2024 - 2025 SAEM Foundation Board of Trustees


  • J. Scott VanEpps
    J. Scott VanEpps, MD, PhD

    President

    University of Michigan

    Dr. VanEpps is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also faculty in the Biointerfaces Institute and the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. During his doctoral training, Dr. VanEpps’ research focused on the relationship between cardiovascular biomechanics and the development of coronary artery disease. In addition, he has extensive experience in computational modeling including finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. His research is currently focused on life threatening infections, and in particular those related to implantable medical devices.

    Dr. VanEpps has been on the SAEMF Board of Trustees since 2018. He served as the secretary-treasurer from 2018-2020, as a member-at-large 2021-2023, and as president-elect in 2023. He is a prior recipient of a Research Training Grant and is intimately aware of the tremendous impact SAEM grants can have.

    He received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Molecular Biology and Chemical Engineering in 2001. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his MD as well as his PhD in Bioengineering in 2009. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2013 and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

  • zachary meisel
    Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP

    President-Elect

    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

    Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP is the Vice Chair for Faculty, the Director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research, and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Meisel’s research interests include narrative translation methods, injury prevention, substance use disorder, medical communication, guideline adherence, opioid use disorder, patient safety, emergency medical services, and patient centered comparative effectiveness research. He has a specific focus on using and testing persuasive narratives to promote evidence translation to patients, providers, and policy makers. Dr. Meisel studies ways to improve the translation of research evidence, particularly around prescription opioids. He is also co-director and outreach lead for the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), a CDC-funded Center of Excellence. He is the principal investigator of the Life STORRIED study (Life Stories for Opioid Risk Reduction in the Emergency Department), a multiyear, multicenter Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded clinical trial focusing on the comparative effectiveness of probabilistic versus patient narrative enhanced risk communication for pain management following emergency care.

    He is also the multiple PI (mpi) of a CDC RO1 focused, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, on evaluation of an overdose ambulance and blight remediation. He also directs the Policy and Dissemination core for the NIH/NIDA-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH). He has served as principal investigator or co-PI of major grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the WT Grant Foundation, focused on the translation of evidence to providers and patients. He has received over 11 million dollars in extramural funding as PI or co-PI. He has been continuously funded from the NIH, CDC, AHRQ or PCORI since 2013. Dr. Meisel has been a medical columnist for Slate and Time with expertise in dissemination translation of health services research results for audiences such as patients and policy makers. He is Senior Associate Editor for Health Communication for the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. He has published in medical journals such as JAMA, Health Affairs, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and BMJ.

  • James McCarthy
    James J. McCarthy, MD, MHA

    Secretary-Treasurer

    Memorial Hermann Health System

    Dr. James “Jamie” McCarthy is Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive for Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the physician organization and further establishing Memorial Hermann’s goal to build a physician-centric, integrated network of care.
    Prior to joining MHH, Dr. McCarthy served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School. Dr. McCarthy was also Chief of Emergency Medical Services for Memorial Hermann-TMC, home to the Red Duke Trauma Institute, the nation’s busiest Level I trauma center, as well as Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, the system’s signature air ambulance service. Under his leadership, the Department has been recognized regionally and nationally for Trauma and Cardiac Care.

    Dr. McCarthy completed his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

    On a local and state level, Dr. McCarthy has been an advocate for emergency services, serving as a member of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC), where he is the co-chair of the SETRAC Cardiac Care Committee. He is also serving a Chair of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s Cardiac Care Committee under the Texas Department of State Health Services. In addition to his professional commitments, Dr. McCarthy serves as EMS Medical Director for the West University Place Fire Department and as an un-affiliated neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League.

  • Manish Shah
    Manish Shah, MD, MPH

    Immediate Past President / Professor and Chair of BerbeeWalsh Department of EM, Azita G. Hamedani Distinguished Chair of EM

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Manish Shah, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where he holds the Azita G. Hamedani Distinguished Chair of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Shah is a national leader in prehospital and geriatric emergency medicine research. His efforts, with funding from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and HRSA, have helped establish the field of geriatric emergency medicine and advanced the role of paramedics to support community health efforts. He is passionate about developing the next generation of emergency care researchers and research leaders. He led the NIH-funded KL2 Career Development Award program until 2022 and is a mentor on numerous NIH and AHRQ career development awards.

  • Michelle Blanda, MD

    Member-at-Large

    Northeast Ohio Medical University

  • Charles B. Cairns, MD

    Member-at-Large

    Drexel University

    Charles B. Cairns, MD, is the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs at Drexel University. He is a leader in emergency medicine and critical care education, training and research.

