Pediatric Surgery Research Faculty

Laura Hollinger MD 

Mentor: Laura Hollinger, M.D.

Keywords: Basic Science

Research Interests: My research focus is centered on patients with CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia) and also pediatric patients who require ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) support for a variety of reasons. I work with the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Study Group, an international organization of physicians devoted to research dedicated to improving the quality of care and of life of survivors of CDH. The CDHSG maintains an international registry of >10,000patients with CDH, of which MUSC is now a contributing member. My work with the pediatric ECMO program is centered around quality of care of patients, center outcomes measures, and provider educational initiatives.

Aaron Lesher MD MSCR 

Mentor: Aaron Lesher, M.D., MSCR

Keywords: Clinical Research, Disparities

My research lab centers around the use of telemedicine to address healthcare disparities for underserved populations. Specifically, I am investigating the role of mobile health applications in the treatment of outpatient pediatric burns. I also have a number of other clinical research projects in common pediatric surgical diseases, such as gastrostomy use, inguinal hernia, and NEC.

Lucas McDuffie MD 

Mentor: LucasMcDuffie, M.D.

Keywords: Clinical Research

My research interests are in clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery.  

Chris Streck MD 

Mentor: Christian Streck, M.D.

Keywords: Quality

Research Interests: The focus of my research is centered around improving the quality of care for pediatric trauma patients. We have a number of ongoing research initiatives, including projects in imaging for blunt abdominal trauma, massive transfusion practices, trauma triage, PTSD following trauma and intimate partner violence. In addition, I am involved in a pectus excavatum study, a study on high powered magnets and collaborate with my partners on a review of laparoscopic inguinal hernia outcomes.