Featured Researcher: Brittne Halford

Brittne Halford, MD, MPH

FAME Grant Awardee

Division of Hospital Medicine

What is your professional background?

I attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for college. Then, I moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. While there, I received my masters of public health. I completed an internal medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where I was also a Global Health Scholar and cultivated my research interest in transfusion medicine.

Who are your mentors at Emory?

Since starting at Emory, I have found many great mentors. My formal mentors are Drs. John Roback and Joyce Akwe.

Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?

My research examines provider blood orders practices, specifically red blood cell (RBC) transfusions, type and screen and type and crossmatch orders. RBC transfusion is the most common procedure performed in the hospital setting. Not only are RBC units limited and costly, new research shows that restrictive transfusion strategies are non-inferior to liberal strategies. Through investigation and personalized feedback, we hope to reduce blood utilization at Emory while improving outcomes for our patients.

What do you like most about Emory?

Emory feels like a family. I have received tremendous support and opportunity in my short time here. I am very grateful to work in such a collegial environment.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

Sister Act 2 with Lauryn Hill. Even now, when I need a pick-me-up, I watch YouTube clips of the most memorable scenes. I’ve seen it so many times that I know all of the words.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my husband, family, and friends. I also like to exercise, whether that’s attending a class at the gym or going for a long jog.

 

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