Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine | Research


The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has built a premiere research enterprise with over $4 million in NIH funding placing it in first place of all US emergency medicine programs. The faculty have a wide range of research interests including basic science, health policy, and clinical patient-oriented research. As a group, the faculty publish approximately 40 peer reviewed research manuscripts annually and have numerous oral and poster presentations at the major national emergency medicine meetings. Fellows, residents, and students are encouraged to participate in our exciting multidisciplinary research teams working collaboratively to improve emergency care through scientific research.

Two major events regarding research occurred in 2006: The Center for Resuscitation Science opened and the Division of Healthcare Policy was formed. The Center is devoted to improving the science of resuscitation medicine and has basic science, health policy and clinical components. The opening was celebrated by the awarding to the center of a $1.3 million grant from the Laerdal Corporation. The division of Healthcare Policy is comprised of faculty from both within and without of the department and coordinates all policy research related to emergency medicine.

A nationally respected and highly productive patient-oriented Clinical Research Program has been in existence in the department for over a decade. The creation of a national model for research assistants (“Academic Associates”), along with a fully electronic emergency medical record, have led to the development of large, sophisticated databases despite the challenges of doing research in the acute setting.
Another focus of important research in the department is the Division of Hyperbaric Medicine. Basic research is directed at elucidating the pathophysiology of endothelial cell oxidative stress caused by exposure to carbon monoxide and clinical studies have focused on treatment modalities.

We invite you to explore the research interests of each faculty member by visiting each individual profile or by visiting the Centers, Divisions, and Programs listed at the left.



Top ^