2018-2019 Board of Directors
The SAEM Board of Directors manages the property, activities, and affairs of SAEM, and governs the Society between annual business meetings. SAEM is governed by elected members who serve on the Society's Board of Directors and committees.
Dr. Steve Bird graduated with honors from Yale University in 1991. While there, he performed research in the lab of Professor Sidney Altman, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He graduated AOA from Northwestern University School of Medicine with a U.S. Navy HPSP scholarship. Following 1.5 years of training in neurosurgery, he attended U.S. Navy flight surgeon training in Pensacola, Florida, followed by a two-year deployment to Okinawa, Japan, with a Marine Corps C130 squadron. After resigning his commission, he began training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in medical toxicology. Dr. Bird was continuously NIH funded from 2005 to 2017. His research interests include the CNS toxicity of organophosphate poisoning as well as novel antidotal therapies for OP poisoning.
Dr. Bird is currently the Vice Chair of Education and has served as the emergency medicine residency program director at Umass for over eight years. His professional interests lie in medical education and physician wellness. He is also the President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Ian B. K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A., is System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert and MCW health network. Before this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.
Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann School of Medicine and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore—where he also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Martin has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care internationally—with emphasis on East Africa—through program development, investigative research, and direct clinical care.
Dr. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for Emergency Department-based HIV and hepatitis C testing, host-response to acute infections, and acute care disease burden epidemiology in developing countries. His research and other Global Health-related initiatives have culminated in a host of publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Martin has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions.
Recognized for his leadership, Dr. Martin was recently elected President-Elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)—the premier association representing researchers and educators in Emergency Medicine. Before that, he completed a one-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. Dr. Martin is also the founder and a Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy. He is the 2018 recipient of the Marcus L. Martin, M.D., Leadership Award—a prestigious award given by SAEM’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
James F. Holmes, MD, MPH is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He is originally from New Orleans, LA, and received his MD from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He completed the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Residency Program, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.
Dr. Holmes’ research is focused on the initial evaluation and treatment of injured patients with a particular emphasis on injured children. He has had funding for his research from a variety of foundations and federal agencies including the CDC, EMSC and the NIH. He has additionally devoted much of his career to training junior investigators. He is the Director of both the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center’s KL2 Research Training Program and the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship.
Dr. Holmes has been an SAEM member since 1995 and has been very involved in a variety of SAEM endeavors through service on multiple committees, interest groups and tasks forces. He has served as chair of the SAEM Grants Committee, Regional Meeting Committee and Trauma Interest Group. He has been a member of the SAEM Board of Directors since 2013.
Dr. Holmes is married to Dr. Cindy Chang, also an Emergency Medicine Physician. They have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Audrey.
Immediate Past President
Dr. Courtney graduated from Arizona State University in 1997. He graduated AOA from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston in 1993. In 2000 Dr. Courtney graduated from the Carolinas Medical Center residency in Emergency Medicine and stayed to do a research fellowship there with Dr. Jeff Kline. There he assisted in early development of a rat model of shock from massive pulmonary embolism and published work describing clinical features of cardiac arrest from PE in humans. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University where he is currently the Director of Research, and Associate Professor.
Dr. Courtney has been funded to do acute cardiopulmonary research in general and thrombosis/hemostasis work in particular from the NHLBI, CDC, CMS, AHRQ. He was an early author on initial D-dimer and pretest probability work forming the foundation of current testing for PE. He was nominated by peers and selected by leadership of the Feinberg School of Medicine as one of only 2 Mentors of the Year in 2014. Within SAEM Dr. Courtney has served in a variety of roles including Chair of the Research Committee, Board Member at large, Secretary Treasurer and President. 2017-2018. He considers SAEM to be critical to his academic success and his professional wellbeing, and is extremely proud to be able to have worked with so many talented individuals who are leading our specialty now, and will do so in the decades to come.
Wendy C. Coates, MD is Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Senior Faculty/Education Specialist at Harbor-UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine. She served as Dean of the UCLA Acute Care College and Director of Education at Harbor-UCLA where she founded the Fellowship in Medical Education Scholarship in 1999. She enjoys continued active mentorship of her fellowship graduates. Coates graduated with honors from Allegheny College, earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University, and completed the EM residency at Allegheny General/Medical College of PA.
Dr. Coates’ research focus is medical education with an emphasis on faculty and learner development, mentorship, curricular innovation and evaluation, creativity in medicine, and qualitative methods. She is a founding member of the Editorial Board for AEM Education & Training, member of the AEM Editorial Board, and was an ABEM Item Writer for 9 years.
