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SAEM Organizational Advancement Award

The SAEM Organizational Advancement Award recognizes the tremendous amount of time, effort, and energy that this member has given and continues to give to the organization. Through thoughtful leadership, and selfless service, this member has greatly helped to advance academic emergency medicine through education and research, advocacy and professional development.

In 2024, SAEM is recognizing seven of our past SAEM Foundation presidents for their ongoing contributions in advancing our organization and academic emergency medicine.



Outstanding Department Award for Excellence and Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Emergency Medicine

UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine is a living and breathing example of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice interwoven into all aspects of the departmental operations. DEI is our true north and informs the way that we approach leadership, clinical service, education, research, and community outreach. We have made great efforts to make structural changes and focused investments to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.


John Marx Leadership Award


Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH

UC Davis

Dr. Kuppermann is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis, and the Associate Dean for Global Health at UC Davis Health. He is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and clinical epidemiologist, and a leader in emergency medical services for children, particularly in multicenter research. His focus is on clinical trials and clinical prediction rules using large cohorts of acutely ill and injured children. He has published works in all three focus areas in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, and The Lancet. Dr. Kuppermann has received more than $50 million in federal grants and contracts as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI and has published 310 peer-reviewed research publications (Hirsch Index 75) in addition to many chapters and other publications. He has been a leader in multicenter research in PEM, starting by chairing the first U.S. research network in PEM (the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the AAP) from 1996-2000. He then became the founding Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since its inception in 2001 until late in 2008 and remains one of the seven network PIs. He completed a four-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the (global) Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN) and continues as a leader in PERN.

Dr. Kuppermann has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research and mentorship with many awards. In 2017, a PEM Scientific Research Mentoring award was named after him at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and in 2020 he was awarded the UC Davis Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the Faculty Distinguished Research Award, the most prestigious awards at UC Davis. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in the U.K. and in 2010 was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. In 2022, he was the recipient of the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. 


Excellence in Research Award


James F. Holmes, MD, MPH

UC Davis

Dr. Holmes is a Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an emergency medicine physician and clinical researcher. His research is primarily focused on the initial evaluation of injured patients with a special focus on injured children. His research has been highly cited and published in high impact journals including JAMA, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Holmes has additionally devoted much of his career to mentoring junior investigators. In 2006, he started the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship. He was Co-Director of the UC Davis Emergency Medicine K12 Research Training Program and in 2013 he became the Director of the UC Davis Clinical Translational Science Center’s KL2 Research Training Program. Over his career he has received $20 million in NIH grant funding as principal investigator for both his studies on injured children and research training programs that he directs. Finally, Dr. Holmes has been heavily involved in the Society for Academic Emergency (SAEM) during his career. He has served on both the SAEM Research and Grants Committees (Chair 2011-2013). Finally, he served on the SAEM Board of Directors from 2013 – 2022, including as SAEM President from 2020-2021.


Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award


Karen Jubanyik, MD

Yale University

Dr. Jubanyik is associate professor and attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University. She completed her undergraduate education at Brown University in psychology and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program at University of Pennsylvania, prior to enrolling in Yale School of Medicine. She has always had an interest in education, beginning with patient education. As a resident, she worked with C. Everett Koop, the former surgeon general of the United States, to develop novel ways of providing accessible patient education materials for a wide variety of public health issues, including hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus, back pain, obesity and hypertension. In the COVID-19 era, she wrote and published a book for lay-people about the public health implications of the new virus, including the importance of testing, masking, and contact tracing.

Dr. Jubanyik has held multiple educational leadership roles in the department, including  Associate Residency Program Director, Clerkship and Elective Director and since 2008, has been one of six academic advisors in the medical school, responsible for providing longitudinal support, advising, and career counseling to approximately 100 medical students. She is a co-leader for the first year Professional Responsibility course. She also teaches dozens of workshops  to medical students every year, as well as simulation at all levels of the curriculum. As a faculty member, she developed additional training and expertise in palliative and end-of-life care, as  well as professional ethics. She also serves on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Bioethics committee. Collaborating with others in the medical school and hospital, she participated in creating a triage protocol and led a team to evaluate whether the protocol would result in disparities based on race, ethnicity, or payer status as well as a mixed methods study to investigate provider attitudes and experience with the protocol.

With medical students and residents, as well as junior faculty, she has worked on numerous community-based participatory research groups to develop and evaluate programs to improve the care of vulnerable patients. She has led programs for emergency department identification of intimate partner violence and to improve the care of sexual assault survivors who present to the emergency department. She was co-investigator in a study funded by NIA/NIH, using community-based participation to develop a novel program to encourage elderly persons to report elder mistreatment using an ipad-based education program. And she has worked with a former Yale resident, now junior faculty member, to work with local stakeholders to improve the identification of homeless patients, assist in their care while in the department and improve continuity of care after their visit.


