Department Blog

Posted 4/26/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Tran and Dr. Chang Receive SCCM Award

A multidisciplinary research group led by Quincy K. Tran, MD, PhD, won the Silver Snapshot Abstract Award at the 2019 Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, held in San Diego in February. Their winning abstract was titled “Resuscitation Unit Transferred More While Providing Similar Outcomes for Patients with Stroke from Large Vessel Occlusion.” Dr. Tran’s collaborators in this project are Karen L. Yarbrough, DNP, CRNP, and Michael Phipps, MD, Department of Neurology; Wan-Tsu W. Chang, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine; Jay Menaker, MD, Department of Surgery; and Paul Capobianco, Amir Medic, Asim Shafique, Isabella Swafford, and Timothy Traynor, who were students at the University of Maryland, College Park, at the time of the study.

Posted 4/24/2019 by Linda Kesselring

Transport Destinations for Low-Acuity Patients

Roger Stone, MD, MS, was a co-presenter of “Alternative Transport Destinations for Your Lowest Acuity Patients” at EMS Today 2019, held at National Harbor in February. His collaborator was Alan Butsch, MA, NRP, Battalion Chief of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, for which Dr. Stone serves as medical director. EMS Today is an annual educational conference sponsored by JEMS. Its lectures, exhibits, and equipment demonstrations attract more than 4600 emergency medical services personnel from around the world. The presentation by Dr. Stone and Chief Butsch was one of three from EMS Today 2019 to be covered by, an online information resource for prehospital care personnel.

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:

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