SAEM Award Winners

SAEM presents awards in recognition of excellence in our field, for contributions improving the health of society, and for academic achievements. 

View past award recipients here.

John Marx Leadership Award

NeumarRobert W. Neumar, MD, PhD, University of Michigan

Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan.  In this role, he has been a strong advocate for expanding critical care capabilities within the specialty of Emergency Medicine, which is exemplified by the creation of the Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3) in the University Hospital Adult Emergency Department and the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.  Dr. Neumar is recognized as an international leader in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation. His NIH-funded basic science research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of brain injury caused by cardiac arrest, and therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes.  More recently his laboratory and clinical research has expanded to studying the role of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) as a rescue therapy in refractory cardiac arrest.  Dr. Neumar has a long track record of mentoring young investigators, and is currently Co-PI of the NHLBI-funded K12 Career Development program in Emergency Critical Care.  He is also PI of the AHA-Funded Strategically Focused Research Network Center entitled Michigan Resuscitation Innovation and Science Enterprise (M-RISE), which focused on developing, testing and implementing neuroprotective therapies in cardiac arrest. 

Dr. Neumar previously served as Chair of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Committee, which is responsible for creating the AHA guidelines on CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) that generates global consensus on science and treatment recommendations for CPR, emergency cardiovascular care, and first aid.  Dr. Neumar has been a leading advocate for increased federal funding for emergency care research.  In 2007, he was appointed the inaugural Co-Chair of the ACEP/SAEM Task Force on Emergency Care Research.  This task force was instrumental in the 2009 NIH Roundtables on Emergency Care Research, establishment of the first NIH K12 program focused on emergency care research in 2011, and the creation of the NIH office of Emergency Care Research in 2011. Dr. Neumar previously chaired the ACEP Research Committee, Scientific Review Committee, and Research Section.  He is the recipient of the 2007 ACEP Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Excellence in Research Award

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Kevin R. Ward, MD, University of Michigan

Dr. Ward is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  He serves as the Executive Director for the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.  His passion is in developing programs which encourage high-risk innovation through strategic integrative, and disciplined collaborations across medicine, engineering, and information sciences blended with entrepreneurship that accelerate discovery to patient impact.  Dr. Ward also designed and served as the inaugural Executive Director for the University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation Program which has been responsible for producing significant increases in the University’s biomedical intellectual property portfolio, technology licensing, business start-ups, and industry partnerships.  He has developed biomedical innovation education programs which are being widely adopted at many of the nation’s premier academic medical centers and universities.

Dr. Ward’s major research focus is in developing platform technologies to improve the care of the critically ill and injured with an emphasis on combat casualty care.  Dr. Ward’s work has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, NSF, and industry.  He is a serial innovator and entrepreneur in the field of emergency and critical care medicine and the recipient of Innovation and Commercialization awards from Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Department of Defense.  Dr. Ward is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps

Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award

Promes,Susan_ppSusan B. Promes, MD, Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Susan B. Promes is professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Susan received her MD Degree from Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and did her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland General Hospital where she served as a chief resident.

Dr. Promes is a graduate of the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program and a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. She was honored with the Academy’s Teaching Excellence Award and the ACGME Courage to Teach Award. She serves as Course Director for the American College of Emergency Physicians Teaching Fellowship and served six years as a member of the ACGME Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee. She served on the editorial board for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.Susan’s academic interests include team training, bedside teaching, medical errors, and clinical guidelines; her research focuses on medical education and faculty development with a current emphasis on evaluation of learners.

SAEM Organization Advancement Award

LuanLawson (1)Luan Lawson, MD, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Luan E. Lawson is the Associate Dean of Curricular Innovation in Medical Education at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Her academic interests have focused on undergraduate education, with expertise in curriculum development, assessment, and team training. As the PI of the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Education (ACE) grant resulting in East Carolina University’s Redesigning Education and Accelerating Change in Healthcare (REACH) program, the REACH team designed and implemented 1) the Teachers of Quality Academy faculty development program, 2) the Leaders in Innovative Care Distinction Track for medical students, and 3) a longitudinal curriculum in Health Systems Science. Her work with the AMA-ACE Consortium has focused on defining and codifying the principles of Health Systems Science (HSS) and developing curricula needed to teach these competencies to medical students and health care professionals. Additionally, she has overseen the expansion and implementation of Distinction Tracks designed to allow structured para-curricular experiences for medical students pursuing longitudinal, focused study in an academic area of interest. Dr. Lawson serves on the National Board of Medical Examiners Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Exam Task Force and is the immediate past president of the Clerkship Directors of Emergency Medicine.

