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E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, TN
Thursday, March 14
11:15 am

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, the Grant W. Liddle Chair in Medicine, is a subspecialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine who conducts patient-oriented, health services research as a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He is also a practicing intensivist with a focus on Geriatric ICU Care, as the Associate Director for Research for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center. 

Dr. Ely’s research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with ICU-acquired brain disease (manifested acutely as delirium and chronically as long-term cognitive impairment).  He has built the Center for Critical Illness, Brain dysfunction and Survivorship (CIBS), amassing several thousand patients into cohort studies and randomized trials that were used to build the methodology for ICU acquired brain disease research.  His team developed the primary tool (CAM-ICU, translated into 35 languages) by which delirium and health-related quality of life outcomes are measured in ICU-based trials and clinically at the bedside in ICUs worldwide.  Dr. Ely has been continuously federally funded (NIA and/or VA) for 15 years.  He has over 350 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 published book chapters and editorials.

Dr. Ely graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Biology in 1985. He continued at Tulane to receive his MPH in Public Health, graduating in 1989. He completed his medicine residency program and his postdoctoral fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. However, he will be the first to say that his most amazing accomplishments are his three daughters, Taylor, and twins, Blair and Brooke Ely. He adores his wife, Kim Ely is an MD in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, also at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

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