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Faculty spotlight - Lava R. Timsina, PhD, MPH

Lava R. Timsina, PhD, MPH, joined Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Surgery in 2017 as a Research Data Analyst for the Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery (CORES) after completing his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2018, he was named an Assistant Professor of Surgery and an Associate Director for CORES. Timsina is part of a research team that works closely with surgical faculty on projects that require in-depth analysis of clinical data. His research interests are risk behaviors associated with cancer, wound healing, health services and outcomes research. Timsina, who joined the faculty in March 2018, has extensive experience evaluating and analyzing data measuring hospital care, health-related risks, surgical outcomes, trauma care, diabetic foot ulcers, wound healing, cancer treatment and outcomes. 

During his time with the university, Timsina has collaborated on a multitude of research projects, with several peer-reviewed publications appearing in the peer reviewed public health and surgical journals. Timsina also conducts a lecture series for surgical residents on research methods and application.
Timsina has extensive expertise, training, and motivation in developing and applying robust statistical methods for analyzing surgical and wound-related outcomes studies. He has also advised and helped several principal investigators in study design, database management, power and sample size computation, statistical analysis, and sensitivity analysis in trauma, surgery, and wound-related outcomes studies. He has provided significant analytical support to analyze data related to limb ischemia and wound-related proteomics/metabolomics.

At the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center, which is part of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, Timsina, works as the Associate Director for Outcomes Research for the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center. The CWC is a hub for wound sciences and care, a place where the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense funded excellence in research meets clinical applications.
This year he hopes to develop his own research profile through the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering through seeking newer funding through grants, and to publish manuscripts in a high impact factor journal as well.

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