University of Chicago

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James Ahn MD
Associate Program Director Assistant Professor
Activities:

  • Clinical Scholar in Medical Education and Simulation

Specific Interests:

  • Scholarship in medical education
  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment methods in graduate medical education
  • Simulation training
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Christine Babcock MD, MSc, FACEP, FAAEM
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Assistant Professor

Activities:

  • Program Director, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Faculty Scholar, Master of Science in Threat and Response Management, Section of Emergency Medicine and the Graham School, University of Chicago
  • Faculty, International Emergency Group
  • Faculty, Global Health Initiative

Specific Interests:

  • Residency curriculum development
  • Bioterrorism/mass casualty preparedness
  • Geographic Medicine Scholars Program
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David Beiser MD
Co-director, ERC Associate Professor

Dr. Beiser’s research applies biomedical engineering methods to the challenge of improving outcomes following cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction and stroke. As part of a mult-disciplinary collaboration between basic scientists, engineers and clinicians, he is involved in a variety of clinical studies, translational research projects and device-development initiatives.

Activities:

  • Co-Director, Emergency Resuscitation Center, University of Chicago and Argonne Laboratories

Specific Interests:

  • Applied biomedical engineering methods to address improving outcomes following cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction and stroke
  • Participating in a multi-disciplinary collaboration between basic scientists, engineers and clinicians regarding translational research projects and device-development initiatives in the area of resuscitation science
  • Bedside ultrasonography
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Ira Blumen MD
Professor

Dr. Blumen is an expert in the area of air medical transport and critical care transport with over 20 years of experience. He has authored numerous publications and has served as co-editor for the Air Medical Physician Handbook since 1993 and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Fourth Edition. He was also the lead researcher and author of “A Safety Review and Risk Assessment in Air Medical Transport.”

Activities:

  • Medical Director, University of Chicago Aeromedical Network
  • Past President, Air Medical Physician Association
  • Chair, Forum of Air Medical Associations

Specific Interests:

  • EMTALA and Transport Medicine
  • Consultant for the TV show “ER” and many other medical shows and movies, including the current movie “Contagion” (and has a speaking role!)
  • Airway management
  • Aeromedical safety- 2004 recipient of the AAMS Charlson Award for significant contributions to aviation safety within the air medical transport community
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Keme Carter MD
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education/Associate Professor

Activities:

  • Assistant Dean of Admissions, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Section of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • Favorite Faculty Award (Pritzker School of Medicine Classes 2011, 2014, & 2015)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators (2011)
  • Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award (2014 & 2015)
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Dept. of Medicine (2014)
  • The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2015)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Class of 2015 Faculty Honoree

Specific Interests:

  • Medical student education
  • Simulation training
Diane Chaney MD
Clinical Associate (PT)

Specific Interests:

  • Neuroradiology
  • ED bedside ultrasonography
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Keegan Checkett MD
Assistant Professor

Currently Dr. Checkett serves as the Residency Program Director for the first ever Emergency Medicine residency in Haiti with Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health.  When she’s not teaching in the MER, you can find her at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Dr. Checkett’s other interests include resident education in international emergency medicine, humanitarian aid and disaster response.

Activities:

  • Residency Director, Urgences, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Partners in Health
  • Director, International Emergency Group
  • Faculty, Global Health Initiative

Specific Interests:

  • Development and support of international emergency health care and educational systems
  • Resident education in limited resource settings
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Linda Druelinger MD
Section Chief

Dr. Druelinger is Director of Education for the Section of Emergency Medicine and is particularly interested in clinical education with emphasis on both resident education and medical student education. She is the course director for the emergency medicine rotation for the fourth year medical students as well as course director for the Introduction to Emergency Medicine for first year medical students.

Activities:

  • Section Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine
  • Co-Director of Medical Education, Section of Emergency Medicine
  • Co-Director, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Specific Interests:

  • Airway management
  • Facial trauma
  • Medical student education
  • Simulation training
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Thomas Fisher MD
Clinical Associate

Activities:

  • Director, Health Services Research, Section of Emergency Medicine
  • White House Fellow (2010-11)

Specific Interests:

  • Health care disparities
  • National health policy development and implementation
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Gregg Helland MD
Ultrasound Director

Dr. Helland completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in 2011 and a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound in 2012 at the University of Massachusetts.   Upon completion of his fellowship, he became the Director of Continuing Medical Education and the Director of Pediatric Bedside Ultrasound for the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Massachusetts.  He spent two years in these roles before moving to Chicago to become the Director of Emergency Ultrasound here at the University of Chicago.

