SAEM Leadership Forum: Conclusion

  • Brian_Zink

    Brian J. Zink, MD

    Immediate Past President

    University of Michigan

  • Jessica Lueck, PhD

  • Kelly Young, MD, MS

  • Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA

    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA serves as Chair of Emergency Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Andra was at UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX as Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Business Development. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati where she was Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Education. Her research has spanned clinical cardiovascular research as well as basic science research on obesity and the gut microbiome. As a past-President of SAEM (2016), Andra continues as the SAEM Wellness Committee Chair. In her personal time, Andra enjoys spending time with her dog, Sansa, as a Neocaridina hobbyist, and attempting to garden.
  • James McCarthy

    James J. McCarthy, MD, MHA


    Memorial Hermann Health System

  • Robert Hockberger

    Robert S. Hockberger, MD

    SAEMF Secretary-Treasurer

    Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

  • Deborah B. Diercks, MD, MSc

    Research Learning Series Panelist

    UT Southwestern Medical Center


    Deborah Diercks is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Distinguished Chair in Clinical Care and Research.  A nationally recognized leader in the specialty, Dr. Diercks oversees the emergency medicine programs at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern University Hospitals, which together constitute one of the largest emergency medicine programs in the nation. 

    After receiving her undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Diercks attended Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati and joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis, where she was a major contributor to the growth and development of its emergency medicine programs. She also holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. 

    Dr. Diercks has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, among other sources, for research on early management of acute coronary syndromes, the influence of gender on symptom characteristics, and utilization of cardiac biomarkers. She is active on numerous ACEP committees. She has held numerous leadership positions within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and was presented the Society’s 2014 Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Award. Additionally, Dr. Diercks is a Associate Editor of the Circulation and Academic Emergency Medicine. In 2018-2021 she was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list. 

  • Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MBA


    Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Susan A. Stern, MD