M ReznekMartin Reznek, MD, MBA, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Martin Reznek MD, MBA is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He also serves as the founding Director of the Richard V. Aghababian Emergency Medicine Leadership and Administrative Fellowship at UMass. Dr. Reznek earned his Doctorate of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and his MBA at the University of Michigan.  He completed residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital/Wayne State University School of Medicine, and he has completed two fellowships: one in simulation at Stanford University School of Medicine and a second in EM/hospital administration at the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.  In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Reznek remains active in educational advancement and research, with interests in implementation science, quality/patient safety, ED/hospital operations and curriculum design and development.  Dr. Reznek has supported advancement of the SAEM mission for nearly two decades, serving on numerous IGs/committees/academies/task forces and being an early pioneer for SEAM in areas such as simulation and administrative fellowship training/approval.  In addition, he has served in several SAEM leadership roles including chairing multiple sub-committees, Board of Directors of the Foundation, Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee.

Marcus L. Martin Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award

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Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Dean for the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Associate Director and Advisor for William B. Castle Society, and Director of Health Equity Education at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the founder and co-director of the non-profit organization Motivating Pathways.  He strives to lead efforts for the Department of Emergency Medicine, the hospital and the medical school that will address health disparities and improve quality of care for the most disenfranchised. 

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Landry is involved in research on Emergency Department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care.  He also co-instructs a course at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and teaches cultural competency to residents and physicians. Dr. Landry promotes careers in the health professions to under-represented minorities and mentors scores of pre-medical students, medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Landry also leads the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, ( an effort to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, dentistry, and other biomedical careers. 

Dr. Landry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2002 and his medical degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine in 2006.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009.  In 2010, he earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University. He received the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award in 2010-2011.

FOAMed Excellence in Education Award

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Anand Swaminathan, MD, MPH, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

Anand Swaminathan is an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Education Fellowship Director at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ. His main interests are in resident education, faculty development, resuscitation and knowledge translation. Anand is a deputy editor and conference chair for EM: RAP.. He is a big believer in and contributor to the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) movement. Anand is an associate editor for REBEL EM and REBELCast and a regular contributor to the EM Cases Quick Hits podcast.

When not working, Anand enjoys long distance running and building Legos with his kids (Matt 11, Maya 8 and Luke 4). 

Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine


Jeannette Wolfe, MD  University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate

Dr. Wolfe graduated from Notre Dame, went to medical school at Thomas Jefferson  University, completed her emergency medicine residency at Stanford and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UMMS-Baystate. Her academic area of interest and personal passion is studying the influence of biological sex and gender on physiology, pathophysiology and behavior. Her primary educational focus is on engaging medical colleagues about the importance of considering the variables of sex and gender in health-related outcomes so that they may more intentionally include them in their own clinical practice, teaching and research.  To accomplish this, she has extensively written, lectured- both at the national and international level-and conducted research about sex and gender related issues. In addition, she is a founding member of the Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine Interest Group, developed the annual SAEM Jeopardy Game and created her own podcast called Sex and Why. With Covid-19, her mission has become even more essential as sex-based differences in mortality have clearly emerged and it is critical that the wider scientific community examines novel treatments by  sex-disaggregated analysis to ensure that they are safe and effective in both men and women. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Wolfe has also been a champion of promoting neurodiverse and gender intelligent teams.  She has had leadership roles in multiple professional development organizations at the regional and national level. At Baystate, she created and directed an annual Women in Medicine regional conference, was vice-chair of Women Advancing and Achieving in Medicine, and helped create Speak UP, a 6 month public speaking development program geared towards women in academic medicine. At the national level she was a 2013 Fellow in the Impact Center’s Women in Executive Leadership Program and has held numerous positions within the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine including participating on the executive committee and chairing both the wellness and regional conferences subcommittees.  Through these connections, she has helped to develop multiple educational opportunities targeted to the professional development of women in emergency medicine. 