Marcus L. Martin Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award


Ugo Ezenkwele, MD

Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Ezenkwele is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Queens and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Emergency Medicine System Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He received both his degree in medicine and in public health from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he was granted a William J. Fulbright award which ultimately led to the development of trauma and injury surveillance systems in the Caribbean. He then went on to complete a residency program in emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to direct patient care, his clinical interests include emergency medicine management systems, diversity, equity in medicine and health care information technology. He is passionate about optimizing the delivery of care to acutely ill patients and improving the experience of patients in the emergency room. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he oversaw emergency room clinical operations which led to improvements in patient satisfaction, a decrease in the time to be seen by a provider, and a decrease in the percent of patients leaving the emergency room before being seen by a provider. He has found that improved patient care can be achieved through technology, including electronic health records, as well as through educating patients, hospital staff, and community physicians. Dr. Ezenkwele is committed to the goal of helping to create a system of seamless coordinated and integrated care for patients.

Dr. Ezenkwele is engaging with members of the Queens community and educating them in regards to various topics such as injury prevention. He is also interested in issues surrounding sensitivity in health care delivery to the culturally diverse population in Queens. He hopes that patient and community physician engagement will optimize the integration of patient care on both campuses of the hospital.

In 2021, Dr. Ezenkwele was recognized by Crains New York as a Notable Black Leader and Executive ( He also received the Vituity Award in Executive Leadership.

Additionally, Dr. Ezenkwele has been the recipient of a number of other awards and recognition including the National Medical Association Excellence in Service Award, (2012 – 2014) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Visionary Educator Award. He has authored several publications and has lectured on topics including injury prevention, health disparities and diversity in medical education. He is the past president of the Emergency Medicine section of the National Medical Association. He was also president of the Diversity Interest Group (DIG) and ultimately, the vice chairman of the Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). In both these roles, he was dedicated to making policy and educational changes that have a lasting effect on the next generation of physician leaders and the communities they serve.

Dr. Ezenkwele is a councilor of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). He is currently the chair of the ACEP Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. As councilor and committee chair, he has authored several resolutions advancing health equity and increasing anti-racism sentiments including the creation of awareness around the detrimental effects of race-based science, education of vaccine efficacy in communities of color and the hazards of chokeholds by law enforcement. Dr. Ezenkwele is passionate about equity in emergency medicine and is now working to make our professional organizations more inclusive.


Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Award


Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Dobiesz is an associate professor and emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and core faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Dr. Dobiesz transitioned from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago to Harvard Medical School, and has dedicated her career to medical student, resident, and faculty education as well as the advancement of women in academic medicine. Her roles included Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness, Emergency Medicine Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship Director, Director of Education for the Center of Global Health, Associate Program Director for Emergency Medicine. Her teaching efforts were recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Teaching Award.

Dr. Dobiesz has presented over 200 national and 100 international invited lectures on emergency medicine, medical education and simulation, global health, women’s health, and wilderness and expedition medicine. She has co-edited a book on pediatric emergency medicine and co-authored over 60 book chapters and 40 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Dobiesz’s research focus is on improving care for maternal health and obstetrical emergencies. She is the principal inventor and is actively testing an obstetrical medical device designed by a multidisciplinary team to auto transfuse women suffering life threatening postpartum hemorrhage in low resource settings. She is also working to improve emergency obstetrical care provided by emergency physicians by standardizing training and enhancing continuing medical education activities. She recently served as the President of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) and leads research on the persistent gender inequities in the promotion and advancement of women and URiM in academic emergency medicine. Dr. Dobiesz currently she serves as the Director of the Frontline Indigenous Partners (FLIP) Program at BWH and HHI. The goals of this program are to improve Native American health through educational, clinical, and administrative partnerships. In this capacity she collaborates with tribal leaders developing multiple pathway programs for Indigenous youth to pursue healthcare careers to mitigate the current paucity of Native American healthcare providers and address persistent health disparities and health inequities.


Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award


Pavitra Parimala Krishnamani, MD, MS

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Krishnamani is a faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Having completed her residency in emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and her fellowship in oncologic emergency medicine at MD Anderson, Dr. Krishnamani chose to pursue a career at the nation’s best cancer care hospital primarily because of her desire to care for and connect with patients at their most vulnerable moments. Her experiences have been shaped through her education as a fellow at both the University of Southern California’s Sidney Harman Academy of Polymathic Study and its Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. She thrives in her career because of her ability to communicate with patients from various walks of life and build strong bonds with her patients.

Dr. Krishnamani’s career has always been one of service and, throughout her education over the past decade, she has always focused on one question: “How can I give back to my community just a percentage of what I have?” A child of South Asian immigrants, Dr. Krishnamani was raised with principles of community service and was always taught to share her resources, whether this may be time, knowledge, or skills. Having grown up straddling two very different cultures, she earned a master of science degree in global medicine from the Keck School of Medicine of USC before pursuing her MD at Thomas Jefferson University. Her degree in global medicine equipped her to work with refugees in her community throughout medical school, first volunteering at several community clinics and then being selected to serve as a community clinic director. She gained joy from the little interactions she was able to have with various refugee communities in Philadelphia and was welcomed as a friend to many refugee community events. In 2015, she was inducted into the Carson Scholar's "Twenty Under Thirty" Hall of Fame for her work with refugees and migrant populations. She has since spoken about her experiences with refugee health and the importance of seeing patients as people first in forming strong physician-patient relationships built on trust.

