Department Blog

Posted 8/13/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Sommerkamp and Dr. Gibson on 2015 LLSA Reading List

The 2015 LLSA Reading List  includes an article by Dr. Sarah Sommerkamp and Dr. Alisa Gibson, titled "Cardiovascular Disasters in Pregnancy." It was published in the November 2012 issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America.  The reading list has been posted on our intranet. 

Posted 8/11/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Bridge Project Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

Dr. Brian Browne was one of seven speakers at a press conference held in the medical center on August 11 to announce government and corporate donations to The Bridge Project, which provides counseling and other assistance to domestic violence victims treated in the emergency department and Shock Trauma. The medical center received gifts of $50,000 from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (through the federal Victims of Crime Act) and $25,000 from Verizon, which will be used to make  the Bridge Project's services available around the clock. Also on the panel that announced these awards were Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Dr. Carnell Cooper (founder of  Shock Trauma's Violence Intervention Program), and Dr. Deb Stein (Chief of Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine). 

Posted 8/1/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Hematology/Oncology Emergencies, August EMCNA

The August issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, on the topic of hematology/oncology emergencies, contains an article by Dr. Mike McCurdy and his colleagues Dr. Umar Kahn and Dr. Carl Shanholtz from the Division of Pumonary and Critical Care Medicine. The title of their article is "Oncologic Mechanical Emergencies." The issue was guest edited by Dr. Jack Perkins, a 2007 graduate of our residency and now an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine. Dr. Amal Mattu is the consulting editor for the EMCNA series. 

Posted 7/17/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mulligan's Recent Lectures in UAE and Oman

Terry  Mulligan, DO, MPH, was a faculty member for the 12th Middle East Emergency Medicine Congress, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in early June. He presented two lectures: “Building a Geriatric Emergency Department” and “Literature Review for Pediatrics.” He also traveled to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman to present 3 hours of Grand Rounds lectures on clinical emergency medicine topics at Sultan Qaboos University.

Posted 7/16/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Zach Dezman Receives AOSSM Award for Research

Recent residency graduate Zachary Dezman, MD, MS, received a 2014 T. David Sisk Award for Research Excellence from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for his article titled "Neck Strength Imbalance Correlates with Increased Head Acceleration in Soccer Heading," published in the July/August 2013 issue of Sports Health. The award, presented during the society's annual conference in Seattle in July, recognizes its "best original research paper" for the preceding year. 

Posted 7/9/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Learns CPR from Dr. Lawner

In a collaboration among  our Department of Emergency Medicine, the UM School of Medicine, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and the  Baltimore City Office of the Mayor. Dr. Ben Lawner led a demonstration of hands-only CPR at City Hall. You can watch a report from the event at

Posted 7/7/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Calvello Receives UMB Faculty Grant

Emilie Calvello, MD, MPH, received one of the 14 interprofessional faculty grants that were awarded this spring by the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives. Dr. Calvello used the $10,000 award to cover the cost of travel to Africa for herself, a pharmacy student, and a medical student as they launched their study titled “Community-Based Perceptions of Emergency Care in Kenya.”


Posted 7/3/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Kat Stephanos Publishes Influenza Article

Congratulations to Kathleen Stephanos, MD, a resident in our EM/Peds program, for her article titled "Influenza and the Flu Vaccine," which was published in the June/July issue of EM Resident. Her article is available at

Posted 7/1/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Rob Rogers in New Zealand

Dr. Rob Rogers was a plenary speaker and faculty member for the General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME 2014), held in Rotorua, New Zealand, in mid-June. Five hundred primary care physicians, nurses, and practice managers attended the convention. Dr. Rogers led a 2-hour pre-conference workshop on the interplay between emergency medicine and primary care; presented a plenary session lecture on abdominal vascular emergencies; and led sessions on the topics of pulmonary embolism, vascular catastrophes, clinical decision making, and severe hypertension.


Posted 6/18/2014 by Linda Kesselring

EMS Care 2014, Ocean City

Three EM faculty members presented lectures at EMS Care 2014, the annual continuing education conference sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. The title of the lecture by Jennifer Guyther, MD, was “Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones: Pediatric Injuries.” Roger Stone, MD, MS, the medical director for the Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Service, presented a breakout session on “Crew Resource Management: It’s Not Just a ‘Fire Thing’!” Ben Lawner, DO, EMT-P, deputy EMS medical director for the Baltimore City Fire Department, presented “Controversies and Conundrums in Trauma Care” and delivered the closing keynote address, “EMS Darwin Awards: Perfectly Good Calls Gone Bad.”