After his medical school at the University of Milan, Dr. Berraspent three years under the mentorship of Dr. Theodor Kolobow in a researchlaboratory at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD). From 2006-2011he completed his residency in Anesthesia and fellowship in Critical Care bothat the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH. Since2011 he is a staff anesthesiologist and intensivist and a member of Dr. WarrenZapol?s MGH Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research. His currentpatient care activities are focused on caring for critically ill patients andtheir families. His primary research and academic interests involve translationalresearch to improve diagnosis, treatment and care of critically ill patientswith cardio-pulmonary failure or severe infections.
Description of Research
In my early research career I worked at the NationalInstitutes of Health, under the supervision of my mentor Dr. Theodore Kolobow(2000-2005). We developed several new methods and medical devices to avoidaspiration and ventilator associated pneumonia: such as novel rotating beds,care of intubated patients, novel endotracheal tube designs, new methods of ventilation,and novel approach to prevent bacterial colonization of the respiratory tract.In animal models we experimented and successfully showed feasibility andefficacy of those methods. In order to test these hypotheses and other novelapproaches to prevent lung injury in mechanically ventilated patients, Dr.Robert Kacmarek and I established a Respiratory and Critical Care Research Teamin the department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at MGH. Under thementorship of Dr. Warren Zapol, I also expanded my studies on the role oftransfusion and hemolysis on hemodynamics, inflammation, endothelialdysfunction and organ dysfunction.
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Aranya Bagchi, MBBS, and Lorenzo Berra, MD, will discuss the rationale and the effects of using starch in a recent randomized, controlled trial on the use of starch in critically ill patients.
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