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Researcher Spotlight: Eduardo Alberto Lindsay De Gracia, M.D.

This quarter we acknowledge the contributions of our research teammate, Eduardo Alberto Lindsay De Gracia, M.D., Clinical Research Coordinator Eduardo serves as Clinical Research Coordinator within the department of Orthopedic Surgery/Pediatrics.  He works with Dr. Lawson Copley in furthering research initiatives and supporting the pediatric Musculoskeletal Infection Program, the only disease specific program in the nation recognized by The Joint Commission.

During the past five years working at Children’s Health within the Musculoskeletal Infection Program (MSI) under Dr. Copley's leadership, Eduardo has expanded his experience in providing family-centered care and quality improvement within a musculoskeletal infection program. His participation in multidisciplinary meetings with families afforded him the opportunities to explain diagnosis and management, and address family questions and concerns.

“My involvement in quality improvement research has solidified my understanding of applying research methods to improve my clinical practice. For example, our research has resulted in more efficient use of MRI, which improved care by decreasing risks to the patient, wait times, and cost to the families and medical system. Additionally, I was involved in developing evidence-based guidelines for disease management that were implemented at the institutional level. I also contact families to ensure that they understand instructions for antibiotic use. As such, I am involved at multiple levels of clinical-research practice and have developed a greater understanding of the medical system to the individual-family level. This experience taught me that even within an established healthcare system, steps can be taken for improvements to patient care and decrease costs.”

Eduardo is currently working on several projects in collaboration with different departments. 

A few of these are:

  • Longitudinal Evaluation of Differential Gene Expression Between Children with Mild Versus Severe Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis
  • Risk-adjusted Antibiotic Treatment for Children Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in the Setting of Bacteremia
  • MRI Utilization and Surgery Decision-Making in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infections: A Prospective Multi-Center Assessment
  • An Assessment of Utilization of Sedated MRI and Determination of the Feasibility to Develop a Composite Score or Grade of Inter-Disciplinary Teams who evaluate Children with Suspected or Confirmed Musculoskeletal Infection at Children’s Health System of Texas
  • Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infection According to Multidisciplinary Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Regional Variation in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infection

A list of Eduardo’s recent publications and presentations.