Activites:

Ultrasound Director

Interests:

  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Maximizing the utilization of bedside ultrasound in the ED to improve patient care, ER flow, and patient satisfaction.
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Teresita Hogan MD
Assistant Professor Section(s) of Emergency Medicine and Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Activities:

  • Scholar and Director, Geriatric Emergency Medicine Group
  • Faculty, Section of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
  • Research into Best Pain Management in Geriatric ED Patients

Specific Interests:

  • Emergency care for the geriatric population
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David Howes MD
Professor Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
Activities:

  • Program Director Emeritus, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Head and Career Advisor, Dallas B Phemister Society, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Faculty, Global Health Initiative

Specific Interests:

  • Resident-attending physician communication
  • Development and implementation of emergency medicine residency training programs in developing world setting
  • Educational teaching models for student and resident trainees
  • Mentorship in the academic medical environment
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Screening for STD’s
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Robert Mulliken MD
Assistant Professor

Dr Mulliken received his MD degree from University of Illinois in Chicago, followed by Internal Medicine training there. He then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency and a Chief Residency at the University of Chicago. He has been full time Faculty since 1990, and has held a number of leadership and administrative positions here. His research interests include Geriatric outcomes after ED visits, ED asthma care, clinical trials with anti-infectives, MRSA and SSTI’s. His clinical interests are critical care medicine, healthcare administration and financing, utilization review, immune dysregulation, hepatology and IBD, occupational medicine and the dermatologic presentations of systemic disease. He can be contatcted at rmullike@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Activities:

  • Patient Flow Director, University of Chicago Mitchell Adult Emergency Department

Specific Interests:

  • Antimicrobials
  • Asthma
  • Geriatric outcomes
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Aasim Padela MD
Associate Professor of Medicine Section(s) of Emergency Medicine and General Medicine

Dr. Padela is an emergency medicine physician, health services researcher, and bioethicist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of minority health and bioethics through the lens of the healthcare experiences of American Muslim patients and health care providers.

Dr. Padela’s empirical research focuses on the ways in which religious beliefs, values and identity impacts American Muslim health behaviors and the healthcare inequities faced by American Muslims. He also charts out the ways in which Islam influences the practice of American Muslim physicians. He is currently a fellow at theInstitute for Social Policy & Understanding where he takes this descriptive work to the policy-level developing recommendations for healthcare institutions and state authorities that better meet the needs of American Muslim patients and a diverse healthcare workforce.

Dr. Padela’s normative bioethics work focuses on applied Islamic bioethics. He is interested in the ways in which the Islamic tradition and the standard bearers of that tradition assess modern biomedicine. His interest lies in how scientific data and ways of knowing can inform and work in concert with traditional Islamic moral and scholastic theology. Further he studies how Islamic ethico-legal verdicts respond to bioethical challenges and the gaps in the fatawa discourse. In this arena he collaborates with traditional Islamic jurisconsults at Dar-ul-Qasim Islamic institute and co-directed a landmark conference entitled Where Religion, Bioethics, and Policy Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care.

Dr. Padela completed undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Classical Arabic & Literature at the University of Rochester. After earning his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, he returned to the University of Rochester for a residency in emergency medicine. From 2008-2011 Dr. Padela was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, where he led a program of community-based participatory research studying the role of religion in American Muslim health behaviors, healthcare seeking patterns, and healthcare challenges. In 2010 he was also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies at Oxford University working on projects related to Islamic theological ethics and moral obligation. From 2012-2014 Dr. Padela will be joining the first cohort of the Templeton Foundation Faculty Scholars Program.

Dr. Padela’s work has been featured by multiple media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and The National.