As over the years she has had the pleasure of working with a countless amount of amazingly talented women in academic medicine, she is honored and incredibly humbled to receive this award.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Randall S. Jotte, MD, Washington University in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Randy Jotte MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, providing clinical care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  During his career, he has focused on identifying opportunities to improve health and outcomes for individuals and populations while enhancing efficiency.  Recent programs he has helped develop include Familiar Faces, Complex Care, and Hospital-to-Housing.  These focus on the needs of unique patient populations by addressing significant medical, social, and behavioral needs.  Solutions require identifying gaps in medical or psychiatric care, underlying substance abuse disorders, and unmet social needs.  Resources utilized range from linkages to appropriate specialty care, housing, and case management support to clinical guidelines and at times implementing boundaries.  Patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.  Outcomes improve and costs diminish, a win for all.

Jotte is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School and a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom.  He also serves as a Physician Advisor to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a consultant to BJC Behavioral Health.  He previously served as President of the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians.  He is married with two adult sons.

White_Benjamin_ABenjamin A. White, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Benjamin A. White, M.D. is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Operations, and the chair of the ED Operations Committee.  Ben’s academic and administrative career has focused on improving patient care and experience across the spectrum of the ED visit. His work had included multiple ED operations and systems improvement projects, with an emphasis on clinical innovations that reduce unnecessary waits and waste, increase communication quality and frequency, optimize patient comfort, and improve the overall environment of care. He has led multiple grant-funded projects in this capacity, with resultant peer-reviewed publications, and has lectured nationally on these topics at SAEM, AAEM, ACEP, and through multiple invited presentations. Ben cares deeply about making significant and sustainable improvements in ED patient care, and the humanism and compassion that is integral to a positive patient experience during the ED visit.

Public Health Leadership Award

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Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH, University of California Davis

Dr. Wintemute is the founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) and holds the Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He also directs the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center, the nation’s first publicly-funded center for research in this field. He was among the first to study firearm violence as a public health problem, and firearm violence remains the primary focus of his research and policy work. He practices and teaches emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and is a professor of emergency medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. His current research focuses on violence risk factors and interventions to prevent violence. Trained initially as a biologist at Yale University, Dr. Wintemute attended medical school and residency at UC Davis and studied epidemiology and injury prevention at The Johns Hopkins University.

Mid Career Investigator Award

Raina Merchant photo 2018 (1)Raina M. Merchant, MD, MSHP, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Raina M. Merchant is an Associate Vice President at Penn Medicine and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and Co-Director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Merchant attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, University of Chicago for Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania for a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Her research is at the intersection of digital media and health. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication using digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Reddit, and Google.  One of her projects involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, disaster medicine, public health, and resuscitation science.

Dr. Merchant has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2011 and has over 139 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, and Health Affairs.  Her work has been featured in Wired, the Economist, New York Times, the Atlantic and others. She is a member of the editorial board of JAMA. She is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow, a National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine and was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US.

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William Meurer, MD, MS is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology at the University of Michigan Health System. He also serves as a Medical/Statistical Scientist for Berry Consultants. He works to improve the care of patients with acute neurological disease both through his work on the acute stroke team and as a researcher. His work in the field focuses on the design of clinical trials with adaptive and flexible components. In addition, he is a principal investigator of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Clinical Trials Methodology Course ( and a co-investigator in the clinical coordinating center of the Strategies to Innovate Emergency Clinical Care Trials (SIREN) network - also funded by NIH). He is a co-investigator on StrokeNET trials underway through the Michigan Regional Coordinating Center. He formerly served as the Emergency Medical Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Stroke Center.

He is principal investigator of NIH funded trials that include an ED based text messaging intervention for hypertension and a cluster randomized trial to improve the care of patients with acute dizziness. In addition, he is the national PI of a 50+ site, 1,800 patient trial of hypothermia after cardiac arrest (

He was a co-investigator on the Adaptive Designs Accelerating Promising Treatments into Trials (ADAPT-IT) project, as part of the FDA Advancing Regulatory Science initiative with NIH. 

He attended college at the Ohio State University, medical school at the University of Cincinnati, residency at MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic and then came to Michigan for his stroke fellowship in 2006. During that fellowship he received an MS in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He has authored over 135 original publications - journals represented include JAMA. He is a core-faculty member for the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Residency. In addition, he serves clinically both in the Emergency Department and with the University of Michigan Stroke Team – both providing care at Michigan and across a variety of partner hospitals via telemedicine.

