Research is an integral component of the mission of the Department of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda. We have a very active Research Division, directed by John Lenart, MD, which gives residents, faculty, medical students, volunteers, and undergraduates both basic science and clinical research options.
The Department currently has multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other medical societies, and from industry. Members from our research division have won several national research awards and have published in numerous top-tier journals. Clinical research within the department is geared with a single purpose in mind: to improve patient outcomes. This is accomplished through many avenues involving innovation with cutting edge medical technologies, novel education tools, a high acuity patient population, and diverse department of nationally renowned clinicians and basic scientists.
The Department has a large degree of opportunities for extended research time in NIH-funded laboratories. Many opportunities for neuroscience research are available in the Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory, which is housed in the Anesthesiology Department to allow close collaboration in exciting projects that share a focus on near-term translation potential. The Zhang Lab has NIH P01 program grant funding to study hemorrhagic stroke, and many R01 grants for studies of methods to improve outcome following ischemic stroke, global cerebral ischemia including hypoxia-ischemia, neonatal hypoxia, surgical brain injury (edema and bleeding) and cardiac arrest. Collaboration with the LLU Center for Perinatal Biology allows participation in studies of vascular reactivity and nitric oxide effects. The Department collaborates with researchers on campus who study coagulation disorders, patient care protocols/pathways, hemodynamic monitoring, and point of care ultrasound. The Department is a national leader in the research of hemodynamic monitoring and perioperative point of care ultrasound.
Those whose interest is in clinical research also have several opportunities. Our faculty members have numerous active research projects, with ongoing projects in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, and Clinical Monitoring areas.
For residents, research rotations are arranged for the PGY-4 year. Those with an interest in research meet with Dr. Ramsingh during the PGY-3 year. Residents may participate in an existing project, but are also encouraged to develop a hypothesis and participate in study design. This latter approach has the advantage of exposure to the complete research process, including Institutional Review Board approval. The department supports residents wishing to get an early start on research projects, so some of our residents begin work on research projects before the end of their PGY-2 year.
Each year the Department of Anesthesiology is represented at conferences across the nation including but not limited to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), subspecialty conferences such as SPA, SCA and SOAP and the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference (WARC).