The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency conducts innovative clinical and translational research in emergency care and fosters the successful development of investigators dedicated to generating new knowledge.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranked the Department of Emergency Medicine 12th in 2019 NIH research funding among medical school emergency medicine departments, an exceptional achievement from being unranked in 2014.

Our faculty and staff are developing original research ideas, obtaining competitive funding support, publishing high impact papers, and serving in consequential leadership roles with many societies and organizations within our specialty.  Core areas of research with significant grant funding, publications, and ongoing efforts include antimicrobial stewardship, emergency care for infectious diseases, geriatric emergency medicine, predictive analytics, and prehospital medicine.  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, please contact Dr. Manish N. Shah, Vice Chair of Research, at


Recent News & Announcements

UW Emergency Medicine leads COVID-19 grant to support statewide hospital response

Researchers from the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine led by Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH have been awarded a COVID-19 Response Grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to develop and test an advanced EHR-based surveillance system aimed at facilitating early, targeted public health and health system operational responses to COVID-19 and help prepare for future waves of the virus.

The grant titled “WIsconsin Real-time Emergency Department surveillance and Responsive Training (WIRED-RT),” will use predictive analytics linked to a just-in-time, simulation-based training infrastructure to identify COVID-19 hot spots across Wisconsin and develop training for hospitals to take better care of patients earlier in the course of the disease. Read more about the team's approach...

The grant is in collaboration with UW Health, the UW-Madison College of Engineering, and the Marshfield Clinic.

While this project responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, their approach applies to other public health emergencies identifiable through the emergency department, including opioid overdoses, which have accelerated in Wisconsin and across the country in recent months.

Dr. Manish Shah among top 10 emergency medicine researchers in the U.S.

Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH has been ranked among the the top 10 mostly highly awarded emergency medicine researchers in the United States according to the 2019 NIH funding report from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Dr. Shah is a professor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, where he serves as Vice Chair of Research and holds the John & Tashia Morgridge Chair of Emergency Medicine Research. In addition to his departmental roles, Dr. Shah co-leads the Care Research Core at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), as well as serving as director of the Career Development KL2 Research Scholars Program at the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. His primary areas of focus include emergency care for aging populations, community paramedicine, and training junior faculty researchers from various disciplines.

The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine was also ranked 12th in National Institutes of Health research funding among all departments of emergency medicine according to the same report.



Dr. Manish Shah co-leads $7.5M NIA/NIH dementia research grant

The BerbeeWalsh Emergency Department is one of four sites awarded a total of $7.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research that could lead to improved care in emergency departments for people with dementia.

The effort aims to leverage expertise in emergency medicine, geriatrics and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to identify gaps in emergency care for people with dementia and address those gaps, according to Manish Shah, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and co-principal investigator.

For example, many commonly used medications are problematic for people with dementia. Better understanding which medications are safest for this vulnerable population would help clinicians better care for them, he said.

“The emergency department is not an ideal care setting for people with dementia,” Shah said. “What we want to do is find better ways to care for one of our most vulnerable populations, namely older adults with cognitive impairment.”

The funds will support Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network 2.0 – Advancing Dementia Care (GEAR 2.0 ADC), which is a collaboration between SMPH, Yale School of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. All four institutions are home to an NIH-National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Ula Hwang, MD, MPH, at Yale, is serving as co-principal investigator.

The study has two phases. In phase one, the co-principal investigators will convene a panel of experts to review current research related to dementia patient care in emergency departments, identify areas where more research is needed, and create an infrastructure in which care researchers across the country can conduct this research.

In phase two, the research will commence. With joint support from numerous partners, GEAR 2.0-ADC will award more than $1.1 million to fund nine pilot study awards. Phase two will also see the deployment of resources and mentoring support to help researchers successfully execute their research projects.