Before graduating with her MD, Dr. Krishnamani also completed a fellowship in healthcare innovation at Jefferson's Digital Innovation & Consumer Experience group (DICE). As a fellow at DICE, she practiced clinical design, serving as a liaison between clinical work and innovation at Jefferson. She was a consultant for several large-scale initiatives at DICE, where she provided critical input into the design process to ensure projects enhance both patients' and providers' experiences. Most notably, she co-founded Jefferson's augmented reality/virtual reality Initiative and, in this capacity, leads one of the first studies in the U.S. examining how virtual reality (VR) can affect therapy and education in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation. She also spearheaded the initiative's first venture into product design, exploring how VR can help prepare providers for high-acuity clinical situations. As a core member of several other DICE projects leveraging VR and artificial intelligence, Dr. Krishnamani has been integral in cultivating relationships and activities that help further infuse digital innovation into clinical medicine at Jefferson. This experience taught her how to lead within a clinical enterprise and use her communication skills to design innovative solutions that are focused on patient and clinician needs.

A natural academic and educator, Dr. Krishnamani is a cited author and keynote speaker. She has continued to publish, present, and give interviews on her work in healthcare innovation and global health, speaking at conferences internationally and at several major U.S. universities. Most notably, she presented at Stanford's MedX and the VR & Healthcare Symposium at Harvard in 2018, the Society for Academy Emergency Medicine annual meeting in 2021, and South by Southwest in 2023. She has also published scientific research in collaboration with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Amen Clinics, and presented research posters at Jefferson, UC Berkeley, and USC. Having previously served on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the The New Physician's student editor, Dr. Krishnamani is now a columnist with the American Academy for Emergency Medicine's Common Sense, where she offers first-hand insights into the life of a physician. Dr. Krishnamani continues to humanize her academic endeavors, with patient impact continuing to be at the heart of her research, writing, and presentations.


Public Health Leadership Award


Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH

Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Ranney is an emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health. In July 2023, she joined Yale University as Dean of the Yale School of Public Health, where she is also the C. E. A. Winslow Professor of Public Health and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and related behavioral health problems, and on COVID-related risk reduction. She has held multiple national leadership roles, including as co-founder of GetUsPPE during the COVID-19 pandemic and senior strategic advisor to AFFIRM at the Aspen Institute, focused on ending gun violence through a non-partisan public health approach. She was previously the Warren Alpert Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine, Deputy Dean of the School of Public Health, and Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health at Brown University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the Aspen Health Innovators’ Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She earned her bachelor's degree in history of science, graduating summa cum laude from Harvard University; her medical doctorate, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha, from Columbia University; and her master’s degree in public health from Brown University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine and a fellowship in injury prevention research at Brown University.


Mentor Award


Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD

Stanford University

Dr. Smith-Coggins graduated from Cornell University with a BA, University of Pennsylvania with an MD and Northwestern University with board certifications in emergency medicine and internal medicine. She has been on the faculty of Stanford University from 1987 to present and has focused her efforts on medical education. In 1990, she wrote a successful ACGME application for an emergency medicine residency and served as the first residency program director at Stanford for 12 years. Dr. Smith-Coggins has mentored over 100 EM residents, continuing the relationship into their junior and even senior faculty years for several individuals. She was one of the first members of the SAEM Council of Residency Directors (1990) and remained an active member for 25 years. She often mentored other program directors and served on several committees. Through this work, she was nominated for and served on the ACGME Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee from 2001-2007. They were able to successfully usher in duty hours regulations and mandatory sleep rooms or rides home for EM residencies during this time. Dr. Smith-Coggins was nominated and became a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine from 2007-2015 and is now a senior director. This role enables her to help ensure a high standard of care throughout the nation. She started the Stanford Simulation Fellowship in 2007 and served as the fellowship director mentoring nine fellows from 2007-2017. She also started the Physician Wellness Fellowship for Emergency Medicine in 2018 and has graduated two fellows since then. Dr. Smith-Coggins shifted to undergraduate medical education as her leadership focus and served as associate dean for Medical Student Life Advising at Stanford from 2006 to 2023. She started the Office of Medical Student Wellness with two full-time staff members in 2009, which was one of the first of its kind in the nation. She also started the Stanford School of Medicine Mental Health Team on the medical school campus with a psychiatrist and four therapists in 2019, which is also quite unique. They developed many programs including Ears for Peers which is a peer mentoring program.

