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 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.

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.

$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.