Research Spotlight

Research is ongoing at Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine. Select projects are highlighted below, but we invite you to also explore our library of recently-published studies on topics ranging from clinical care to education to physician wellness.

Precision Medicine

Dr. Sam Yang received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for his five-year precision health project to develop a rapid and lower-cost method of testing and diagnosis of infections, that would in turn, inform targeted treatments. The study will include broad bacterial detection, species identification, and antibiotic susceptibility profiling. rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, with the potential benefits of improving antibiotic stewardship and patient outcomes.

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Featured: Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, Research Director for Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, was lead author on new pediatric mild traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines released by the CDC. 

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Lumba-Brown is also establishing evidence-based classification for traumatic brain injury, and modeling post-injury trajectories and treatments. Additional work includes exploring new ways of diagnosing and treating concussion subtypes using eye-tracking and oculomotor and vestibular therapies. 



Global Health

Research is a fundamental component of Stanford Emergency Medicine International's (SEMI) long-term approach to global emergency medicine. Studies include:

  • Exploring emergency medical condition epidemiology in LMICs
  • Uncovering gender disparities and gender-based violence
  • Researching emergency provider education modalities
  • Identifying referral patterns and systems for maternal child health

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Stroke Protocol

Stanford University’s department of emergency medicine collaborated closely with other departments to develop a novel Stroke Code Extended protocol that expedites evaluation and treatment of patients with large-vessel debilitating strokes that, prior to the protocol, would have limited treatment options. 

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Critical Care in the ED

Under the leadership of Dr. Tsuyoshi Mitarai and Dr. Matthew Strehlow, Stanford is exploring critical care options in the emergency department, adding critical care physicians as dedicated intensivists to create a unique unit within the emergency department. Dual-boarded physicians circulate in the emergency department critical care unit, working with ICU-trained nurses. Attending ED physicians refer patients to the critical care team, freeing emergency physicians to address the volume of patients that come through the doors. 


Education & Learning

Dr. Michael Gisondi, Vice Chair of Education leads the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (PEARL), focused on defining precision in medical education by studying the best ways to individualize training for physicians. PEARL optimizes assessment methods to promote learning and leverage technology to reimagine health professions education.
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