The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine research program exists:

“To conduct innovative clinical and translational emergency care research to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin and beyond.”

To achieve this mission, our faculty and staff members develop their original research ideas, obtain funding, and publish high impact papers.  For more detailed information, please see our “Research Programs” pages.

Our faculty and staff are also dedicated to collaborating with academic and industry partners.  If you are interested in conducting research in the emergency department, either as an academic or industry partner, please refer to the “Conducting Research in the ED”  guidelines, or email Dr. Manish N. Shah, Vice Chair of Research at


Recent Research News/Announcements

Department Ranked 9th in Nation for 2018 NIH Research Funding

The 2018 Blue Ridge Rankings are out, and DEM is ranked #9 in national NIH funding for Emergency Medicine, doubling its funding from 2017. An outstanding accomplish from being unranked in 2014!

Congratulations to Manish Shah, MD MPH, ranked #5 in the country, and to Michael Repplinger, MD PhD, ranked #79 – both achieving higher rankings since last year.

Our ranking reflects the dedication and efforts of the faculty and staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the staff in the Emergency Department. Every person has contributed, whether through developing, writing, and administering the grants, recruiting research subjects, participating in research studies, answering surveys, analyzing the data, writing papers, or using our findings to improve the care we deliver to our patients and communities. We could never have made it without this team effort.

There are many more research studies to come. We will keep striving until we are ranked #1.

6/27/19: Multidisciplinary team of researchers published in Medical Care

"Training and Interpreting Machine Learning Algorithms to Evaluate Fall Risk After ED Visits"

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6/20/19: Dr. Patterson Receives EM Excellence Award in Scholarship

Congratulations to Brian Patterson, MD MPH on receiving the 2019 BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship!

Manish Shah, MD MPH receives prestigious Gerson-Anders Award from the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Manish Shah, MD MPH receives prestigious Gerson-Sanders Award from the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) for his significant contributions to improving geriatric emergency care. Dr. Shah's persistence and continuous championing of geriatric patient care in the ED setting through education and research has been committed and longstanding. He has developed an independently-funded research program dedicated to improving acute illness care for older adults, with a specific focus on developing and testing innovative models of care for acutely ill older adults. His goal is to prevent older adults from needing emergency department care or to develop substitutes for emergency department care.

Congratulations, Dr. Shah!

Dr. Patterson to join Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

Congratulations to Brian Patterson, MD MPH for being selected to join the Tideswell at UCSF, AGS and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program as a 2019-2020 Scholar.

This highly selective and competitive program augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy and educational initiatives in aging. Dr. Patterson was chosen to join the program on behalf of his demonstrated commitment to advancing policy, discovery, clinical care, and education system change in the field of aging, as well as strong leadership potential and institutional support.

Dr. Pulia Receives Early Career Development Award from CSCTR

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Pulia for being awarded an Early Career Development Award from the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research.

His was one of five awarded from 78 outstanding applications, and he will receive a $10,000 grant to continue to support his work to improve antimicrobial stewardship during the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections in the Emergency Department, following a human factors and systems engineering approach.

Dr. Patterson featured on AGEM's Author Spotlight

Brian Patterson, MD MPH named latest Author Spotlight member by the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) for his article on fall risk screening titled "Using the Hendrich II Inpatient Fall Risk Screen to Predict Outpatient Falls After Emergency Department Visits."

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Jacobsohn, Hollander, Beck, Shah Published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

"Factors Influencing Emergency Care by Persons With Dementia: Stakeholder Perceptions and Unmet Needs"
Issue: April 2019

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$2.5M AHRQ grant funded: Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults

Congrats to the Geriatric Emergency Medicine research team of co-investigators (Drs. Patterson, Pulia, and Shah), alongside grant leads Dr. Carayon (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering) and Dr. Smith (Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health).

In the 4-year grant, they will collaborate with a transdisciplinary team of engineers, health services researchers, nurses, physicians, and pharmacists. They will develop, design, implement, and evaluate a patient safety passport that will support the safe journey of older adults diagnosed with a fall or suspected urinary tract infection in the emergency department.