Global Emergency Medicine

Health Systems


Every year an estimated 45,000 women die in India from pregnancy-related complications. Many of these women were referred to more than one hospital before dying. Though it's clear that undergoing multiple hospitals delays needed care and leads to worse outcomes, there is no evidence-based method to identify women at high risk for poor outcomes prior to hospital arrival. 

We aim first to develop a Maternal Emergency Obstetric Warning Score (MEOWS), a risk score designed to be applied in the prehospital setting to estimate the probability of a pregnant patient requiring higher levels of care, providing the ability to then guide efficient transport of these patients to facilities with adequate care capacity, reduce time to key lifesaving interventions, and thereby improve outcomes for both mothers and newborns, particularly for rural and poor populations, who rely on heavily on EMS for pregnancy-related transport.



Over 80% of Alaska has no road system and facility-based emergency care depends entirely on air ambulances, which operate in the most dangerous flying conditions in the US. Researchers focus on understanding clinical decision-making by physicians and non-physician community health workers who deliver front line care in rural Alaska, and providing support using machine learning models. 

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A five-year NIH grant supports "A Promotora-centric Community Collaborative to Improve Connections to Mental Health Services." The research team will collaborate with the QSU, community-engaged researchers from Epidemiology, and Drexel, a leading social network analysis expert, as well as a range of community partners and promotoras from San Jose, California to strengthen use of mental health services in the Latinx community in East San Jose. 


Climate change is adversely impacting children living in LMICs. In partnership with EMRI Green Health Services and faculty from IIIT Delhi, SEMI is describing the impact of severe weather patterns on emergency health conditions in children in India.  By predicting the impact of climate change on pediatric emergency medicine services we can help health policy officials and healthcare delivery systems better prepare and respond to children’s needs.



Point-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) offers the greatest benefit in resource-limited settings where physicians may not have access to advanced forms of imaging. In Rwanda's University Central Hospital of Kigali, EM residents  have experienced a decrease in hands-on POCUS teaching from ultrasound trained providers since the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to develop a hybrid curriculum to improve their POCUS skills and implement a quality assurance program to make the initiative sustainable as a means of building emergency medicine capacity in the region.


Stanford Emergency Medicine International developed a multi-lingual online training to recognize, stabilize and treat COVID-19. The course has been utilized by more than 200,000 health care providers around the world. 

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GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) is a public-private not-for-profit organization that provides free-of-charge prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) across India. SEMI’s 15-year partnership with GVK EMRI centers on building world-class emergency care education programs and researching innovative uses for emergency care systems. Their collaborative efforts care for millions of patients annually.

Future efforts include designing early alert systems for high-risk populations and identifying the impact of climate change on health systems. 

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Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Stanford Emergency Medicine International fellows build the skills necessary to work in developing nations and participate in a variety of ongoing international health programs.  Learn more


Fellowship Co-director
Fellowship Co-director
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emeritus
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Adult Clinical/Academic)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine