Department Blog

Posted 5/30/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Hirshon Interviewed on WTOP Radio

Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, was interviewed by Bruce Alan of WTOP News in Washington regarding the effect of the Affordable Care Act on emergency departments. Topics included the shortage of primary care physicians, access to care for the mentally ill, and the need for federal policymakers to improve resource allocation through their funding decisions. Dr. Hirshon chairs the ACEP Task Force that compiled America's Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card, an assessment of the "health" of emergency medical services across the country.

Posted 5/26/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Drs. Martinez and Mattu Publish in Geriatrics Book

Joe Martinez, MD, and Amal Mattu, MD, contributed the chapter on abdominal pain to Geriatric Emergency Medicine: Principles and Practice, which was published by Cambridge University Press in April.

Posted 5/22/2014 by Linda Kesselring

EMRA Pediatric ECG Card

Ashley Strobel, MD, recently published the EMRA Pediatric ECG Pocket Card, which describes congenital cardiac anomalies and causes of sudden cardiac death in children. This handy reference tool presents ECG interpretations based on age and ED-relevant Davignon intervals. It is available at the ACEP bookstore.

Posted 5/12/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Stone Certified in EMS Medicine

Congratulations to Roger M. Stone, MD, MS, who was recently certified in EMS medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. In additon to his clinical and academic roles on our faculty, Dr. Stone serves as Medical Director for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Posted 5/5/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mattu Lectures in Las Vegas

Dr. Amal Mattu presented three lectures in Las Vegas in late April: "Wide Complex Tachycardias: Myths and Pitfalls" and "Acute MI: A Big Piece of Medico-Legal Pie" at the 25th Annual High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference" and "Everyday Leadership: Secrets of Great Minds Through the Ages" at EmCare's 27th Annual Leadership Conference.

Posted 5/2/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Hypercapnia and Backboards

The current issue of EM Resident, the membership magazine of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Associaton, contains two articles from our department: "Pulling the Trigger: A Brief Review of Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure" by Adeleke Oni, MD, and Semha Tewelde, MD, and "Backboards: Do They Really Have Your Back?" by Christina Tupe, MD, and J.V. Nable, MD. The issue is available at

Posted 4/25/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Andi Tenner at Virginia Tech

Andi Tenner, MD, MPH, presented the Grand Rounds lecture for the Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Roanoke on April 24. Her topic was "Global Emergency Health: Seeing Your World from a New Perspective." Her visit was arranged by Dr. Jack Perkins, a graduate of our residency, who is now on the emergency medicine faculty at Virginia Tech.

Posted 4/19/2014 by Linda Kesselring

The Gold Coast of Australia

Rob Rogers, MD, and Haney Mallemat, MD, were invited faculty members for the Social Media and Critical Care Gold Conference, held on the Gold Coast of Australia in mid-March. They each presented plenary lectures (Dr. Rogers, "What Would Osler Tweet?," and Dr. Mallemat, "The Art and Science of Fluid Responsiveness") as well as lectures in the social media and education workshops.

Posted 4/17/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Doug Sward Lectures on Search and Rescue

Doug Sward, MD, was an invited speaker for the Third Mid-Atlantic Student Wilderness Medicine Conference, held at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on April 12 and 13. His topic was "Search and Rescue: Strategy and Initial Actons."

Posted 4/13/2014 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mattu Lectures at Stanford

On April 8 and 9, Dr. Amal Mattu was a visiting professor for the emergency medicine residency program at Stanford University in California. During those two very full days, he precepted their journal club in a discussion of recent articles on cardiology, led a legal case discussion, presented a Grand Rounds lecture on "Everyday Leadership," and served as a judge for the program's Research Forum.