Division Highlights

 

You can view earlier Division Highlights here.

 

  • Congratulations to Stephen Morris, MD, MPH, for his publication, “Emergency Medicine Resident Rotations Abroad: Current Status and Next Steps,” in Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2016. Dr Morris’ article evaluates content and didactic training for EM resident rotations in global health. You may access the article here.  

  • Kudos to Fiona Gallahue, MD, for her publication, “Handoff Practices in Emergency Medicine: Are We Making Progress?” in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr Gallahue’s article looks at the state of handoff training within Emergency Medicine residency training programs in the United States. You may access the article here.

  • Congratulations to Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, on being named by ThomsonReuters, a global news and information company, as among the most influential scientists of 2015.  See the UW Health Sciences and affiliated researchers on HSNewsBeat.

  • Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH was recently appointed as the Co-Director of the UW Center for the Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). The Center for Health and the Global Environment, among other things, collaboratively develops and promotes innovative approaches to understanding and managing the risks of global environmental change.” You can read more about CHanGE by clicking here

  • Dr Hess is also is co-author of two recent publications:

  • Dr Hess presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Exposure Science in Henderson, Nevada, in October.  His presentation was entitled, “Assessing Heat Exposure in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: A work in Progress.”

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who will be serving as the Principal Investigator on the HeartRescue Evaluation Project in China and India, sponsored by Medtronic Philanthropy.  Dr Duber will be leading the evaluation component of the Global HeartRescue program.  RTI, an international organization collaborating with the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Arizona, and other China- and India-based implementation partners, will be initiating interventions aimed at improving STEMI (heart attack) and OHCA (“out-of-hospital cardiac arrest”) care in cities within those countries.  The University of Washington’s Department of Global Health / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will evaluate the impact of those interventions and help implementers identify an appropriate path forward for more geographically widespread improvements in STEMI and OHCA care.  The project is anticipated to run through 2019.

  • Kudos to Jeremy Branzetti, MD, and to a former EM faculty member, Dave Lu, MD, for their recent publication in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, “Impact of Burnout on Self-Reported Patient Care among Emergency Physicians.”  You can click here to see a copy of the article.  

  • Kudos to Doug Franzen, MD, MEd, for his publication, “Mind the Gap: The Bumpy Transition from Medical School to Residency” in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. The article addresses the challenges of developing an educational continuum from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education for students and resident trainees.

  • Congratulations to Jared StroteMD MS, who was awarded a grant from the Medic One Foundation to support his project, “Law Enforcement Calls for Emergency Medical Services Assistance: Defining the Patient Population.”

  • Kudos to Graham Nichol, MD MPH, who was quoted in the New York Times about CPR Survival Rates. Click here to see the article. 

  • Congratulations to Medley Gatewood, MD, for his recent publication in BMJ Quality and Safety, “A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Early Sepsis Care in the Emergency Department.” This paper describes the results of the sepsis intervention implemented at UWMC. 

  • Kudos to Kennedy Hall, MD, for two recent publications in Academic Emergency Medicine, both from the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Consensus Conference: “Emergency Department Diagnostic Imaging: The Journey to Quality” and “Comparative Effectiveness Research: Alternatives to "Traditional" Computed Tomography Use in the Acute Care Setting.” 

  • Congratulations to Amber Sabbatini, MD, MPH, for her recent publication in Academic Emergency Medicine and from the AEM Consensus Conference, “Optimizing Patient-Centered Communication and Multidisciplinary Care Coordination in Emergency Diagnostic Imaging: A Research Agenda.”

  • Kudos to Fiona Gallahue, MD, and Amy Betz, MD, for their article, Ready for Discharge? A Survey of Discharge Transition of Care Education and Evaluation in Emergency Medicine Residency Programs,” published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Nathan White, MD MS; Alex St. John, MD; Xu Wang, MD; and Esther LimBS, for their publication, “Self-propelled Particles That Transport Cargo through Flowing Blood and Halt Hemorrhage,” in the October 2015 edition of Science Advances.

  • The UW Division of Emergency Medicine had a strong presence at the American Heart Association (AHA) Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando in November, 2015. Kudos to the following EM participants and their presentations/achievements:

    • Graham Nichol, MD, MPH: “Cardiac Resuscitation Systems of Care.” 
    • Michael Sayre, MD, panel discussion moderator, “Resuscitation Guidelines 2015.”
    • Nathan WhiteMD, MS:  “Platelet Force Measurements Are Predictive of Triage Category and Blood Transfusion after Trauma,” with UW co-authors Esther LimBS; Xu Wang, MD; & Diana Chien, BS.
    • Nathan White, MD, MS: "Personalized Hemorrhage Resuscitation."
    • Matthew Gittinger, MD; Sarah M Brolliar, BS, MPH; Graham Nichol, MD, MPH; and Rosemarie Fernandez, MD: “Impact of an Automated Chest Compression Device on Team Communication during Simulated Cardiac Arrest Resuscitations - A Pilot Study.”
    • Heemun Kwok, MD, MS: “A Method for Real-Time CPR Detection from the Thoracic Impedance Signal.”
  • Kudos to Melissa Halliday, DO, who is a recent recipient of the UW Medicine PRAISE Award.  The PRAISE Award—“Patient Reported Assessment In Satisfaction and Excellence”--recognizes physician excellence in patient communication and leadership and is presented biannually to UW Medicine healthcare providers for meeting or ranking above the 80th percentile in their listening and communication skills.

