Trauma Research Scholarship

The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Trauma Research Scholarship is a research scholarship initially offered May 1, 2001.  The scholarship amount is $40,000 for one (1) year only and is currently funded through a grant from EAST.  

The 2025 scholarship deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent was May 13, 2024. Following receipt of the Letters of Intent, the Research-Scholarship Committee along with the Research Division Chair will judge the Letters of Intent on the basis of the merit of their research proposals, the potential of the applicant of future contributions to the science and practice of the surgery of trauma, and the applicant’s mentor support and dedication of the research proposal.  The top-ranked Letters of Intent will be invited to submit full proposals by July 22, 2024.  The Research-Scholarship Committee and Research Division Chair will review full proposals in August 2024 and select the final awardee. 

For official rules and regulations for this scholarship please refer here

After the scholarship cycle concludes the recipient will be expected to provide an up to date use of funds from their institution’s accounting department.  At this time the recipient/institution will be asked to either a) submit a request for a non-financial extension (no cost extension) for one additional year or b) return any unused funds back to the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST).

Note:  All Letter of Intent submissions will be blinded prior to being reviewed and scored.  Applicants should not include names, institutions, or identifying information within their actual proposal submission provided that they should remain anonymous.

Letter of Intent (closed)

Scholarship Recipients


James T. Ross, MD

Investigating the Role of Cell-Free Hemoglobin in the Pathophysiology of Trauma


Krislynn Mueck, MD, MPH, MS

Dronabinol on the Pain Experience (DOPE): a pragmatic, randomized clinical trial


Stephanie Polites MD, MPH
Biomarkers of Injury and Digital Microfluidics for Rapid, Sensitive Triage of Pediatric Trauma Patients


Sharven Taghavi MD, MPH, MS
Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Acute Lung Injury


Taryn E. Travis, MD

Fractional Ablative CO2 Laser Treatment for Burn Wound-Related

Hypertrophic Scar: Elucidating the Mechanistic Basis for Clinical Improvements


Claire Isbell, MD, MSCI

The Effect of Doxycycline Administration on Neurologic Outcome

in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury


Lucy Zumwinkle Kornblith, MD

The Biology of Post-Injury Platelet Function


L. Marco Hoesel, MD, FACS

In-vivo analysis of endothelial glycocalyx in trauma/hemorrhagic shock


Cherisse Berry, MD

Prospective evaluation of cerebral autoregulation and cerebral vasospasm

in patients with traumatic brain injury using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)


Michael Cripps, MD

Viscoelastic guided resuscitation versus fixed ratio resuscitation in trauma


Amy Makley, MD

Activation of pulmonary endothelium by microparticles derived from stored red blood cells


Mayur B. Patel, MD, MPH

DASH After TBI Study: Decreasing Adrenergic or Sympathetic Hyperactivity After Severe

Traumatic Brain Injury, A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Using Propranolol and Clonidine


Jeremy J. Heffner, MD
Mesenchymal Stem Cell and Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy using a Porcine Small

Intestine Submucosa Delivery System for Treatment of Burn Wounds 


Martin D. Zielinski, MD
The Biomechanical Effects of Flaccid Paralysis Induced by Botulinum Toxin a After

Damage Control Laparotomy: A Randomized Clinical Trial 


Jason W. Smith, MD
Direct Peritoneal Resuscitation Effects in the Damage Control Trauma Patient 


Jordan A. Weinberg, MD
RBC Storage Age and Potentiation of Transfusion-Related Clinicopathology in

Trauma Patients 


Samuel Mandell, MD
The National Impact of Vehicle Mismatch on Mortality after Motor Vehicle Crashes


Andrew C. Bernard, MD
Transfusion and T-Cell Receptor Expression 


Bruce A. Crookes, MD
Permissive Hypercarbia during Acute Resuscitation after Traumatic Brain Injury

2005 David E. Carney, MD
Attenuation of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome with a Modified Tetracycline

John A. Sandoval, MD
The Evaluation of an Anti-Peptidoglycan Monoclonal Antibody for the Diagnosis

of Bacterial Sepsis: A Pathway to a Quicker Diagnosis?


Alicia M. Mohr, MD
Beta Adrenergic Modulation of Erythropoiesis in Trauma 


John M. Santaniello, MD
Bone Marrow Response to the Burn/Sepsis Model