Dr. Coates began her service to SAEM as the Resident Representative to the Education Committee which she subsequently chaired for several years. She was the inaugural chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee where she led the creation and implementation of the SAEM Virtual Advisor Program and, most recently, led the initial Fellowship Approval Committee that developed metrics for non-ACGME approved fellowships in EM. She has also served on the Nominating Committee, Research Committee, and was the SAEM representative to the national committee on medical student education reform. She currently serves as a member-at-large on the SAEM Board of Directors. Follow on her Twitter at: @CoatesMedEd
Amy H. Kaji, MD PhD is vice-chair of academic affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Kaji attended Thomas Jefferson Medical School. Prior to "seeing the light," Dr. Kaji performed two years of a categorical general surgery residency at the University of Chicago. She then performed her emergency medicine internship, residency, and research/disaster medicine fellowship at Harbor-UCLA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Lewis, Dr. Kaji completed a doctorate in epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health during her fellowship. Since her fellowship, Dr. Kaji has been active in SAEM. She has previously served as Membership Committee chair, a Research sub-committee chair, as well as on the Nominating committee, and the steering committee of the Science of Surge and Simulation consensus conferences, prior to joining the SAEM Board of Directors. Dr. Kaji enjoys combining her interest in statistical methodology, emergency medicine, and writing through editorial activities – she is a methodological/statistical editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine and JAMA Surgery, as well as an editor for the 9th edition of the Rosen's Emergency Medicine textbook.
Angela M. Mills, MD is the J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Chief of Emergency Services for NewYork-Presbyterian | Columbia. Dr. Mills graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College and with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from Temple University Medical School.
Dr. Mills is a graduate and former Chief Resident of the EM residency program at University of Pennsylvania. She became a faculty member immediately thereafter and advanced academically being promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine in 2017. At Penn, Dr. Mills served in several capacities including Medical Director and as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She joined Columbia in January 2018 as inaugural Chair of the newly formed department.
Dr. Mills has maintained an active research career focusing on emergency diagnostic imaging, clinical operations, and the evaluation of undifferentiated abdominal pain. She has authored over 95 scientific publications and received research funding from both federal agencies and industry.
Dedicated to combining scholarship with mentoring, Dr. Mills is strongly committed to education and has influenced the careers of numerous junior faculty and trainees. Dr. Mills serves on many national and local committees and is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).
Dr. Mills was recently honored with two prestigious awards: the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from SAEM and the Mid-Career Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.
Ali S. Raja, MD, MBA, MPH (@AliRaja_MD) is the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Raja received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, holds MD and MBA degrees from Duke University and, after training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and clinical informatics, and is appointed to both the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at HMS. A practicing emergency physician and author of over 200 publications, his federally-funded research focuses on improving the appropriateness of medical resource utilization.
Dr. Raja is also an expert on the management of critically ill patients in the emergency department and prehospital arenas. He has served as a critical care air transport team commander for the US Air Force, a civilian flight physician, a tactical physician for a number of local, state, and federal agencies, and a physician with MA-1 DMAT.
Dr. Ranney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program; and Director of Special Projects in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to reduce violence and mental illness. She is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 7 federally funded grants and has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. She holds numerous national positions, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, as Chief Research Officer for AFFIRM, and as an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. She also leads courses for undergraduates and medical students at Brown University. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research. She is active on Twitter @meganranney
Dr. Wolfe graduated from the Faculte de Medecine Necker-Enfants Malades, France, in 1984. He trained for one year in internal medicine at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and for three years in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital. In addition to working for six years as an emergency medicine attending, he became Associate Residency Director and then Residency Director for Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital.
Dr. Wolfe arrived in Boston in 1994 as the Residency Director for the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency for Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. This was the first emergency medicine residency affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In 1999, Dr. Wolfe became Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Under his leadership, the emergency department at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) has grown into a multi-institutional network seeing more than 300,000 patients a year. It hosts some of the leading experts in emergency preparedness and an internationally recognized fellowship in disaster medicine. His department has also become nationally renowned for its innovative uses of information technology to improve emergency care and to allow seamless communication with multiple hospitals and physician groups. He has remained active in global health, overseeing BIDMC's response to the Haitian disaster and personally leading one of the teams providing emergency care to earthquake victims and leading the efforts during the Boston Marathon bombing.
Dr. Wolfe is a Board member for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a former Chair of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Finance Committee.
Some of Dr. Wolfe's areas of expertise include innovative approaches to the management of shock and sepsis, and emergency management of trauma patients.
Christopher Bennett is a resident at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Medicine residency program. His active research interests are in graduate medical education and medical ethics. Bennett graduated with honors from Winthrop University (B.S. in Biology), earned a graduate degree from Duke University (M.A. in Genetics and Genomics), and was awarded his medical degree (M.D.) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine. In addition to his formal graduate training, Bennett was previously a scientist with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at Johns Hopkins’s McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. His research has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Nature Genetics, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, and the Journal of Virology. His writing has appeared in The American Journal of Bioethics, STAT News, KevinMD.com, and Forbes. Follow him on twitter @cleebennett