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The Innovation Project

The Innovation Project: A Joint Effort Between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Innovation Project is a joint effort between Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to showcase the important research that is taking place throughout both of our organizations. The goal of the project is to have a select group of D-H and Geisel researchers give a five-minute "pitch" or summary about the importance and value of their research to ultimately acquire more funding for their projects.

Innovation Project 2018 Trailer

From finding more targeted treatments for lung cancer to using artificial intelligence to help patients remember details of their medical appointments, these research projects cover a wide range of cutting-edge science with the potential of helping thousands if not millions of patients across the globe.

These researchers were hand-picked by Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Duane Compton, PhD, Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine, because of their promising research.

We hope you enjoy viewing these video summaries of some of the most compelling science that is taking place at D-H and Geisel. For more information about the Innovation Project, send an email to

  • Christina Angeles, MD and
    Mary Jo Turk, PhD

    Bench to Bedside: Advances in Immunotherapy Offer Promise to Cancer Patients

    Surgical oncologist Christina Angeles, MD, and cancer researcher and associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology Mary Jo Turk, PhD, discuss their joint effort to combat cancer, particularly melanoma. Their research is focused on improving the immune system's response to cancer.

  • Joshua Aronson, MD

    Lost and Found: Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Trauma Patients Recover

    Neurosurgeon Joshua Aronson, MD, discusses traumatic brain injuries, and his approach of incorporating deep brain stimulation into a patient's recovery. Aronson is interested in how stimulation can expedite and improve cognitive abilities after a traumatic brain injury.

  • Ali Ashare, MD

    New Therapies to Treat Cystic Fibrosis

    Pulmonologist and Immunologist Ali Ashare, MD, has dedicated much of her professional life to the study of cystic fibrosis. Listen as she presents her research on new therapies to treat the disease.

  • Amber Barnato, MD

    Better Balance: Improving the Patient Experience While Also Improving the Employee Provider Experience

    Amber Barnato, MD, focuses her research on decision making between patients and providers regarding advanced care planning. She is interested in how patients are treated during the end of their lives, and how providers can improve the patient and family experience.

  • Paul Barr, PhD, MSc

    Doctors Orders: Artificial Intelligence Helps Patients Remember

    Paul Barr, PhD, MSc, of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, believes there is a way to get the most out of a visit to the doctor. Listen to his presentation of a new recording device that allows the patient to bring the doctor's advice home.

  • Richard Barth, MD

    Precision Surgery: New Device Improves Breast Cancer Surgery

    Surgical Oncologist and Chief of Surgery Richard Barth, MD, has a goal to revolutionize breast cancer surgery, and is on his way using the Breast Cancer Locator—a new method of 3D imaging. Listen to him describe the ways in which cancer surgery is changing and becoming more precise.

  • Krzysztof Bujarski, MD

    Offering Hope: Modulation of Emotional Memory for Neurology Patients

    Behavioral Neurologist Kris Bujarski, MD, discusses the benefits and intricacies of neuro-stimulation, and how he uses a neuro-stimulation device to help improve emotional modulation and control in patients with neurological disorders.

  • Megan Coylewright, MD

    Patients and Clinicians Partner in Shared Decision Making to Reduce the Risk of Stroke

    Cardiologist Megan Coylewright, MD, discusses shared decision making and decision aids. Dr. Coylewright explains how she uses decision aids to engage in a conversation with her patients regarding their health and risks.

  • Konstantin Dragnev, MD

    Precision Medicine: Targeted Treatment for Lung Cancer

    In the past decade, lung cancer research has grown to include specialized treatment plans for patients with specific genetic mutations. Konstantin Dragnev, MD, a lung cancer specialist, presents his research on the analysis of certain genes that cause mutations in lung cancer tumors.

  • Timothy Gardner, MD

    Easing Pain, Restoring Lives: Preventing Diabetes with Islet Cell Transplantation

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock is one of a few hospitals that provides islet cell transplantation to help those with pancreatic disorders. Listen to Timothy Gardner, MD, a gastroenterologist and the director of Pancreatic Disorders, discuss this procedure, and how he aims to perfect his technique.

  • Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, CNM

    Opioid Epidemic: Helping Moms and Babies on their Journey to Better Health

    The opioid crisis is pervasive. Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, CNM, is determined to provide support, knowledge and resources to help new or expectant mothers who are opioid users.

  • Alan Green, MD

    Substance Use: Can We Prevent It? Let's Find Better Treatment

    Substance use is difficult to understand. Why are some people more vulnerable and at risk? Psychiatrist Alan Green, MD, investigates underlying questions to identify how to stop substance use in the future.

  • Alison Holmes, MD

    Opioid Crisis: Caring for Opioid-dependent Newborns

    Pediatrician Alison Holmes, MD, shares her research on babies who go through opioid withdrawal after birth. Listen to Dr. Holmes explain a unique treatment plan for opioid-dependent infants.

  • Barbara Jobst, MD, PhD

    Game Changer for Epilepsy Patients: A Pacemaker for the Brain and Cognitive Training

    Chief of Neurology and Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center, Barbara Jobst, MD, PhD, is interested in the correlation between seizures and memory problems. Her research consists of a memory coach program, which she hopes to expand to other neurological disorders in addition to epilepsy.

  • Juliette Madan, MD

    The Developing Infant: Microbe-Human Interactions for Lifelong Health

    Neonatologist Juliette Madan, MD, is focused on infant's gut microbiome, and its relation to a newborn baby's health. Listen to Dr. Madan explain her study.

  • Jim Sargent, MD and Sue Tanski, MD

    C.Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth: We Put Prevention First

    Jim Sargent, MD, and Sue Tanski, MD, honor Dr. C. Everett Koop's vision and focus on public health. Their research targets consumer behaviors, such as media, food and exercise to prevent diseases before it is too late.