Stanford Emergency Medicine News
Guiding an Ultramarathon in Antarctica
Rebecca Walker, MD discusses the connections between emergency medicine and running 250 kilometers in several feet of snow, guiding a runner who could not see.
On Art, Medicine, and Near Death
Partially paralyzed in a surfing accident, Stanford EM Residency alum Matthew Wetschler, MD captures his path back to movement - and emergency medicine - in a new exhibit.
Tips for Caring for Patients with Disabilities
Cori Poffenberger, MD, emergency medicine physician and mother, offers guidance on language, actions and mindset to ensure inclusion for patients with disabilities.
Burnout and Physician Wellness
Cori Poffenberger, MD was featured on a recent NBC Nightly News story discussing the challenges of physician wellness, her experience with burnout, and her drive to improve the system for all physicians.
The Butte County fire destroyed more than 13,000 homes and displaced more than 50,000 people. Physicians, fellows, residents and nurses from our department provided medical support to FEMA and to those in shelters. "Everyone has a story...it's humbling."
“This project has a twofold advantage...It provides health care to communities without it, and it employs people marginalized within their own communities.” Ayesha Khan, MD shares how her groundbreaking e-curriculum is impacting Haiti, India and beyond in a new Stanford Medicine Magazine article.
Stanford/Kaiser Residency in a Nutshell
This month, we welcome residency candidates to Stanford. Doctors Holly Caretta-Weyer and Al'ai Alvarez recently spoke with EMRA in a short interview that is packed with information about our program, our culture and our alumni success.
New Assistant Program Director: Dr. Alfredo Urdaneta
Alfredo Urdaneta, MD 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 Peter D'Souza, MD.
American Academy of Pediatrics Honors Dr. Dan Imler
Dan Imler, MD 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.
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.
New Faculty: Dr. Eli Carrillo
Stanford Emergency Medicine welcomes clinical Instructor Eli Carrillo, MD. Carrillo, who specializes in emergency medical services, 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
Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA, 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
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, 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.
Dr. Grant Lipman Nominated Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council
Grant Lipman, MD has been nominated as Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council, and also nominated to the Wilderness Medical Society Board of Directors. He completed a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford in 2005, and is now a Clinical Associate Professor.
Dr. Laleh Gharahbaghian Receives Leadership Award
Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD 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.
New Faculty: Dr. Michelle Feltes
Michelle Feltes, MD, 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
Nicholas Ashenburg, MD 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
Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD 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
Brian Rice, MD 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.
Teaching by Virtual Reality
Henry Curtis, MD 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.
Dr. Imler Honored by American Academy of Pediatrics
Dan Imler, MD 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.
Dr. Taleghani Receives Award for Innovative Medical Education
Nounou Taleghani, MD 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.
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.
Empowering Women in India
Female villagers in India who might otherwise be marginalized are becoming healthcare providers, thanks to an app developed by Ayesha Khan, MD and Stanford Emergency Medicine. The story, which spans many decades and several continents, is featured in SCOPE.
Dr. Milana Boukhman to Serve on Panel for Future of Military Medicine
Milana Boukhman, MD 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
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD 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
Nounou Taleghani, MD 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
Samuel Yang, MD, 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 >>
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. Mahadevan Honored
S.V. Mahadevan, MD 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
Allen Chang, MD 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.