    Previously, he served as dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University and as dean of the College of Medicine and assistant vice president for clinical research at the University of Arizona. He has also served as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina, associate chief of emergency medicine at Duke University and director of emergency medicine research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the world’s largest academic research organization.

    Dr. Cairns has served as director of the NIH United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group and as principal investigator of the DHS National Collaborative for Biopreparedness. Most recently, he has led COVID-19 research and innovation efforts to understand the acute and longitudinal immune response to severe SARS-CoV-2 infection through several projects, including as a clinical lead for the NIAID COVID-19 Immunophenotyping (IMPACC) study and the DSMB of the NHLBI convalescent plasma study, and as principal investigator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on the prediction of COVID-19 community infection and recovery.

    Dr. Cairns is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina. He completed his residency in emergency medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular research at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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    Christopher R. Carpenter, MD, MSc

    Member-at-Large

    Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

    As a specialty, emergency medicine arose by necessity 50 years ago as pockets of physicians around the United States envisioned a world in which the first hours of life-threatening illness or injury were managed and coordinated by medical professionals with the requisite training to identify and treat emergencies. The forefathers of emergency medicine provided a broad foundation upon which to build our specialty with the support of more established surgical and medical teams, but also carving a uniquely indelible niche in the House of Medicine. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded over the last two years, our world reaped the benefits of a specialty ready to provide care for anyone for anything at anytime — often despite threats to personal safety and emotional well-being. Through the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, academicians also contributed essential methodological expertise to combat the pandemic using our foundational expertise in rapid problem-solving, Bayesian diagnostics, and implementation science.

    As a member of the SAEM Board of Directors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I am extremely proud to have navigated the logistical and financial challenges to our society and membership amidst the uncertainties of a polymorphous threat to global health. I leveraged the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Evidence Based Diagnostics series that I created to publish one of the earliest diagnostic accuracy reviews for each element of history, physical exam, labs, and imaging necessary to diagnose COVID-19 at the bedside. I subsequently collaborated with medical educators via the AEM Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine podcast series that I helped to create to efficiently disseminate these COVID-19 lessons globally. Concurrently, I created and lead SAEM’s Guidelines for Reasonable and Appropriate Care in Emergency Medicine (GRACE) at the Board’s direction so that our specialty can finally produce clinical practice guidelines using the GRADE methods utilized by most other specialty societies. On behalf of the Board, I also organized and led the Advanced Practice Provider’s Task Force, ultimately co-authoring a manuscript summarizing the penetration of nurse practitioners and physician assistants across academic emergency departments. My term as SAEM Board Member-at-Large has highlighted the knowable obstacles ahead for emergency medicine’s sustainable future, including workforce uncertainties and sustainable research funding. As an educator, mentor, funded researcher, and clinician, I am committed to representing the entire membership of SAEM as secretary-treasurer on the SAEM Executive Committee by leveraging innovation with a commitment to excellence in the spirit of my previous efforts within our society.

  • Cherri Hobgood, MD

    Member-at-Large

    Indiana University

    Cherri D. Hobgood, MD is the founder of the Center for Leadership Life, a research and data repository for leadership in academic medicine. Throughout her career as an academic leader, she attained the rank of tenured full professor and held a range of leadership roles, including Associate Dean and Department Chair. Her national organizational leadership includes tenures as the President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Chair of the Board for the SAEM Foundation (SAEMF), and Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Board of Directors. She currently serves as an executive board leader of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). She has been honored for my contributions by SAEM with the John Marx Leadership award and IFEM with the Order of the IFEM.

  • Paul I. Musey, Jr., MD, MSc

    Member-at-Large

    Indiana University

    Paul I. Musey, Jr., MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. During his tenure, Dr. Musey has built a clinical research program focusing on disparities in emergent care and psychological contributors to symptom complexes such as low risk chest pain in the ED. He believes the outcomes he is investigating will inform clinical and professional guidelines on how to better allocate clinical resources to provide appropriate patient care and help decrease ED utilization and recidivism.

    In addition to being a past SAEMF Grantee and an Eskenazi Health Foundation Scholar in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Musey has been honored as a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and as an Independent Investigator Incubator by the IU School of Medicine/Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He received his medical degree in 2009 from Emory School of Medicine, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency from Carolinas Medical Center in 2012. He completed a Masters in Clinical Research and Research fellowship in 2017 at IU.

  • Robert Neumar
    Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD

    Member-at-Large / Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine

    University of Michigan Medical School

    Robert Neumar, MD, PhD, serves as the Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. With over three decades of research experience in cardiac arrest resuscitation, he has been a mentor to a multitude of medical students, doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and NIH K-award recipients. A leading advocate for federally funded research in emergency care, Dr. Neumar was named the inaugural Co-Chair of the ACEP/SAEM Task Force on Emergency Care Research in 2007. This task force played a pivotal role in organizing the 2009 NIH Roundtables on Emergency Care Research, establishing the first-ever NIH K12 program dedicated to emergency care research in 2011, and founding the NIH Office of Emergency Care Research, also in 2011.

