Emergency Medicine


Dr. Norris
Dr. Norris on bedside rounds in India

We are proud to boast one of the most diverse and accomplished faculty in the country. Faculty have come to the program from residencies all over the country. Research interests vary, and include, among others, wilderness & international medicine, new educational technologies, circadian rhythms and shift work; as well as wound healing, envenomations, ultrasound, and pediatric analgesia. They provide a broad spectrum of expertise to all residents. Whether recent graduates or “veterans,” faculty remain committed to the education of our residents and support a strong faculty mentor program to guide each resident through their training.

Dr. Harter
Dr. Harter teaching Surgery 221 course

Some notable faculty honors include CORD Faculty Teaching Award given to Dr. Swaminatha Mahadevan at the SAEM National Conference in Boston. Dr. Gus Garmel, our Co-Program Director, received the Peter Rosen Award and the Program Director of the Year Award from AAEM, the National Mentoring Award and the Award for Excellence in Teaching from EMRA, and Kaiser's Golden Apple Teaching and Silver Scope Awards. The nationally distinguished Heros of Emergency Medicine Awards were given to three of our faculty members: Paul Auerbach, Mike Bresler, and Ken Zafren.

Residents agree that it is also the intangibles that make the faculty outstanding: discussing interesting cases over breakfast after an overnight shift, volunteering images and guidance for a resident presentation, finding a teaching point in every case, or even discussing career opportunities in Nepal! However you define commitment, our faculty hits the mark.

Faculty at each institution

Stanford University Faculty


Residency Training

Professional Interests

Paul Auerbach, MD


Wilderness Medicine, Biodesign, Medicine & the Environment, Dive Medicine

Melana Boukhman, MD

Harvard - Beth Israel/Deaconess

Bioterrorism, Disaster Medicine, International Medicine, Innovations in Healthcare

Michael Bresler, MD

Stanford University

Cardiology, Trauma, Governmental Affairs, and Public Policy, past President Cal-ACEP

Ian Brown, MD

Johns Hopkins

Cardiovascular Emergencies, Cardiac Risk Stratification, Medical Informatics

Alice Chiao, MD


International Emergency Medicine, EMS Development in India, Travel Medicine

Peter D'Souza, MD


EMS, San Mateo County Assistant Medical Director

Bernard Dannenberg, MD

UC Irvine/Loma Linda

Pediatric Pain Management, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD

University of California, at Irvine

Ultrasound, Resident Education

Gregory Gilbert, MD


EMS, Stroke, Medical Education, San Mateo County Medical Director

Phillip Harter, MD

Christ Hospital and Medical Center

Medical Education, Simulation & Virtual Reality, Residency Administration

Jennifer Kanapicki, MD

Stanford / Kaiser

International EM Fellow:
Academics - Resident/Medical Student Education

Edward Klofas, MD


EMS, Emergency Procedures, medical gismos

Grant Lipman, MD

St. Luke's - Roosevelt

Wilderness Medicine, Evidence-based Medicine

S. V. Mahadevan, MD

UCLA-Olive View

ED Medical Director, Trauma, Medical Education, International Medicine.

Kelly Murphy, MD

Brown University

International Medicine, Sports Medicine, Tropical Medicine, rural grassroots medical education, webmaster

Robert Norris, MD

Akron City Hospital

Wilderness Medicine, Tactical Medicine, Environmental Toxicology, Advanced Airway Management, Search & Rescue

James Quinn, MD

University of Ottawa

Research Director, Medical Informatics, Wound Management, Syncope, Decision Rules

