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Wardi Lab

Principal Investigator

Dr. Wardi, Principal InvestigatorDr. Gabriel Wardi completed his undergraduate and graduate education in Atlanta. He moved to San Diego for Emergency Medicine residency where he served as the education chief resident during his final year. He is the first graduate of the joint Critical Care Medicine fellowship offered by the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Wardi attends in both the emergency department and the ICUs as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine. He is currently leading the Influence of Cooling Duration on Efficacy in Cardiac Arrest Patients (ICECAP) clinical trial at UC San Diego and is funded by various grants from the NIH and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He is the Medical Director for Hospital Sepsis at UC San Diego and directs the Residency Transition Course for the School of Medicine.

Lab Members

  • Rebecca Sell, M.D., UC San Diego Pulmonary Critical Care Faculty
  • Michael Self, M.D., UC San Diego Anesthesia Critical Care Fellow
  • Alex Cronin, B.S., UC San Diego Emergency Medicine Research Coordinator
  • Brent Kennis, B.S., UC San Diego Medical Student

Interdisciplinary Collaborators

  • Shamim Nemati, Ph.D., UC San Diego Biomedical Informatics Faculty
  • Atul Malhotra, M.D., UC San Diego Pulmonary Critical Care Faculty
  • Kit Tainter, M.D., UC San Diego Anesthesia Critical Care Faculty
  • Angela Meier, M.D., Ph.D., UC San Diego Anesthesia Critical Care Faculty
  • Supreeth Shashikumar, Ph.D., UC San Diego Biomedical Informatics Research Scientist
  • Aaron Boussina, M.S., UC San Diego Biomedical Informatics PhD Student


Research Focus

  1. Sepsis
  2. Cardiac arrest management
  3. Machine-learning applications in acute care
  4. Development of novel educational curriculum

Recent Publications

  1. Artificial intelligence sepsis prediction algorithm learns to say "I don't know". NPJ Digit Med. 2021 Sep 09; 4(1):134. Shashikumar SP, Wardi G, Malhotra A, Nemati S.
  2. Predicting Progression to Septic Shock in the Emergency Department Using an Externally Generalizable Machine-Learning Algorithm. Ann Emerg Med. 2021 04; 77(4):395-406. Wardi G, Carlile M, Holder A, Shashikumar S, Hayden SR, Nemati S.
  3. Age-related incidence and outcomes of sepsis in California, 2008-2015. J Crit Care. 2021 04; 62:212-217. Wardi G, Tainter CR, Ramnath VR, Brennan JJ, Tolia V, Castillo EM, Hsia RY, Malhotra A, Schmidt U, Meier A.
  4. Demystifying Lactate in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2020 02; 75(2):287-298. Wardi G, Brice J, Correia M, Liu D, Self M, Tainter C.
  5. Development and Prospective Validation of a Deep Learning Algorithm for Predicting Need for Mechanical Ventilation. Chest. 2021 06; 159(6):2264-2273. Shashikumar SP, Wardi G, Paul P, Carlile M, Brenner LN, Hibbert KA, North CM, Mukerji SS, Robbins GK, Shao YP, Westover MB, Nemati S, Malhotra A.
  6. Factors and outcomes associated with inpatient cardiac arrest following emergent endotracheal intubation. Resuscitation. 2017 12; 121:76-80. Wardi G, Villar J, Nguyen T, Vyas A, Pokrajac N, Minokadeh A, Lasoff D, Tainter C, Beitler JR, Sell RE.
  7. Right ventricle dysfunction and echocardiographic parameters in the first 24h following resuscitation in the post-cardiac arrest patient: A retrospective cohort study. Resuscitation. 2016 06; 103:71-74. Wardi G, Blanchard D, Dittrich T, Kaushal K, Sell R.