  • Kudos to Graham Nichol, MD, who is featured in the UW Health Science News Beat and is first author on the November 9, 2015, NEJM article, “Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR.”  Co-authors of this landmark article include Dr Tom Rea, UW Division of General Internal Medicine, and Dr Peter Kudenchuk, Division of Cardiology. 

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, for his recent three publications, two of which are focused on antiretroviral therapy and the third on the global burden of disease. You may view the articles on antiretroviral therapy here and here, and the global burden of disease here.   

  • Kudos to Betty Chen, MD; Steven Bright, MD; Amit (Raj) Trivedi, MD;  and Matt Valento, MD, for their publication in Clinical Toxicology, Death Following Intentional Ingestion of E-Liquid,” an interesting discussion on nicotine toxicity and the potential increase of abuse with the introduction of e-cigarettes.

  • Kudos to Matt Valento, MD, for his publication, “Digoxin-Specific Antibody Fragment Dosing: A Case Series” (click link to download PDF) in the most recent American Journal of Therapeutics. The article offers a retrospective analysis of digoxin poisoning and empiric dosing of digoxin-specific antibody fragments. Dr Valento was also an invited expert panelist at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT), which held its 2015 meeting in San Francisco from October 8-12, 2015.

  • Congratulations to Heemun Kwok, MD, MS, who has been selected as a methodologist for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Clinical Policies Committee which is responsible for the publication and dissemination of clinical policies that shape the practice of Emergency Medicine. Heemun joins an elite group of methodologists/researchers in this role.  

  • Kudos to EM2 Paul Charlton MD, Annie Chipman MD MS, and Kat Comstock RN, Rose Fernandez MD, Elizabeth Rosenman MD, and the ISIS Staff for their submission, “Seeing Red - Navigating the Combative Patient: An Innovative De-Escalation Curriculum for the Provider,” which was accepted for presentation at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2016.    

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui MD, who from October 6-9, 2015, will be presenting as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia.  His presentation, “Faculty Re-entry and Sustainable Success: What Happens Next?” discusses how faculty members form their identities as clinical educators and how institutions can better support them.  You can see more information here.  

  • Kudos to Emily Junck MD and Rich Utarnachitt MD MS for their BMJ Case Reports publication, “Ruptured Intercostal Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Rare Cause of Acute Back Pain,” which reviews this rare diagnosis. 

  • Congratulations to Michael Sayre MD, Andrew McCoy MD, and Anders Conway MA for their publication in Prehospital Emergency Care entitled, “Impact of Building Height and Volume on Cardiac Arrest Response Time.”

  • Congratulations to Rose Fernandez, MD, and Steven Mitchell, MD, whose submission entitled, “Danger, Will Robinson: Using Simulation to Identify High-Risk PPE-Related Occupational Activities - Bringing FMEA to Life,” was accepted for presentation at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. While the topic is highly relevant to the development and implementation of Ebola patient care training, the methodology can be applied to any healthcare process.

  • Kudos to Betty Chen, MD, and Matt Valento, MD, whose submission, “Laboratory Abnormalities Following an Unintentional Pediatric Riveroxaban Ingestion,” was accepted for presentation at the 2015 North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT).  Dr Valento will also serve as an expert panelist at this meeting.

  • Congratulations to Lauren Whiteside, MD, MS, who has received a K-23 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA).  Dr Whiteside’s project for this award is entitled, “A Longitudinal Collaborative Care Model for Patients with Prescription Opioid Misuse Utilizing the Emergency Department for Care.”   This K-23 proposal will inform, refine, and pilot a collaborative-care model built from the chronic disease management framework to decrease rates of prescription opioid misuse among patients in the ED while addressing health services needs and comorbidity. Patients with substance-use problems utilize the ED for care more often than patients without these needs do, thus making the ED a critical and innovative location to initiate such a model of care. Dr Whiteside’s primary mentors for this award include Doug Zatzick, MD (Professor, UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center) and Dennis Donovan, PhD (Professor and Director, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW Department of Psychiatry). 