ManiniAlex F. Manini, MD, MS, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital Center

Dr. Manini is a full Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York, also known as the “epicenter of the epicenter” ™ of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA. He currently is Associate Program Director of the nation’s first clinician scientist training program (T32) in emergency care research at Mount Sinai, funded by NIH/NHLBI. He is an independent investigator and clinician-scientist with a research focus on the emergency medical and cardiovascular consequences of drug overdose. He has been continuously funded by NIH/NIDA since 2009 when he was awarded a K23 career development award from NIDA. He subsequently made his K-to-R transition and was awarded an R01 from NIH/NIDA in 2014 on the topic of prevention of the cardiovascular medical consequences of drug overdose. His newly-funded current R01 from NIH/NIDA is on the topic of predicting medical consequences from novel fentanyl analog overdose. Dr. Manini has published over 95 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of emergency medicine and medical toxicology.

Young Investigator Award

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Kristin L. Rising, MD MSHP, Thomas Jefferson University

Kristin L Rising, MD, MS, is Associate Professor and Director of Acute Care Transitions in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. 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). Her career goal is to develop a more patient-responsive care delivery system able to address whole-person needs - and her approach to doing so is to establish the rigorous evidence base needed to change policy. Her work to date has focused primarily on addressing patient uncertainty as a driver of care utilization and developing the evidence needed to incorporate interventions focused on addressing social determinants of health into routine care delivery.

She has established extensive multi-disciplinary collaborations (nursing, family medicine, internal medicine, endocrine, cardiology, oncology, population health), as the problems that her work tackles are cross-cutting issues. Dr. Rising has served on multiple national expert panels, including being an ongoing member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s expert panel for Quality Measurement, and is on the editorial board for Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine. She has received $5.6 million in funding as principal investigator to date from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Pennsylvania Department of Health and multiple foundations, and is currently a leading or co-investigator on 9 projects.

ZachrisonKori Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Kori S. Zachrison, MD, MSc, is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School and affiliated faculty with the Onnela Lab at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College, cum laude, her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and her residency at Northwestern University. Dr. Zachrison then completed fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, earning a Masters of Science in Health and Healthcare Research, prior to joining the faculty at MGH in 2014. 

Dr. Zachrison’s academic focus has been on improving systems of care for time-sensitive emergency care delivery. She studies telemedicine and stroke systems of care, bringing an innovative approach, including applications of network science and mathematical decision modeling. She has been continuously funded as principal and co-investigator on grants including from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Heart Association, and the Emergency Medicine Foundation. She has won multiple research awards, including the Young Investigator Award at the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Meeting, and the Stroke Tank: Pitch it to the Judges! Competition at the American Heart Association NorthEast Cardiovascular Consortium Annual Summit. Dr. Zachrison has served on expert panels (e.g., RAND, American Heart Association), served as a grant reviewer (PCORI, American Heart Association), and holds multiple leadership positions (including as incoming Chair of the Early Career Committee for the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council). Dr. Zachrison has also been committed to improving the quality of stroke care delivery regionally and nationally. She works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on statewide quality improvement initiatives, and serves as co-lead of a national stroke quality improvement initiative through the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL). She enjoys mentoring students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty and her mentees have earned abstract awards, first-authored publications, and received an Emergency Medicine Foundation Resident Research Grant.

Austin Johnson Photo (1)M. Austin Johnson, MD, PhD, University of Utah

Dr. Austin Johnson is an assistant professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson received both his PhD (Neuroscience) and MD from the University of Wisconsin Madison. After finishing his doctoral work, Dr. Johnson completed Emergency Medicine residency at Denver Health Medical Center, where he continued his research under the guidance of Jason Haukoos MD and Comilla Sasson MD. Following residency Dr. Johnson was awarded an NHLBI Emergency Medicine K12 position in the University of California-Davis School of Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine with mentorship from Nathan Kuppermann MD and Jim Holmes MD. Dr. Johnson continues his work at the University of Utah where he serves as both clinical and research faculty.

Dr. Johnson’s research is primarily translational, “bench-to-bedside,” research focused on the development of novel interventions for early resuscitation of critically ill patients. This research has focused on the development of automated endovascular devices for precision blood pressure control, which has applications in trauma, cardiac arrest and stroke care.  Dr. Johnson is a member of a diverse, multi-center research team advancing these technologies.  He and his collaborators employ a diverse set of research tools to complete this work including algorithm development through the use of machine learning, large animal modeling of disease states, mechanical and electrical engineering, and advanced statistical analysis. This work has resulted in 7 patent filings, over 50 peer reviewed publications, and funding from the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, and several private health care research foundations.

