International Emergency Medicine



SEMI has partnered with Healing Fields Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering women and increasing health education in rural villages in India. SEMI will adapt the Acute Care Providers program, previously implemented in Haiti, to train the women and thereby overcome the physical and human resource barriers that exist to receiving acute medical care within the rural Indian village.

SEMI has worked closely with URC and USAID on several projects, including a novel triage system, cased-based emergency medicine curriculum, and currently a 5-year USAID Quality Health Services project to improve maternal and child health. 

In partnership with Golden Zeneka, SEMI has developed a two year curriculum in emergency medicine for active physicians in Myanmar. 

SEMI has partnered with the Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) to provide quality prehospital care services in Nepal.  Stanford has served as technical advisors and has provided operational and educational expertise since NAS was created in 2010.  Stanford has also partnered with internationally renowned Nepali trekking company, Peak Promotions, and with Nepal Ministry of Health approval the Stanford team has developed and implemented a community based medical education program in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal.  With Global Medical Outreach, a Sherpa women’s medical education fund has been set up to promote higher medical education  opportunities for girls and support them during their training in Kathmandu.


Stanford trainers travel to do case-based practice and bedside teaching at the training site for only a short period of time. In rural Haiti, the ACP program demonstrated success in training high school educated community members to provide basic medical care to their town of 28,000. These providers have been practicing with minimal operating costs since 2013.

The challenge of providing health care in remote resource poor regions of the world remains a challenge.  The Papua New Guinea Medical project successfully combined clinical operations with an adaptive community medical education program to successfully address those needs in the Sepik River basin.

In 2013, SEMI collaborated with the Child Life Foundation in Karachi to describe the epidemiology of pediatric emergencies presenting to the National Institute of Child Health. 

Founded in the success of the PNG Medical Project, the Vietnam program brought remote medical education to a country with completely different socioeconomic and political environments.  One of the first US groups sanctioned to work in Vietnam after international relations were normalized under President Clinton, the Stanford team taught there from 2001 – 2008.

To support the development of EMS, SEMI prepare a report for the Ministry of Health delineating the current state of EMS and key recommendations. 


The course is directed to healthcare providers around the world are in the position of providing emergency care, but might not have had the opportunity to learn critical skills from faculty or senior providers. Our goal is to increase the capacity of current emergency providers to deliver quick effective care to improve outcomes from serious conditions like heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, and severe infections.

An Emergency & Critical Care Conference with a Conscience
Join emergency medicine providers from around the world to learn more about the practice of emergency medicine in developing countries.

Stanford Emergency Medicine physicians - Dr. Rebecca Walker, Dr. Colin Bucks, Dr. Ben Lindquist, and Dr. Katie Koval - will be presenting on EMS and disaster response.

Prehospital Emergency Care Providers in Gujarat, India

Emergency medical care is receiving growing attention in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as acute conditions, such as road traffic accidents, continue to rise as leading causes of mortality. Several models for prehospital care systems in LMICs exist with varying success. Most LMICs, especially in rural settings, lack a centralized and coordinated prehospital system and rather depend on untrained laypersons, commercial drivers, or volunteers to transport patients to healthcare facilities.


Matthew Strehlow, MD
Associate Professor
Interim Department Vice-Chairman
Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International

SV Mahadevan, MD
Interim Department Chair
Founder and Past Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International

Kelly Murphy, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director of Papua New Guinea Medical Project


Rebecca Walker, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Ayesha Khan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Founder of Empower and Advance 

Joseph Becker, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Peter Acker, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Technical Advisor URC/USAID Cambodia

Jennifer Newberry, MD, JD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International

Katie Koval, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor
International Emergency Medicine Faculty

Benjamin Lindquist, MD
Clinical Instructor
International Emergency Medicine Faculty

Sybil Zachariah, MD
Clinical Instructor
International EM Fellow 2016-2017

Michelle Feltes, MD
Clinical Instructor
International EM Fellow 2016-2017

Mission Statement

Our vision is to be at the forefront of emergency medical care by actively engaging our patients, community and healthcare system, while fostering a vibrant and balanced environment for our faculty and learners.

Our success is driven by the finest clinicians, researchers, and educators and their pursuit of state-of-the-art clinical care, transformative research, dynamic education, and compassionate service to our communities, at home and abroad.