Division of Research in Emergency Medicine

The Division of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital pursues a highly active research agenda.


The Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital has an active clinical research division.

The MGH's Emergency Department is home to many ongoing research projects sponsored by federal, foundation, and industry grants and contracts. A physician research director (John Tobias Nagurney, MD, MPH) and a program manager (Blair Alden Parry, CCRC, BA) lead the Department's clinical research team that includes six clinical research coordinators and four research assistants. A biostatistician (Yuchiao Chang, PhD), a business manager (John Brennan, MBA) and a grant administrator (Nathan Carroll, MBA) are all actively involved in supporting the research enterprise. The Department has a state-of-the-art 800 square foot clinical research laboratory equipped with eight work stations, a minus 80 degree freezer, a refrigerated centrifuge, and extensive filing capacity. MGH EM researchers collaborate with other MGH and Harvard Medical School divisions and departments, as well as other local institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard School of Public Health; they also participate in several regional, national and international collaborations. Manuscripts by MGH EM researchers are published in high-impact medical journals, such as the NEJM and JAMA as well as numerous other journals relating to Emergency Medicine and other specialties.

Areas of research include studies on cardiovascular, neurologic, pulmonary, infectious, mental health and traumatic emergencies. Additional specialized areas of research include:

  • Bedside ultrasonography
  • Simulation
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Global health and human rights
  • Drug use
  • Medical informatics and physiologic monitoring
  • ED operations
  • Public health

Potential sponsors or interested parties for research collaborations should contact Blair Parry bparry@partners.org.

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