Mercy Research Names Draper 2023 Researcher of the Year

November 30, 2023

Dr. Brian Draper, medical director of Mercy Springfield trauma services, was recently named Mercy Research’s 2023 Researcher of the Year. His dedication to trauma research in Springfield has left an indelible mark on the medical community.

"For several years, Dr. Draper led many of Springfield’s trauma research studies as a principal investigator. Without his efforts, we would not be able to achieve Arkansas’ Level I Trauma Accreditation," said Dr. Greg Ledger, chief medical officer at Mercy Springfield.

In addition to his work in Springfield, Dr. Draper supports Mercy St. Louis physicians’ trauma research studies and fosters a culture of research-driven collaboration. His commitment and influence extends into the mentorship he provides to medical students, residents and fellows, inspiring them to pursue compelling case studies and contribute to medical literature.

“Dr. Draper's recognition as Researcher of the Year honors his research efforts, his steadfast dedication to patient care and his pursuit of excellence, all reflecting Mercy’s values and mission,” said JoAnne Levy, vice president of Mercy Research. “His achievements underscore the transformative potential of research in health care, reminding us of the impact of innovative thinking and collaboration.”

Mercy doctor's coat Dr. Brian Draper (center) named 2023 Researcher of the Year.

Other Mercy investigators who were nominated include:

  • Dr. Marcia Hernandez, Springfield – Gynecologic Oncology
  • Dr. Madhu Pendurthi, Springfield – Critical Care
  • Dr. Dan-Arin Silasi, St. Louis – Gynecologic Oncology
  • Dr. Michelle Silasi, St. Louis – Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Dr. Anish Thomas, South – Heart & Vascular

Mercy Research is proud to support these dedicated physician investigators, all of whom are an integral part of research at Mercy.