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


Research News & Announcements

UW Emergency Medicine ranks in top 12 for NIH research funding

The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine is ranked 12th in National Institutes of Health research funding among all departments of emergency medicine, according to the 2019 Blue Ridge Rankings. This is an exceptional accomplish from being unranked in 2014.

Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH also ranks among the the top 10 emergency medicine researchers in the United States.

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.

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.

UW Emergency Medicine recognized for contributions to undergraduate research

Michael Pulia, MD, MS and Rebecca Schwei, MPH were recognized by the UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program for their outstanding mentorship of an undergraduate scholar during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Despite a spring semester replete with transitions and disruptions, EM faculty and staff enthusiastically sustained this high-impact practice and continued to collaborate remotely with our students in their research and creative endeavors. The relationship between URS Mentors and their URS Scholars is unique on our campus. This high-impact mentorship practice provides early undergraduates with valuable skills that help them pursue scholarship at the next level.

By training and mentoring students through their research and creative practices, URS Mentors contribute to the University’s ability to produce graduates who demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in their field as well as global and cultural competence, become engaged leaders, and develop a depth of independent thought that is analytical, passionate, and creative. Engaging in scholarly endeavors as an undergraduate is central to our students’ Wisconsin Experience.

Dr. Manish Shah receives prestigious Gerson-Anders Award

Manish N. Shah, MD MPH has received the 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 and to develop substitutes for emergency department care.

Dr. Michael Pulia serving on Dysphagia Research Society COVID-19 Task Force

The DRS COVID-19 Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force of international academic and healthcare professionals with expertise in Speech-Language Pathology, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Care. The DRS COVID-19 Task Force’s mission is to:

  • disseminate credible research and educational resources related to dysphagia management during the COVID-19 pandemic and 
  • provide ongoing support to members (clinicians, researchers, and educators) through the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Brian 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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Dr. Michael Repplinger receives young physician leadership award

Congratulations to Michael Repplinger, MD, PhD who is the 2020 recipient of the Kenneth M. Viste Jr., MD Young Physician Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.

Recent Publications

COVID-19 research published in Annals of Medicine, May 2020

"Multi-tiered screening and diagnosis strategy for COVID-19: a model for sustainable testing capacity in response to pandemic"
Annals of Medicine; 14 May 2020.
Michael Pulia, MD, MS

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COVID-19 research published in WestJEM, May 2020

"Electronic Health Record-Based Surveillance for Community Transmitted COVID-19 in the Emergency Department"
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; 22 May 2020.

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COVID-19 research published in Dysphagia, June 2020

"Dysphagia Care Across the Continuum: A Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Research Society Taskforce Report of Service-Delivery During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic."
Dysphagia; 08 June 2020.
Michael Pulia, MD, MS

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Research published in American Journal of Emergency Medicine, June 2020

"Effect of a split-flow physician in triage model on abdominal CT ordering rate and yield"
American Journal of Emergency Medicine; 25 June 2020.
Brian Patterson, MD, MPH (first author); Michael A. Ward, MD; Azita Hamedani, MD, MPH, MBA; Brian Sharp, MD

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Research published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, June 2020

"Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Respiratory Conditions Does Not Improve Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Scores in the Emergency Department"
Open Forum Infectious Diseases; 06 June 2020.
Michael Pulia, MD, MS; Steven Hesse; Rebecca Schwei, MPH; Azita Hamedani, MD, MPH, MBA

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Researched published in American Journal of Infection Control, July 2020

"The impact of healthcare provider relationships and communication dynamics on urinary tract infection management and antibiotic utilization for long-term care facility residents treated in the emergency department: a qualitative study"
American Journal of Infection Control. 09 July 2020.
Luke Carmichael Valmadrid, BS; Rebecca Schwei, MPH; Elizabeth Maginot, BS; Michael Pulia, MD, MS

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