Emergency Medicine Divisions & Sections

The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides emergency care to the south-central Wisconsin area and sponsors advanced education, training, and specialized patient care and research within the following sub-specialty areas.

The scope of these clinical services combined with research in a number of different areas results in dynamic relationships fostering stronger research and patient care. Many faculty are both clinical practitioners and researchers, allowing the department to transform research into a continuum from investigation through discovery to translation into real-life clinical practice, thereby linking even the most basic research to practical improvements in human health.


Division of Critical Care Medicine

The Division of Critical Care Medicine focuses on caring for patients who are seriously or critically ill or injured, as well as delivering complex care to patients living with serious illnesses. The division coordinates emergency department operations with the ICU and helped to found the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program at UW Health, which has been recognized as a Gold Level Center for Excellence in Life Support by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.

Division of Emergency Ultrasound

The Division of Emergency Ultrasound consists of five fellowship-trained faculty with diverse training backgrounds and interests. We are dedicated to providing innovative ultrasound education for a variety of learners, including faculty, fellows, residents, advanced practice providers, and medical students. We support an active, sustaining clinical ultrasound program with the majority of emergency medicine faculty members credentialed to bill and perform ultrasounds for clinical care.

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine provides collaborative, patient and family-centered care to meet the emergency care needs of children throughout the region. Our research focuses on injury prevention, EMS education, acute pain management, and medical simulation.

Division of Prehospital Medicine

The Division of Prehospital Medicine works closely with 911 dispatchers, first responders, and field EMS personnel to provide care for the critically ill and injured patients in the surrounding region through state-of-the-art clinical services and world-class education, research, and advocacy.  

Global Health

The Global Health section aims is to build relationships with partnering institutions in order to improve health and education in their communities, as well as train physicians interested in pursuing a career in international emergency medicine and global emergency medicine research. Our program maintains a strong commitment to the implementation of public health at the local to global level and is a partner of UW–Madison's renowned Global Health Institute.


The Emergency Medicine Simulation section is focused on training residents in the timely recognition and appropriate intervention for critically ill patients. Besides learning medical management, simulation training provides a hands-on opportunity to improve teamwork and practice procedural skills.


Image in right panel credit: Jade Juhl 2015