In the News
The Department of Emergency Medicine has received the prestigious 2020 ISP Star Award for our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and exemplifying Stanford Medicine’s commitment to high-tech, high-touch care. Learn more.
Dan Imler, MD has launched a new Stanford Emergency Medicine Innovation (StEMI) podcast focused on interviews with leaders and cutting edge ideas in the ED. Download episodes
Italo Brown, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine has been named Health Equity and Social Justice Curriculum Lead for Stanford School of Medicine.
Dr. Andra Blomkalns (EM Chair) and Dr. Mary Hawn (Surgery Chair) discuss leadership tips, gender discrimination, their vision for the future. Watch recording
Our Stanford Emergency Medicine International developed a multi-lingual online training to recognize, stabilize and treat COVID-19, featuring 20 Stanford EM physicians. Learn more.
Samuel Yang, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, aims to develop a rapid and lower-cost method of testing and diagnosis of infections, that would in turn, inform targeted treatments. Read story
Former Stanford EM Fellow Leroy Sims, MD talks about serving as the NBA's medical director in charge of running the bubble, and also what it means to be a Black physician in America. Watch here
"The 5 Types of Concussions - And how to treat each one" explores Angela Lumba-Brown, MDs groundbreaking work on TBI sub-types.
Chair Andra L. Blomkalns, MD and Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD collaborated with Stanford colleagues to demonstrate people can be taught to do their own nasal swabs for accurate COVID-19 testing. Learn more
A Stanford doctor’s COVID-19 experience: ‘I didn’t know what was ahead’ from Peter D'Souza, MD. Read more.
Social distancing through the eyes of a toddler - Benjamin Lindquist, MD writes a book for his daughter to explain the new reality under COVID. More
How does COVID-19 testing work? The New York Times follows Ultrasound Fellow Jamshid Mistry, MD through the process. Watch video
Chair Andra Blomkalns, MD and Drs. Alexei Wagner and Kimberly Schertzer discuss novel approaches to teambuilding in a recent Stanford Medicine article.
Preparing for the Surge (Blomkalns; ABC 7 Bay Area)
'Twin-Demic': Hospitals Prep for Surge in COVID and Flu Cases (Shen; NBC Bay Area)
Helping Little Ones Show Their Love from Afar (Lindquist; Stanford Magazine)
Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work (Blomkalns; Physician's Weekly)
Self-swabbing tests for COVID-19 accurate and safe, study reports (Blomkalns, Govindarajan, et al; Stanford Medical Center Report)
Will self-sampling transform COVID-19 testing? (Blomkalns, Govindarajan; SCOPE)
Physical distancing, masks can dramatically reduce COVID-19 transmission: Study (Jessica Johnson; ABC News)
Tsunami or ripple? Forecasting the 2nd wave of coronavirus (Jessica Johnson; ABC News)
WHO says remarks about 'rare' asymptomatic spread of coronavirus were ‘misunderstanding’ (Jessica Johnson; ABC News)
Tear gas and protesting amid COVID-19: What you should know (Jessica Johnson; ABC News)
Reflection Rounds for Residents During the Time of COVID-19 (Sakamoto, Alvarez; SAEM Pulse)
Bay Area sees one of biggest spikes in coronavirus deaths in recent weeks (Blomkalns; KRON4)
Faced with telling toddler daughter she can't hug her grandparents, local doc pens kids' book (Lindquist: Mountain View Voice)
Stanford Health resumes non-emergency care after widespread staff testing finds few coronavirus case(Blomkalns; SF Chronicle)
Stanford students launch incubator to support projects fighting COVID-19 (Boukham-Trounce; Stanford News)Med Staff Spotlight: Dr. Shashank Ravi
Voice of a Physician: Seeing past today, futurizing tomorrow (Curtis; Medicine & the Muse)
With iPad, COVID-19 patients see the caregiver behind the mask (Stanford Med Center Report)
CA Gov. Gavin Newsom announces resumption of previously delayed health care procedures (Shen; Daily Californian)
What We Know and Don't Know About the Coronavirus (Wagner; WSJ podcast)
Valley Med coronavirus outbreak underscores risks for health care workers (Shen, Callagy; Mercury News)
‘This is what we signed up for’: Stanford Hospital doctors weary but optimistic on frontlines of coronavirus response (Ribeira et al; Stanford Daily)
Valley Med coronavirus outbreak underscores risks for health care workers (Shen; Mercury News)
Sharing Stories of Life with COVID-19 (Gharahbaghian; KQED)
Home caregivers: Meeting the COVID-19 challenges (Trounce; BeWell)
Which coronavirus patients get ventilators, and how will California hospitals decide? (Blomkalns; SF Chronicle)
Doctors Are Scrambling to Learn ‘Webside Manner’ (Wagner; Medium)
The problem with shutting down outpatient care (Vanier; CNN)
When everything changes: On the front lines of COVID-19 (Blomkalns; AAMC)
As Coronavirus Cases Mount, Emergency Rooms Strain to Keep Doctors on the Job (Blomkalns; Wall Street Journal)
Stanford Doctor Describes Front Lines vs. Coronavirus (Wagner; NBC Bay Area)
A pandemic, biosecurity expert breaks down what could work against the novel coronavirus ( Boukham-Trounce; MedCity News)
Will COVID-19 patients overwhelm Bay Area hospitals? (Blomkalns; Mercury News)
Bay Area hospitals hope they won’t have to choose who to save in coronavirus pandemic (Blomkalns; SF Chronicle)
Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Your Questions Answered (Wagner; KQED)
Recreate in place? How people are safely getting outside to exercise in the coronavirus age (Wagner; Mercury News)
Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD earned Best Research Abstract at the 2020 International Conference on Residency Education.