  • Kudos to Annie Chipman, MD, MS, who is a recipient of a 2015 WGEA (Western Group on Educational Affairs, affiliated with the AAMC) Mini-Grant Program Award for her proposal, “Do You Remember That Patient?  Exploring the Educational Value of Telephone Follow-Up in Graduate Medical Education and Beyond.”

  • Congratulations to Jason Heiner, MD, for his two recent publications: “Female with Leg Lesion” in the August addition of Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Featured in the same edition is an additional article dedicated to this diagnosis. The second is “Elderly Woman with Abdominal Pain: Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Diverticulitis,” in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

  • Kudos to Elizabeth Dorn, MD, DTMH, for her publication, “Electrical Storm - Brugada’s Syndrome - A Case Report and Literature Review” found in the August edition of Journal of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

  • Congratulations to Steven Mitchell, MD, for his recent publication, “Core Curriculum Illustration: Pediatric Traumatic Spondylolisthesis of the Axis,” in Emerg Radiol. 2015 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui, MD, who was selected as one of the winners of the WGEA (Western Group on Educational Affairs) 2015 MESRE Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Oral Presentation of Education Research in Medical Education.  These awards are given to investigators of outstanding oral presentations with strong methodologies and potential for making an impact in their field of study.  The oral presentations are judged based on strength of the design, organization of the content, clarity of the delivery, time management and the use of audio or visual aids.

  • Congratulations to Rose Fernandez, MD (Principal Investigator), and Elizabeth Rosenman, MD (Co-Investigator), who have been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense for their proposal, “Development of an Integrated Team Training Design and Assessment Architecture to Support Adaptability in Healthcare Teams.”  This grant is funded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDRMP) and will focus on the identification and development of methods of simulation training that will optimize adaptive team performance and mitigate teamwork-related threats to patient safety.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, who is Co-Investigator of a 2015 Medical Education Research Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  The grant is entitled, “Examining Errors Related to Pattern Recognition.”  His collaborator and the PI of this award is Dr. Jonathan Sherbino from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Congratulations to Marie Vrablik, MD, who was recently named a recipient of the PRAISE award at HMC. PRAISE awards are given biannually to physicians/providers who rank in the 80th percentile or higher in their listening and communication skills.

  • Congrats to Betty Chen, MD, who was featured on a clip on King 5 News focused on shellfish poisoning. Watch it here.

  • Kudos to Anna Condino, MD  who was selected as the University of Washington's Resident Liaison for the WA-ACEP Board of Directors! As a non-voting member of the BOD, Dr. Condino will have the opportunity to participate in important discussions related to advocacy, legislation and policy.  She will also be representing the interests of Washington State emergency medicine residents, and will participate in the National ACEP Board meeting and the ACEP Advocacy and Leadership conference.  Thank you to Dr. Hayes Wong who was our first-ever liaison and set the bar high.  We have every confidence that Dr. Condino will be an excellent ambassador for our program.

  • Congratulations to Alex St. John, MD who was awarded the Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Grant for his proposal entitled,  A damage control resuscitation cocktail for polytrauma with hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury.  Alex will use this award to continue focused study in basic and translational science of hemostasis, hemorrhagic shock, and traumatic brain injury.  

  • Alex St. John, MD is also the recipient of the UW PRAISE AWARD.  The PRAISE Award is given quarterly to physicians, PAs and ARNPs who meet or exceed the UW Medicine goal for patient satisfaction scores. PRAISE stands for Patient Reported Assessment ISatisfaction and Excellence. The PRAISE award is presented biannually to UW Medicine healthcare providers for ranking in the 80th percentile or higher on their listening and communication skills. 

  • A very well-deserved and special congratulations to Dr Sachita Shah who has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 7/1/2015.  Please click here for more details. 

  • Congratulations to Jason Heiner, MD, Joshua Villarreal, PharmD, and Jared Strote, MD, MS, for their article, “Loperamide dependence and abuse,” published in the BMJ Case Rep. You can read the article here.   Kudos also go to Ryan MacDonald, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center rotating Emergency Medicine R3 resident, who is first author of the article. 

  • Kudos to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who continues to be significantly involved in humanitarian work for disasters.  As described in this UW Medicine article, Townes wears many hats related to humanitarian emergencies, including coordinating a public response for the CDC, providing technical advice for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and advising the U.S. government and others how best to respond to international disasters.

  • Congratulations to Heemun Kwok, MD, MS, for his clinical paper, “Adaptive rhythm sequencing: A method for dynamic rhythm classification during CPR,” published in Resuscitation. Dr Kwok and his team are developing improved technology to more accurately identify cardiac rhythms during CPR. 

  • Kudos to Steven Mitchell, MD for his recent case report, “Core curriculum illustration: blunt cerebrovascular injury,” in Emergency RadiologyThis case report includes a discussion of the diagnostic challenges and criteria for blunt CVI. 

  • Kudos to EM4 Rebekah Heckmann, MD; Alex de la Fuente, MD; and Jason Heiner, MD for their publication, “Pediatric urinary retention and constipation: vaginal agenesis with hematometrocolpos,” published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population, 16(3)

  • Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (September 14-18, 2015): A course co-chaired by David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, Associate Professor. Interested in working in humanitarian emergencies and international disaster response? This is an important course to learn more about response to humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. This will be the Fourth Annual Course at the UW.  UW staff and faculty may take it free of charge. Click here for more details.

  • Kudos to Patrick Maher and Jared Strote for their publication, "Case Report: Civilian use of a conducted electrical weapon," in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  You can read the article here.

  • Congrats to Medley Gatewood, Jared Strote, Bill Shuman and our colleague from Madigan, Lindsay Grubish for their article, "The use of model-based iterative reconstruction to decrease ED radiation exposure," also published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Link here.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, for his recent article, “Disrupting Diagnostic Reasoning: Do Interruptions, Instructions, and Experience Affect the Diagnostic Accuracy and Response Time of Residents and Emergency Physicians?” published in Academic Medicine [Acad Med. 2015; 90: 511-517).  You can view the article here.

  • Congratulations to EM3 Hayes Wong, MD, who was recently awarded the 2015 Global Opportunities Health Fellowship from the University of Washington. The purpose of the UW Global Opportunities Health (GO Health) Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a graduate student, professional student, or medical resident at the University of Washington so that they may gain valuable international fieldwork experience in global health. Hayes’ work will focus on evaluating the implementation of the Foreign Medical Teams Initiative during the Ebola response and other humanitarian emergencies at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.   Kudos and congratulations to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who has been Hayes’ primary mentor.

  • The UW Division of Emergency Medicine was well represented at the recent UW Medicine Regional Sepsis Conference, held on March 6, 2015 at Harborview Medical Center. The aim of the conference was to explore cutting-edge developments in sepsis care by discussing recent studies and international guidelines.  There were five EM faculty presenting, including:  Adeyinka Adedipe, MD; and Brandon Backlund, MD: “Measuring Fluid Responsiveness," and Daniel Henning, MD; Tak Watase, MD; and Richard Utarnachitt, MD:  “Sepsis Chameleons.”

  • Congratulations to Herbie Duber, MD, MD, MPH, FACEP, first author of a manuscript published in PLOS ONE, Uptake of WHO Recommendations for First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy [ART] in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.”  The study looked at guideline adoption of ART and patient- and facility-related determinants of their use.  You can view the article here.

  • Kudos to EM3 Emily Junck, MD, and Sachita Shah, MD, for their recent publication in BMJ Case Reports, “Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens in a Teenage Boy Found to Have Factor V Leiden.” You may view the article here.

  • Congratulations to Fiona GallahueMD, FACEP, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD). CORD is a scientific and educational organization whose mission is to be integral to the advancement of emergency medicine education. Dr Gallahue is the inaugural Program Director of the University of Washington Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and her scholarly work has been in the areas of care of the abused patient and learner evaluation.

  • Kudos to EM2 Adrienne Hughes, MD; EM3 Jodie Totten, MD; and Jared Strote, MD, MS, for their recent publication, “Delayed Diagnosis of Gastric Outlet Obstruction from Bouveret Syndrome in a Young Woman,” in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • Kudos to Nathan White, MD, MS, and his team of investigators and collaborators from the UW Departments of Bioengineering and Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute and the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr White’s team has developed a synthetic, injectable hemostatic polymer (“PolyStat”) that mimics Factor XIIIa-mediated fibrin stabilization, resulting in a significant reduction in hemorrhage volume and improved survival for those treated with this agent.   Their work has recently been published in and is featured on the cover of Science Translational Medicine [LW Chan, X Wang, H Wei, LD Pozzo, NJ White,  SH Pun, “A Synthetic fibrin cross-linking polymer for modulating clot properties and inducing hemostasis.” Sci Trans. Med. 7,227ra29 (2015). Locally, the interview and story can be found on King5 Health Links.

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui, MD, whose abstract, “The Faculty Reentry Project: Understanding the Factors That Effect Sustainable Faculty Success after Participating in a Longitudinal Faculty Development Program,” was accepted for presentation as an oral abstract at the 2015 WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Regional Conference in April.  The WGEA, WSGA, and WSOR are all professional organizations within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), a non-profit association that represents US & Canadian medical schools.

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who is an invited speaker at the global oncology symposium, Making Cancer a Priority in Global Health, scheduled for March 31, 2015, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  His talk is entitled, “What Global Oncology Can Learn from the Experience of HIV Treatment.”  Click here for more information about the symposium and agenda.

