Conquer Qualitative Methods Ensuring Rigor In Qualitative Research

  • Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, MSci

  • Megan Ranney MD MPH

    Megan Ranney MD MPH is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and public health.

    She is the Director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program ( She is also Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (, the country's only non-profit committed to reducing firearm injury through the public health approach, and a founding partner of, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    She graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science in 1997. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire prior to attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in NYC. She graduated with AOA status and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the Gold Humanism Society on graduation. She completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Emergency Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research and a Master of Public Health, at Brown University.

    She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an editor for the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and an elected member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Board of Directors. She has previously served as an appointed member of HIMSS' mHealth Physician Taskforce. Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and chair of the Firearm Injury Research Technical Advisory Group for the American College of Emergency Physicians. She has been PI or Co-I over a dozen federally funded grants, all focused on technology-based interventions for high risk populations. Her work has been featured by dozens of media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the New York Times to Fox News.
  • Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MSc

  • Kristen L. Rising, MD

    Assistant Professor

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

    Dr. Rising is a clinician investigator with a primary research interest in improving the quality and capacity of the US acute care delivery system to best serve individual patient needs. She completed medical school at the University of California San Francisco (2008), emergency medicine residency training at Boston Medical Center (2012), and received a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania (2014). Dr. Rising is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Acute Care Transitions in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Her work over the past few years has focused on exploring factors associated with Emergency Department revisits in an effort to identify systemic factors contributing to patient struggles in managing their health in the outpatient setting. Her current funding includes the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.