Research Faculty & Staff

Mark Sochor, MD, MS

Vice Chair for Research
Clinical and Research Interests:

Engineering in Medicine
Forensic radiology
Blunt force trauma
Alternative embalming techniques
Medical resident and student education
Motor vehicle crashes
Injury taxonomy
Thomas Hartka, MD, MS

Assistant Director
Clinical and Research Interests:

Blunt Force Thoracic Trauma
Radiographic Interpretation of Injury and Accident Reconstruction
Motor Vehicle Crash Occupant Kinematics during Collisions
Pre-hospital Patient Care and Triage
Pre-hospital provider education
Mobile computing for medical education
High-fidelity simulation
George Glass, III, MD

Research Faculty
Clinical and Research Interests:

Biomechanics of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
ECG Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Emergencies
High Fidelity & VR Simulation for Medical Education
Trauma Biomechanics
headshot photograph of Doctor Matthew TrowbridgeMatthew Trowbridge, MD

Research Faculty
Medical Design Program
Miranda West, MS

Research Manager
Miranda West is the Clinical Research Manager for Emergency Medicine. She is a North Carolina native who has been in the field of clinical research for 15 years. Having worked in several therapeutic areas, she enjoys serving diverse patient populations. She is also is passionate about collaborative partnerships with other departments to improve patient outcomes. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys outdoor activities and participating in the arts.
Hessam Sadatsafavi, PhD

Data Manager
Hessma Sadadsafavi is leading the Data Action Team at EMRO. Hessam has earned a doctorate degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering from University of Tehran (Iran). Hessam joined EMRO in 2018 after completing four years of postdoctoral training at Cornell University. Hessam’s main area of experience is data science applications in design and implementation of organizational processes for improving care quality and safety. Outside of work, Hessam enjoys being with her wife Bahar, jogging, swimming, and playing computer games.
Ashley Simpson

Clinical Research Coordinator
Ashley Simpson is a Clinical Research Coordinator in Emergency Medicine. She graduated from UVA with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and is currently at George Mason University working on her Master’s in Forensic Science. Ashley enjoys designing and building better tools that impact the way we work together. Outside of the office she loves playing soccer and keeping up with the latest gadgets and new technology.
Stephanie Miller

Clinical Research Coordinator
Stephanie Miller is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Emergency Medicine. She was born and raised in Virginia and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education in Exercise Physiology from UVA. Stephanie has been a research coordinator for 2.5 years with a strong interest in how exercise and collaborative therapies can improve health outcomes. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys going to UVA football games, playing with her dogs, and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing!
Lauren Miller

Medical Scribe
Lauren Miller is one of the EMRO scribes—½ Data Action Team member, ½ ED scribe! She was born and raised in New York, but found her way down to VA and graduated from UVA in 2018. She has worked as a medical scribe in the UVA ED for 2 years and was drawn to EMRO for the opportunity to understand patient care and outcomes from a new vantage point. Lauren’s ultimate ambition is to attend medical school and pursue family or emergency medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys running/indoor cycling and spending time with family and friends.
Purvika Gautam

Medical Scribe
Purvika Gautam is a data action scribe for Emergency Medicine and a scribe in outpatient Cardiology. She graduated from UVA in 2018 with a BA in Cognitive Science and a concentration in Computer Science. Purvika has been in the medical scribe program since 2015, which she contributes to her aspiration to become a practicing physician and a healthcare administrator. In her free time, Purvika enjoys reading, weightlifting, and painting.
Anjali Kapil

Medical Scribe
Anjali Kapil is a Medical Scribe for UVA Emergency Medicine. She was born and raised in Greensboro, NC, before she came to UVA to complete a Bachelor’s in Global Public Health and Sociology. Her studies focused on the intersection of politics and health, including the ethical exchange of medical knowledge in the context of colonialism. She has worked for UVA Emergency Medicine for over 5 years, first as a research assistant for the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center and later as a scribe. In her free time, Anjali enjoys cooking, singing, and watching movies!