  • Kudos to Jeremy Branzetti, MD, Associate Program Director of the UW Emergency Medicine Residency Program, who was recently named recipient of the 2015 Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Faculty Teaching Award.  Dr Branzetti was recognized for his contributions to the education of emergency medicine residents. Nationally, Dr Branzetti also serves as the Chair of the Four Year Program Community of Practice.

  • Congratulations go to Rose FernandezMD, who is a recent grant recipient from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program.  Her grant, “Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] Training for Health Care Workers Treating Patients with Highly Contagious Infectious Diseases,” will evaluate training and the impact of using extensive PPE when treating patients with high-risk profile diseases (such as Ebola).

  • Kudos to Heemun KwokMD, MS, who is a grant recipient from the State of Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund, established in 2005 by the Governor and the Washington State Legislature to improve the health and economic wellbeing of the State’s residents. His grant, “Transforming the Paradigm of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation: Patient-Specific Treatment through Innovative Technology,” will fund the creation of a software product that will guide the best course of treatment for the individual patient during continuous CPR.  Dr Kwok is co-investigator of the grant.

  • Kudos to Michael Vrablik, DO, for his article, “The Diagnostic Accuracy of Bedside Ocular Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Retinal Detachment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine 65 (2015), 199-203. You can view the article here.

  • Kudos to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, for his three articles: “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: What Thinking Aloud Tells Us about Clinical Reasoning” in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, December 2014; 783-785 (link); “A Systematic Review of Validity Evidence for Checklists Versus Global Rating Scales in Simulation-Based Assessment” in Medical Education 49 (2015),  161-173 (link); and “Disrupting Diagnostic Reasoning: Do Interruptions, Instructions, and Experience Affect the Diagnostic Accuracy and Response Time of Resident and Emergency Physicians?” in Academic Medicine, (ePub ahead of print) Jan 2015 (link).

  • Congratulations to Johsua Jauregui, MD, who was appointed as co-lead of the Scholarship Core of the UW’s Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME).  CLIME was established to promote scholarship and professional development for educators across UW Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, who was appointed as CLIME’S Associate Director. 

  • Kudos to Jason Heiner, MD, who was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Tak Watase, MD, MBA, whose article, “Educating Emergency Medicine Residents in Emergency Department Administration and Operations: Needs and Current Practice,” was recently published in The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (December 2014: 770-773). 

  • Kudos to EM3 Emily Junck, MD, for being acknowledged for her “52 articles in 52 weeks,” a list of classic practice-changing Emergency Medicine articles, in Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.  Click here for the link.  Congratulations Emily!

  • Kudos to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who will be panelist/moderator for “Ebola in 2015—and Beyond,” a panel discussion sponsored by the World Affairs Council (based in Seattle) and scheduled for January 22.   Details:  Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015. Time:  7:00pm to 8:00pm; wine reception beginning at 6:30pm. Location:  The Landing at Northcut, 5001-25th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.  Click here to register.

  • Congratulations to Michael Sayre, MD, who has officially been appointed as Medical Director of the Seattle Fire Department.  The Medical Director of the Seattle Fire Department is responsible for the oversight of more than 70,000 patients cared for by the 1,000 uniformed Seattle Firefighters and 70 paramedics and is responsible for ongoing QA and research to improve delivery of care to these patients.  During the 45 years of the Medic One program, Dr Sayre is only the third physician to hold the position following Leonard A. Cobb, MD, and Michael K. Copass, MD. Previous to joining our faculty, Dr Sayre held leadership positions within Emergency Medical Services (EMS) around the country, including Medical Coordinator for Life Flight Air Medical Transport of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA; Medical Director for the Center for Prehospital Education at the University of Cincinnati; Medical Director for the City of Cincinnati Division of Fire; and member of the Regional Physicians Advisory Board for the Region I State Board of the EMS for the State of Ohio. Dr Sayre has also held leadership positions within the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and within the American Heart Association.

  • Congratulations to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who was recently awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Evaluating Effectiveness, Efficiency and Cost of ART Service Delivery Models in Uganda and Zambia is a US$4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will closely examine facility-based ART care.  The primary objective is to understand the determinants of high quality, low cost care in limited-resource settings.  Currently, there exist many different models of ART delivery.  However, there is no consensus on best practices with regard to management, structure, ancillary services, drug and supply acquisition or other key components of the overall delivery system.  This study will examine facility effectiveness in terms of both retention and HIV RNA viral load suppression, a novel means of assessing program performance.  We will use innovative methods for determining facility efficiency and estimate the cost for ART services at the facility level.  The knowledge gained through the research will assist governments and donors as they continue to scale-up HIV services, allowing for more evidence-based decision making. 

