Laurie Beth Gesell, MDEmergency Medicine
...Laurie Beth Gesell, MDAssistant Professor; Toxicologist; Director, Division of Hyperbaric Medicine;
...Dr. Gesell received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, and her residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she was Chief Resident her senior year.She
also did a fellowship in toxicology and Hyperbaric Medicine
at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
.Dr. Gesell joined the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine after completing her residency, service as chief resident, and fellowship in Toxicology and Hyperbaric Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Since then, she
has continued to pursue her
interests in both Toxicology and Hyperbaric Medicine
, while also performing research and teaching. Dr. Gesell is the Medical Director for the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine.
The Center treats carbon monoxide poisonings, SCUBA diving injuries and many different medical conditions.During her
tenure as Director, innumerable changes have been implemented at the Center.As a result of these refinements, patient volume has more than doubled, and patient care has evolved significantly.Dr. Gesell
is a regular participant in National Hyperbaric Medicine
symposia, which allows her
to bring leading edge treatment to the Cincinnati area.The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine
may be contacted at 513-558-4262.Dr. Gesell
is also one of the Toxicology and Toxinology (natural toxin) consultants for the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center
.In this role, she
provides treatment information to physicians throughout the region regarding poisonings and exposures to toxic materials.
Beyond the clinical instruction of residents in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Gesell
is also actively involved with teaching resident rotators who participate in the Department's
Toxicology elective, as well as lecturing throughout the University.Residents in the Department's
Toxicology elective also evaluate and care for hyperbaric patients under Dr. Gesell's
tutelage.Through this exposure and complementary lectures, the residents develop a strong foundation in the fundamentals of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in addition to the other topics of toxicology.Dr. Gesell
continues to actively participate in research.She
has presented at regional national, and international conferences.She
has numerous clinical studies presently underway.In the past, her
central research focus has been Toxicology.While her
research in Toxicology continues, topics in Hyperbaric Medicine
now receive priority.One notable ongoing project is working to develop a totally new antimicrobial medicine (similar to an antibiotic) that utilizes a natural protein from the wild Komodo Dragon monitor lizard of Indonesia as a model or template.Look for Dr. Gesell
in "To Capture a Dragon" a 1998 documentary which follows tow expeditions to Indonesia to acquire specimens from wild Komodo Dragons, and the research journey one takes to develop a new medication.