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 his wife Bahar, jogging, swimming, and playing computer games.
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!