  • Kudos to Amber Sabbatini, MD, MPH, who was chosen for the UW K12 program in Patient Centered Outcomes Research, a mentored career development training program in patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, funded jointly through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr Sabbatini will focus on evaluating the effectiveness and impact of acute-care delivery models and alternatives to hospital admission on the quality and safety of care delivered to emergency patients.

  • Congratulations to Jamie Shandro, MD, Emergency Medicine Clerkship Co-Director, who has been selected to lead a group of UW School of Medicine educators whose job it is to explore the theme of communications and interprofessionalism in the medical school curriculum. Her group is charged with developing content and exploring options for integrating it into the curriculum as part of the Medical School Curriculum Renewal and Development Project.

  • Kudos to Rose Fernandez, MD, and Jon Ilgen, MD, both of whom have articles publications cited in the "Critical Appraisal of EM Education Research: Best Publications of 2013" article in the November issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM). The stated goal of the AEM article is to “highlight the methodologically superior studies that are pertinent to teaching and education in emergency medicine." You can view the articles here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acem.12507/pdfEvaluation of a computer-based educational intervention to improve medical teamwork and performance during simulated patient resuscitations. Fernandez R, Pearce M, Grand JA, Rench TA, Jones KA, Chao GT, Kozlowski SW. Crit Care Med. 2013 Nov; 41(11):2551-62.  Link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949473Comparing diagnostic performance and the utility of clinical vignette-based assessment under testing conditions designed to encourage either automatic or analytic thought. Ilgen JS, Bowen JL, McIntyre LA, Banh KV, Barnes D, Coates WC, Druck J, Fix ML, Rimple D, Yarris LM, Eva KW. Acad Med. 2013 Oct;88(10):1545-51. ].  Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23969355

  • Congratulations  to Alex St. John, MD, Senior Fellow, who received the 2014 Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium for his presentation entitled, Description of Dilutional Coagulopathy during Crystalloid Fluid Resuscitation in Hemorrhagic Shock. Dr St. John received his award at the November 15-18 symposium in Chicago. A significant number of other EM faculty, residents, researchers, and  & nurses contributed co-authored presentations at this same event. Click here to see a list of those presentations and authors. Kudos to all.

  • Congratulations to four EM faculty who recently received UW PRAISE awards. PRAISE (Patient Reported Assessment In Satisfaction and Excellence) awards (Patient Reported Assessment In Satisfaction and Excellence awards) reflect patient comments and are given to healthcare providers who have been rated among the top in the nation for their listening and communication skills. EM faculty recipients are Adeyinka Adedipe, MD; Jason Heiner, MD; Bryce Meeker, MD; and Stephen Morris, MD, MPH.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS was appointed Associate Scientific Advisor for the magazine Science Translational Medicine.

  • Dr Andrew McCoy, fellow (Emergency Medicine) is featured in “Testing and building skills, one emergency at a time” in Health Sciences NewsBeat

  • Congratulations to the new Interim Co-Medical Directors of the Washington Poison Center, Drs Betty Chen and Matt Valento, whose appointments were effective August 1, 2014.  A huge thank you as well to Dr William Hurley, who served as the WAPC Medical Director for seven years and as Associate Medical Director since 1994.  Read the WAPC news release here.

  • Congratulations go to Jared Strote, MD, MS, and Patrick Maher, MD, for their recent article and report, “Medical conditions and restraint in patients experiencing excited delirium,” published in theJournal of Emergency Medicine 32 (2014), 1093-1096.  You can view the article here

  • Herbie Duber, MD, MPH will be a featured speaker at the international conference, “Harnessing the Power of Big Data for Decision Making:  IeDEA (International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate Aids)/NIH Collaboration,” on March 7, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.  The purpose of this meeting is to describe the potential of large/big data to conduct implementation science and public health surveillance, and is drawing on a wide range of international speakers.  Dr. Duber will be speaking on the “Global Burden of Disease.” For more about IeDEA, click here. 

  • Nathan White, MD, and his research team are featured in the UW Health Sciences’ Newsbeat in the article, “Small-scale Clot Detector, Big Value to Trauma Patients.” Coagulation defects occur rapidly following trauma and critical illness, and the current methods for detecting such deficits in a timely manner are neither sensitive nor accurate. This device, currently in development, is a POC method of detecting clot strength.  Nathan White and Nathan Sniadecki, UW Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Lead Investigator, have built a tremendous team of researchers and have made incredible progress over a very short period of time. You can view the article here.

  • Lauren Whiteside, MD, is featured in the UW Health Sciences’ Newsbeat in the article, “Recognizing Emotional Wounds That Come with Traumatic Injury.” Lauren is part of a research team, led by Dr. Doug Zatzick, UW Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, that is investigating the effect of psychological distress following trauma on physical recovery and the impact of specific patient centered treatment of post-traumatic stressors on recovery. Their work is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute (PCORI).  You can view the article here.

