University in 2022 with a B.A. in psychology. While receiving her B.A. she was a research assistant in anthropology, music cognition, and early childhood. Helen is now a research assistant on Dr. Xiang’s team, assisting on research that involves pediatric trauma such as burn injuries and how to improve treatment. She enjoys spending time with her pets and reading.

portrait of Biche Osong

Biche Osong, PhD
Post-Doctoral Scientist

Biche Osong is a Big Data enthusiast with a demonstrated ability to translate the available data generated across the continuum of care into knowledge for strategic and personalized decision-making via peer-reviewed journal articles. His work mostly involves working with experts to help answer domain-specific questions using (interpretable) AI or statistical techniques. Since joining Dr. Xiang’s team as a post-doctoral scientist, his research interest has shifted from oncology to trauma & injury, but he enjoys collaborating with people in different research fields. Research aside, Biche is a family man and a Real Madrid FC supporter.