Donald Schreiber, MD

USC/LA County

Cardiovascular Fellowship Director, Cardiovascular Emergencies

Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD


Wellness, physiological effects of shift work, Simulation

Matthew Strehlow, MD


International Medicine, Medical Education, Critical Care, Sepsis, CHF

NouNou Taleghani, MD


International Emergency Medicine, Medical Education, EMS

Rebecca Walker, MD

Loma Linda University

International Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Administration

N. Ewen Wang, MD


Pediatric Emergency Medicine, International and Public Health

Eric A. Weiss, MD

Highland Hospital

Wilderness Medicine, Disaster Medicine

Sarah Williams, MD


Ultrasound, Medical Education, Health Advocacy

Stanford Part-Time Faculty


Residency Training

Professional Interests

Jodi Adams, MD

University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hosiptal

International & Disaster Medicine, Wilderness Medicine and Resident Education

Rodney Altman, MD

University of Illinois

Venture Capital, Medical Devices

Joseph Becker, MD

University of Texas/NASA Program, Yale

Infectious Disease, Global Care, HIV, & Critical Care

Ram Duriseti, MD, PhD


Computational Modeling of Medical Decisions, Statistical Computing, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Daniel Grossman, MD


International Medicine

Suzanne Lippert, MD

Alameda County Medical Center/Highland

International EM, Health & Human Rights, Editorial/Peer-Review

Tsuyoshi Mitarai, MD

University of Maryland (IM/EM)

Critical Care

Jessica Ngo, MD


EMS & Disaster Medicine

Sachie Oshima, MD


General Emergency Medicine

Jeffrey Peterson, MD


Sports Medicine, Wilderness & Expedition Medicine

Jessica Pierog, DO

Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pennsylvania

Pre-hospital Care, EMS

Elizabeth Raphael, MD

Wayne State/Detroit Receiving Hospital

Injury Biomechanics, Mechanism of Injury, Tissue Tolerance to Forces & Analysis of Dynamic Systems

Joseph Ryan, MD

Truman Medical Center


Kimberly Schertzer, MD


Medical Simulation

George Sternbach, MD

University of Chicago

Medical Education

Wendy Thanassi, MD

Yale/New Haven

Infectious Disease, Travel Medicine, Occupational Medicine

Eric L. Weiss, MD


International and Travel Medicine, Wellness

Ken Zafren, MD

Kerm Medical Center/UCLA

Wilderness Medicine, State of Alaska EMS Director

Stanford Emergency Medicine Fellows


Residency Training

Professional Interests


Kaiser Santa Clara Faculty

Kaiser Physician Bios


Residency Training

Professional Interests

Arshanoush Ahmadi, MD



Manish Asaravala, MD

Northwestern and UCSF


Marcy Behnam, MD



Lynn Bui, MD



Nina Chicharoen, MD



Nicole Choi, MD


Pediatric EM

Susan Chow, MD

LA County/USC

Patient Empowerment

Yi-Mei Chng, MD

Harvard – BWH/MGH

Airway, injury prevention, simulation

Sean Curry, MD



John Dani, MD

UCLA-Olive View

Kaisser Call Center Coordinator

Paul David, MD


Resident Education, Patient Satisfaction

Santosh Davies, MD

University of Pennsylvania, Drexel

Ultrasound; Complex Ultrasound Fellowship

Stephanie Eden, MD



Stephen Emond, MD


Evidence-based Medicine, Asthma

Shahinoor Esmail, MD


Assistant Chief of EM, Medical Education

Cheri Finalle, MD



Gus Garmel, MD

Wright State

Co-Program Director, Medical Education, Mentoring, Residency Administration, Medical Writing & Editing, EKG & Radiology interpretation, AAEM Residency Program Director of the Year 2008

Michelle Holmes, MD

Detroit Receiving Hospital/Wayne State

Quality Assurance, Acute Stroke Care

Vanessa Hsieh-Park, MD

UCLA-Olive View

Radiology Utilization

Plomarz Irani, MD

University of Pittsburgh

Medical Education

Anita Kulkarni, MD

Cook County

Women’s health, Domestic Violence, Patient Satisfaction

Albert Kuo, MD



Joanna Law-Courter, MD

University of Washington/Madigan

Preventive Medicine

Haydn Leung, MD


Sepsis (Kaiser Early Goal Directed Therapy Committee), Critical Care, Airway Management

