Danielle Pigneri, MD
Associate Residency Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Memorial Healthcare System
I am a trauma surgeon at Memorial Healthcare System. I perform life-saving and diagnostic procedures including chest and abdominal explorations on patients who were injured in a car accident, fall or some other form of trauma.
By the end of my first day working in a trauma rotation during my medical training, I knew I was destined to be a trauma surgeon. When people come into the hospital with a trauma, they are having one of the worst days of their life. I enjoy getting to help them through a difficult time and perform procedures that will immediately provide relief and jumpstart their road to recovery.
My greatest joy is when I see a former patient who is completely healed and back to living their life as they did pre-accident or injury. I have run into a few former patients around town and always feel so much pride knowing that I played a role in helping them heal.
Aside from providing patient care in a hospital setting, I also enjoy traveling to other countries to provide medical assistance during a time of crisis. I hope to continue to take these trips, offering my medical expertise to helping others in need.Related Medical Services
- University Of Louisville School Of Medicine, 2011
- Pending Education
- Robert Packer Hospital, 2016, Surgery
- University Of California (Davis), 2017, Critical Care Medicine
American Board of Surgery-Surgical Critical Care
- Eastern Association of the Surgery of Trauma Oriens Award: 2017
- Stanley Conklin Award for Original Research: 2016
- Stanley Conklin Award for Outstanding Case Study: 2016
- Winner of the Pennsylvania State American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition: 2015
- White Coat Ceremony speaker: 2008
- Richard M. Spears Memorial Essay Contest Honorable Mention: 2008
- Ned Holt Award for demonstrated excellence in scholarship and service to the Biology Department and MIT community: 2007
My research focuses on improving our understanding of the development of trauma in patients as well as exploring treatment options for many conditions. Current research projects include a 12-center study looking at how we can improve ultrasound studies used in trauma centers nationwide. These tools are critical for trauma physicians to understand the extent of a patient’s injuries and perform life-saving procedures.
I am also beginning a study into the timing of red lights across the U.S. in an effort to decrease pedestrian and vehicular accidents.
Other ongoing research projects include:
- Pigneri DA, Johnston AM, Granet PJ. Can we be FASTeR? A multicenter study utilizing Right sided roll to improve sensitivity of the FAST examination. An EAST Multicenter Study.
- Behm R, Pigneri D, Shen A, Hussein A, Semenza K. Clinical and Financial Impact of an Evidenced-Based Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction Management Protocol.
Bench Research Experience:
- University of Louisville: May-August 2008 – I analyzed data regarding the biochemical differences in the pathogenesis of various liver disease states and researched vitamin and mineral deficiencies associated with alcoholic liver disease.
- The Littleton Lab at MIT: May 2004-August 2007 – I operated an independent research project aimed at identifying the anatomical origin and molecular biology underlying the genesis of seizures in Drosophila fruit flies.
- Pigneri D, Granet PJ. (Future presentation at EAST 2017) Can we be FASTeR? FAST examination after rolling to the Right dramatically increases sensitivity. Quick Shot podium presentation. Hollywood, FL.
- Pigneri DA, Johnston AM, Granet PJ. (Future presentation EAST 2017) Can we be FASTeR? A multicenter study utilizing Right sided roll to improve sensitivity of the FAST examination. EAST Multicenter Study presentation. Hollywood, FL.
- Pigneri D, Granet PJ. (May 2016) Can we be FASTeR? FAST examination after rolling to the Right dramatically increases sensitivity. Poster presentation at The Commonwealth Medical College Research Symposium. Scranton, PA.
- Pigneri, D. (April 2016) Grand Rounds: Critical Care of the Morbidly Obese. Sayre, PA.
- Pigneri D, Granet PJ. (December 2015) Can we be FASTeR? FAST examination after rolling to the Right dramatically increases sensitivity. Podium presentation at the Region III American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition. Morgantown, WV.
- Pigneri D, Granet PJ. (October 2015) Can we be FASTeR? FAST examination after rolling to the Right dramatically increases sensitivity. Podium presentation at the Pennsylvania State American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition. Harrisburg, PA. Selected as winner.
- Pigneri D, Brandt T, Ben-Smith A, Kashmer DM. (January 2014). Trauma Activations Based on Mechanism Alone Correlate with Injury Severity. Poster presented at: Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress; San Francisco, CA
- Klingensmith ME, Fisher J, Pigneri D, Guido J, Delman K, Vargo D. (April 2014) How to Use SCORE to Promote Learning and Patient Care. Presented at the Association of Program Directors in Surgery’s Surgical Education Week, April 2014; Chicago, IL.
- Pigneri D, Abdelmalek M, Lindor K, Cave M, Khan R, Falkner K, Song Z, Chen T, McClain CJ. (October 2008). High-dose Betaine Treatment Does Not Positively Influence Second Hit Mechanisms in NASH. Poster presented at: Research!Louisville; Louisville, KY.
- Pigneri D. (February 2015) Facial Skeletal Trauma. Plastic Surgery Teaching and Research Conference. Guthrie Clinic. Sayre, PA
- Pigneri, D. (April 2015) Compartment Syndrome. Plastic Surgery Teaching and Research Conference. Guthrie Clinic. Sayre, PA