Researcher at Penn Receives NIH Funding after FAER Grant

Since receiving a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant in Clinical or Translational Science (MRTG-CT) in 2011 for his project “Anesthesia Technique and Outcomes After Hip Fracture: Instrumental Variable Analysis,” Mark Neuman, MD, MSc, has conducted a number of analyses of a large database with anesthesia care and clinical outcomes for more than 50,000 patients treated for acute hip fracture in New York State. Dr. Neuman’s main goal has been to understand the impact of differing anesthesia types, specifically regional versus general anesthesia, on key patient outcomes.

Based on this work, Dr. Neuman, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at University of Pennsylvania, published a paper in Anesthesiology in July 2012 that showed marked reductions in in-hospital mortality and pulmonary complications among patients receiving regional anesthesia. Most notably, as he neared the completion of his FAER-funded project, he received a grant from the National Institute on Aging (an NIH K08) to continue his research.

“FAER’s support has been vital to my development as a researcher within anesthesiology; it has allowed me to complete research that has potential to impact clinical practice and to secure further funding from the National Institutes of Health,” he says. “Obtaining a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant has been a key early step in achieving my long-term goal of building a successful career in academic anesthesiology and improving patient health through my research.”