Stanford Emergency Medicine News

New Assistant Program Director: Dr. Alfredo Urdaneta

Dr. Alfredo Urdaneta has been selected as the new Assistant Program Director for the Stanford – Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Urdaneta completed his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at UCLA, earned his medical degree from Columbia University, and completed an emergency medicine residency at UCSF Fresno, as well as a fellowship in critical care medicine at University of Washington. Dr. Urdaneta is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He joined the Stanford Emergency Medicine department in 2018.

Stanford Partners with Area Fire Departments

The majority of calls fire departments respond to are medical, not incendiary. To ensure 8 area fire departments know leading-edge treatments and have access to additional resources and trainings, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine has developed a unique partnership, facilitated by Dr. Peter D'Souza.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Honors Dr. Dan Imler

Dr. Dan Imler has been honored as recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus Award for Technological Innovations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Award for his work in creating Curbside, a physicians first clinical decisions portal.

The Deadliest Flu: Are We Prepared?

Milana Boukhman, MD and Colin Bucks, MD recently discussed the likelihood of a flu epidemic of the same magnitude as the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic that killed 50 million worldwide.

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UltraFest 2018: Ultrasound Innovators

Chair Andra Blomkalns, MD, clincal instructor Deborah Kimball, MD, and more than 10 Stanford Emergency Medicine faculty and fellows hosted 150 medical students from around the country at UltraFest 2018, where hands-on workshops and simulations gave attendees valuable point-of-care ultrasound experience.

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New Faculty: Dr. Eli Carrillo

Stanford Emergency Medicine welcomes clinical Instructor Eli Carrillo, MD. Dr. Carrillo, who specializes in eergency medical serives, received his medical degree from UCSF, completed residency at Highland Emergency Medicine residency, and completed a fellowship at University of Massachusetts.

New Department Chair:  Dr. Andra Blomkalns

Dr. Blomkalns, a leader in medical device innovation and translational medicine, has joined Stanford’s emergency medicine department. "Stanford has the unique capacity to become the home of the world’s leading experts in emergency care innovation,” noted Blomkalns.

Blomkalns will lead the department as preparations unfold for the final phase of construction at the new Stanford Hospital, which is scheduled to open in late 2019 and which will include a new, larger space for emergency care. 


New Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines

Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine and co-director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center  is lead author on importangt new CDC guidlines for managing and treating head injuries, recently highlighted in the New York Times and JAMA.

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Dr. Grant Lipman Nominated Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council

Dr. Grant Lipman
 has been nominated as Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council, and also nominated to the Wilderness Medical Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Lipman completed a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford in 2005, and is now a Clinical Associate Professor.

How to Handle Emergencies

8 Signs You Can Handle a Medical Emergency - Dr. Sam Shen provides quick, easy tips to prepare for emergencies in a new Reader's Digest article. 


Dr. Laleh Gharahbaghian Receives Leadership Award

Dr. Laleh Gharahbaghian was recently honored with the Mahadevan Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to inspire others to excel in education, research, patient care and administration.

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New Faculty: Dr. Michelle Feltes

Dr. Michelle Feltes, most recently an International Fellow with Stanford Emergency Medicine, has been brought on board as Clinical Instructor. Dr. Feltes completed medical school at Washington University in St Louis, and residency at George Washington University. 

New Faculty: Dr. Nicholas Ashenburg 

Dr. Nicholas Ashenburg joins the Department of Emergency Medicine as Clinical Instructor, specializing in Ultrasound. Dr. Ashenburg completed medical school at Tufts University, residency at Maine Medical Center, and an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

New Faculty: Dr. Holly Caretta-Weyer

Dr. Holly Caretta-Weyer joins the Department of Emergency Medicine as Assistant Residency Program Director and Assistant Clerkship Director. Dr. Caretta-Weyer completed medical school and residency at University of Wisconsin.  She completed a Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University and is finishing a Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

New Faculty: Dr. Brian Rice

Dr. Brian Rice joins the Department of Emergency Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor and member of the Stanford Emergency Medicine International. Dr. Rice received his MDCM from the McGill University and residency at Los Angeles County + USC. Dr. Rice also completed a Fellowship in Global Health and International EM at Yale University.

Envisioning an Emergency Medicine Career

High school students from around the country convened at Stanford for a ten-day immersion in emergency medicine. Participants had the chance to learn hands-on clinical skills in trauma, wilderness medicine, triage and more, with the ultimate goal of encouraging students to choose a career in emergency medicine.

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Teaching by Virtual Reality

Dr. Henry Curtis and collaborators have created a new virtual reality project that enables emergency doctors to practice how to multitask in a fast-paced, high-risk and disruptive environment. 

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Thai Cave Rescue

Dr. Paul Auerbach, considered one of the founders of wilderness emergency medicine, provided insight to numerous media outlets during efforts to rescue the Thai soccer team.

NY TimesCNNNBC,  CTV and 20/20

Dr. Imler Honored by American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Dan Imler has receivied the prestigious EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus Award for Technological Innovations in Pediatric EM, awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine, for his work on Curbside, a clinical effectiveness platform for decision support that puts clinicians in control of patient care.

Search and Rescue

Drs. Gautreau, Mulkerin and Lemieux collaborate with members of FEMA Task Force 3 on communications and teambuilding, while working to extract a 14-year old from a "collapsed" building.