    Previously, Dr. Neumar led the ACEP Research Committee, the Scientific Review Committee, and the Research Section. Currently, he co-chairs the Research Workgroup of the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine (AACEM), spearheading the development of the 2030 Strategic Goals for Emergency Medicine Research. His contributions to the field have been recognized through numerous accolades, including the 2007 ACEP Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research, the 2020 SAEM John Marx Leadership Award, and his 2015 election to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.

  • Susan Promes, MD, MBA

    AEM E&T Editor-in-Chief / Member-at-Large

    Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine

    Dr. Promes is a tenured Professor at Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and has served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine since 2014. Prior to 2014, she spent seven years at the University of California San Francisco where she served as Vice Chair for Education, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and Director of Curricular Affairs in the GME office and prior to that was at Duke University as the inaugural Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and Director of the medical school Capstone course. Her scholarly work has centered around topics germane to emergency medicine medical education and clinical guidelines for the practicing emergency physician.

    In addition to many peer review publications, she has edited multiple McGraw Hill board review books to prepare physicians for the emergency medicine board exam. She is an internationally recognized leader in academic emergency medicine and was chosen by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine to be the editor of their journal, Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, which debuted in January 2017. She was the recipient of the 2020 Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

  • Niels Rathlev
    Niels K. Rathlev, MD

    Member-at-Large

    University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School-Baystate

     Niels K. Rathlev, MD serves as Professor of Emergency Medicine at UMass Chan – Baystate where he also served as Chair for over a decade. He is also Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. During his tenure, the department grew tremendously in the areas of academics and research. He is dedicated to advancing federally funded research in emergency medicine research and has participated actively in the AACEM Research Task Force. His research interests include ED crowding, health services research, and pain management. In addition to AACEM and SAEM membership, he is a member of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Baycare Health Partners.

    Dr. Rathlev has received many honors and awards during his career in emergency medicine. He was awarded the Pinnacle Award from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (2020); the President’s Excellence Award, Overall Winner (Successful CAUTI Rate Reduction Using DMAIC Improvement and Change Management Strategy) from Baystate Medical Center (2019); the Chair's Award, Department of Emergency Medicine (2001, 2008) from Boston University School of Medicine; was awarded the distinction of Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians (1988); among others.

    Dr. Rathlev received his medical degree in 1980 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed Residency at Boston City Hospital in 1983.

  • Neha Raukar, MD, MS
    Neha Raukar, MD, MS

    Member-at-Large

    Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Raukar is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Advancement and Faculty Development within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Her primary areas of research focus are sports medicine, geriatric emergency medicine, leadership, and DEI. She is actively involved in the teaching and supervision of medical students and residents and is also interested in resident and faculty education, development, wellness, burnout and resilience. She is particularly interested in finding solutions unique to women in medicine. In addition to service on the SAEMF's Board of Trustees, Dr. Raukar is Chair of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's Advocacy Committee, an Advisory Panel Member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is also a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death Task Force.

    Dr. Raukar has received many honors and accolades, including Distinguished Emergency Medicine Clinician Award (Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine); AWAEM Publication of the Year (AWAEM/SAEM); Educator of the Quarter (Consultant Award, Mayo Clinic), Rhode Island Top Doc (Rhode Island Monthly); and the AWAEM Momentum Award (AWAEM/SAEM).

    Dr. Raukar received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, completed Residency and Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, and received her Master of Science from New York Medical College.

  • Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, PhD

    SAEM Grants Committee Chair / Associate Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine

    University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

    Dr. Elizabeth Burner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and a Faculty Instructor with the SC-CTSI Workforce Development core. In 2013, Dr. Burner joined the faculty at the Keck School and has worked clinically in the emergency department at the LAC+USC hospital, the Jail Urgent Care based in the LA County Twin Towers Correctional Facility, as well as several community hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Burner's research interests center on investigating emergent health communication tools to reach health disparity groups, and directing patients to chronic care and medical homes as appropriate. She is committed to engaging patients in healthier lifestyles. She conducts mixed methods research to better understand the viewpoints of marginalized populations, particularly urban Latino immigrants. Her work has been supported by several NIH, institutional, and local grants.