Dr. Smith-Coggins’ research focus throughout her career has been on physician wellness. She initially studied the effect of night shifts on EM physician’s sleep, performance, and mood. After a decade of grant writing, researching and writing on this, she moved to other topics including resident duty hours, simulation of crises management training, chaplains’ support, return to work policy for resident parents, among other topics. Dr. Smith-Coggins has spent the last decade researching mistreatment of residents and medical students. She  started and chaired the Stanford Respectful Educator and Mistreatment Committee to raise awareness of mistreatment in our medical communities and create an avenue for residents and students to report mistreatment in a way that will help avoid fear of retaliation. She created a curriculum on this, tested it, published it and presented the results at the Association of American Medical Colleges national meeting. Dr. Smith-Coggins has trained 17 mistreatment coaches from many departments to be able to mentor individuals in their departments who have been identified by students and residents to have offensive behavior or language. She has been an advisor to other institutions including Johns Hopkins, that are setting up mistreatment programs, as well. For 35 years, Dr. Smith-Coggins has been advocating for physician wellness from a time when it was often met with eye-rolling until now when it is recognized nationally as a key topic in medicine. She finds it very rewarding to have been a small part of this movement.


Mid-Career Investigator


  • Danielle M. McCarthy, MD MS

    Northwestern University

    Dr. McCarthy is a highly accomplished mid-career investigator whose tireless and pioneering work has already made a significant positive impact within emergency medicine (EM). Since finishing her research fellowship in 2012, Dr. McCarthy's well-funded research has focused primarily on patient communication related to the challenging topics of both opiate misuse and diagnostic uncertainty. Dr. McCarthy is a highly respected clinician educator on shift, a remarkably successful mentor as a Vice Chair of Research and now fellowship director herself, and a celebrated servant leader within the national research community. With an exceptionally rigorous yet always curious mindset, Dr. McCarthy continues to redefine the practice of EM while creating the next generation of leaders in clinical research.

  • Kori Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc

    Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Zachrison is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an emergency physician and Endowed Scholar in Emergency Medicine Research at Massachusets General Hospital (MGH), and Chief of the Division of Health Services Research in the Mass General Brigham Department of Emergency Medicine. She completed undergraduate studies in biochemical sciences cum laude at Harvard University, earned an MD from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in 2008, and completed residency in emergency medicine at Northwestern University in 2012. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in health services research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and then joined MGH.

    Dr. Zachrison has been conducting clinical and health services research on the delivery of time-critical emergency care for stroke, a time-sensitive condition with significant disparities in access and outcomes, since 2012. She has received funding from the American Heart Association (AHA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke and the National Institute on Aging, as well as from a number of foundations (e.g., Emergency Medicine Foundation, SAEM Foundation). She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is currently Chair of a scientific statement writing group for the AHA focused on identifying best practices for improving the acute evaluation and management of stroke in lower-resourced setings. She also leads the E-QUAL Stroke Initiative, a national quality improvement collaborative through the American College of Emergency Physicians, focused on improving stroke care delivery in emergency departments nationally.


FOAMed Excellence in Education Award


Brian Gilberti, MD

NYU Langone Health

Dr. Gilberti's trajectory in emergency medicine education has been marked by a series of progressive and influential educational roles, beginning with his time as a resident at Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center. As an intern, Dr. Gilberti laid the groundwork for his educational path by founding the Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center's educational website, a resource that has since become integral to the residency program. His innovative approach to curriculum development and active role in structuring resident education led to his appointment as Chief Resident, wherein he played a pivotal role in substantially enhancing the program's curriculum.

During the early stages of Dr. Gilberti's career at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine, he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to medical education, serving as Associate Program Director and leading the resident didactic conference programming. During this time, Dr. Gilberti became a Co-Editor-in-Chief of our department’s FOAMEd site (CoreEM), contributing heavily to both written and digital content, the latter of which is his current focus. Due to his exceptional efforts and productivity, CoreEM was recently cited as one of the most influential emergency medicine and critical care FOAMEd sites by digital impact factor (Lin M, Phipps M, Chan TM, Thoma B, Nash CJ, Yilmaz Y, Chen D, He S, Gisondi MA. Digital Impact Factor: A Quality Index for Educational Blogs and Podcasts in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Ann Emerg Med. 2023 Jul;82(1):55-65).

In his current work with Core EM, Dr. Gilberti continues to make an indelible mark on the field through the creation of compelling podcasts and video content. The podcast averages 45,000 monthly downloads in over 175 countries, while the CoreEM YouTube channel has attracted more than 4 million lifetime views from over 100 countries.


Early Investigator Award


  • Katherine H. Buck, MD, MPH

    The Ohio State University

    Dr. Buck is a highly successful emergency medicine clinical researcher with over 40 peer reviewed publications and multiple NIH funded grants. She began her involvement in emergency medicine as an undergraduate student when she served as a research assistant and then study coordinator for emergency medicine research at the University of North Carolina. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia and during medical school, she was selected for the highly competitive Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program. She completed emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University (OSU) where she served as chief resident and obtained an Emergency Medicine Foundation / Emergency Medicine Resident Research Grant. Prior to graduating from residency, Dr. Buck submitted her first NIH grant and received the NIA’s R03 Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) Grant. She completed the SAEM-Approved Research Fellowship at OSU with an emphasis in clinical research for geriatric patients.

