David Wright, MD, FACEP is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University, and the director of the division of Emergency Neurosciences. The Emergency Neurosciences program is dedicated to finding novel therapies for the treatment of rapidly evolving neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, status epilepticus, spinal cord injury and others. The Emergency Neurosciences program is the southeastern regional Hub for the NIH NINDS funded: Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT).
Dr. Wright is a translational researcher with a bench-top to bedside approach to problem solving, working in both the basic sciences and clinical research arena. He is the principal investigator for the large NIH funded multicenter clinical trial called, ProTECT III, Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury; the world’s first large scale clinical trial of this treatment. He also serves as the site principal investigator for the NETT southeastern HUB.
He is a practicing Emergency Room physician working in the Emory University Hospital ED and Grady Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, the regions only Level I trauma center. In addition, he is conducting collaborative research with the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop new technologies for detecting cognitive impairment resulting from mild TBI and early Alzheimer’s disease. He has won several awards for research excellence from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and was the recipient of the 2008 Health Care Heroes Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicles. He is currently one of the top 3 NIH funded emergency medicine researchers in US.