The network’s executive committee, task force and advisory committee members hail from more than 35 academic medical centers across the United States. GEAR 2.0 community partners include American Geriatrics Society, American Federation on Aging Research/Clin-STAR, Alzheimer’s Association, Emergency Medicine Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance, Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative, IMPACT Collaboratory, NIA Research Coordination Center Network, Patient Family Center Care and West Health Institute.

Dr. Michael Pulia invited to present in American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders 'Meet the Experts' course

Dr. Pulia was invited to present at the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ABSSD) annual Meet the Masters Event. The event is an ongoing continuing education course which consists of seven pre-recorded sessions from dysphagia experts to provide timely, critical information about the assessment and treatment of dysphagia during the COVID pandemic. Dr. Pulia's session, "SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19: A Primer for Deglutologists," provided a broad overview of the pathophysiology underlying SARS-COV-2/CoVID-19 and its clinical manifestations.

Dr. Pulia to serve on European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) ED Antibiotic Stewardship Guideline Committee

Dr. Pulia was invited to serve on the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) ED Antibiotic Stewardship Guideline Committee. This international group is working towards creating standards for ED stewardship.

Dr. Michael Repplinger receives distinguished service award

Congratulations to Michael Repplinger, MD, PhD who is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.…

Recent Publications

COVID-19 research published in Annals of Internal Medicine, October 2020

"Effect of Timing of and Adherence to Social Distancing Measures on COVID-19 Burden in the United States: A Simulation Modeling Approach"
Annals of Internal Medicine; 27 October 2020.

Brian Patterson, MD, MPH et al

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COVID-19 research published in WestJEM, August 2020

"COVID-19: An Emerging Threat to Antibiotic Stewardship in the Emergency Department"
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health

Pulia, M., Wolf, I., Schulz, L., Pop-Vicas, A., Schwei, R., & Lindenauer, P. (2020). 

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COVID-19 research published in WestJEM, August 2020

"COVID-19: A Driver for Disruptive Innovation of the Emergency Medicine Residency Application Process"
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health

Pelletier-Bui, A., Franzen, D., Smith, ..., Schnapp, B. et al. 

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COVID-19 research published in Dysphagia, July 2020

"Dysphagia Care Across the Continuum: A Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Research Society Taskforce Report of Service-Delivery During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic"
Dysphagia; 11 July 2020.

Anna Miles, Nadine P. Connor, Rinki Varindani Desai, Sudarshan Jadcherla, Jacqui Allen, Martin Brodsky, Kendrea L. Garand, Georgia A. Malandraki, Timothy M. McCulloch, Marc Moss, Joseph Murray, Michael Pulia, Luis F. Riquelme & Susan E. Langmore

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Invited commentary published in JAMA Network Open, January 2021

Abernethy M. Patient Outcomes From Ground vs Helicopter Emergency Medical Services: The Challenges of an Accurate Comparison. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(1):e2033362. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.33362

Research published in WestJem, December 2020

Lum, M., Sheehy, L., Lai, J., Tillman, D., Damewood, S., & Schmidt, J. (2021). Integration of Lung Point-of-care Ultrasound into Clinical Decision Making for Medical Students in Simulated Cases. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, 22(1). Retrieved from

Research published in AEM Education and Training, November 2020

"Changing Medical Education When Change Is Hard: Implementing an Interdepartmental Entrustable Professional Activity"
AEM Education and Training: A Global Journal of Emergency Medicine

Collins, Eric; Stahl, Christopher; Schnapp, Benjamin; Westergaard, Mary; Greenberg, Jacob; Jung, Sarah; Rosser, Alexandra; Minter, Rebecca; Hamedani, AzitaKraut, Aaron

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Researched published in Medical Care, October 2020

Alvarez Avendaño SA, Cochran AL, Patterson B, Shah M, Smith M, Zayas-Cabán G. The Average Effect of Emergency Department Admission on Readmission and Mortality for Older Adults With Chest Pain. Med Care. 2020 Oct;58(10):881-888. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001375. PMID: 32732782.

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