    Dr. Buck is currently an Assistant Professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University. She is currently funded by an NIA K76 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging. She has been recognized at every stage of her career with local and national research awards including but not limited to the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) Excellence in Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Award (2014), SAEM Resident Researcher of the Year (2019), SAEM’s AGEM Early Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Research (2021) and OSU’s Faculty Research of the Year (2023). She has established herself as an expert in geriatric emergency medicine through her research as demonstrated by her service to SAEM as AGEM President-Elect and selection for the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Board of Governors.

  • Cameron J. Gettel, MD, MHS

    Yale University

    Dr. Gettel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and a Clinical Investigator at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). Dr. Gettel aims to advance the understanding of emergency department care transitions in the growing geriatric population through the identification and development of patient- and caregiver-reported outcome measures and then to design, implement, and validate innovative care transition strategies and interventions to improve clinical outcomes. At CORE, Dr. Gettel leads work funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop the next generation of performance measures across multiple care settings. His work has also been funded by the NIH/NIA GEMSSTAR R03 mechanism, the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory, the Alzheimer's Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the Yale OAIC Pepper Center.

    Dr. Gettel earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Elizabethtown College and his doctor of medicine from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Most recently, he completed emergency medicine residency at Brown University, where he served as chief resident, and the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University.

  • Christian D. Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH

    University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

    Dr. Pulcini is a pediatric emergency physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM Children’s Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine followed by pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He then completed pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University (former Teach for America corps member) and an M.P.H. in maternal and child health from Boston University School of Public Health. His current areas of research focus are emergency care of children with medical complexity, firearm injury, and acute mental health. He is currently funded by an NIH K23 Career Development Award entitled “Optimization and Implementation Trial of a User-Centered Emergency Care Planning Tool for Infants with Medical Complexity” of which he aims to become an expert in implementation science and clinical trials while focusing his research and transition to research independence on improving emergency care of this particularly vulnerable population. Beyond the focus of the K23 award, he also has a passion in closing both the evidence-to-policy and evidence-to-practice gap as it pertains to firearm injuries and acute mental health for children in the US.


Early Educator Award


  • Ellen Duncan, MD, PhD

    NYU Langone Health

    Dr. Duncan is a physician in the field of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM). In her clinical work, she strives to deliver compassionate and evidence-based care to pediatric patients in the emergency department. She is deeply committed to patient- and family-centered care, as evidenced by her work to develop and implement a novel curriculum designed to train interdisciplinary care teams to provide support for patients and their families during pediatric resuscitations. Dr. Duncan's commitment to medical education is also reflected in her roles as former Rotation Director for Resident Education in PEM, as well as currently as an Associate Program Director for the PEM Fellowship at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where she coordinates simulation activities, contributes innovative educational content, and engages in teaching and mentoring of medical students, residents, and fellows. In addition, she is actively involved in a number of institutional and professional service committees, in keeping with her strong interest in advancing healthcare education and practice.

    Dr. Duncan's expertise includes curriculum development and educational innovations. In this context, she spearheaded such initiatives as a novel virtual EKG curriculum and a teaching and learning theory elective during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was recognized with a teaching award during her residency and has presented her educational initiatives both locally and nationally. Dr. Duncan's dedication to education in emergency medicine is further reflected in her publications, as well as her participation in conferences and presentations at the national and international levels. She is eager to serve as a leader in shaping the future of PEM education and practice.

  • Abra Fant, MD, MS

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Dr. Fant is a remarkably accomplished early career clinician educator and leader who is advancing the fields of both medical education and quality improvement. Since completing her residency and medical education fellowship, Dr. Fant has quickly become a highly successful assistant, associate, and now residency program director. Dr. Fant has likewise been successful in diverse leadership roles locally and nationally at every level of medical education, earning several prestigious awards along the way. Building on her masters in patient safety and quality improvement, Dr. Fant has simultaneously rapidly ascended to leadership roles at the department, hospital, and national level with her pioneering spirit and tireless effort. In both unique fields, Dr. Fant consistently mentors other young leaders while consistently publishing her efforts in high-profile medical journals to help advance medical education and quality improvement across the country and the globe.

  • Xiao Chi (Tony) Zhang, MD, MS

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Dr. Zhang is the assistant professor and clerkship director of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Zhang is a triple graduate of Tufts University, where he received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, masters in biomedical engineering, as well as a medical doctorate degree within nine years of rigorous and interdisciplinary training. He completed his residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was an active leader and contributing member to both undergraduate and graduate medical education. During residency, Dr. Zhang was elected as the chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee and created lasting grant opportunities.

