Research Faculty & Staff

Thomas Hartka, MD, MS, MSDS

Interim Vice Chair of Research
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
doctor George Glass wearing his white lab coatGeorge Glass, III, MD

Assistant Research Director
Clinical and Research Interests:

Biomechanics of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
ECG Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Emergencies
High Fidelity & VR Simulation for Medical Education
Trauma Biomechanics
Mark Sochor, MD, MS

Research Faculty
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
Research Manager
Alexander Schwartz

Grants Manager
Prior to becoming the Grants Manager, Alex had been working in Charge Entry and Billing for the department. He has been working in the Department of Emergency Medicine since 2013. Outside of work, Alex enjoys the outdoors, music, and traveling.
Ashley Simpson

Clinical Research Coordinator - Intermediate
Ashley Simpson is an Intermediate Clinical Research Coordinator in the Emergency Medicine Research Office. She has worked in Emergency Medicine (EM) at UVA for over 12 years. She began as an Emergency Department Technician and EMT for the rescue squad. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Mason University. Ashley coordinates multiple clinical trials simultaneously of various complexities from study start-up through study completion. She is currently the primary coordinator for the research team’s cardiovascular, sepsis and trauma studies.
Anjali Kapil

Clinical Research Coordinator - Trainee
Anjali Kapil is a Clinical Research Coordinator - Trainee for UVA Emergency Medicine. She was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. She completed a Bachelor’s in Global Public Health and Sociology at UVA. 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, then a medical scribe in the Emergency Department followed by a Clinical Research Medical Scribe before being selected as a Clinical Research Coordinator - Trainee. In her free time, Anjali enjoys cooking, singing, and watching movies!
Travis smiling at the cameraTravis Hornsby

Clinical Research Coordinator - Trainee
Travis was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA. She has completed a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management from South University. Her studies focused on overseeing the direction of a healthcare facility, or system and incorporating strategic planning so the vision statement and mission are both aligned. Travis has worked at UVA for seven years. Two years with the Department of Neurosurgery as a Patient Care Tech, two years with the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery as a Patient Care Tech, and most recently three years with the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery as an Access Associate Senior. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, to cook, and to read.