Joel Levis, MD, PhD


Assistant Chief of EM, Medical Education, Medical Writing, Acute MI & Stroke Quality Improvement

James Lee, MD

UC Davis

Resident Education

Bill Liang, MD

University of Michigan

Medical Education, Simulation, Medical Education Scholar Fellowship

James Lin, MD


Chief of EM, Quality Improvement, Medical-Legal Issues

Jessica Mathieson, DO

Denver General


Cameron McClure, MD

UC Davis


David Nix, MD, PhD


Sports Medicine, CHF, Medical Education, Statistics

Richard Oh, MD

UCLA-Olive View

Medical Education

Pina Patel, MD



Karla Prodany, MD



Amritha Raghunathan, MD



Lisa Rapoport, MD

U Chicago & Stanford


James Steck, MD


Medical Education & Literature

Darrell Sutijono, MD



John Takahashi, MD


Assistant Chief of EM, Call Center Coordinator, Medical Administrarion

Mark Thanassi, MD


Quality Assurance, Resident Education (former Associate Residency Director Yale Emergency Medicine)

Elizabeth Turner, MD



Kavid Udompanyanan, MD



D. Andrew White, MD


Disaster Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Toxicology

Josh Young, MD


Medical Education

Kenneth Yu, MD

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Operational efficiency, wilderness medicine, resident education


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Faculty

Valley Physician Bios


Residency Training

Professional Interests

Al'ai Alvarez, MD

Jacobi Medical Center

Emergency Medicine

Jeffery Arnold, MD


Department Chair, Quality Improvement

Evan Bloom, MD

Beth Israel - Deaconess, Boston

Emergency Medicine

Carmie Chan, MD


Medical Education

Connie Chan, MD

Emory University


Michael Chin, MD


Medical Education

Erica Chiu-Liang, MD


Emergency Medicine

Andrew Chong, MD, MSc

Albert Einstein


Matthew Denny, MD, MPH

Mount Sinai

Public Health

Dzung Do, MD

Albert Einstein/Beth Israel

General Emergency Medicine

Eric Ernster, MD

LA County-Harbor

Emergency Medicine

Ian Ferguson, D.O.


Director of Medical Education

F. Brendan Garrett, MD


General Emergency Medicine

Jennifer Jackson, MD

Temple University

Emergency Medicine

Michael Jones, MD

LA County-King/Drew

General Emergency Medicine

Luke Karaelias, MD

UC Irvine

Director of Medical Education

Lara Kulchychi, MD

Beth Israel - Deaconess, Boston

Emergency Medicine

Alexander Lam, MD

Boston Medical Center

Genereal Emergency Medicine

James Lane, MD

York Medical Center/Naval Aerospace Medical Institute

SART Program, Medical Director

Seamus Lonergan, MD

Highland Hospital, Oakland

Director of Quality Improvement, Medical Education

Jasmine Mahesri, MD

Mount Sinai, New York

Emergency Medicine

Erick Miranda, MD

LA County-USC

Medical Student Director

MyPhuong Mitarai, MD

University of Maryland

Director of Education

Anthony Montefusco, MD

LSU Medical Center

Director of Clinical Operations

Avinash Patil, MD

Loma Linda

International Emergency Medicine

Abigail Pease, MD

Highland Hospital, Oakland

Residency site Director

Deborah Schwartz, MD

UC Davis

General Emergency Medicine

Shradha Shah, MD

Wayne State Univeristy, Detroit Medical Center

Emergency Medicine

Vernell Smith, MD


EMS, Base Station Liason Physician

Matthew Tripp, MD


General Emergency Medicine

Benjamin Tsai, MD

Maimondes Medical Center

General Emergency Medicine

Val Vigil, MD


Emergency Medicine

Jan Vobecky, MD


Emergency Medicine

Erin Wentzien, MD

LA County/USC

General Emergency Medicine

Michael Young, DO

Albert Einstein




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