    Dr. Zhang received his master of health professions education (MHPE) in 2023 and he has been consistently and substantively involved with education and teaching and distinguished himself among his peers with his curricular developments, teaching opportunities, community service, innovative medical inventions, publications, scholarships, awards, and national presence. He was elected as the co-chair of the Council of Program Directors in Emergency Medicine Advising Student Committee (CORD ASCEM) based on his leadership, experience, and research in student advising. His academic interests include gamification, implicit bias, simulation, medical student advising, and interprofessional education.

Fellow, Resident, and Medical Student Awards


Fellow Award - Pediatric EM


Imikomobong (Micky) Ibia, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Ibia is a Nigerian-born, American-raised, emergency medicine trained physician who specializes in the care of adult and pediatric patients in the emergency department. After completing his training in general emergency medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at Mass General Brigham, he began his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital, while serving as a moonlighting attending at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In all of these capacities, he provides clinical care, supervises trainees, conducts research, and strives to innovate to improve the care of pediatric patients in all emergency department settings.

Dr. Ibia's clinical interests and expertise revolve around pediatric emergency medicine infrastructure development in Southeastern Nigeria/Haiti and building tools to assist the general emergency medicine provider in caring for pediatric patients. Since his childhood, Dr. Ibia and his father (a pediatric infectious disease physician) have strived to build upon the marginal pediatric medical systems of their homeland. To this end, after his father's passing, Dr. Ibia created a non-profit organization in his father's honor called the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, which focuses on promoting the provision of basic health services to the children of Southeastern Nigeria. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $50,000 and provided the HPV vaccine to more than 300 young women in Calabar, Nigeria. Further, since the beginning of residency, Dr. Ibia has created tools to improve the care of pediatric patients in emergency department settings. These include being a significant contributor to an AHA-sponsored Pediatric Advanced Life Support smartphone app, co-creating a digital repository of Mass General Brigham Emergency Medicine protocols for life-threatening pediatric illnesses called Emergency Medicine Protocols, and becoming the web developer/content editor for Emergency Department SmartPhrases that can be accessed at

Dr. Ibia has been actively involved in the on-shift teaching and supervision of medical students and residents since his senior years of residency, and this contribution has only increased since beginning fellowship and taking on moonlighting attending roles. He also regularly lectures the HAEMR residents on electronic medical record documentation optimization and pediatric specific topics with a general emergency medicine lens. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Ibia has an inherent passion and commitment to sponsor ethnical underrepresented in medicine learners (especially Black men) to pursue careers in science and medicine. This is rooted in his belief that he would not be where he is today if he wasn’t blessed with similar mentorship during his early years. To this end, since his undergraduate years, he has served in multiple capacities including as a recess volunteer, afterschool mentor, tutor, teacher, invited speaker, and mentor. Many of Dr. Ibia's mentees have gone on to medical school and residency. He has also been privileged enough to be the co-founder of the residency diversity recruitment initiative that strives to create an environment where everyone can thrive, including the creation of the HAEMR Roots Bio-Book, a packet of brief biographies that highlight why many of the Black, Latinx, Women, LGBTQI+, and socioeconomically disadvantaged residents chose HAEMR for residency training. This initiative has been well-received throughout the Mass General Brigham system, resulting in a publication in the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians’ EM Advocate Newsletter in March 2019.

Since completing his training in general emergency medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at Mass General Brigham, Dr. Ibia has endeavored to provide excellent clinical care, careful administrative oversight, adaptable teaching, and tender mentorship, while striving to innovate to improve the care of pediatric patients in all emergency department settings. He is humbled and honored to have a career that allows him to combine these deeply ingrained passions.


Fellow Award - EMS


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David Yang, MD, MHS

Yale University

Dr. Yang is a Yale Emergency Scholar (Research) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellow in the Yale University, Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned his BS in biomedical engineering and BSAS in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, his MD from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and his MHS from Yale University. He recently completed his emergency medicine residency through the Yale Emergency Scholars Program.

Nationally, Dr. Yang has served as Mental Health Co-Chair for the Asian American Pacific Medical Students Association (APAMSA) and on the Equity and Inclusion Committee with the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). At the local level, he works closely with the sexual assault forensics committee and as an Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) mentor.

Dr. Yang's current research focuses on addressing disparities of care in three domains. First, he examines the discrimination that healthcare workers face in the clinical setting with a particular focus on Asian Americans. Second, he focuses on improving the quality of care that survivors experience after a sexual assault. Third, he examines health outcomes and prehospital service utilization among patients presenting with behavioral emergencies.


RAMS Leadership in Emergency Medicine Award


Cole Ettingoff, MPH

Trinity School of Medicine

Mr. Ettingoff is a medical student at Trinity School of Medicine, though completed the first two years of medical school at Tel Aviv University. He has been active nationally in emergency medicine since the start of his medical education, holding multiple leadership roles at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the National Association of EMS Physicians. His service in these roles is unprecedented as none of the roles were intended to be student roles.

