Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Dr. Marc Moss

Dr. Marc Moss



Dr. Marc Moss, a pulmonary critical care doctor


"It will allow us to take better care of patients at an earlier time."

Dr. Marc Moss sees life or death situations every day in his job. He is a pulmonary critical care doctor, which means that he treats critically ill patients with lung problems in the intensive care unit at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. On June 1, 2009, the 47-year-old lung specialist was awarded a $3 million grant paid for with Recovery Act funds for a 5-year clinical study. The grant pays for the first two years of the study and was awarded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and will be used to study a condition called polyneuromyopathy -- a dysfunction of the nerves and/or muscles that often is a consequence of being on mechanical life-support for seven days or more.


Moss, 47, will work with more than a dozen researchers to find a less invasive way to diagnose the condition and then to see if intensive physical therapy will improve patient outcomes. They plan to start the study on July 1, 2009, and will follow 400 patients.


Moss said the Recovery Act allowed him and his colleagues get funding for the research quicker than would have been possible otherwise.


"It will allow us to take better care of patients at an earlier time."


Doctors and researchers across Colorado have already submitted more than 900 grant applications for Recovery Act funds, and more requests will come in coming months.



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