Current Research and Scholarly Interests
I am interested in pediatric nutritional support and have experience evaluating new enteral and parenteral products especially for the neonate (I studied a "new" I.V. fat product for Abbott; I participated in a multicenter trial of a formula with fish oil in it for neonates with Mead Johnson and a multicenter trial of a new human milk fortifier for Wyeth). I am the medical director of our nutrition support team and home pharmacy and am interested in short- and long-term "outcome studies" re: use of TPN-impact on development of patient and family functioning in short bowel patients on long-term parenteral/enteral support.
More recently my research has involved : studying how to limit amounts of Aluminum in TPN solutions;Use of ethanol locks in preventing CLABSIs;Use of novel fat emulsions in IR patients; developing a "Care Card"for home TPN patients to improve the healthcare of pts. with central lines who present to the ED with fever;treatment of central line occlusion (original studies of Alteplase); risk factors of CLABSIs in pediatric short bowel syndrome:
Liver biopsies in the first year of life in IR patients on TPN