Department Blog

Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD, delivered the keynote address at the first Emergency Medicine Translational Research conference, presented jointly by the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine and the National Foundation of Emergency Medicine (NFEM) Feb. 1-3 in San Diego. Speakers from the Department of Emergency Medicine included Professor and Chair Brian J. Browne, MD, Professor and Director of Research Stephen R. Thom, MD, PhD, and Associate Professor Gentry Wilkerson, MD. Attending the conference as invited scholars were Department of Emergency Medicine assistant professors J. David Gatz, MD, Dan Gingold, MD, MPH, and Alexis Salerno, MD, and clinical assistant professor Zachary Dezman, MD, MS.

Clinical Assistant Professor Kyle R. Fischer, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor Zachary Z.W. Dezman, MD, MS, and Research Associate Benoit Stryckman, MA, are among the authors of Illicit Fentanyl Exposure Among Victims of Violence, published Dec. 8, 2022 in the Journal of Surgical Research. This study found that patients injured by violence who used illicit fentanyl had higher rates of ventilator usage, more ICU admissions, and more trauma center encounters than violent injury victims who did not use fentanyl. The authors suggest fentanyl testing of patients injured by violence could identify candidates for violence prevention services and substance abuse treatment.

Assistant Professors Afrah A. Ali, MBBS, Brian Corwell, MD, and Angela Smedley, MD are named “Top Docs” for emergency medicine in Baltimore Magazine’s 2022 survey of physicians throughout Central Maryland.

Associate Professor Ben Lawner, DO, EMT-P, was an invited speaker at the Maryland Resuscitation Academy held Nov. 29-30 at the Howard County Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville, MD. Dr. Lawner lectured on airway management strategies and the post cardiac arrest syndrome to fire department and public safety professionals from across the country.

Clinical Assistant Professor Jason Adler, MD, received the Challenge Coin award from the Emergency Department Practice Management Association. The award recognizes Dr. Adler’s numerous presentations, podcasts, and workshops for emergency physicians’ groups in many states to ready them for the “generational change” to new guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2023) for documenting patient encounters and medical decision making in the emergency department.

“If you think health care is dysfunctional now, just wait until after January 1,” by Assistant Professor Gregory Jasani, MD, is one of the six most-read First Opinion essays of 2022 on STAT, a leading health and medicine journalism website. The article warns that with proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements, "emergency departments might soon be filled with more and more people who can’t access primary care." (The proposed cuts were lessened but not eliminated.)

David E. Marcozzi, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, is the new Associate Dean for UMMC Clinical Affairs in the School of Medicine, UMSOM Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD has announced.

As Associate Dean, Dr. Marcozzi will collaborate with UMMC clinical and finance leaders on service delivery innovations to strengthen support for clinical and academic medicine. He will continue in his roles as chief clinical officer and senior vice president of UMMC. Dr. Marcozzi joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2016 and has served as COVID-19 Incident Commander for both the UMB campus and the University of Maryland Medical System, and as senior medical advisor for COVID-19 to Governor Larry Hogan.

Posted 12/23/2022 by Eileen O'Brien

High-dose nitroglycerin infusion in the ED

Ashley Martinelli, PharmD, UMMC Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, and Amal Mattu, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, are among the authors of "High-dose nitroglycerin infusion description of safety and efficacy in sympathetic crashing acute pulmonary edema: The HI-DOSE SCAPE study," Am J Emerg Med. 2023 Jan;63:74-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2022.10.018. Epub 2022 Oct 18. Coauthors were Brandon Houseman and Wesley Oliver of the UMMC Department of Pharmacy and Sandeep Devabhakthuni of the School of Pharmacy at UMB.

This report is the largest study to examine the infusion of ?100 mcg/min of nitroglycerin as a strategy for the management of sympathetic crashing acute pulmonary edema (SCAPE). It concludes that infusion may be a safe alternative to intermittent bolus of high-dose nitroglycerin.

Posted 12/10/2021 by Deborah Stein

Lawner Featured: A Case Review Discussing Shock

Benjamin J. Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was featured on “A Case Review Discussing Shock” with the Baltimore Critical Care Transport Collaborative on August 23, 2021.

Zachary D.W. Dezman, MD, MS, MS, Assistant Professor, and Bradford E. Schwartz, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, both of the Department of Emergency Medicine, are among the creators of the Emergency Department Drug Surveillance (EDDS) system, along with the University of Maryland, College Park’s Center for Substance Abuse Research, led by Eric Wish, PhD. The EDDS system collects data from drug screens performed on patients experiencing overdose in UMMS hospitals. Those deidentified data were published on November 30, 2021, and are now available for researchers to examine and work with.