Trauma and Critical Care Research

Research Team

Trauma Faculty Drs. Nick Nash, Keith Miller, Brian Harbrecht, William Cheadle, Glen Franklin and Matthew Benns. Drs. Jason Smith and Matt Bozeman are not pictured.

Achieving Breakthroughs in Basic & Translational Sciences, Community Outreach, and at the VAMC

Dr. Brian Harbrecht is the Principal Investigator of a National Institutes of Health R01 research award that focuses on glucagon and hepatic gene expression in surgical sepsis. His laboratory continues to generate work between him and Dr. Zhang who came with him from Pittsburgh. Suping Li was been added as a technician a couple of years ago. Dr. Ikenna Nweze has been added this year as a Research Fellow. They are continuing to study the regulation of nitric oxide synthesis in hepatocytes as well as studying the intracellular signaling pathways activated by inflammation and gut hormones such as glucagon and insulin. Dr. Harbrecht also has been doing some clinical research studies with a variety of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Glen Franklin continues a special community outreach project. He serves on the Ky Trauma Advisory Committee in an effort to organize a state trauma system. Dr. Franklin has a research obesity and nutrition, optimizing donor management and increased donor use

Dr. William G. Cheadle, an investigator who also works with the VAMC, is continuing to make breakthroughs to improve surgical sepsis and the immune response to traumatic injury. Efforts are also under way to better understand the inflammatory processes associated with pneumonia. Dr. Cheadle has had continuous VA Merit Review funding and has participated in the training of fellows and residents.

Dr. Jason Smith is making new discoveries in his animal model of direct peritoneal resuscitation.

Chief of General Surgery:

Jason W. Smith, MD, PhD, Hiram C. Polk, Jr., Lily Banerjee Professor in Surgery

Chief of Trauma:

Brian G. Harbrecht, MD, Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD, Chair in Surgery

Faculty Members:

Matthew Benns, MD
Matthew Bozeman, MD
Glen A. Franklin, MD
Keith Miller, MD
Nick Nash, MD


Baochun Zhang, PhD
Jaganathan Lakshmanan, PhD
Paul Matheson, PhD

University of Louisville Surgical Critical Care Fellows 1996-Current

Last Name First Name Start Date End Date
Schmieg Robert 07/01/1996 06/30/1998
Wohltmann Christopher 07/01/1997 06/30/1999
Franklin Glen 07/01/1998 06/30/2000
Stassen Nichole 07/01/2000 06/30/2002
Lukan James 07/01/2000 06/30/2001
Hoth Jason 07/01/2001 06/30/2003
Christmas Britton 07/01/2003 06/30/2004
Wilson Ashley 07/01/2003 06/30/2005
Manning Benjamin 07/01/2004 06/30/2005
Satterfield Eric 07/01/2004 06/30/2005
Brown Aaron 07/01/2006 06/30/2007
Kozloff Matthew 07/01/2006 06/30/2007
Santos Ariel 01/01/2007 12/31/2007
Klapheke Patrick 07/01/2007 06/30/2008
Leggett Maya 07/01/2008 06/30/2009
VanZandt Debra 07/01/2008 06/30/2009
Miller Keith 07/01/2009 06/30/2010
Huang Greg 07/01/2010 06/30/2011
Neel Dustin 07/01/2010 06/30/2011
Love Katie 07/01/2011 06/30/2012
Bozeman Matthew 07/01/2011 06/30/2012
Pressley Crystal 07/01/2013 06/30/2014
Mackowski Michael 07/01/2013 06/30/2014
Sigdel Abindra 07/01/2014 06/30/2015
Kimbrough Charles 07/01/2014 06/30/2015
Karam Joseph 07/01/2014 06/30/2015
Garcia Nicole 07/01/2015 06/30/2016
McKinney Terry 09/01/2015 08/31/2016
Strollo Brian 08/01/2016 07/31/2017
Ludwig Nathan 07/01/2016 06/30/2017
Walker Johnson 08/01/2017 07/31/2018
Motameni Amirreza 08/01/2017 07/31/2018