2012 Visiting Professor
20th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum
Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Head Trauma in Children: The Evidence for CT Use and Translation into Practice
This lecture will describe the best evidence regarding indications for head CT in children with blunt head trauma and the concepts of Knowledge Translation.
Dr. Kuppermann is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and clinical epidemiologist, and a leader in emergency medical services for children, particularly in multicenter research. Research foci for which he is a leading national investigator include 1) infectious emergencies in children including the laboratory evaluation of young febrile children, 2) the evaluation of children at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis-related cerebral injury, and 3) the laboratory and radiographic evaluation of the pediatric trauma patient. He has published works in all three areas in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Lancet. Dr. Kuppermann has been a leader in multicenter research in PEM, starting by chairing the first research network in PEM (the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the AAP from 1996-2000), and leading several investigations there. He then became one of the founding investigators and founding Chair of the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since it’s inception in 2001 until late in 2008, and remains one of the 6 network PIs. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, been awarded nearly $20 million in federal grants and contracts as a PI over the past decade, and been recognized nationally for his research and mentorship. In 2010, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.