Liz Tucker joined the Johns Hopkins PICU faculty as an instructor in July of 2015. As an attending physician, she cares for critically ill children who enter the PICU from outside hospitals, the emergency room, home, or the operating room. Some are chronically ill, whereas others are admitted after an acute illness or injury. Together with other members of the PICU team, she works to stabilize the patients and improve their outlook. She enjoys getting to know the families and values the opportunity to guide them through the course of their child’s illness and recovery.
Dr. Tucker is collaborating with Dr. Sujatha Kannan in Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Dr. Sanjay Jain in Pediatric Infectious Diseases on a project to study neuroinflammation related to central nervous system tuberculosis. This type of tuberculosis, which affects the brain, has a 25% to 50% mortality rate and is particularly problematic in developing countries. It also occurs more commonly in children than in adults. Dr. Tucker is using a pediatric animal model to investigate the role of neuroinflammation in this disease and how it can differ between the developing brain and the adult brain. The goal of her research is to find treatments that decrease neuroinflammation and improve recovery. With Dr. Jain, she is also researching noninvasive imaging techniques that can be used to monitor disease progression and response to treatment. In the long-term she wants to continue to help improve morbidity and mortality of patients with infectious disease of the brain.
When she is not at work, Dr. Tucker enjoys running, hiking, sailing, and traveling to other countries.
Dr. Tucker received her undergraduate degree at Duke University in 2004 and attended medical school at Wake Forest University from 2005 to 2009. She completed her residency in pediatrics from 2009 to 2012 and her fellowship in pediatric critical care from 2012 to 2015, both at Johns Hopkins.