My work is conducted as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and administrator at Duke University. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Medicine, the director of Duke’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and the Director of the Duke Program to Support People and Enhance Recovery (ProSPER). My clinical work is based in ICUs at Duke University, though I am also a board-certified palliative medicine specialist.
My research focuses on understanding and improving the experience of critical illness and quality of care for patients, their families and loved ones, clinicians, and society in general. To do this, my work addresses topics and methodologies including health services research, behavioral and psychological concerns, communication improvement, technological development, and decision making support—all in the context of critical care and palliative medicine. My extensive training in clinical and health services research methodology and healthcare information technology allows me to do this.
Key interests: Critical care, healthcare information technology, health administration and policy, decision making, health economics, mechanical ventilation, palliative care, chronic critical illness / prolonged mechanical ventilation, critical care echocardiography
Education and Training
- Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 2002 - 2005
- Medical Resident, Medicine, New York University, 1997 - 2000
- M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, 1997
- Duke Program of Training in Pulmonary ReSearch to Promote, Engage and Retain Academic Researchers (PROSPER)
- Trajectories of care for Elderly Trauma Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation: A Depiction of their Year Post Trauma
- Decision Making for Infants with Neurologic Conditions
- Reducing Disparities in the Quality of Palliative Care for Older African Americans Through Improved Advance Care Planning
- PCplanner: Operationalizing needs-focused palliative care for older adults in ICUs
- Optimizing a self-directed mobile mindfulness intervention for improving cardiorespiratory failure survivors' psychological distress
- NCCN Foundation 2021 Young Investigator Award - Intervention Mapping to Improve Lung Cancer Screening Among Black Veterans