Sunday, May 13, 2018


I was at the corporate offices in Columbia recently, and I had the pleasure of visiting the brand new MINDLab space. The MedStar INnovation & Design (MIND) Lab highlights much of the great work happening around the system, including research!

The space was designed to engage the mind in innovation, thinking differently, and collaboration with the goal of advancing health. 
One of the highlights is the Wall of Wow, which is an interactive wall that allows visitors to learn more about MedStar Health from stories and photos from across the system. Next time you are at the corporate offices, check it out - the door is almost always open!

If you want to see more photos, check out the #medstarmindlab on Twitter! If you visit the corporate MedStar offices, be sure to stop by and add your photo to the feed.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Gratitude. Research. Hope.

Below is my monthly message for the May 2018 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Life is so busy we rarely take the time to reflect on the ‘big’ questions that are at the heart of living. Why are we working so hard? Does it really matter? Are we making a difference?

Gratitude. Research. Hope.

For the first time, and through the efforts of the MedStar Health Philanthropy team, a video presentation allowed us to follow the journey of two MedStar research participants. These two patients, Jessica and Kevin, shared their personal stories and reminded us about the importance of research at MedStar Health. It was grounding, humbling, and emotional. Through this impactful video, we see first-hand that gratitude is real and research brings hope.

If you were not one of the 800+ attendees at the Seventh Annual MedStar Health Research Symposium, please watch this video NOW  – it will only take you a few minutes but will stay with you forever.
Watch the video on the MedStar Health Youtube channel.
Thank you to Jessica, Kevin and their families for sharing their story. There are thousands of people that take part in research at MedStar and we are changing lives every day, both for our patients today and tomorrow.

This is only possible with your support and hard work. Our research brings hope and instills gratitude. Thank you.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Twitter Highlights from the MedStar Research Symposium

With the launch of the @MedStarResearch Twitter just prior to the MedStar Health Research Symposium this year, it was great to see the conversation happening on the #MedStarResearch18 tag through our account this year!

The tag truly highlights the breadth of the event and how successful this seventh annual event was!

If you missed the event, or just want to keep the momentum going, you can see the story by searching #MedStarResearch18 on Twitter.

Thank you to all who were able to attended and who are our ambasssdors to research across the system.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The 2018 MedStar Health Research Symposium in Photos

With 800 attendees, the 2018 MedStar Health Research Symposium brought out the best and brightest researchers, associates, innovators, and educators last night. With more than 300 poster presentations, I would be hard-pressed to use words when photos can tell the story.

Thank you to all who attended and to those who contributed. Thank you to all MedStar Health patients who trust us with their care.

(Click on the photos to view them larger.)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Advancing Health as Part of a National Community

Many of our researchers (and physicians) at MedStar Health are members of national professional societies. From cardiology to diabetes, there are organizations that exist to support all types of clinicians and fields of medicine.

Not only are our investigators members of these organizations, many of them serve in leadership positions, on their board or chair key committees. In that spirit of advancing health on a broader scale, it is great news that Lauren T. Moffatt, PhD, (Director, Firefighters' Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory at MedStar Washington Hospital Center) will become chair of the Research Committee for the American Burn Association. She will be the first PhD to hold this position in a predominantly surgical society.

Congratulations Lauren! We are proud of your national work and furthering the reputation of MedStar Health research through your continued commitment to advance health.

Monday, April 23, 2018

World Medical Innovation Forum 2018

Medical knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate, so as of 2018, it is doubling every 73 days! I find that hard to believe but certainly agree that it is humanly impossible to stay current on all aspects of healthcare just by reading more or attending more conference. We must use team science and interdisciplinary models of care. We also must embrace technology solutions. Therein lays the power of artificial intelligence in healthcare. This will undoubtedly transform how we practice medicine tomorrow.
I write this blog post from the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, dedicated to the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in healthcare. Over 1600 professionals from very diverse backgrounds (engineers and industry to startups and clinicians) came together to discuss how to use AI to make healthcare better, safer, and more efficient. Some estimate that AI combined with big data will reduce total healthcare spending by $450 billion annually!
There are endless opportunities for research and innovation as AI gets developed and applied in healthcare. I’m excited about this next phase of healthcare and how MedStar can be on the leading edge.
Below are some pictures, including the opening remarks by Charlie Baker, the Governor of Massachusetts and ‘fireside chats’ with CEO’s and lead academicians from around the country.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Training Research Coordinators

Guest Blogger: Emily Paku, PMP
Program Coordinator, Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Just last month, MedStar Health Research Institute hosted the Ethics, Regulations and Study Implementation for Research Involving Human Subjects training, as part of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical & Translational Science program training series.

We welcomed attendees from around the region who are research coordinators and research nurses to help them better understand the importance of regulations and ethics when it comes to conducting research and protecting out patients.

Jason Umans, MD, PhD, opened the training with an overview of the GHUCCTS consortium and injected some humor and current events into an early morning start. Attendees received background information on the importance of "Informed Consent & Participant Capacity" from Sarah Vittone, DBe, MSN, MA, RN,  "Good Clinical Practice" from Maureen McNulty, RN, MS,  "Investigational Test Articles" from Tamaro Hudson, PhD, and "Clinical Trial Budgeting" from Tina Stanger, MA, CRA. Kate Cohen, JD, CHRC, CIP presented updates on the recent changes to the Common Rule.

Shaunagh Browning, MSN, RN, FNP-BC provided an overview of  "Study Initiation, Implementation and Termination" which left one attending stating, “Great training! I wish I had this when I first started managing clinical trials…”
Mary Anne Hinkson, MBA, helped attendees classify typical household items into one of the 3 medical device classes during the "Investigational Drug, Device & Biological Development" session. Feedback from attendees said that the session were "very informative and fun...”! (Fun fact: Did you know a manual toothbrush is a class 1 medical device?)

It was great to be a part of the planning and see the session first hand. To view slides from the training, click here. Interested in attending future training courses? Let us know here.