Dr. Priya Kumar is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UNC specializing in cardiac anesthesia. She attended medical school at the University of Delhi, completed her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship in cardiac anesthesia and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Kumar has a longstanding interest in clinical research, and currently leads the POISE 2 Study at UNC, an international clinical trial evaluating the effect of several perioperative medications on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality after non-cardiac surgery. Under Dr. Kumar's leadership, UNC was 2nd in domestic enrollment and in the top 5 internationally among 106 recruiting sites. For this work, she received the 2012 Gladys Sessler Outcomes Research Consortium Annual Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Collaborative Research.
Dr. Kumar is also the PI for an ongoing study at UNC testing simulator-based vs. didactic instruction for TEE training. She is also collaborating with the department of a nesthesiology at Duke University on a study to evaluate the mobile tablet as a teaching device. She is a Co-Investigator on several other collaborative studies, one with the department of pharmacology on the microstructure of airway mucus and another about pain management with the department of surgery at UNC.
Prior to this, she has participated as a PI in a successfully completed clinical trial on regional anesthesia techniques at Cleveland Clinic. She is also a past recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award for exceptional dedication in helping patients through exemplary insight, creativity and inspiration. She has been invited as a speaker for several regional and national anesthesiology meetings.
Dr. Kumar is a peer reviewer for Anesthesia and Analgesia and Journal of Anesthesiology and Clinical Pharmacology and a SEE question writer for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
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