Overview

Dr. Casavant's research focuses on the use of technology to care for medically complex patients in the community. He also focuses on the training of critical care fellows in their roles as medical control physicians for critically ill patients being transported by the Boston Children's Hospital critical care transport team. He is an attending on the acute pain treatment service and uses his knowledge to both treat patients in the hospital setting, medically complex patients in the community and also to teach resident physicians during their time in the medical surgical ICU. Dr. Casavant’s research has 3 main goals. The first is to increase the effectiveness of home ventilation utilizing novel approaches to remote monitoring of patient's being ventilated in the community. The second is the development of multidisciplinary pain treatment strategies for patients with cerebral palsy undergoing major surgeries. The third is development of an interactive training curriculum for critical care fellows in their role as medical control physicians for the Boston Children's Hospital critical care transport team.

Background

Dr. Casavant received his MD from Boston University and completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been a member of the faculty in the Division of Critical Care since 2006. He is one of the physician leaders in the Critical care, Anesthesia, Pain treatment Extension (CAPE) home ventilation program which provides respiratory support for more than 300 medically complex patients throughout New England. He is an attending on the acute pain treatment service and is the associate medical director of the critical care transport team.

Selected Publications

  1. Kantarci S, Casavant D, Prada C, Russell M, Byrne J, Haug LW, Jennings R, Manning S, Blaise F, Boyd TK, Fryns JP, Holmes LB, Donahoe PK, Lee C, Kimonis V, Pober BR. Findings from aCGH in patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH): a possible locus for Fryns syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2006 Jan 1;140(1):17-23.
  2. Meshulam T, Herscovitz H, Casavant D, Bernardo J, Roman R, Haugland RP, Strohmeier GS, Diamond RD, Simons ER. Flow cytometric kinetic measurements of neutrophil phospholipase A activation. J Biol Chem. 1992 Oct 25;267(30):21465-70.