Mr. Ettingoff has been active nationally in public health since before medical school and views his work in emergency medicine (EM) as a continuation of that interest and has fueled his passion for social EM, in particular. He has served in health departments on both the east and west coasts supporting a wide range of projects related to health equity, access to care, health communications, and building health systems more responsive to the needs of the public. He continues to consult on a number of projects around the country. He has and continues to serve in numerous leadership roles in the American Public Health Association and is currently standing for election to be chair of the APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

Mr. Ettingoff views emergency medicine as the ultimate safety net and perhaps the key intersection of medicine and public health. He has written about, spoken about, and worked on a number of topics related to social EM and EMS, particularly EMS-based mobile integrated health and community paramedicine programs. He has also served as an abstract and manuscript reviewer for these topics for several journals and conferences. With a particularly close relationship with Medical Care journal, he successfully launched a junior peer reviewer program introducing more than two hundred medical and graduate students to academic peer review and is working with the journal to develop a special issue for next year.

Even as a student, Mr. Ettingoff has initiated and led several national projects including the 2021 APHA Symposium on Health and Medical Misinformation which featured more than 700 participants and was instrumental in the emergence of several projects related to health misinformation. He has proposed and has championed the development of the first ever standards of care for health-related social needs in the emergency department and has championed the inclusion of social EM and EMS-based mobile integrated health in both emergency medicine and public health research and policy. He has also written several articles for SAEM Pulse, a chapter of EMRA’s Advocacy Handbook, and is in the process of writing a book for APHA Press.

Within SAEM Mr. Ettingoff has also led several research committee subcommittees on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion in research to reinvigorating how we showcase exceptional research, often bridging the gap between the research committee and the virtual presence committee where he leads the podcast working group. He has previously served on the SAEM program and ethics committees and has organized several sessions of the SAEM Research Learning Series, BioSketch podcast, and Who’s Who in Academic EM Podcast.

Despite his many involvements, Mr. Ettingoff has been very successful in the classroom, as well. Beginning with a bachelors in geography and emergency health systems, cum laude from George Washington, he continued on to complete his MPH while working in public health, a post-baccalaureate program at UC Berkeley, and complete his first two years of medical school at Tel Aviv University. While at TAU, Mr. Ettingoff served as class secretary for the first two years of medical school, during some extremely challenging adaptations to both COVID and conflict in the Middle East, completed a Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a Certificate in Business of Healthcare from the Wharton School/Penn Medicine, while also maintaining a 3.91 GPA and receiving several honors marks.

Mr. Ettingoff brings to his academic work a wealth of operational experience both tactically and strategically as an EMT, firefighter, rescue diver, aerial photographer, pilot, and incident management team planner and commander. He has led teams ranging from two to 2,000 on incidents ranging from simple medical emergencies to multistate hurricane responses and fires to national security special events. Mr. Ettingoff looks forward to completing his medical degree in the United States and hopes to continue into an emergency medicine residency and a career where he can serve clinically, operationally in public health and EMS, and continue to conduct research which furthers the interface of emergency medicine and public health. In the shorter term, he looks forward to continuing to champion minimum standards of care for social EM, to leading the development of “gold standards” for social EM, advocating for the expansion of EMS mobile integrated health programs, public health projects related to the implications of social media, and continuing his involvement with SAEM’s passionate committees and interest groups.


RAMS Excellence in Research Award


  • Mohamad Ali Cheaito, MD

    University of Toledo

    Dr. Cheaito is a dedicated third-year emergency medicine resident at the University of Toledo. Dr. Cheaito laid the foundation for his medical career at the American University of Beirut, where he successfully completed his medical degree. Currently serving as the academic chief resident, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of the program, extending his dedication beyond residency as the vice chair of the Education Committee for the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA). Additionally, Dr. Cheaito's significant scholarly impact is underscored by his extensive publication record, coupled with his roles as the managing editor of The Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine & Acute Care and a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. As Dr. Cheaito continues to progress in his residency and academic career, it is evident that his passion for emergency medicine and commitment to education will leave a lasting mark on the field.

  • Marina Gaeta Gazzola, MD

    NYU Grossman School of Medicine

    Dr. Gazzola is a resident physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York and a post-doctoral research associate at the APT Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit, low-barrier opioid treatment program based in New Haven, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and Cornell University. Her scholarship examines areas for intervention to address the worsening overdose crisis in the United States and improving experience and engagement in medication for opioid use disorder treatment for people with opioid use disorder. She has broad experience in conducting patient-centered, mixed methods research ranging from individual qualitative interviews to prospective survey studies to large quantitative studies using national datasets and electronic medical record data. She is particularly interested in emergency-department interventions that reduce the harms associated with substance use and improve treatment engagement and outcomes for people with addiction with high levels of social vulnerability, such as those experiencing homelessness or with criminal-legal system involvement.

    Since 2019, Dr. Gazzola has held a first author/project management role for over a dozen addiction-focused research projects spanning medical school and residency (resulting in 16 published peer review articles, 2 book chapters, over 30 abstracts, and several workshop/didactic level speaking engagements and invited talks at national conferences); led a number of clinical initiatives to improve access to harm reduction tools at the institution level across NYU Langone Health sites; mentored other trainees in addiction research; and led educational initiatives surrounding addiction and vulnerable populations for her residency program. She has given poster and oral presentations at many addiction-focused conferences, including the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction, and presented her research on emergency department-based harm reduction interventions at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting last year. In September 2023, she gave an hour-long invited talk at the annual meeting of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors to disseminate the results of multiple first-authored research projects studying patient preferences for substance use terminology. She has also been recognized locally and nationally, including being awarded the “Best Abstract: Resident” award at the 2023 American Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting, the 2024 Ruth Fox Scholarship by the American Society of Addiction Medicine to attend the 2024 annual meeting and pre-conference didactics sponsored by the society, and winning “best abstract” at her residency program’s 2023 research day as an intern. In medical school, she spent a dedicated research year examining the intersection of social determinants of health and methadone treatment, culminating in her MD thesis, “Housing as Healthcare: The role of homelessness in patient characteristics and retention in outpatient medication for opioid use disorder treatment,” for which she was awarded the Peter F. Curran graduation prize for an outstanding thesis at the Yale School of Medicine. Since starting residency in July 2022, Dr. Gazzola has conducted research examining emergency department harm reduction interventions and emergency clinician knowledge of overdose prevention tools. She has also joined several pre-existing projects surrounding overdose prevention and addiction treatment run by faculty at her institution.


RAMS Excellence in Education Award


John Martindale, MD

Brown Emergency Medicine

Dr. Martindale is a PGY-4 at Brown Emergency Medicine. In his three-and-a-half years as an emergency medicine resident, Dr. Martindale has held numerous leadership roles including medical education chief resident since 2022. He has worked with multiple faculty members on design and successful implementation of both research and quality improvement projects, including a campaign of teaching faculty and fellow’s placement of peripheral ultrasound-guided intravenous lines in the adult and pediatric emergency department, patient and staff safety initiatives, multiple residency curricula designs, and interdepartmental educational initiatives. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Brown Warren Alpert School of Medicine and a mentor to several medical students. After residency, Dr. Martindale is poised to continue his career in academic medicine in a medical education fellowship with the intention of taking part in residency and medical student curriculum design.

Prior to his time in Rhode Island, Dr. Martindale attended medical school at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, during which he was awarded the ACEP/EMRA National Outstanding Medical Student Award. In his spare time, Dr. Martindale enjoys all things outdoors, from gardening to dog training to backpacking and boating.


RAMS DEI Resident Education/Innovation Award


L. Tamara Wilson, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Wilson, a chief resident physician in emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine is a fierce advocate for those at the margins of society and champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education. Dr. Wilson graduated from Duke University and received a bachelor of science in economics and a bachelor of arts in African and African-American studies. She completed her medical degree with honors in Gold Humanism at Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM).

Espoused by her relentless passion for health equity, Dr. Wilson continually engages in service to communities in Houston, Texas, Washington, DC and abroad. Notably, she provided free preventive healthcare to underserved communities in the Dominican Republic through a medical student-run clinic which underscored how health literacy can improve an individual’s health agency and create better community health outcomes. She has served populations experiencing housing insecurity in Washington, DC through organizing a toiletry drive and volunteering at HOYA Clinic, a student-run free clinic, where she was recognized as a HOYA Clinic Student of the Month. She believes service to others is invaluable and has dedicated her clinical career to furthering this mission.

Prior to attending Georgetown, Dr. Wilson’s work in higher education at George Washington University sparked an interest in medical education, teaching, and mentorship. Through her role in curriculum management, she created quality educational outcomes and gained insight into the disproportionate number of underrepresented minority (URM) students and faculty in medical education. This empowered her to create solutions which improve student learning and increase representation. As a medical student, she furthered these interests as a medical education research track scholar by developing a longitudinal curriculum in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, as professional development facilitator for the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) Program, a post-baccalaureate program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, she created a curriculum which incorporates professionalism, mentoring, wellness, scholarship, and community engagement. Through this curriculum, she coaches GEMS students in their pursuit of medicine.

Dr. Wilson believes in cultivating a culture of representation, equity, and inclusion and is a leader among her peers. She created MedSTARS, a visiting clerkship program for URMs to improve institutional equity at MedStar Health and GUSOM. She served on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Council on Diversity Affairs where she was engaged in efforts to increase the recruitment and retention of URMs. She has served in leadership positions including Georgetown’s Racial Justice Committee for Change, Taskforce on Curriculum and Student Wellbeing, and SNMA. She also chaired the ScholarRx Student Advisory Council, an international, student-led collaboration created to implement innovations in educational technology. Now she serves as chief resident of the Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency.

As a resident physician, Dr. Wilson is pursuing a career in emergency medicine with a health equity lens and aspires to become a dean of a medical school. While her interests are robust, her ultimate goal is to create a ripple of change by empowering institutions to challenge the way they think about health equity in medical education and healthcare delivery.