Activities:

  • Scholar and Director, Initiative on Islam and Medicine, Program on Medicine & Religion
  • Faculty, Maclean Center for Clinical Ethics
  • Faculty, University of Chicago Center on Religion and Medicine

Specific EM Interests:

  • Ethics of and Practical Processes Transnational Health Collaborations (experience in Turkey & Middle East)
  • Physician Stewardship of Resources and Cultural Accommodations of Patients in Emergency Medical Care
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Marshall B. Segal MD, JD
Clinical Associate Professor
Activities:

  • Course Director, Medical Legal Seminar on the Law of Emergency Medicine (since 1974)
  • President, Emergency Resuscitation Research Foundation, University of Chicago
  • Founder, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency Alumni Association

Clinical Interests:

  • The Law of Emergency Medicine
  • Community Emergency Medicine
  • Institutional partnerships for the development and support of international humanitarian crisis response
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Eric Shappell MD
Medical Education Fellow

Activities:

  • Clinical Scholar in Medical Education

Specific Interests:

  • Residency Curriculum Development
  • Technology in Medical Education
  • Asynchronous & Online Education
  • Financial Education

Twitter: @EricShappell

Website: EMFundamentals.com

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Willard W. Sharp M.D., Ph.D., FACEP , FAAEM
Assistant Professor Co-director, ERC

The overall goal of Dr. Sharp’s research is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that couple mitochondrial behavior with cellular energetic demand. Specifically, his lab studies how substrate limitations or increased work load of the cell are coupled with altered mitochondrial metabolism, dynamics, and biogenesis to meet these demands. These cellular principles have particular translational relevance in the setting of cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, sepsis, and traumatic injury.

Dr. Sharp is also investigating the protective effects of mild hypothermia at the cellular and tissue level. Hypothermia is used during cardiac surgery, has been shown to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest in randomized clinical trials. While hypothermia is known to slow the utilization of ATP, Dr. Sharp’s lab has demonstrated that hypothermia also appears to specifically block known signaling pathways that regulate the mitochondria including AMPK and mTOR. Recent work by the lab also demonstrates that hypothermia regulates DRP1, a known modulator of mitochondrial fission and metabolism. Since hypothermia is one of the few clinically proven tools used to improve patient outcomes, understanding its effects on mitochondrial behavior could lead to improved pharmacological strategies for treating patients. Dr. Sharp’s work through its basic science and translational approaches has the potential for high impact discovery.

Dr. Sharp earned his undergraduate degree in biology and history at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in biomedical science at the University of South Carolina studying the role of mechanical forces in the regulation of cardiac myofibrillogenesis. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sharp earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina graduating Magna Cum Laude. During his medical studies he earned a Rotarian Ambassadorial Fellowship from 2001-2002 to study gene therapy of cystic fibrosis at Oxford University, Oxford England. He completed emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 2007 and is board certified.

Dr. Sharp is a former Eagle Scout and has been recognized for his efforts to resuscitate a victim of cardiac arrest in 2007 by the Canton, MI fire department. Dr. Sharp earned the young investigator award from the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His work is currently funded by the NIH with a K08 award.

Activities:

  • Faculty, Emergency Resuscitation Center, Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions

Specific Interests:

  • Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation
  • Mitochondrial Bioenergetics
  • Hypothermia and cellular protection
  • Development of Emergency Medicine physician scientists
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Thomas Spiegel MD
Medical Director for the Mitchell Emergency Department Assistant Professor

Activities

  • Medical Director, University of Chicago Mitchell Adult Emergency Department

Specific Interests:

  • Improving the patient experience
  • Increasing clinical operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Leveraging health-care data with predicative analytics and data mining in formulating long-term strategies for the Emergency Department
  • Effective communication between health-care providers and patients
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Katie Tataris MD, MPH
EMS Director

Dr. Tataris completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Cook County (Stroger) Hospital. She went on to fellowship training in EMS/Disaster Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF-SFGH) with a focus on Emergency Preparedness through the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. She also completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley. Her predominant interests are out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and system disaster preparedness.

Activities:

  • EMS Medical Director, Chicago South EMS System – Region XI

Specific Interests:

  • EMS operations and mobile integrated healthcare
  • STEMI/stroke systems of care
  • Opiate abuse and prehospital naloxone administration
  • Mass-gathering medical care
  • Public heath
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James J. Walter MD
Professor

Director of Quality, Section of Emergency Medicine

Specific Interests:

  • Patient safety
  • Evidence-based teaching
  • Development of collaborative clinical guidelines
  • Systems/Operational issues affecting patient care and follow-up
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Michael Ward MD
Clinical Associate Assistant Professor

Activities:

    • ER Sepsis Initiative Lead

Specific Interests:

    • Sepsis related research – US for volume assessment, triage screening criteria for early detection of sepsis, quality & educational research
    • Medical Student & Resident Education