Department Blog

Posted 4/23/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Drs. Bontempo and Seyoum Publish Case Report on Dyspnea

Laura J. Bontempo, MD, MEd, and Nubia Seyoum, MD, published the case report titled “Dyspnea in a Patient with Melanoma” in the January 2019 issue of Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine.


Posted 3/31/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Study of Scoring Systems for Prehospital Trauma Triage

Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, PhD, MPH, is the senior author of the article titled “Correlation Between the Revised Trauma Score and Injury Severity Score: Implications for Prehospital Trauma Triage,” published in the March/April issue of Prehospital Emergency Care. His collaborators in the study that led to this publication are lead author Samuel M. Galvagno, Jr, DO, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology; Michael S. Massey, MS, a medical student at the time of the study; Pierre Bouzat, MD, PhD, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble; Matthew J. Levy, DO, MSc, and Michael G. Millin, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Roumen Vesselinov, PhD, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health; and Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, and Thomas M. Scalea, MD, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.


Posted 3/27/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Resuscitating the Crashing Obese Patient

Brian K. Parker, MD, MS, Sara Manning, MD, and Michael E. Winters, MD, MBA, published “The Crashing Obese Patient” in the March issue of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (2019;20:323-330). Their article focuses on critical components in the resuscitation of the crashing obese patient in the ED: intubation, mechanical ventilation, circulatory resuscitation, and pharmacotherapy.  


Posted 3/25/2019 by Linda Kesselring

AWAEM Publishes Study of Faculty Retention and Advancement

Kinjal Sethuraman, MD, MPH, is the lead author of a commentary on the article titled “Impact of a Women-Focused Professional Organization on Academic Retention and Advancement: Perceptions from a Qualitative Study,” both of which are published in the March issue of Academic Emergency Medicine. She and her co-authors, Michelle Lall, MD (Emory), and Susan Watts, PhD (Texas Tech), Kathleen Clem (University of Central Florida), are members of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.


Posted 3/18/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Kuhn Named to AEM Editorial Board

Diane Kuhn, MD, PhD, has been named to the editorial board of Academic Emergency Medicine, published by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). As a resident member of the board, Dr. Kuhn will attend educational sessions about the peer-review process; write articles for the SAEM membership newsletter as well as a commentary for the journal; and work closely with a mentor, tracking manuscripts through submission, review, and decision. Her 1-year appointment will begin at SAEM's annual meeting in May. 


Posted 3/5/2019 by Linda Kesselring

UMEM Faculty Development Seminar

The Department of Emergency Medicine will present a Faculty Development seminar this Thursday, March 7, from 7:45 am to 2:30 pm in the SMC Campus Center. The program’s coordinator is Dr. Danya Khoujah. Lectures will be presented by Dr. Zach Dezman (“How to Critically Appraise a Paper”), Dr. Sarah Dubbs (“Imposter Syndrome”), Dr. Amal Mattu (“Finding Your Niche”), Dr. Kinjal Sethuraman (“Bias in MedEd”), and Dr. Laura Pimentel (“Conflict Resolution”). In the afternoon, Dr. Khoujah will be joined by Casey Antonakos to present the workshop titled “Creating Your Teaching Portfolio.” You can register at this address: https://umem.org/intranet/page/fd_event_spring.


Kinjal Sethuraman, MD, MPH, published the article titled “Gender Disparities in Trauma Care: How Sex Determines Treatment, Behavior, and Outcome” in the March issue of Anesthesiology Clinics. Her co-authors are Evie Marcolini, MD, now at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Jennifer Albright, in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UMSoM, and Lena Napolitano, MD, MCCM, at the University of Michigan Health System. 


Posted 2/25/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Preventing Cold-Related Emergencies

An article about the prevention of cold-related injuries and emergencies, written by Nick Walter, MD, Chuck Callahan, DO, and David Marcozzi, MD, was published in The Baltimore Times on Friday. It is available at http://baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2019/feb/22/help-fight-killer-cold-weather/. The authors were invited to write the article by the Prevention Matters Campaign in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (www.umm.edu/PreventionMatters).


Amal Mattu, MD, is the editor-in-chief of the second edition of Electrocardiography in Emergency, Acute, and Critical Care. His co-editors are Jeffrey A. Tabas, MD, of San Francisco General Hospital, and William J. Brady, MD, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Their 18-chapter book was published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in January. The three editors wrote the opening chapter, “The ECG and Clinical Decision-Making in the Emergency Department.” Two other chapters were contributed by emergency medicine faculty members: Semhar Tewelde, MD, and Maite Anna Huis in’t Veld, MD, wrote “ACS Mimics Part I: Non-ACS Causes of ST-Segment Elevation” and Michael Bond, MD, and Leen Alblaihed, MBBS, contributed “Pericarditis, Myocarditis, and Pericardial Effusions.” The book was copyedited by Linda Kesselring, MS, ELS, the technical editor/writer in the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Three professors in the Department of Emergency Medicine have been promoted to vice chairmanship positions, joining Brian Browne, MD, Professor and Chairman, in the department’s administrative leadership:

Amal Mattu, MD, is the new Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, focusing on faculty development and promotions. His duties include the mentoring of faculty members in their academic pursuits; enhancing the department’s education programs for fellows, residents, and medical students; and participating in the recruitment of new faculty members. Dr. Mattu has been the Vice Chair of the department since 2011.

As Vice Chair of Clinical and Administrative Affairs, Michael Winters, MD, MBA, is responsible for the business and administrative aspects of the department. He will negotiate contracts for clinical services, participate in the recruitment of new emergency care providers, and oversee compliance with billing practices. With this appointment, Dr. Winters leaves his position as the clinical director of UMMC’s adult emergency department, a post he held for the past 10 years. The ED’s new clinical director is Angela Smedley, MD, Assistant Professor.

As Vice Chair of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance, Brent King, MD, will develop innovative programs to educate clinical personnel about best practices, identify areas of potential risk and implement mitigation strategies to address them, and ensure the department’s compliance with practice regulations.