About Us

Our vision is to develop and evaluate innovative, effective acute trauma care from point of injury through early post-injury in austere, low resource, rural, and emergency care settings by creating a multidisciplinary, translational research center that brings together trauma and emergency care research across the state of Minnesota into a single entity and develops faculty and trainee research careers.

Our Leadership


Greg Beilman, MD, COL (ret) Director

A general surgeon and ICU physician, Greg Beilman currently serves as the Associate Dean for DoD Relationships for the University of Minnesota Medical School and is Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He recently served as Senior Vice President of Acute Operations for the Minnesota Health Fairview Health System, the largest health system in the state of Minnesota, where he co-lead the system response to COVID-19. Greg has an active translational research program funded by the Department of Defense, the NIH, and industry. Greg is a retired Colonel in the Army Reserves and has deployed five times; serving during one deployment as the CENTCOM Joint Theater Trauma System Director in Iraq and Afghanistan. Greg has significant experience in Global Health efforts, with his experience in the Army, a decade of patient care and research efforts in Uganda, and recent efforts in Ukraine.


Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH Executive Director

Lisa Rogers has a scientific background in toll-receptor biology, cancer immunology, and health disparities. She has over two decades of experience in the operations of large multi-disciplinary and multi-institution research centers with a focus on developing and optimizing strategies to drive the research mission. She also has expertise in pre- and post-doctoral training programs.


Mike Puskarich, MD Associate Director

Mike Puskarich is a practicing emergency physician and clinician scientist. He is the associate director of the Center and director of research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an expert in the conduct of emergency care research, with a particular interest in the conception and implementation of innovative clinical trials designed to improve the care of critically ill and injured patients.


Kristine Mulier, MS Preclinical Research Director

Kristine Mulier is the Preclinical Director for the Translational Center for Resuscitative Trauma Care in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. Kristine received her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Minnesota and Master of Science in Biological Science at the University of Minnesota. Her skill set is very diverse with decades of experience in animal modeling, sample/data procurement and data analysis.


Amanda Hayward, PhD Research Dev. Manager

Amanda Hayward received her PhD from the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics program at the University of Minnesota. She started large center grant writing, editing, and assembly in 2019 as a part of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine’s (IEM’s) Center Accelerator program. As the Research Development Manager, Amanda will manage Center projects and provide grant writing and editing support to Center faculty members.

Chris vanBrenk

Chris vanBrenk Program Manager, Military Medic to Medical School Program/Military Relationships

Mr. vanBrenk currently serves as a full time Critical Care/Flight Paramedic with Duke Life Flight (Duke University Hospital) in Durham, NC. Mr. vanBrenk also currently works as a project manager with the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG) coordinating medical and tactical training for Ukrainian Special Operations Forces and conducted two overseas deployments to Ukraine in 2022 to support partnerships with the Ukrainian Military and the American College of Surgeons. From 2008-2018, Chris served as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader and US Army Special Forces Detachment Commander of a 12-man Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) as well as Team Leader for a 3-man Special Activities team on several overseas rotations to the Middle East and Africa. As a Special Forces Officer, Chris was responsible for planning and conducting Special Operations which included direct action, unconventional warfare and prolonged field care in permissive, semi-permissive or denied areas often as the senior US Military Representative. Mr. vanBrenk graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Political Science and minor degree in Classical Studies.

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The Medic to Medical School Pathway Program was recently announced! The Star Tribune has written an editorial about some of the program's goals, its origins, significance, and support. To learn more about the new program, read the editorial here. 
We've released our FY 2024 Pilot Project Program funding announcement. See more on our funding announcements page.
The USU-Minnesota 2023 funding announcement has been released! See the funding opportunity here (VP-24-002). We will be hosting an informational session on October 18 from 8-9am. Register here!

Members, Affiliated Centers, Institutes, and Departments, and Advisory Boards

Become a Member

The Translation Center for Resuscitative Trauma Care welcomes members from all disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a member, please send an email describing yourself and research interests to Lisa Rogers roger031@umn.edu

Affiliated Centers, Institutes, and Departments
External Advisory Board Members

Name Title  Affiliation
Shackelford, Stacy Col USAF, MC  Trauma Medical Director DHA Colorado Springs Market 
Spott, Mary Ann, PhD Deputy Chief, Joint Trauma System Joint Trauma System 
Van Brenk, Christopher  CPT (Ret), Spec Ops  EMS System, Duke University
DuBose, Joseph Professor, Dept. Surgery and Perioperative Care UT-Austin
Rogers, Fred, MD, MS, MA  Adjunct Professor UPenn
Hick, John, MD  EMS Director, Hennepin County Medical Center  Hennepin County Medical Center
Wenke, Josh, PhD  Professor, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation  U Texas Medical Branch
Internal Advisory Board Members

Name    Title 
Kris Colling, MD  Trauma research director and a trauma/critical care/acute care surgeon at St. Mary’s in Duluth 
Anne Eaton, PhD Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Jon Gipson, MD     Surgeon, Trauma, Acute Care, General and Bariatric Surgery
North Memorial Hospital
James Hougas, III, MD, FAAFP Assistant Professor
St John's Family Medicine Residency 
University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Uroghupatei Iyegha, MD Director of Trauma Services and Adult Trauma Medical Director - Regions Hospital
Elizabeth Luszcek, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Mark Osborn, PhD Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Marizen Ramirez, MPH, PhD Associate Dean for Research
Leon S. Robertson Professor in Injury Prevention
Director, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Melissa Thorson, MS, APRN, CCNS Director, Trauma, Acute Care/General Surgery and Specialty Provider Programs
Emily Wagstrom, MD Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics