We are excited to announce that Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, MD, was elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2015. He is the 8th anesthesiologist elected into this society and the first from Duke.
Dr. Bennett-Guerrero’s research focuses on the design and implementation of definitive single center and multicenter clinical trials in the area of peri-operative medicine. He is a thought leader on one of the most important issues of perioperative transfusion, the use of banked blood products, and strategies designed to reduce the use transfusions and their complications. His pioneering studies on the red blood cell (RBC) storage lesion (PNAS 2007), on RBC storage duration in cardiac surgery patients (Transfusion 2009), a multicenter analysis of variability in RBC transfusion (JAMA 2010), and a healthy volunteer study comparing the impact of RBC storage time on the microcirculation and tissue/cerebral oxygenation (Transfusion 2012) have served as a beacon for a new comprehension of the previously unappreciated clinical issues in this under-researched field of intensive care medicine.
Dr. Bennett-Guerrero has held several leadership roles in the landmark RECESS trial. RECESS, which was funded by NIH/NHLBI and recently completed enrollment, is a large multicenter randomized trial of RBC storage duration in cardiac surgical patients. He has also led clinical trials in other areas of peri-operative medicine including the prevention of surgical site infection (NEJM 2010, JAMA 2010).
The American Society for Clinical Investigation, established in 1908, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies. It is comprises more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties elected to the Society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. The ASCI represents active physician-scientists who are at the bedside, at the research bench, and at the blackboard. Many of its senior members are widely recognized leaders in academic medicine.
The ASCI is dedicated to the advancement of research that extends our understanding and improves the treatment of human diseases, and members are committed to mentoring future generations of physician-scientists. The ASCI considers the nominations of several hundred physician-scientists submitted from among its members each year and elects up to 80 new members each year for their significant research accomplishments. Because members must be 50 years of age or younger at the time of their election, membership reflects accomplishments by its members relatively early in their careers.
Congratulations again to Dr. Bennett-Guerrero for this outstanding achievement.