Research Team

Robert A. De Lorenzo, MD, MSCI, MSM, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Research Director

Currently at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) he also holds the position of Vice Chair of Faculty Development.  Additionally he is an Adjoint Faculty Member in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio & UTHSA. Dr. De Lorenzo completed his emergency medicine residency at Wright State University and completed fellowships in EMS and research. He has been board certified in emergency medicine for nearly 25 years. He is the author of two textbooks in emergency medical services and has published over 200 scientific papers, medical articles, and textbook chapters. He retired from the US Army with after a career spanning 32 years including two combat tours in Iraq. He is past president of the Government Services Chapter of ACEP and past Chair of the Public health and Injury Prevention Committee. Dr. De Lorenzo has been invited to serve on numerous national-level advisory panels including the US Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, and Department of Transportation. His professional interests include research in airway management, acute preoperative management of open fractures, simulation modeling for life saving interventions, traumatic brain injury, intraosseous infusions, and medical device evaluations. Dr. De Lorenzo resides in San Antonio.

William G. Fernandez, MD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Research Director

He also chairs the department’s Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Committee, which facilitates the Morbidity and Mortality Conference.  Dr. Fernandez received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and completed his training in emergency medicine at the New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Fernandez earned a Master in Public Health degree in Population & Family Health from the Columbia University School of Public Health, and a Master in Science degree in Health Services Research from the Department of Health Management, Law and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.  In collaboration with others, he hopes to advance the emergency care research agenda at UTHealth San Antonio. Dr. Fernandez’s academic interests are centered around quality improvement and patient safety. He is a Section Editor for the ED Administration, Quality and Safety section of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed academic journals. Apart from his academic and clinical pursuits, Dr. Fernandez retired from the US Navy Reserves after serving for over 20 years. He is a devoted husband and father. He enjoys fishing, scuba diving, and travel.

Elizabeth Costilla, B.S. -Research Area Specialist – Intermediate

Department of Emergency Medicine, UT Health SA. Conducting and supporting the POWDER Study by tracking the use and outcome of the protocol using Vancomycin in wounds during an Emergency Room visit. The study is being conducted on two sites, located at University Hospital Health System and SAMMC. Previous Experience: Oncology research studies, Added Value of Primary Care – Senior Center Linkages for Health and Functioning study, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Breast Health Program, Randomized Controlled Trial of Tailored Interactive Multimedia to Reduce Colon-Rectal Cancer Screening Disparities study, Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) study, Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation (SPAF) study.

Genny Krackau is a Research Area Specialist-Associate

Emergency Medical Department, UT Health Science Center. In this position Ms. Krackau supports the Placement of Antibiotic Powder in Wounds During the Emergency Room (Powder) Study. She is responsible for patient recruitment, obtaining informed consent at both University Hospital and BAMC emergency rooms. She performs all study related tasks to include monitoring and recording patient response to study treatment, follow-up and data management. She provides study administrative support for research protocol. Her prior research and clinical trial research coordinator positions include Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, SAMMC, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and DHA Hearing Center of Excellence, Lackland Air Force Base, TX.

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