Associate Director of Research
He is Associate Professor and Associate Director for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He has a passion to improve the care for acutely ill patients and reduce the staggering resource burden associated with cardiovascular emergencies. His career has focused on the early diagnosis, risk stratification, and treatment of emergency department patients with acute coronary syndromes and acute heart failure. He brings over 20 years of experience and NIH funding, including RO1 funding evaluating risk stratification in patients with acute heart failure and directorship of one of only five NHLBI-funded K12 training programs in emergency medicine.
The clinical portion of his career has been dedicated to serving acutely ill patients. This, coupled with a long history of ED-focused cardiovascular research, has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the clinical, national, and patient-centric challenges surrounding early treatment and emergency department disposition. He has dedicated his career to building one of the best local infrastructures for emergency medicine research and making key contributions to building a network of centers capable of addressing this science.
He has greatly impacted the evaluation and risk stratification of acute chest pain and associated ACS, including major contributions to biomarker use, point-of-care-testing, and chest pain observation units. He has made major contributions leading to improvements in the evaluation of emergency department patients with acute shortness of breath by playing a key role in the early introduction of b-type natriuretic peptide for clinical diagnosis of acute heart failure. He is Principal Investigator of one of only six National Institutes of Health emergency medicine research training programs (K12), refunded in 2016. This groundbreaking award highlights his long history of mentoring numerous students, residents, and fellows.
Alan B. Storrow, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine