COVID-19 National Grand Rounds (Hosted by SAEM)

COVID-19 Response: Lessons Learned from an Academic Health System in New York City

  • Ian Martin, MD, MBA

    Dr. Ian Martin is System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor with Tenure of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert (FRAYD-tert) and Medical College of Wisconsin Health System. 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 (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R. Adams Cowley 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 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 installed as President 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 each as President- Elect and 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 was recently named recipient of the 2020 Drexel University College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.

    Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
  • Angela Mills, MD

    Columbia University

    Angela M. Mills, MD is the J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as the Chief of Emergency Services for NewYork-Presbyterian – Columbia. A national leader and expert in emergency medicine, Dr. Mills graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College and attended Temple University Medical School where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction.

    Dr. Mills is a graduate and former Chief Resident of the Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a faculty member immediately thereafter at Penn in 2003 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 the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She joined Columbia in February 2018 as the inaugural Chair of the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine.

    Dr. Mills has maintained an active research career where she has focused on emergency diagnostic imaging, undifferentiated abdominal pain, and clinical operations. She has authored over 100 scientific publications and has received research funding from both federal agencies and industry.

    Dedicated to combining scholarship with mentoring, Dr. Mills has influenced the careers of numerous faculty and trainees. She is strongly committed to education with a teaching style that allows for growth and pursuit of individual research interest. Dr. Mills has been invited to deliver lectures and grand rounds at various national venues and serves on numerous national and local committees and task forces. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Dr. Mills has been 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. Dr. Mills is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    Dr. Mills also received the first-ever EMRA EM Chair of the Year Award in 2020.
  • Nicholas Gavin

  • Erica Olsen, MD

    Dr. Erica Olsen is the Director for Virtual Health Services for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Her role includes oversight of Telehealth endeavors throughout the Department of Emergency Medicine West Campus / New York Presbyterian Hospital System: CUIMC Emergency Department, The Allen Hospital, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, and Lawrence Hospital. Dr. Olsen joined the full-time Faculty at Columbia University Department of Emergency Medicine with previous Telehealth experience from her time at both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Hospital) in Western New York and Erie County Medical Center where Telehealth was utilized for the New York State Department of Corrections. Dr. Olsen currently sits on the Digital Health Governance Committee for the FPO of Columbia University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital Telehealth Steering Committee. Dr. Olsen is also the Chair-Elect for the SAEM Telehealth Interest Group.
  • Marie-Laure Romney

  • Manish Sharma

  • Brenna Farmer

  • Peter Greenwald, MD, MS

    Doctor Peter Greenwald is the Director of telemedicine for the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. He did his graduate medical training at Albert Einstein in the Bronx, and is board certified in emergency medicine. He attended medical school at State University of New York Health Science Center Brooklyn, and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College. As a clinician and administrator involved in the creation of telemedicine practice at a large enterprise, Dr. Greenwald has an in depth understanding of the creation of new medical systems and the educational needs of medical providers. He has been deeply involved in flexing telemedicine capabilities at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork Presbyterian to meet the demands of the COVID-19 crisis. Recent work in this area of telemedicine education is reflected by abstracts presented at the annual meetings for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, The American College of Emergency Medicine, and The American Telemedicine Association, as well as publications in peer reviewed literature.
  • Matthew McCarty

  • Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA

    Dr. Rahul Sharma is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and serves as the Emergency Physician-in-Chief for New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. As the inaugural Chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine, he leads all academic and operational activities for the NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Departments. Dr. Sharma is also a Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research and serves as the academic Chairman for the NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine affiliated Emergency Departments at New York Presbyterian-Queens and New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist. In total, these NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine affiliated Emergency Departments treat over 375,000 patients annually serving a diverse population in New York City. Dr. Sharma holds several other executive leadership roles, including Chief and Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the NYP enterprise, member of the New York State Board for Medicine, and the Vice President of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Medical Board.

    Dr. Sharma received a combined MD/MBA degree in Health Management from Tufts University School of Medicine and then completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, where he was selected as Chief Resident. During his residency, he received several awards, including the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) National Leadership Award. Dr. Sharma previously served as the Executive Vice-Chief of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the Medical Director and Associate Chief of Service for the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Medical Center.

    He is a national leader in the fields of emergency medicine, healthcare operations, telemedicine and virtual healthcare. Dr. Sharma has an accomplished record of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has been an invited guest speaker at several national and international programs, including the National Academy of Medicine. His accomplishments in innovation have been featured in several national media platforms and academic journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NEJM Catalyst, and JAMA. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award and, in 2019, he was named a Top 25 Innovator in the healthcare industry by Modern Healthcare as well as one of EMRA’s 45 under 45 Influencers in Emergency Medicine.

    As the recipient of two national teaching awards and the founder of several innovative programs, Dr. Sharma has an established record as a medical educator. He has been awarded the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) National Excellence in Teaching Award and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Sharma has founded and spearheaded numerous educational programs, including the first endowed Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) Scholars Program for medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine, the first Physician Assistant Residency Program at NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine, a Healthcare Leadership and Management Fellowship with an Executive MBA/MS for junior faculty, and the NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine Telemedicine and Digital Healthcare elective for medical students and residents. He also serves as a strategic advisor for the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program offered by Weill Cornell Medicine and the Johnson School of Management.

    He serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee and National Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In addition, he is an Oral Boards Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and has been certified as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School/Deloitte Consulting Physician Leadership Academy.
  • Peter Steel

  • David Kessler, MD, MSc

    Dr. Kessler is the Vice Chair of Innovation & Strategic Initiatives in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University where he oversees virtual health and helps implement innovative solutions to complex system issues.

    He is a graduate of Princeton University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he completed his pediatric residency on the global health track. Dr. Kessler completed his Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and Emergency Ultrasound training at Bellevue Hospital and his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at New York University.

    As an Associate Medical Director for the Mary & Michael Jaharis Simulation Center, Dr. Kessler helps other departments start new safety-driven simulation programs.

    As a founder and co-director for INSPIRE, (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education), Dr. Kessler has helped to grow a community of practice dedicated to collaboration and mentorship among investigators committed to scholarship in simulation
  • Penelope Lema

  • Christopher Tedeschi

    Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA, FAWM is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and director of emergency preparedness for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia. His interests include disaster preparedness and response, as well as wilderness and environmental medicine. Dr. Tedeschi sits on the editorial board of the Journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.  He has worked in disaster preparedness and response locally and internationally, with an interest in media coverage and ethical, legal and social issues during public health emergencies. 
  • Gerardo Chiricolo

  • David Bodnar

  • Amos Shemesh

  • Robert Tanouye