Tim Platts-Mills, MD

Timothy F. Platts-Mills, MD received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then completed a four year residency in emergency medicine at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno. Dr. Platts-Mills is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with joint appointments with the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. He is the recipient of a K23 career development award from the National Institute on Aging. His mentors for this award are Dr. Samuel McLean and Dr. Philip Sloane.

The overarching goal of Dr. Platts-Mills research is to prevent persistent pain and associated functional decline among older adults with acute musculoskeletal pain due to injury. Dr. Platts-Mills work is grounded in the principle of service to all older adults and to the community of researchers and clinicians who strive to improve the quality of geriatric emergency care. Dr. Platts-Mills is motivated by and depends upon collaboration with a group of outstanding mentees, and he has received both teaching and mentoring awards for this work. He also serves as a decision editor in geriatrics for Annals of Emergency Medicine. Current specific areas of research include: selection of pharmacologic treatment for older adults with acute musculoskeletal pain due to injury; contribution of psychological and cognitive responses (e.g., fear of movement, pain catastrophizing, PTSD symptoms) to persistent pain after injury; and gene-environment interactions influencing the pain recovery process in older adults.

Specific studies and resulting publications and presentations:
Older Adult Motor Vehicle Cohort Study

OSPREY: Observational Study of Pain Relief in the Emergency Department
The SAFE Study: Screening Assessment of Function in the Elderly

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