The Infection Injury and Immunity Lab is dedicated to the resolution of complications common in the surgical setting. For the past two decades, we have been investigating the immunologic processes behind the body's response to serious and difficult to treat infections, as well as developing treatments for wound healing and hernia prevention with the aim to contribute toward novel therapeutic approaches in the clinic and operating room.
Sepsis is presently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for about 25% of ICU hospitalizations. It is also the most expensive condition for the healthcare system, at an annual cost of over $20 billion. Simultaneously, 10-20% of all abdominal wall incisions in the United States are currently resulting in ventral hernias, adding over $8 billion annually to healthcare costs. Our lab is working toward solutions to improve septic outcome and decrease the rate of occurrence and reoccurrence of ventral hernias via both laboratory and clinical research.