Research Study Team

Lancaster General Hospital is one of only four hospitals nationwide engaged in research trialing a noninvasive approach to assess heart vessel blockages. Currently, patients with chest discomfort often undergo heart catheterization, an invasive procedure, to determine the severity of their vessel blockages.

This noninvasive approach, a research tool called Computed Tomography-Derived Fractional Flow Reserve (CT-FFR), uses computed tomography and software developed by Canon Medical Systems. Information from the research may provide new options for some patients in the future.

The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health’s Dr. Ron Jacob (center) is the research study’s principal investigator. He is pictured with Radiology Associates of Lancaster colleagues Dr. Clive Perry and Dr. Edgar Fearnow (study co-investigator), and Dean Hollenbacher, radiology advanced visualization and 3D specialist. John Schuzer, Canon Medical, was onsite with the team March 27, as the first two patients were enrolled in the clinical trial and evaluated with the CT-FFR research tool software.

Learn more about the study here. 

Team wins Research Paper of the Year from Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Stephen Ratcliffe, M.D., and Michael Horst, Ph.D., were part of a team that won the 2019 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Research Paper of the Year Award. Dr. Ratcliffe is Director of the LGH Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Horst is Director of Research Biostatistics, LG Health Research Institute.

The paper, completed with colleagues at several other family medicine residency programs, is titled “Delivering Interconception Care During Well-Child Visits: An IMPLICIT Network Study.” The research team concluded that well-child visits provide a reliable point of contact with mothers and a unique opportunity to assess and address behavioral risk for future poor birth outcomes.

The Research Paper of the Year Award is based on the quality of research and its potential impact. The award was presented April 29 during the 2019 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Toronto.


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