Robert Maile, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery/Microbiology and Immunology
Specialties: Immunology, Translational research, Inhalation injury, Autommunity
PhD Degree: University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1998
Postgraduate Training: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina; American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow
Research interests: I am an Assistant Professor with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology. I direct the basic science research efforts of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center within UNC and UNC Hospitals. My main research interest is in innate and adaptive immune regulation during health and in disease, which I have studied for the last twenty years. I have investigated this in autoimmune thyroiditis (1992-98) and CD8+ T cell homeostasis, focusing on its role in graft rejection (1999-2004). My main focus in the Burn Center has been developing a translational and collaborative immunology research program with Dr. Bruce Cairns, MD and Dr. Samuel Jones, MD. Our projects examine immune responses against allograft, viral and bacterial pathogens after burn injury with particular focus on the lung. I mentor PhD graduate students and clinical/academic postdoctoral research fellows. I am a Course Director for the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate-level course MCR00712 and teach T Cell Biology to medical students as part of MEDI143.
Randy Kearns, DHA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Specialties: Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Medicine, Historical Disasters
Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Health Administration and Leadership, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Master of Science in Administration, Concentration in Health Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Research interests: I am responsible for the coordination and administration of the Burn Surge Disaster Programs for North Carolina, the Certificate Programs involving EMS Leadership and Medical Disaster Management, as well as, the activities of the EMS Performance Improvement Center. This joint faculty appointment includes the Department of Surgery and the Department of Emergency Medicine. My main research interests includes all aspects of improving the preparedness and response to a disaster with significant numbers of patients. Recent publications have focused on developing disaster plans, as well as, resources or assets needed to manage a disaster including surge planning and medical transportation resources. Additional papers have included care for the burn injured patient in the pre-hospital environment, financial considerations in a medical disaster, and disaster management. Other activities include focusing on current and future leaders of EMS agencies to develop their management, leadership, and administrative skills for the day to day activities, as well as, mass casualty incidents. The EMSPIC currently manages approximately 28% of all the national EMS data that is reported to the NEMSIS data system. This includes one of the first programs in the US based in North Carolina and has expanded to include South Carolina and West Virginia. Additionally the EMSPIC coordinates medical assets and resource tracking for these states and Mississippi through another EMSPIC program, SMARTT.