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Med Student Achieving Early Career Success With Help From the Miami CTSI


David McCarthy, an MD candidate at the UM Miller School of Medicine and recent graduate of the CTSI’s Masters in Clinical & Translational Investigation, is already making waves in the research community for his work on ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Med Student David McCarthy

“My clinical research focuses on assessing large nationwide databases and reporting epidemiological risk factors and treatment trends accurately,” says McCarthy. “In the lab, I focus on utilizing a photochemical cortical stroke model to assess the efficacy of various neuroprotective pharmaceutical agents.”

As both an American Heart Association Fellow and a Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NERF) medical student fellow, McCarthy has presented at multiple national and international conferences, including:
• Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS)
• International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2018/2019
• American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Additionally, McCarthy is published in professional journals including Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Neurological Surgery and Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

McCarthy credits CTSI as being an asset in many avenues: maturing his research approach, teaching him computer programming, assisting with grant writing and expanding his statistical methods knowledge to help advance his technical ability.

“CTSI has also taught me research ethics and approaches, which will be invaluable to my future as a physician scientist,” says McCarthy.

Looking ahead to the future, McCarthy hopes to match into a neurosurgical residency program next spring and pursue an academic neurosurgery career. During residency, he also plans to fine-tune his research approach from a broad scope into a more specific topic.

“Ideally, I hope to help elucidate the treatment guidelines for unruptured aneurysms in an observational study with the use of machine learning and computation flow dynamics,” says McCarthy.

For more information about the CTSI’s Masters in Clinical & Translational Investigation, please visit the MSCTI website or email

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