COVID-19 National Grand Rounds (Hosted by SAEM)

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

  • Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MBA


    Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Angela M. Mills, MD

    SAEM President / SAEMF Member-at-Large

    Columbia University Vagelos

    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 New York-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.

  • 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 C. Chiricolo, MD

    Vice Chairman and Director, Division of Emergency Ultrasound

    New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

    Dr. Gerardo C. Chiricolo is an emergency medicine physician in Brooklyn, New York and is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. He received his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and has been in practice between 11-20 years.
  • David Bodnar

  • Amos Shemesh

  • Robert Tanouye