  • Kudos to Jeremy BranzettiMD, who was accepted into the University of Washington’s Technology Teaching Fellows program, offered through the Office of the Provost in cooperation with the Center for Teaching and Learning Scholars Program. Dr. Branzetti's project, “Implementation of a Hybrid Learning Model for Emergency Medicine Residency Didactics,” seeks to utilize new technologies to develop novel methods for group learning activities and to provide educational opportunities tailored to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.  The learnings from this project will significantly enhance the EM curriculum and educational experiences as well as those of the broader GME community.

  • Fiona Gallahue, MD, FACEP, was promoted to Associate Professor effective July, 2014. Dr. Gallahue joined the  faculty in the Division of EM in 2008. Initially primarily working in the Harborview ED, she has been an exceptional contributor to the clinical and academic missions of the institution from the start.  Fiona currently serves as the inaugural Program Director (PD) of the UW EM Residency, and has led the way for our many early successes. Dr. Gallahue’s scholarly work has focused in three areas over the past several years: emergency care of the abused, learner evaluation, and, most recently, transitions of care. Her work has resulted in publication of the book, Emergency Care of the Abused in 2008  and the Standardized Direct Observation Tool, developed by the CORD Standardized Assessment Committee which was chaired by Dr. Gallahue. This tool is now used by many residency programs across the country.

  • Kudos go to Jason Heiner, MD, for a new book chapter to be released during the month of February: Heiner JD, Chin EJ. “Use of Ultrasound in War Zones.” In Lumb, Karakitsos, eds. Critical Care Ultrasound. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier: 2014; 254-257.  Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Sean Nguyen, MD, and Joshua Jauregui, MD, whose abstract, “A Flipped Classroom Approach to an Emergency Medicine Clerkship,” has been accepted for a poster presentation (Dr. Nguyen) and for an oral abstract presentation (Dr. Jauregui) at the 2014 Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) annual meeting, March 31-April 2, in New Orleans.  The presentations will be presented in conjunction with Curricular Innovations in Medical Student Education, part of CORD’s Academic Assembly Advances in Education Research and Innovations Forum.

  • Two new publications have been produced by Nathan White, MD, MS: one in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: "Cryoprecipitate use in the PROMMTT study" and another in Hematology"Mechanisms of trauma-induced coagulopathy." Congrats!

  • Kudos to Lauren Whiteside, MD, for her recent publication in Pediatrics: "Nonmedical prescription opioid and sedative use among adolescents in the emergency department."

  • Jason Heiner, MD, is first author on a publication this month in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine: "Clinical Effects and Antivenom Use for Snake Bite Victims Treated at Three US Hospitals in Afghanistan." 

  • Congratulations to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, for two recent publications in Academic Emergency Medicine: "Emergency Care Research Funding in the Global Health Context: Trends, Priorities, and Future Directions" and "A Research Agenda for Acute Care Services Delivery in Low- and Middle-income Countries." 

  • A kudos goes out to Stephanie CooperMD, MS, whose article entitled "We Need to Cut the Neck!”: Confronting Psychological and Moral Distress during Emergency Cricothyrotomy," was recently published in the journal, Inquiry in Bioethics.

  • Shannon O'Keefe, MD, has recently published a manuscript in Annals: "No Diversion”: A Qualitative Study of Emergency Medicine Leaders in Boston, MA, and the Effects of a Statewide Diversion Ban Policy" (Authors: Shannon D. O’Keefe, MD; Salma Bibi, MPH; Julia E. Rubin-Smith, MSPH; James Feldman, MD, MPH).  This is an important addition to the medical literature in this quality and safety area.

  • Our application to begin an EMS Fellowship was just approved by the ACGME. Michael Sayre, MD, Fellowship Program Director, developed and submitted the UW application,  putting together a comprehensive curriculum that takes advantage of the extensive resources available through UW, Seattle Medic One EMS and training programs, King County Medic One, and ALNW. Our fellows will receive outstanding didactic and practical experiences during their training. We will be recruiting our first fellow to begin in July 2014; more info on EMS Fellowship page.

  • The 8th edition of Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice is now available. Jason Heiner, MD, coauthored a chapter entitled "The Combative Patient."

  • Jonathan Ilgen, MD, MCR, is first author of the publication "Comparing Diagnostic Performance and the Utility of Clinical Vignette-Based Assessment Under Testing Conditions Designed to Encourage Either Automatic or Analytic Though," in Academic Medicine.

  • Michael Sayre, MD, has been quoted in NBC News Health. Dr. Sayre discusses the advantages of why prolonged CPR works.

  • Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, and Stephen Morris, MD, MPH, are co-authors of the article "Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2012," published in Academic Emergency Medicine.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS, was awarded a grant entitled “Validation of a New Hemorrhage Control Device-iTClamp™,”  funded by Innovative Trauma Care. The iTClamp™ Hemorrhage Control System is a temporary wound closure device to control severe bleeding within seconds of application to a penetrating injury.

