Friday, June 4, 2010

NIH Researcher Joins Institute to Seek End to Children's Pain

"Unanswered questions drive me,” said Zena Quezado, MD, a pediatric anesthesiologist who has joined the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation from the National Institutes of Health. “We are research advocates for those with no voice – infants, premature infants, and developmentally disabled children.”

Dr. Quezado serves as director of the Pain Neurobiology Laboratory at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, joining a team of medical visionaries who are coming together at the Institute to re-imagine the entire pediatric surgical experience and create a new standard for surgical instruction and research. Dr. Quezado’s Institute research will focus on the mechanisms of pain response and response to novel drugs. In addition to her research duties, Dr. Quezado is also a pediatric anesthesiologist within the Center for Surgical Care. She will work closely with Julia Finkel, MD, a preeminent pain medicine physician-scientist and leader in the field of pain medicine.

At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Quezado served as Chief of the Department of Anesthesia and Surgical Services at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center. An active researcher, Quezado has published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in clinical and scientific medical journals.

Read the news release