About Us

About Us

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Dr. Kara Goss
Principal Investigator

Dr. Kara Goss

Dr. Goss grew up in Texas, and completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University followed by medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She did her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care, at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. After training, Dr. Goss joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI to participate in unique studies on the effect of prematurity on heart and lung function in adolescents and adults. She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2020, and continues to lead multidisciplinary teams to study late cardiopulmonary outcomes after preterm birth.

In 2012, during her training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Goss was called for an emergent consult for a patient thought to have severe pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressures in the lungs). On further discussion, she discovered that this patient was born 2 months premature in 1958. The patient asked if her prematurity could have caused her pulmonary hypertension. At the time, the answer was unknown, but that single question launched a research career into the long-term effects of preterm birth.

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Greg Barton, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Greg Barton, Ph.D.

Greg began collaborating with Dr. Goss back in 2015 as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on preclinical and clinical studies probing the long-term cardiopulmonary sequelae of preterm birth. Specifically, Greg and Dr. Goss spearheaded studies developing novel PET and MR imaging techniques to study the relationship between cardiac metabolism and contractile function in adults born preterm. In addition, during his time as a post-doctoral fellow, he worked in the Department of Medical Physics expanding his skills to utilizing lung imaging to study the pulmonary vasculature in adults born preterm and altered ventilation in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Prior to his post-doctoral work, he received his PhD in 2015, studying the link between contractile function and cardiac metabolism in aging cardiac myocytes.

In his free time, Greg loves to spend quality time with his two daughters and wife. If he is not spending time with his family, you might find him on a disc golf course in Dallas County.

 

Shamari Banks
Shamari Banks
Research Coordinator

Shamari Banks, M.S.

Shamari joined UT Southwestern after working as an educator for children with disabilities and is currently a Clinical Data Specialist in the pulmonary division. Originally from Tennessee, she earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology in 2015 at the University of Tennesse, Knoxville. She later earned a Master of Science in applied exercise science from Concordia University, and a Master of Education in special education from Grand Canyon University.

Shamari is passionate about the long-term effects of birth history across the lifespan, especially the physiological outcomes of the heart and lungs for people born preterm. Her goal is to improve the quality of life across many patient populations and broaden their knowledge on research’s development of drugs/medical devices in healthcare.

In her free time, Shamari enjoys all things self-care: reading mystery/thriller novels, spending time with friends and family, working out, and going to the spa.

Contact Us

Research studies: Contact a research coordinator at 214-645-6488 or 214-645-5505 (24-hour number)

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For medical care with Dr. Goss, call the UT Southwestern Heart-Lung Clinic at 214-645-5505

Lab contact: Greg Barton, 214-648-2173