Developing new knowledge to improve emergency care is a core mission of the Department.   This effort results in many different types of research on many different topics.

Trauma and Injury

Injuries are a major reason for visits to an emergency department.  These can result in immediate threat to life, long-term disability, reduced function, and reduced participation.   Understanding better ways to stabilize, treat, and support persons who have an acute injury is a cornerstone of emergency medicine.  

Emergency medical services (EMS)

The care and transport of patients outside of the hospital is the responsibility of tens of thousands of professionals in over 2000 EMS agencies and even more first responder systems across the US.   EMS is one pillar of public health.  EMS is a key asset in the resilience of the public to natural or other disasters.   EMS is on the frontline of emergency care for all conditions and is the first point of entry for many patients to emergency departments.   We study how to optimally design and deploy EMS agencies, how clinical interventions can best impact patient outcomes, and how EMS personnel can optimally interface as part of integrated health care delivery systems.

Laboratory Studies

Clinical and preclinical investigations of new therapies and physiology begin in our laboratories.


See a list of publications from Emergency Medicine faculty.