  • Lauren Whiteside, MD, has been awarded a grant from the EMF/NIDA for her proposal entitled Development and Validation of a Risk Prediction Screening Tool for Prescription Opioid Misuse Using Health Information Technology in an ED Sample.” The study proposes to derive and validate a risk prediction screening tool for prescription opioid misuse (POM) using health information technology among patients in the ED.

  • The August edition of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery features an article co-authored by Jason Heiner, MD: "The Remote Trauma Outcomes Research Network: Rationale and methodology for the study of prolonged out-of-hospital transport intervals on trauma patient outcome."

  • CNN quotes Michael Sayre, MD, in an article discussing CPR survival rates.

  • Lauren Whiteside, MD, is the 2nd author on "Dating Violence: Outcomes Following a Brief Motivational Interviewing Intervention Among At-risk Adolescents in an Urban Emergency Department," published in the June issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

  • Fiona Gallahue, MD, is co-author of "An Algorithm for Transition of Care in the Emergency Department," published in the June issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

  • Michael Sayre, MD, is the recipient of a Medtronic Foundation Grant award titled "Online Resuscitation Academy: Improving Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates, One Community at a Time." The concept is to develop an online format based on the 2-day semi-annual Resuscitation Academy conference. The goal is to leverage the expertise developed in Seattle and King County so that EMS leaders around the country can use the information to increase cardiac arrest survival in their communities.

  • William Hurley, MD, has a timely editorial on the topic of pediatric exposure to marijuana in Colorado and Washington, published online in JAMA Pediatrics. Co-author is Dr. Suzan Mazor from Seattle Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS, has been awarded an ITHS Small Pilot Grant awarded for his application entitled “Fibrin-Targeted Polymers for Hemostatic Applications.” Dr. White’s research focuses on the acute coagulation defect that occurs early following critical injury or illness.


  • Congratulations to medical student EM award winners for 2013. Erica Nelson, MD, heads to Harvard as our SAEM award winner. WA/ACEP awards went to Cody Hood, MD, who will join the University of Utah EM program, and Paul Doetsch, MD, who becomes a member of our EM residency program in June.

  • Harborview has won the 2013 Qualis Health Award for Excellence in Health Care Quality. The award recognizes the Emergency Department High Utilizer Program. This programs works with high ED utilizers to connect them with community resources that address their medical needs. The resulting benefit provides better healthcare for patients while reducing healthcare costs.

  • Jason Heiner, MD’s imaging versus ultrasound study "Young man with fever and shortness of breath" is published in the April 2013 edition of Annals of Emergency Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Rosemarie Fernandez, MD, for being named as an Editorial Board member of the publication, Simulation in Healthcare. This honor is in recognition of Dr. Fernandez’s expertise and many accomplishments in the area of simulation.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS, received the award for Best Oral Presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society of Emergency Medicine in Singapore. He presented his abstract entitled "Improved survival with less bleeding during limited resuscitation of uncontrolled hemorrhagic shock with fibrinogen concentrate as hemostatic agent."

  • Seattle and King County, WA report a 52% cardiac arrest survival rate, the highest in the world!  Discover how in the 2nd edition of Resuscitate!: How Your Community Can Improve Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest by Mickey Eisenberg, MD, director of King County EMS. This book details 15 steps that communities can take to improve survival rates. It is also the official textbook of the Resuscitation Academy.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS, will be the recipient of the 2013 SAEM Young Investigator’s Award. This Award recognizes those SAEM members who have demonstrated commitment and achievement in research during the early stage of their academic career. The Society’s core mission includes the creation of knowledge, and this award recognizes those who have achieved early success in this sphere."

  • In the February issue of Academic Emergency Medicine, several faculty have articles: Jonathan Ilgen, MD, MCR, for "Technology-enhanced Simulation in Emergency Medicine: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Heemun Kwok, MD, MS, is 2nd author of the article "Does Preexisting Antiplatelet Treatment Influence Postthrombolysis Intracranial Hemorrhage in Community-treated Ischemic Stroke Patients? An Observational Study." And in the same issue, two articles by our faculty, Jeremy Branzetti, MD and Jonathan Ilgen, MD, MCR, were cited as Best Medical Education Publication of 2011. These articles were: 1)  Branzetti: "A novel online didactic curriculum helps improve knowledge acquisition among non-emergency medicine rotating residents," and 2) Ilgen: "Adjusting our lens: can developmental differences in diagnostic reasoning be harnessed to improve health professional and trainee assessment?"  Congrats!

  • 2nd year resident Patrick Maher, MD, was recently published in the BMJ Case Report with his article entitled "Osgood-Schlatter Disease."

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