Department Blog

Amal Mattu, MD, was honored with the prestigious Peter Rosen Award during the 2013 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, held in Las Vegas in February. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Academy in the area of academic leadership. Amal has served on several AAEM committees, has edited and contributed to many of the organization’s publications, and has been an invited speaker at every national AAEM conference since 2001. This is the fifth award that AAEM has bestowed on Amal to recognize his contributions and leadership.

The Elizabeth L. "Betty" Tso, MD, Endowed Professorship Fund is accepting contributions toward its sustaining principle. This fund, named in honor of one of the founding members of our department, and one of our most beloved faculty members, will support a faculty position dedicated to advancing our educational programs. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Sheila Young in the Development Office at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. You can reach Sheila at or 410-706-0106.

Posted 3/16/2013 by Kristin Cioffi

Faculty lecture for local EMS course

J.V. Nable and Ben Lawner presented lectures at the paramedic refresher course sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in late February. Seventy paramedics from across the country were trained during this 4-day program.

Bryan Hayes, Mike Winters, Brian Browne, and Jon Mark Hirshon published an article titled “To-Go Medications for Decreasing ED Return Visits” in the November 2012 issue of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Their co-authors on this paper were Leila Zaharna and Agnes Ann Feemster from Clinical Pharmacy and Investigational Drug Services, UMMC.

Posted 3/12/2013 by Kristin Cioffi

Faculty Podcast News

Dr. Rob Rogers’ podcast, “Educational Guides” (, was cited as one of “10 Clicks to Being a Savvier Clinician” by Medscape, part of the WebMD Health Professional Network.

Posted 4/16/2012 by Kristin Cioffi

Critical Procedures in Emergency Medicine Course

The first session of the new Critical Procedures in Emergency Medicine course is scheduled for April 17th! The course, the first of it's kind to be offered at the University of Maryland, sold out very quickly and is scheduled to be offered again in October. Using a combination of classroom instruction and a cadaver lab, participants will have the opportunity to practice critical care invasive procedures in a controlled environment. The course directors, Drs. Mak Moayedi and Mike Abraham, designed the course with emergency medicine professionals in mind and structured it so participants will receive a 2:1 instructor to participant teaching environment and a 1:1 participant to cadaver experience.

The course will be offered again on October 29th as a pre-conference workshop to the 2nd Annual Crashing Patient Conference. Contact Kristin Cioffi for more information.

Posted 4/4/2012 by Kristin Cioffi

Please welcome Dr. Rajagopal Srinivasan

Please join me is welcoming our newest faculty member, Dr. Rajagopal Srinivasan.

Dr. Srinivasan attended Emory University SOM and completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007. Since that time, he has been a member of the medical staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA.

He will be working full time on the clinical staff at Bon Secours hospital. Please join me in welcoming him to our team!

Posted 3/23/2012 by Kristin Cioffi

ECG Case of the Week

A 56 yo woman presents with hypotension, bradycardia, chest pain, and diaphoresis. ACLS probably won't help you here (and it's not hyperK this time!).

Want to know how the ECG can help you distinguish among the various causes of bradycardia? Give 14 minutes of your time to this video and you'll find out.

Posted 3/21/2012 by Kristin Cioffi

New Administrative Staff Member Joins Our Network

Please join me in welcoming our newest administrative staff member, Lauren Lerch.

Lauren is the new Executive Administrative Assistant for on the Eastern Shore and will be working out of The Memorial Hospital at Easton. In her role, she will be supporting Dr. Sal Verteramo, Dr. Jane Wang, Dr. Michael Joyce and the physician practice on the Shore.

Lauren is a native to the Shore and is coming to us with years of administrative experience. Her enthusiasm and professionalism are sure to assist her during her transition and I anticipate she will be a wonderful representative for our group throughout Shore Health.