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

Dr. Manish Shah receives AGEM's Academic Career Achievement Award

Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH was honored by the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine by being selected to receive the 2021 Academic Career Achievement Award for his significant career achievements in geriatric emergency medicine through research. Dr. Shah leads the Aging Research Group at the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, which aims to improve the field of emergency medicine and its understanding and delivery of care for our older adults.

Dr. Shah 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. His recent work has been focused on improving the care of patients with dementia, especially using advanced technology and community health resources. His work has been funded through NIH early-career and mid-career development awards, including R01/U01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and the ADRC. In his work, Dr. Shah also serves as Co-Lead of the Care Research Core at the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Dr. Pulia honored with WACEP's Distinguished Service Award

Michael Pulia, MD, MS FACEP is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. This award recognizes Dr. Pulia’s extraordinary contributions to the field of emergency medicine and his commitment to improving patient care through advancing antimicrobial stewardship in the ED. 

Learn more about Dr. Pulia’s research here.

Dr. Repplinger becomes first EM faculty at UW to pass Addiction Medicine board exam

Michael Repplinger, MD, PhD recently sat for and passed the Addiction Medicine board exam, becoming board certified in the specialty. Dr. Repplinger has significant research and clinical interest in how emergency physicians can better care for individuals with opioid use disorder and currently co-chairs the WPA-WACEP Emergency Psych Task Force.

Using team science and dissemination/implementation research skills learned from his emergency radiology core research program, Dr. Repplinger has joined other research groups at UW Health to improve the care of patients with opioid use disorder in the Madison area. Current projects aim to increase co-prescribing of naloxone with opioids from the emergency department as well as increasing the use of buprenorphine for opioid withdrawal symptoms and long-term addiction treatment.

In 2019, he was also interviewed by Fox 47 News in Madison for its reporting series 'The Addiction Front.'

Dr. Shah ranked among top emergency medicine researchers in the nation

Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH has been ranked among the top 20 most highly awarded emergency medicine researchers in the U.S. according to the 2020 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.

Dr. Shah is also a recipient of the prestigious Gerson-Sanders Award and Academic Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine for his significant contributions to improving geriatric emergency care.

Dr. Shah to co-lead $7.5 million dementia research study from National Institutes of Health

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 the 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.

UW Emergency Medicine awarded COVID-19 Response Grant to support virus surveillance & training in EDs statewide

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.

Recent Publications

Research published in Air Medical Journal, June 2021

Nicholas Lepa, Andrew Cathers, Kevin Emmerich, Richard Galgon, Brian Jennett, Kristopher M. Schroeder, Michael Steuerwald. Comparison of Hyperangulated and Standard Geometry Video Laryngoscopy Tracheal Intubation for Prehospital Care in a Manikin: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial. Air Medical Journal, 2021.

Research published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, June 2021

Justin P. Purnell, Hani I. Kuttab, Mary C. Westergaard. Young Male With Penile Pain. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Volume 78, Issue 1, 2021, Pages e9-e10.

Research published in Applied Ergonomics, June 2021

Nicole E. Werner, Rachel A. Rutkowski, Sheryl Krause, Hanna J. Barton, Kathryn Wust, Peter Hoonakker, Barbara King, Manish N. Shah, Michael S. Pulia, Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, Maureen Smith, Pascale Carayon. Disparate perspectives: Exploring healthcare professionals' misaligned mental models of older adults’ transitions of care between the emergency department and skilled nursing facility. Applied Ergonomics. Volume 96, 2021, 103509.

Research published in JAMA Network, June 2021

Schwei RJ, Hetzel S, Kim K, et al. Peer-to-Peer Support and Changes in Health and Well-being in Older Adults Over Time. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(6):e2112441. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.12441

Research published in NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery, May 2021

Maureen A. Smith, MD, PhD, MPH, Sabrina Adelaine, PhD, Lauren Bednarz, MPH, Brian W. Patterson, MD, MPH, Jeff Pothof, MD & Frank Liao, PhD. Predictive Solutions in Learning Health Systems: The Critical Need to Systematize Implementation of Prediction to Action to Intervention. NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery (2021);5.

Research published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 2021

Lykins V J, Kuttab H, Rourke E, Hughes M, Keast E, Kopec J, Ward B, Pettit N, Ward MA. The effect of delays in second-dose antibiotics on patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Mar 22;47:80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.03.057. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33784532.

Research published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, January 2021

Dretske D, Schulz L, Werner E, Sharp B, Pulia M. Effectiveness of oritavancin for management of skin and soft tissue infections in the emergency department: A case series. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021;43(77-80).

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