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David W. Wright, MD

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Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Wright is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Vice Chair for Innovation and Discovery and leads the Emergency Neurosciences Laboratory (ENL).

He is actively involved in both the preclinical and clinical assessments of traumatic brain injury, stroke and other acute neurological conditions. He was the PI of the ProTECT III multicenter clinical trial of progesterone for acute traumatic brain injury and currently serves as the southeastern Hub PI of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials network and Co-PI of the Georgia StrokeNet network. He has had continuous NIH/Federal funding for over 15 years.

Dr. Wright works closely with an elite team of engineers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he participates in numerous concussion research and technology development endeavors. He is the Co-inventor of the DETECT technology, a rapidly deployable, easily administered, comprehensive system for the assessment of concussion and other neurological disorders.


Dr. Wright's research focus is to develop brain-saving, time-dependent therapies for patients with acute neurological emergencies, specifically traumatic brain injury and stroke, and to design novel tools that can improve the diagnosis, evaluation and management of these life-threatening diseases. Theme: innovation, translational research (benchtop to bedside), and time critical intervention.


  • Medical School, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
  • Internship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Residency, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

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