Cindy Hsu, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Cindy Hsu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

You recently completed your trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center... Tell us a little bit about that experience.
It was truly an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to learn from and work alongside of some of the most talented, dedicated surgeons and intensivists in the country. The volume and acuity there were unparalleled. We were inspired by Dr. Tom Scalea, the physician-in-chief, to provide the best and most cutting-edge trauma care to all patients. My clinical training there also serves as the foundation for many interesting research questions that I hope to carry forward in my career. It was an incredible honor to call Shock Trauma home and wear the pink scrubs for two years.

You have a wide variety of research interests ranging from asynchronous medical education to point-of-care ultrasound. Tell us about one of your favorite research projects?
I am most excited about two projects. The first project is examining the role of valproic acid for post-cardiac arrest neuroprotection using a porcine cardiac arrest model, with hope to translate those findings into an early phase 2 clinical trial. I was fortunate to receive the NHLBI K12 Career Development Award in Emergency Critical Care Research for this study. The second project is an asynchronous critical care education website called Michigan Critical Care Project. It will host free videocasts on emergency critical care topics, with a large emphasis on point-of-care ultrasound. This project is funded by the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Faculty Development Fund.

You're a co-principal investigator of an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter study. Can you give us some more info on that?
This study began as single-center retrospective study during my fellowship at the Shock Trauma Center. I had the opportunity to take care of quite a few unfortunate patients who sustained cardiac arrest from suicidal hanging, and I was curious whether targeted temperature management (TTM) could improve their outcome. EAST was kind enough to accept our multicenter study proposal so that we can collect more outcome data on this patient cohort. We are up to 18 participating centers now. This study will be the largest outcome study on hanging patients, and one that specifically examines the role of TTM in those who sustained post-hanging cardiac arrest.

This one is a two-part question. First, are you sweet or salty snack person? Second, what is your favorite snack?
This is a tough question…it really depends on my mood at the given moment. That’s why I always stock my pantry with Trader Joe’s Herbs & Spices Popcorn AND Kettle Corn.