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David Timothy H. Tanaka

Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, Neonatology
Box 3179 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
2424 Erwin Road, Hock Plaza Suite 504, Durham, NC 27710


Past research interests focused on the development of neurokinin-mediated airway neuromodulation. Present research has focused on improving resident education, clinical operations, and health sciences finance.

Current research in resident education involves the acquisition of resident skills. Present projects explore the acquisition of intubation skills as well as the potential for computer simulation and visual depiction of the human airway to speed the learning process.

Current research into clinical operations includes the use of clinical databases to improve patient safety and care. A major effort is presently underway to understand and identify key components associated with GI inflammation in the neonate.

Current administrative research interests includes revenue analysis for the division and hospital as well as management engineering analysis for bed utilization. Accomplishments to date include elimination of $2 million debt in ICN, initiation of PDC pilot project and acceptance of modelling approach with hospital management engineering; identification and allocation of medicaid supplemental payments (est. $4-5 million). Recent work in the general area of professional charge capture, effects of light pollution in the ICN, and use of biophotonics in the clinical setting.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics · 2021 - Present Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatrics

Education, Training & Certifications

Johns Hopkins University · 1979 M.D.