The Department's research agenda is focused on providing evidence to inform pain treatment in the ED. Our faculty has been in the forefront of identifying optimal treatment for migraines and low back pain. We have also created and tested regimens that take into account the large variation in need for pain medication for a heterogeneous set of painful conditions. Studies include:

Studies are conducted at three sites, the Moses Division of Montefiore Medical Center, the Weiler Division of Montefiore Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center.

Research Team

The core research team consists of E. John Gallagher, MD, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine; Polly Bijur, PhD, MPH; Adrienne Birnbaum, MD, MS; Benjamin Friedman, MD, MS; Douglas Barnaby, MD, MS; and David Esses, MD. The research team meets weekly to design studies and review work in progress. 

Research Resources

The Department supports a research staff of trained bilingual research associates who enroll patients in studies nearly 24 hours, seven days a week. They use an electronic data entry and management system, REDCap, that allows investigators to monitor their data in real time. A research pharmacist, Clemencia Solorzano, PharmD, is available to prepare medications and randomization schedules for randomized controlled trials. Dr. Bijur provides ongoing consultation on research design and statistics to members of the department.

Current Faculty Research Projects