Global Emergency Medicine

Research & Projects


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.
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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.  We are developing 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. Learn more


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. 

Related Research:  Survivor Support Service Characteristics as Drivers of Help-Seeking in India


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.

News Stories

  • What Digital Health Tells Us About Disease

    Christine Ngaruiya, MD, uses Natural Language Processing to uncover gender disparities in noncommunicable diseases, while also leading initiatives at the intersection of health and climate change, fostering targeted interventions and policy changes worldwide.

  • Using AI to Save Lives in Rural Alaska

    Brian Rice, MD, uses machine learning to analyze medevac utilization in remote areas of Alaska where air transport is the lifeline for emergencies.

  • Evaluating Latinx Mental Health in the Community

    Jennifer Newberry, MD, JD, leads a bilingual team in a multi-year collaboration with community partners to assess and address mental health usage patterns in the East San José Latinx community.

  • Improving Care for Mothers Around the Globe

    In a global effort to increase access to quality emergency care for mothers and newborns, Peter Acker, MD an associate professor of emergency medicine is helping to improve emergency referrals.

  • Unveiling Child Trafficking Patterns

    Preeti Panda, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Stanford, conducts research to shed light on the socio-economic characteristics of trafficking victims, paving the way for informed policy initiatives in emergency departments.

  • Teaching Ultrasound in Lower-Resource Areas

    Stanford’s Department of Emergency Medicine launched an ultrasound training program for emergency medicine residents at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali in Rwanda.

  • Growing the Emergency Medicine Pipeline in Rwanda

    Joe Becker, MD, spearheads the development of a groundbreaking clerkship program for medical students, addressing the country’s evolving healthcare needs and fostering interest in emergency medicine careers.

  • Stanford-developed app curriculum empowers health care providers in India

    Four local facilitators in India utilized the curriculum app to train women from 54 villages in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. All the women, including Nisha, successfully passed a written exam and simulated patient scenarios. Most are the first trained medical providers in their villages.The app-based curriculum already has a track record of success in Haiti, where it was first developed.

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


Matthew Strehlow
Michelle Feltes
Fellowship Co-director
Christine Ngaruiya
Global & Population Health Research Director
Benjamin Lindquist
Fellowship Co-director
Joseph Becker
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Peter Acker
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Timothy J Batchelor
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine
In-Hei Hahn
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Wei David Hao
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Ayesha Khan
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Patrick Lanter
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine
S. V. Mahadevan
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emeritus
Jennifer A. Newberry
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Adult Clinical/Academic)
Enoch Akuffo Obeng
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Preeti Panda
Fellow in null
Avinash Patil
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Brian Travis Rice
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Marisa Tienyun Smith
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine
Rebecca D. Walker
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine