Martha-Conley Ingram Awarded NCATS Funding for Research and Mentorship

October 2019

Martha-Conley Ingram, MD, MPH, Emory general surgery resident on research sabbatical, has been selected to receive research and mentoring support from the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health at Feinberg School of Medicine, a TL1 award-funded training program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the NIH.

TL1 awards are intended to assist junior researchers seeking a practical introduction to clinical and translational research, with the final goal of increasing the number of well-trained clinician-scientists who can lead the design and oversight of future clinical investigations critical to the overall mission of NCATS and the NIH.

The Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health promotes interactions among mentors, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral trainees in pediatrics and engineering in order to encourage creative thinking and new approaches in child-health research. The ultimate aim of the program is to address the need for well-trained scientists in pediatrics by attracting talented trainees, equipping them with the tools to succeed, and reinforcing their commitment to be independent investigators.

For her research, Dr. Ingram proposes to apply novel industrial engineering and management science methodologies to assessing quality and outcomes for children undergoing surgery. This two-year project will be conducted under the guidance of Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as faculty principal investigator in the Northwestern University Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine’s Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research (HSOR). Dr. Raval is also a former member of the Emory Department of Surgery.

Daniel Apley, PhD, and Sanjay Mehrotra, PhD, from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering will be co-mentoring Dr. Ingram's TL-1 project.

Dr. Ingram earned her Bachelors of Science and Engineering with a focus on Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, attended medical School at Emory University School of Medicine, and earned a Master's in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory.