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David W Wright
M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Wright, is the tenured Professor & Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He directs the Center for Innovation and Discovery in the Acute and Emergent Sciences (IDEAS) and the Emergency Neurosciences Clinical Laboratory in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He was the former Director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory and Grady from 2014-2018. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at Emory affiliated hospitals and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center. He is actively involved in both the preclinical and clinical assessments of traumatic brain injury, stroke and other acute neurological conditions. He was the PI of the ProTECT III multicenter clinical trial of progesterone for acute traumatic brain injury and serves as the southeastern Hub PI of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials network, Co-PI of the Georgia StrokeNet network, and Hub PI for the newly funded Strategies To Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN). He has extensive clinical trial leadership and operational experience.

He is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and works closely with an elite team of engineers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he participates in numerous concussion research and technology development endeavors. He is the Co-inventor of the DETECT technology, a rapidly deployable, easily administered, comprehensive system for the assessment of concussion and other neurological disorders. He also holds Adjunct appointments in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.