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Emergency Medicine

In the departmental listings, the following notations signify particular faculty appointments:

* Secondary appointment
+ Part time
^ Faculty member with secondary appointment outside the School of Medicine
# Faculty member with primary appointment outside the School of Medicine

Katherine L. Heilpern, Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine


Douglas S. Ander, Nadine J. Kaslow*, Brent W. Morgan, Michael Ross, Philip Shayne, Harold Simon*, Donald G. Stein*#

Associate Professors

Nicole M Franks, Leon L. Haley Jr., Sheryl L. Heron, Debra E. Houry, Alexandrer P. Isakov, shabnam Jain*, Naghma S. Khan*, Douglas W. Lowery-North III, Bryan F. McNally, Brent W. Morgan, Stephen L. Pitts, Tammie E. Quest, Scott M. Sasser, Daniel T Wu, David H. Wright, Arthur H. Yancey II

Assistant Professors

Fahim Atif, Jeremy Ackerman, Ryan Armstrong, Hany Y. Atallah, Patricia A. Baines, Sridhar Basavaraju+, Sierra Beck, Jann L. Blanton†, Alyssa Bryant, Jesse Cannon, James Patrick Capes, Arthur S. Chang, Stephanie Cohen*, Brian Costello*, Anne Daul, Timothy Everett Davis†, Paul DeSandre, Menelaos Demestihas, Tamara Espinoza, Alesia H. Fleming+*, Robert Forster, Keisha Fraser Doh, Angela Fusaro, Darria Gillespie+,Samuel Graitcer+,  Michael H. Greenwald*,  Abigail Hankin-Wei, Susanne Hardy, Jeremy J. Hess, Chad P. Huot, Edidiong Ikpe,  Ziao Kazzi, Matthew T. Keadey, Christine Keyes, Julio Lairet, Michelle Lall, Melissa Javier Lamberson+, Ruth Lamm, Scott Lasner, Jason Liebzeit, Jeffrey F. Linzer*,  John H. Lloyd+, Lisa R. Mack+, Ricardo Martinez†, Iyesatta Massaquoi, Anitha Matthew, Andre Matthews, Jehangir Meer, Kyle Minor, Brooks L. Moore, Sophie Morgan, Sidhant Nagrani, Nirmala Natarajan, Kathleen T. O’Donnell, Answar D. Osborne, Answar D. Osborne, Adam Pomerleau, Terri M. Pruitt, Bisan A. Salhi, Stephen Sanders, Iqbal Sayeed, Josha G. Schier, Michael D. Schwartz, Bijal Shah, Lekha A. Shah+, Cyrus Shahpar*+, Jeffrey Siegelman, Shruti Singal†, Laura Slivka-Villalon, Samuel J. Spizman*, Edward A. Stettner, David Sugarman*+, Jerry Daniel Thomas†, Byron P. Thompson†, Lekshmi Vaidyanathan, Kiera von Besser, Joshua N. Wallenstein, Richard Y. Wang†, Mark J. Ward*, Matthew A. Wheatley, Melissa H. White, Stella Wong


Ashleigh MaGill, Patrick Meloy, Dawn Mielke, Peta Gay Nolan, Adetolu Oyewo, Nicole Mylinski+

Senior Associates

Karim Ali, Justin Arnold*, Anika Backster, Ingrid Bloom, Molly Boyd, Melissa Halliday, Sean Lowe, Andrew Pendley, Alaina Steck*, Daniel Wood

Clinical Associate Professor

Claudia Morris

Clinical Assistant Professors

Marc Abramow, John Cheng*, Brenda Friedman, Amita Shroff

MD  915 Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Credit, 4 hours. This required four-week clerkship in emergency medicine during the Translation Phase of the curriculum is designed to assure students’ familiarity with a wide range of emergency situations from pediatric to adult medical and surgical emergencies. The clerkship is designed to develop the student’s bedside skills, diagnosis, and management of life-threatening conditions, with a focus on the undifferentiated patient.

Elective Opportunities

Emergency Medicine- Senior Electives

This rotation provides students with an opportunity to participate in the care of patients presenting to high volume, inner city Emergency Department with a wide variety of medical and traumatic illnesses. Each student will function as a subintern, working closely with Emergency Medicine residents and faculty. Didactic teaching is provided in the form of twice weekly departmental lectures, once weekly lectures designed specifically for off-service residents and students in the ED, and small group discussions with the course director covering a variety of topics. Each student also will have the opportunity to participate as a third rider with Grady EMS.

Medical Toxicology Clerkship

Students are exposed to a variety of aspects in the field of medical toxicology. The goals for the students are to learn the different toxidromes and basic clinical management of a toxicology patient. Students are expected to participate in the activities of the Georgia Poison Center. They assist in following patients throughout the state of Georgia and answer phone calls from the community. There are daily rounds on inpatients being followed by the medical toxicology consultation service. Medical students also assist in evaluating new consults during the day. The medical toxicology attending supervises a daily education conference. Journal club and case review conferences are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, respectively. Medical students are required to present articles and cases. Toxicology clinic is on Wednesday and medical students are expected to participate in seeing patients at the clinic and preparing a consultation report under the supervision of a fellow or a faculty member. Toxicology clinic gives medical students an opportunity to learn occupational toxicology. There are educational modules and toxicology articles for students to learn and read during the rotation. At the end of the month students deliver a thirty-minute presentation on a topic related to medical toxicology.

EM Research

Based on pre-rotation meetings, students will be assigned to a research project. This will entail prior reading of the applicable literature and a working knowledge of the research protocol. Students will participate in the ongoing activities of their research project and other departmental projects.


The objective of this elective is to familiarize students with the goals and objectives of emergency medical services in the community. The objectives will be met by involving students in the administrative and operational activities of ground and air emergency medical services agencies in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  The students will work closely with EMS physicians from the department of Emergency Medicine. Students will be expected to attend lectures and conferences and experiential activity as scheduled duing their rotation.

EM Ultrasound

The goal of the Emergency Ultrasound Elective is to expose fourth year medical student to the core ultrasound applications used in daily practice by emergency medicine physicians. This elective will allow students to develop hands on skills in image acquisition and bedside interpretation of images. The month long elective will provide an opportunity for students to scan daily on their own, supervised by emergency medicine residents and ultrasound faculty. They participate in weekly educational video reviews of all scans performed the preceding week led by ultrasound fellow and faculty. An online web based curriculum and other resources are provided to enhance their didactic learning. Lastly, there is an expectation that they will finish the elective with a minimum of 100 core EM application scans performed and interpreted correctly.