American College of Emergency Physicians honors UC Davis physician for research excellence

October 19, 2011

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has recognized Nathan Kuppermann, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its 2011 Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, the only research-related honor awarded by ACEP this year.

Kuppermann received the award this week in San Francisco at the organization's Scientific Assembly, the largest annual gathering of emergency physicians in the country. He was among a select group of physicians recognized by ACEP for excellence across a wide range of activities, including leadership, policy, education and research.

Dr. Kuppermann © UC Regents
Nathan Kuppermann

Kuppermann's work at UC Davis and as founding chair and a principal investigator of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has earned him an international reputation for excellence in academic emergency medicine. Through PECARN and other collaborations, he established a network of pediatric emergency departments nationwide that work together to perform high-impact research to improve the care of acutely ill and injured children. Together, PECARN members and other pediatric emergency medicine collaborators have enrolled many thousands of participants in studies that have resulted in new and definitive evidence and recommendations for various pediatric emergency conditions, including the development of indications for pediatric head trauma imaging, the evaluation of fever and meningitis in young children, and assessing the risks for cerebral edema in children with diabetic ketoacidosis.

Earlier this year, he helped to further advance the field of pediatric emergency medicine in Argentina, and is now helping develop the first pediatric emergency medicine research network between that country and Uruguay. In addition, Kuppermann is leading a new, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides a training program for the next generation of emergency medicine researchers who will explore the care of adults and children with acute traumatic injuries and emergent medical illnesses.

Kuppermann was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010 and is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine. He is the primary or senior author of nearly 100 research papers published in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Annals of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

Kuppermann holds the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair in the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine. He received his medical degree from UC San Francisco, completed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. He also holds a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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