Emergency Medicine Research

Clinical research in the Department of Emergency Medicine is active at both the Royal Oak and Troy campuses, which, when combined, provide care for approximately 190,000 patients annually. The focus of our clinical research at Beaumont is on cutting-edge interventions which evaluate and treat the critically ill and injured patient. We are unique in that we conduct both commercial drug/device studies and physician-initiated studies, with the advantage of servicing a large and diverse demographic in the academic hospital environment at Royal Oak, as well as in the community hospital setting at Troy. Our clinical researchers coordinate approximately 10 commercially and federally-funded trials, and approximately 25 physician-initiated studies.

The scope of emergency medicine research is broad, ranging from long-term outcome after minor injury to investigational treatments for patients with an acute stroke and traumatic brain injury. Current clinical trials are focused on the assessment of the role of genetic predictors of chronic pain experienced by patients following a motor vehicle accident; evaluating the validity of diagnostic testing to reliably detect abnormalities in blood levels of congestive heart failure patients, as well as new drug interventions for those suffering from stroke, heart failure, influenza and moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. The Emergency Department uses a multidisciplinary approach by collaborating with other specialists in order to optimize care for admitted or observed patients. We are also looking for ways to improve the quality of care throughout the continuum of the emergency medical services we provide, one focus being the care of post-cardiac arrest patients who receive hypothermia.

Key Research Areas

  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrest and Hypothermia
  • Chronic Pain following Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Congestive Heart failure
  • Influenza
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Principal Investigators

Name Research of Interest
William Anderson, M.D.
Chief of Emergency Medicine (Troy)
Sepsis, Quality Improvement
Amit Bahl, M.D. MPH, RDMS
Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Emergency Ultrasound, Education, Critical Care
Aveh Bastani, M.D.
Director of Emergency Research (Troy)

Neurological Emergencies, Sepsis, Pediatrics

Carol Clark, M.D., MBA, FACEP
Director of Observation Medicine
Observation Medicine, Cardiac, Congestive Heart Failure, Asthma, Influenza
Kelly Sawyer, M.D.
Associate Director, Research
Hypothermia Research
Robert Swor, D.O., FACEP
Director of Emergency Research (Royal Oak)
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Cardiac Car, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials
Edward A. Walton, M.D., FACEP, FAAP Pediatrics, Health and Safety at Summer Camps