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Dr. Taleghani Receives Award for Innovative Medical Education

Dr. Nounou Taleghani has received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education for her work with Dr.  Tai-Edmonds on a new, innovative, required Emergency Medicine/Ambulatory Medicine combined clerkship.


Preparing for Mass Trauma

"In half an hour, a train will strike a bus near downtown Palo Alto." Stanford Emergency Medicine prepares for mass trauma in a hospital-wide simulation. Read a moment-by-moment account of what it is like to prepare for the worst.

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New Physician Wellness Fellowship

The Department of Emergency Medicine has launched a new fellowship focused on physician wellness. Wellness in the emergency department presents significant challenges from a systems and individual perspective, and emergency physicians have one of the highest burnout rates in medicine. One of the first of its kind in the nation, this fellowship program is led by nationally-recognized faculty, preeminent in the field of physician wellness. 

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Empowering Women in India

Female villagers in India who might otherwise be marginalized are becoming healthcare providers, thanks to an app developed by Dr. Ayesha Khan and Stanford Emergency Medicine. The story, which spans many decades and several continents, is featured in SCOPE. 


Star of Stanford: Dr. Gharahbaghian

"It takes just one case to make you a believer. Bedside ultrasound can save a life...I would love for every single medical student to learn how to use ultrasound." Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD, is profiled in a Stars of Stanford article. 


Dr. Milana Boukhman to Serve on Panel for Future of Military Medicine

Dr. Milana Boukhman has been invited to serve on the Medicine panel of the Future of Military Medicine Study sponsored by the Principal Assistant for Research & Technology (PART) of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.  The goal of the panel is to influence investment strategies in support of the military medical mission. This study will inform the identification of technology gaps and provide a “Course of Action” analysis for senior leadership.

The Stanford Walk-In Clinic Opens

The new Stanford Walk-In Clinic opened its doors on February 26 to provide same-day care for patients six months or older with minor illness or injury. Located in Stanford Hoover Pavilion, the clinic provides an additional option for patients unable to obtain an appointment with Primary Care or Express Care. The clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 3:30 – 11 pm, and no appointment is needed.

Stanford Emergency Department Goes Vertical

Stanford Hospital’s “vertical flow model” replaced horizontal stretchers with comfortable chairs. The result? Maximized use of space and reduced length of stay, according to a recent study. Learn more >

Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown Named Co-Director of Brain Trauma Consortium

Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown has been named Co-Director of the Stanford Brain Trauma Evidence-Based Consortium. The research group, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, also includes Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland State University, and the Brain Trauma Foundation. The consortium will develop an evidence-based classification for the spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and also model post-TBI trajectories and outcomes, an objective that could lead to significant advances in treatment protocols. 

Dr. Nounou Taleghani Honored

Dr. Nounou Taleghani was honored for ten years of service to the Educators-4-CARE (E4C) Program. E4C was established in 2008 to enhance the development of medical students, and provides a formal curriculum aimed at fostering (CARE); Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy. Dr. Taleghani mentored 42 students, and is still in close contact with many of them. 

Dr. Samuel Yang Awarded NIH Grant

Yang, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year precision health project will explore utilizing single cell microfluidic devices for rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, with the potential benefits of improving antibiotic stewardship and patient outcomes. Read more >>

How to Save Football Player's Brains

One simple rule change could help save football players' brains, according to a Wall Street Journal piece by Dr. Paul Auerbach. 

Dr. Nancy E. Wang Named 2018 Copello Physicians Health Advocacy Fellow

The National Physicians Alliance has named Nancy E. Wang, MD a 2018 Copello Physicians Health Advocacy Fellow. Dr. Wang will join nine physicians for the year-long program to develop patient advocates. Dr. Wang teaches international public health, population health and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level. She provides clinical care to adults and children in the emergency department, and conducts epidemiologic research on disparities in care for vulnerable populations.

Dr. S.V. Mahadevan Leadership Award

Dr. Mahadevan was honored for his leadership and service to the department, as recipient of the inaugural S.V. “Maha” Mahadevan Leadership Award. Mahadevan, a senior faculty member, has been instrumental in launching projects around the globe as part of the Stanford Emergency Medicine International initiative to bring medical school resources to underserved areas.

Christmas in the ED

Christmas Day in the Emergency Department was one of the busiest in recent memory, according to physicians who have worked the holiday multiple years in a row. The day brought unique challenges, as well as opportunity to support the work family.  Read article >>

Expanding the Reach of Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine physician Peter Acker, MD, was drawn to Stanford by a fellowship program in international emergency medicine program. He arrived in 2013, but his interest in science is older, driven by his early efforts to uncover a “tangible truth.” Stanford Medicine profiles Acker's international work and philosophy. Read article >>

Dr. Allen Chang Wins ACEP/EMRA Resident Lecturer Award

Dr. Allen Chang (left) was honored as "Best Resident Lecturer" at the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association 20-in-6 Resident Lecture Competition.

Hosted each year at the American College of Emergency Physicians National Scientific Assembly, the competition is judged by physician leaders in emergency medicine from around the country. Participants are given up to six minutes and 20 slides to lecture on any topic relevant to emergency medicine. Dr. Chang, a resident in the class of 2020 was one of 15 selected from 99 applicants in emergency medicine residency programs across the country.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Michael Bresler has not only witnessed the evolution of emergency medicine, he also was an architect of legislation to protect patients throughout California and nationally. He was featured in a video from California ACEP that provides an in-depth look at the history of the specialty.

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