Dr. May Hua

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Research Description

Our research focuses on studying the delivery of palliative care and end-of-life care for critically ill patients. We use a mixed-methods approach, combining epidemiologic, quasi-experimental and advanced statistical modeling techniques with qualitative techniques. We conduct studies using secondary data aimed at assessing the effectiveness of specialized palliative care in the ICU setting, as well as prospective qualitative studies aimed at understanding latent factors that may affect uptake of interventions designed to improve delivery of palliative and end-of-life care. We also conduct studies examining long-term outcomes of critical illness and the epidemiology of critical care.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hua at mh2633@cumc.columbia.edu.


  • Xiaoyue Ma

    Xiaoyue Ma graduated from Peking University with a B.Sc. in Geophysics and B.Ec. in Economics and subsequently graduated from the University of Minnesota an M.Sc in Geophysics and in Biostatistics. She has expertise in advanced statistical techniques and the analysis of large datasets. Xiaoyue Ma is currently the primary data analyst and biostatistician for two labs, run by Drs. Hua and Ing and trains and coordinates analyses with other research assistants and trainees.

  • Laura Fonseca

    Laura graduated from Hunter College – City University of New York in 2015 with a B.A in Psychology and minor in Arabic. Laura’s research interests have focused on caregiver burden and patients with chronic illnesses. Previously, she has conducted qualitative and survey-based studies to examine outcomes in patients with psychiatric disease and patients with head and neck cancer, as well as their caregivers. In her current role as a clinical research coordinator, Laura participates in the conduct of Dr. May Hua’s studies focusing on palliative care use and impact in the ICU. Laura is interested in exploring the role of caregivers in chronic physical and mental illnesses such as cancer, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia.

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