Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

The Center for Pediatric Trauma Research (CPTR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducts research to support global efforts in achieving the best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, CPTR researchers lead innovative projects to assess pre-hospital emergency medical service, acute medical and surgical management, rehabilitation, and family and community services that impact the short and long-term outcomes of injured patients.

CPTR serves as a leader and a partner to translate cutting edge research findings to help patients, families, policy makers, and clinicians make informed decisions.

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Our Vision

To lead evidence-based trauma care and policy research to achieve the best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients.

Our Mission

Research: Conduct high quality research to address significant problems at every stage of pediatric trauma care from pre-hospital emergency medical services through acute care, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community.

Policy: Contribute to state and national efforts to assess and improve regional trauma care systems.

Workforce Development: Provide trauma-related research training and mentoring for nurses, researchers, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows, and junior faculty members.

Partnership: Collaborate with pediatric trauma care professionals, researchers, and educators around the world to promote excellence in pediatric trauma research, trauma care, and education.

Center Director

Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD

Center Medical Director

Jonathan Groner, MD

Associate Director

Julie Leonard, MD, MPH

Principal Investigators

Nurse Researchers

  • LeeAnn Wurster, MS, RN, CPNP, Trauma Program Manager
  • Dana Noffsinger, CPNP-AC

Affiliate Faculty

The Ohio State University

  • Andy Ai Ni, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, College of Public Health
  • Bo Lu, PhD
  • Jennifer Lundine, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
  • Ping Zhang, PhD, FAMIA,  Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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CPTR provides support for all stages of trauma-related research.

Examples of Services Provided

  • Consultation in design of research
  • Selection of appropriate techniques and instruments
  • Assistance in preparing grant applications
  • Assistance in collecting and analyzing data
  • Statistical Support
  • Assistance in preparation/editing of manuscripts
  • Access to large datasets

Datasets Available

  • Kids' Inpatient Database (KID): 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Panel 9-Panel 19 (note: Panel 19 covers 2014-2015)
  • National Burn Repository (NBR): 2011
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS): 1997-2016 (free)
  • National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS): 1988-1999, 2001, 2005-2017
  • National Trauma Data Bank Research Dataset (NTDB): 2007-2014
  • Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS): 2006-2017
  • Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD): 2013-2017
  • Pediatric Trauma Quality Improvement Program (Pediatric TQIP): 2014, 2015, 2016
  • State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): 2010
  • State Inpatient Databases (SID): 2011
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