The Department of Pediatrics is committed to improving the lives of children and is actively engaged in research to ensure we are providing cutting-edge care and training the future pediatric investigators who will discover tomorrow's treatments and cures.

Research News

Congratulations to our staff, fellows and residents for invited talks, recent and upcoming abstract presentations, recent publications and research achievements!

Drs. Higginson and Ledoux have a paper in press with Pediatrics. Ethics Rounds: When a Mother Changes Her Mind About A DNR.

Dr. Sang research on the AMPLATZER Septal Occluder was just published in Circ Cardiovasc Interv.

Improving health literacy in the adult congenital cardiology population, accepted for platform presentations at the Southeast Pediatric Cardiology Society Meeting in Atlanta, GA Sept 2017. Hartman RJ.

Provider distress during death , accepted for a poster presentation during the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition. Peedin L, Higginson J, Kuehn D.

Case Report: Dexedetomidine and Ibutilide Conversion of Atrial Flutter in an Adolescent Patient, accepted for presentation during the 2017 NCPS Annual Meeting, Ashville, NC. Lemon A and Hartman R.

Volume Targeted Ventilation in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants reduces the risk of early Hypocarbia, accepted for presentation during the 2017 ON Annual Quality Congress Meeting, Chicago, IL. Patel S and Akpan U.

Drs. Ravisankar, Kuehn, and Higginson were awarded an ECU sponsored Interdisciplinary Research Awards (IRA) to continue their work in NAS utilizing LC/MS technology for analysis of the umbilical matrix.

Drs. Hillenbrand and Crotty's Medical Education Initiative A 'Chinese Menu' Approach to the Individualized Curriculum was awarded a first prize at Vidant Medical Center GME Research Day.

Four ECU medical student projects with Pediatric mentors were selected for the Research Distinction Track! Thanks to Drs. Collier, Lazorick, Kuehn and Ravisankar for their mentorship!

Nine pediatric projects were selected for presentation at the Vidant Medical Center GME Research Day. Great work Drs. Beamon, Zepeda, Dailey, Scott, Kinlaw, Higginson, Sridhar, Dalzell, Hillenbrand, Crotty, Sonefeld, Marco, Simmons, Leonard, Edwards, Collin, Konn, and Turner!

Message from the Vice Chair

Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University share the vision of becoming the national model for rural health and wellness by creating a premier, trusted health care delivery and education system. As the Vice Chair of Research, my goal is to support this mission by fostering the growth of a well-rounded research portfolio for the Department of Pediatrics. My focus is to expand the support for our physician-scientists by establishing an infrastructure that assists with the development, implementation, and management of research. This model allows physicians to focus on the science and generation of new knowledge; as our team assists with the design, regulatory processes, enrollment, data entry, and financial aspects of research. Additionally, I hope to increase research opportunities for the Department of Pediatrics by engaging in more collaborations and networks.

I invite you to learn more about the exciting research currently underway, by visiting the section links below.

Devon Kuehn

Devon Kuehn, MD
Research Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Research

Beng Richard Fuh

Beng Richard Fuh, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Vice Chair of Research