Considering Concussion in Children
Dr. Papa is an Emergency Physician and Director of Academic Clinical Research for the Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, an Associated Professor of Medicine at Florida State University, an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. For more than a decade, Dr. Papa’s research has focused on the clinical assessment of biomarkers to detect brain injury and concussion after head trauma. Dr. Papa is the principal investigator of an R01 NIH, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) funded clinical study to validate a blood test for traumatic brain injury that physicians could use to diagnose and treat patients after they have suffered a traumatic injury to the head. Results from her research are very promising and show that a blood test taken within hours of injury in the emergency department indicates how bad a brain injury or concussion is, in both children and adults. The blood test could be used in many situations including motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and military service. She has published 250 original peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and abstracts and is the recipient of various awards, including America’s Top Emergency Physician and Patient’s Choice Award. Dr. Papa serves a reviewer for several federal funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Department of Defense.