Department Blog

Posted 10/16/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Lemon and Dr. Strobel Publish in EMResident

The October 8th edition of EMResident, published by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association, contains an article by Chris Lemon, MD, Chief Resident, and Ashley Strobel, MD, a 2015 graduate of our Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency. You can read their article, titled “The Options for Training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine,” at

Posted 10/14/2015 by Linda Kesselring

The Role of Faith in Medicine

A conversation between Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, and Greg Henry, MD, a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, on the topic of the role of faith in medicine, was published in the August 17th issue of Emergency Physicians Monthly. The transcript, published as “The Soul of the Matter: Can Believing in God Make You a Better Doctor?,” is available at the journal’s website,, under Dr. Henry’s column, “Oh Henry.” Because the conversation drifted toward quantum theory, Jason Bryslawskyj, a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was invited to offer clarifying commentary.

Zachary Dezman, MD, MS, is the lead author of the article titled “Failure to Clear Elevated Lactate Predicts 24-Hour Mortality in Trauma Patients,” published in this month's issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. His study collaborators and co-authors are Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD; Angela Comer, MPH, and Gordon Smith, MBChB, MPH, (from the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems); and Mayur Narayan, MD, MPH, MBA, and Thomas Scalea, MD (from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center).

Posted 10/9/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mulligan Helps Organize EM in Southeast Asia

Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, served as an advisor to the first meeting of emergency medicine executives representing the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The purpose of the meeting, held in Bangkok in mid-September, was to begin to integrate emergency health care resources in the region, to develop and coordinate training and research opportunities, and to lay the foundation for the formation of the ASEAN Emergency Medicine Network. ASEAN was formed in 1967 as an economic and political organization that encourages the region’s economic growth, standard of living, and international collaboration. Its members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Posted 10/2/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Lipid Emulsion Therapy Guidelines Being Developed

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, is participating in a workgroup convened by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology to discuss and clarify the clinic applications of intravenous lipid therapy. Lipid emulsion has been used for about 10 years to counter cardiovascular collapse induced by local and regional anesthetics and, more recently, in the management of overdoses of lipophilic drugs. The purpose of the workgroup is to review the relevant medical literature and then develop evidence-based clinical guidelines. The structure and strategy of the group are described in the July issue of Clinical Toxicology (2015;53[6]:557‒564).

Posted 9/30/2015 by Linda Kesselring

The Role of Microparticles in Decompression Sickness

Documenting his ongoing studies of the role of microparticles in decompression sickness, Stephen Thom, MD, PhD, recently published two articles in the applied physiology literature. His research team of Ming Yang, MS, Veena Bhopale, PhD, and Jasjeet Bhullar, PhD, along with colleagues from the University of Split in Croatia, published “Ascorbic Acid Supplementation Diminishes Microparticle Elevations and Neutrophil Activation Following SCUBA Diving” in the August issue of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integration and Comparative Physiology. Dr. Thom is the lead author of “Association of Microparticles and Neutrophil Activation with Decompression Sickness,” published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology. That article presents the findings of an international collaborative investigation, with contributions from Dr. Yang, Dr. Bhopale, and Douglas Sward, MD, along with colleagues from California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Italy, and Sweden.

Posted 9/28/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Drs. Chasm and Dezman Publish in Annals

Rose Chasm, MD, and Zachary Dezman, MD, MS, published an article in the Images in Emergency Medicine column in the October issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. The article describes an 11-year-old girl with nasal congestion, fever, and blurred vision in her right eye. The authors’ description of the diagnostic process and treatment strategy can be read at

Posted 9/23/2015 by Linda Kesselring

The Use of Social Media in Residency Education

Michael Bond, MD, is a co-author of “Recommendations from the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Social Media Committee on the Role of Social Media in Residency Education and Strategies on Implementation,” published in the July issue of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. The recommendations were drafted by CORD’s Social Media Committee, discussed during a day-long forum at CORD's 2014 Academic Assembly, and then refined by a panel of 22 emergency medicine residency program directors and social media experts. The refinement process took place on Google Groups, an online discussion platform.

Posted 9/21/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Butler to Receive National Award

Ken Butler, DO, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Janice A. Wachtler Educator of the Year Award from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP). The award recognizes Dr. Butler’s education of residents at the University of Maryland, his contribution to the educational literature, his dedication to medical education on a worldwide basis, and his support of continuing medical education within ACOEP and other emergency medicine associations. The award will be presented during ACOEP’s Scientific Assembly, to be held in Orlando in October.

Posted 9/19/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Applied Physiology Articles Published

Ming Yang, MS, Veena Bhopale, PhD, and Stephen Thom, MD, PhD, recently published two articles in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The July issue contains their article titled “Ascorbic Acid Abrogates Microparticle Generation and Vascular Injuries Associated with High-Pressure Exposure.” Their article in the August issue is titled “Separating the Roles of Nitrogen and Oxygen in High Pressure-Induced Blood-Borne Microparticle Elevations, Neutrophil Activation, and Vascular Injury in Mice.”