Department Blog - February 2019

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 The authors were invited to write the article by the Prevention Matters Campaign in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (

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.

Posted 2/20/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Maryland ACEP Educational Conference, March 14

Three faculty members from the Department of Emergency Medicine will present lectures at the Annual Educational Conference of the Maryland chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, to be held at the BWI Airport Marriott on March 14. Amal Mattu, MD, will present “Emergency Cardiology Literature Update: The Articles You’ve Got to Know!” Jason Adler, MD, will present “A Clinical Approach to Critical Care Coding ? Rapid Fire Pearls and Pitfalls You’ve Got to Know.” Sarah Dubbs, MD, will present “Next Gen Onc: Coming to an ED Near You!” Michael Bond, MD, served on the Education Planning Committee that designed the conference program. Registration information is available at

Michael Bond, MD, along with the program directors of eight other emergency medicine residencies, co-authored the article titled “Standardized Video Interviews Do Not Correlate to United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 and Step 2 Scores.” This illuminating article about the applicant-review process was published in the January issue of Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.