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Elizabeth Winans Tucker, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Female

Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Background

Dr. Elizabeth Tucker is an instructor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is pediatric critical care medicine. 

She joined the Johns Hopkins PICU faculty as an instructor in July of 2015. As an attending physician, she cares for critically ill children who enter the PICU from outside hospitals, the emergency room, home or the operating room. Some are chronically ill, whereas others are admitted after an acute illness or injury. Together with other members of the PICU team, she works to stabilize the patients and improve their outlook. She enjoys getting to know the families and values the opportunity to guide them through the course of their child’s illness and recovery.

Dr. Tucker received her undergraduate degree at Duke University in 2004 and attended medical school at Wake Forest University from 2005 to 2009. She completed her residency in pediatrics from 2009 to 2012 and her fellowship in pediatric critical care from 2012 to 2015, both at Johns Hopkins.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Infection and Inflammation Imaging Research
  • Center for TB Research

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2009)

Residencies

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (2012)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics-General (2012)
  • Pending/Scheduled / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Tucker is collaborating on a project to study neuroinflammation related to central nervous system tuberculosis. This type of tuberculosis, which affects the brain and occurs more commonly in children than in adults, has a 25 to 50 percent mortality rate and is particularly problematic in developing countries. Dr. Tucker is using a pediatric animal model to investigate the role of neuroinflammation in this disease and how it can differ between the developing brain and the adult brain. The goal of her research is to find treatments that decrease neuroinflammation and improve recovery. She is also researching noninvasive imaging techniques that can be used to monitor disease progression and response to treatment. In the long-term she wants to continue to help improve morbidity and mortality of patients with infectious disease of the brain.

Lab Website: Center for Nanomedicine

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