Welcome New MPOG Outcome Research Fellows

Earlier this year MPOG (Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group) introduced our inaugural Outcomes Research Fellowship. This one-year fellowship offers researchers from active MPOG sites the opportunity to engage in a practicum capstone project using the MPOG data infrastructure, while receiving mentorship from MPOG’s nation-wide experts from over 60 hospitals. We are pleased to welcome our first two research fellows later this summer, Dr. Clark Fisher from Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Sunny Lou from Washington University in St. Louis. Their biographies and a summary of their current fellowship projects can be found below.

Clark Fisher, MD, PhD

Dr. Fisher is an anesthesiologist and research fellow at Yale School of Medicine. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied Molecular Biology and Neuroscience as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After a year as a clinical research coordinator at UCSF (University of California San Francisco), he joined the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program receiving his PhD in Winrich Freiwald’s Lab at Rockefeller University, studying the neural basis of facial perception. While finishing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical college, he discovered the fun and challenge of providing anesthesia. He went on to complete an anesthesiology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is now wrapping up his adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship. During his clinical training, he became excited about the opportunity that intraoperative records provide to understand anesthetic practice and its impact, especially when combined across institutions and with other medical data. He has an ongoing MPOG research project to understand the variation in opioid use during cardiac surgeries. Dr. Fisher’s fellowship project will examine diurnal variation of intraoperative hypotension during non-cardiac surgery.

Sunny Lou, MD

Dr. Sunny Lou is an Instructor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Dr. Lou earned an undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MD and PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lou’s research interests include leveraging information from the electronic health record to develop models for clinical decision support and to improve anesthesiology workflow. Dr. Lou will be evaluating the performance of her surgical transfusion risk prediction model among MPOG partner institutions.

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