Maya Yiadom, MD has been named a Gabilan Fellow and will represent a group of faculty whose fellowship aims to contribute to the support of women in the sciences and engineering at Stanford.
Michael Gisondi, MD, Vice Chair of Education received the Franklin G. Ebaugh Award Jr. Advising Award from Stanford's MD Program Teaching Awards Student Selection Committee for demonstrates outstanding dedication to advising medical students.
The Academic Affairs Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) selected Phillip Harter, MD for the 2020 ACEP National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award.
Alexei Wagner, MD was honored with the Malinda Mitchell Award for Quality for reducing inpatient mortality and improving many aspects of patient care. (2/2020)
Resident Mark DeBuse, MD has been selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. (1/2020)
Al'ai Alvarez, MD was honored with the Inaugural Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Distance & Impact Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians. (10/2019)
Tsuyoshi Mitarai, MD received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Maria Alfonso was awarded the 2019 Medical Education Staff Service Award. (6/2019)
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.
Stanford Emergency Medicine International helped create the Nepal Ambulance Service, which was just recognized by the BMJ for impact on health outcomes.
On November 17, 2019 physicians and staff gathered for a ribbon cutting to open the new Stanford Hospital and a new pediatric emergency department.
Ask-a-Chair: Andra Blomkalns, MD
Chair of the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA was featured on the SAEM RAMS podcast series "Ask-a-Chair" discussing career decisions, stepping stones and advice.
New Fellowship: Innovation & Design
The Innovation and Design Fellowship trains fellows in how to think, conceptualize, and achieve healthcare improvement through advances in technology, systems change, digital applications, and much more.
Chair Andra Blomkalns, MD, clincal instructor Nicholas Ashenburg, MD, and more than 20 Stanford Emergency Medicine faculty and fellows hosted 200 medical students from around the country at UltraFest 2019, where hands-on workshops and simulations gave attendees valuable point-of-care ultrasound experience.
New Podcast on Social EM
Ayesha Khan, MD has launched a new podcast series, Announce, focused on social emergency medicine and the social factors (race, addiction, malnutrition, immigration, homelessness etc) that influence - and challenge - patient health.
Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD Awarded R01 Grant
Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD of Stanford has been selected to receive an R01 from the NIH for a mixed-methods study: Effect of Bypass Policies on Stroke Treatment in a National Sample of Medicare Beneficiaries.
Precision Ed. & Assessment Research Lab
Michael Gisondi, MD; Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD; and Stefanie Syer, PhD have launched the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (The PEARL) with the goal of defining precision in medical education and study the best ways to individualize training for physicians.
Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine is training physicians, nurses and others in new - and more effective - technique called high performance CPR.
The Future of Sports Concussion
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD recently co-directed the first Stanford Sports Concussion Summit featuring hands-on demonstrations, cross-discipline lectures and NFL hall-of-fame inductee Steve Young.
Profile in Innovation: Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD
Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD, a pioneer in the physician wellness movement, continues to shape how the field of emergency medicine defines and promotes wellness.
Stanford is now one of a handful of institutions across the country to have achieved Geriatric Certification from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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.
Profile in Innovation: Jennifer Wilson, MD
Jennifer Wilson, MD is researching new treatments for ARDS and sepsis and working toward a broader vision for healthcare.
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.
Support for New Resident Parents
Former Chief Resident June Gordon, MD helped craft a new policy to offer support for residents returning to work as new parents.
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.
Profile in Innovation: Dan Imler, MD
Dan Imler, MD is developing new physician-focused decision-making tools to help caregivers focus on patients.
Gratitude and Emergency Medicine
How can emergency medicine physicians combat burnout? Al'ai Alvarez, MD shares his tips and experience in implementing a mindful gratitude practice.
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.
Samuel Yang, MD 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 >>
Hitting the Field with the 49ers
Peter D'Souza, MD discusses what it's like to be the airway management physician on the field for 49ers home games.
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."
Gun Violence: One Physician's Story
Emergency medicine physician Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD describes the patient encounter that convinced her gun violence is a public health epidemic.
“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.
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.
New Department Chair: Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA
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.
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.
Grant Lipman, MD 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.
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.
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.
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.
Milana Boukhman, MD 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 >
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD 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.
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 >>