  • Marquita S. Norman, MD, MBA

    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine / SAEM Finance Committee Chair

    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Marquita S. Norman, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor and serves as the Associate Vice-Chair of Health Equity, Quality and Safety in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  She currently serves as chair of the SAEM Finance Committee and a member of the SAEMF Board of Trustees.  She is a past chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and past president of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine.  She completed her internship at Howard University and residency training at the University of Michigan.   She completed her MBA from the Collat School of Business at UAB.  Her work has been centered around healthcare workforce diversity and inclusion efforts involving K-16 pathways programs and development of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate medical education.  Dr. Norman’s professional and community interests include health equity, health care workforce diversity, medical education, and communication skills.

  • Ali S. Raja, MD, DBA, MPH

    President

    Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

    Ali S. Raja, MD, DBA, MPH, FACHE is the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Raja received his MPH from Harvard, holds MD and MBA degrees from Duke 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 emergency medicine and clinical informatics, and is appointed to both the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at HMS.

    Dr. Raja is 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. The author of over 200 publications, his current research focuses on improving the appropriateness of resource utilization and operations within the emergency department. 

    In addition to serving on the SAEM Board, Dr. Raja has served on the Board of the SAEM Foundation, as Chair of the Program Committee and Trauma Interest Group, and as a member of several other committees within SAEM. He is also on the Board of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, where he serves as President-Elect, and was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Journal Watch Emergency Medicine. He can be found on Twitter at @AliRaja_MD.

  • Michelle D. Lall, MD, MHS

    President-Elect

    Emory University

    Dr. Michelle D. Lall, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, is a Professor at Emory University. She has been on faculty at Emory since 2013 where she served as an Associate Residency Director for 7 years. She is currently the inaugural Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Emory Emergency Medicine. She previously served as the inaugural Director of Wellbeing, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as, the Medical Education Fellowship Director. Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Lall was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University beginning in 2008. She was an Assistant Residency Director at the Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the medical student clerkship site director at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University beginning in 2009. Dr. Lall is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency at Emory University.  

    Dr. Lall is actively involved in medical education. Dr. Lall’s primary interests are physician wellbeing and the negative impact of bias on equity and inclusion in medicine. She is particularly interested in gender differences in burnout and workplace mistreatment among emergency physicians. Dr. Lall serves as the inaugural chair of the All Emergency Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, a national emergency medicine work group focused on exploring and addressing bias and disparities in academic emergency medicine. 

    Her professional memberships include: American College of Emergency Physicians – where she is a fellow, Society for Academic Emergency Physicians - where she is part of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) - where she is a Past President, American Association of Women Emergency Physicians, and Georgia College of Emergency Physicians. She is also a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society. While at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University, Dr. Lall was a two time "Faculty Teacher of the Year" award winner. At Emory, she has been a two time recipient of the “Faculty Advocate of the Year” award. In 2020, Dr. Lall was named one of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association 25 Under 45 Influencers in Emergency Medicine whose contributions embody the spirit of the specialty. Dr. Lall is a recipient of the AWAEM Momentum Award and AWAEM Mid-Career Award. In 2023, Dr. Lall was selected for the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program, an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.

    Dr. Lall is committed to caring for underserved patients in a safety net hospital, educating and training the next generation of emergency physicians, and serving the academic emergency medicine community.

  • Jody A. Vogel, MD, MSc, MSW

    Secretary-Treasurer

    Stanford University

    Jody A. Vogel, MD, MSc, MSW, is an Associate Professor and the inaugural Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Vogel received a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed emergency medicine residency training as well as a clinical research fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center, and obtained a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. 

    Dr. Vogel has been a very active member of SAEM, with ten years of dedicated service on the SAEM Program Committee including serving as Program Committee Chair for the 2019 and 2020 Annual Meetings. She has also served as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, Nominating Committee, Research Committee, inaugural chair of the Resident and Student Advisory Committee.  Dr. Vogel is a current Member-at-Large and past Resident Member of the SAEM Board of Directors. Dr. Vogel currently serves on the ACEP-SAEM Federal Research Funding Work Group and served as Co-Chair for the SAEM23 Consensus Conference on Precision Emergency Medicine. She has served on task forces to improve the consensus conference, Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Leadership Forum and has been a regular participant in the Annual SAEM Strategic Planning Sessions. Dr. Vogel has led initiatives aimed at increasing federally funded emergency care research including co-leading nominations of emergency medicine physicians to the National Institutes of Health Study Sections and developing and leading novel Program Officer Sessions at the SAEM Annual Meeting. 

    Dr. Vogel has devoted herself to research to improve emergency care and has a dedicated interest in underserved, at-risk populations. She is an active health services researcher with numerous publications and grant support from the National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Vogel has received many academic awards for her leadership and contributions to emergency care research.

  • Wendy C. Coates, MD

    Immediate Past President

    UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Wendy C. Coates, MD is Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 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