Spine Faculty Win Grant for Machine Learning Project

Duke Neurosurgery faculty members Muhammad Abd-El-Barr, MD, PhD, and Oren Gottfried, MD, were part of a team whose proposal, "Using Machine Learning to Appropriately Triage Patients with Low Back Pain," was awarded a grant from the Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI).

The judges wrote that the proposal was "innovative, scalable, and could have tremendous impact for our clinical enterprise."

The proposal was one of  seven high-potential innovation projects to be implemented as part of the DIHI's annual call for project ideas in Automation to Enhance Healthcare Operational Efficiency. In addition to providing funding for these projects, the DIHI team will work with various Duke Health and Duke University partners to provide access to data, analytics, statistical analysis, machine learning and AI resources, while driving project and implementation management.

Abd-El-Barr and Gottfried are both part of the Spine Division of the Department of Neurosurgery.