Ciara Barclay-Buchanan, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

Chief of Emergency Medicine, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

Associate Professor (CHS)


  • Undergraduate: Michigan State University – Lyman Briggs School
  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Sinai-Grace Hospital, Wayne State University - Chief Resident


Dr. Ciara Barclay-Buchanan completed her training in emergency medicine at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where she served as Chief Resident. Upon graduation, she joined the faculty at Wayne State University, serving as the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Site Director for both Wayne State University and Michigan State University at Sinai-Grace Hospital. She then served as the Associate Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine program at Sinai-Grace Hospital before joining the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of WIsconsin as the Associate Residency Program Director. She is currently Vice Chair of Operations for the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Emergency Medicine at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital Emergency Department. She leads our Quality, Operations, and Leadership Team (QOLT) and partners with others to deliver high-quality and efficient emergency medical care.

Her areas of interest include departmental operations, patient experience, peer review, trauma care, education, and mentorship. She has authored and edited several emergency medicine textbooks. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Wisconsin with her husband and two boys.

Awards & Recognition

Recent Alumni Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2017)