Resident Educator Award

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Carolyn V. Commissaris, MD, University of Michigan

Carrie Commissaris is a fourth year and chief resident at the University of Michigan Emergency Medicine residency.  Her interest in education began as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Alma College, followed by an AmeriCorps service year focusing on promoting college success in first generation students pursuing healthcare careers. Despite her initial plans to teach middle school science, following in the footsteps of her educational role model, the inimitable Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, she instead attended medical school at the University of Michigan. 

During residency at University of Michigan, Dr. Commissaris has been active in resident and medical student education, regularly lecturing for these groups and eventually building an educational niche in lecture design and delivery. She has presented at multiple lecturing events, including EMRA’s 2018 "20 in 6", ACEP’s 2019 "Drop the Mic" New Speaker competition, and CORD’s CPC national semifinals and finals. She was looking forward to SAEM's "Ignite" in 2020, but alas, COVID.  She plans to continue developing her educational skills and scholarship next year at the University of Michigan, where she will be pursuing an MHPE and working as a Medical Education Fellow.

Resident Researcher Award


Joshua Davis, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Davis is a third year emergency medicine resident at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He started his research career prior to medical school working on projects related to communication and patient safety at Christiana Care Hospital. He then started working for the research group of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Nemours Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children. During medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, he continued to grow his research portfolio with a specific focus on point of care ultrasound. He was nominated as a Quality Scholar of the American College of Medical Quality as well as a Visiting Scholar of the American Board of Medical Specialties. In 2017, he started residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He received the 2018 Resident Research Award from the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound. Dr. Davis has over 30 peer reviewed publications on these topics. His project focuses on using point of care ultrasound to help diagnose dehydration in children.

RAMS Award Winners

RAMS presents awards in recognition of excellence in our field by emergency medicine residents and medical students.  

View past award recipients here.

RAMS Leadership in Emergency Medicine Award

Omar Z Maniya HeadshotOmar Z. Maniya MD, MBA, The Mount Sinai Hospital 

Omar is passionate about re-imagining acute care delivery and making medicine fun again. He has worked with startups, consulted for health systems at McKinsey & Company, led the ED-rollout of a COVID remote patient monitoring program, and published an economic model of a new value-based payment program. 

Omar served as EMRA President (2018-9), focusing on building consensus on advocacy priorities within the EM community. He also served as the youngest member of the AMA’s Board of Trustees (2016-7), fighting against repealing and replacing the ACA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and the ED Practice Management Association (EDPMA), as well as on ACEP’s Future of Emergency Medicine Taskforce and his Hospital Medical Executive Board.

Omar speaks nationally and writes regularly, with over 100 presentations and publications, and has been featured on CNN & Fox News. He is a MedTech 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovator, a McKinsey Emerging Scholar, and an AMA Foundation Leadership Award recipient. He earned a BS/MD from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, with further training at ED Directors Academy and Michael Porter’s Value-Based Health Care Course. He is currently a senior resident at The Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC.


AkbarAbraham Akbar, Baylor School of Medicine 

Abraham Akbar is a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Abraham grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia before moving to Texas to complete his B.A. at Rice University.   

As a first-year medical student, Abraham founded Lone Star Survival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that teaches the public about bleeding control using a custom engineered bleeding simulator. Lone Star Survival now has chapters in 13 medical schools, with over 200 medical student and 15 faculty physician volunteers. The organization has trained over 2500 participants in 50 sites across 13 cities, and has been featured in the media on radio and news stations such as CBS, PBS, and ABC. Lone Star Survival has received several grants from the Texas ACEP Chapter, in addition to various community and corporate sponsorships. 

Abraham has presented his research at several national conferences, including ACEP and SAEM. He has also served as the president of Baylor’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group, and previously was the second-in-command of his collegiate EMS organization at Rice University. In 2020, Abraham was also chosen as the Texas ACEP Outstanding Medical Student of the Year.


RAMS Excellence in Research Award

Tyler,PatrickPatrick D. Tyler, MD, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Dr. Patrick D. Tyler is a chief resident and third year emergency resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA. He was born in New Orleans, LA, and attended Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, graduating with Distinction in Medical Research after taking a 1-year research sabbatical to study the targeted delivery of chemotherapy under Dr. Reed A. Omary. He completed internal medicine residency at BIDMC, and entered emergency medicine residency due to his love for general medicine and resuscitation. During his residencies, Dr. Tyler has worked closely with Drs. Leo A. Celi (BIDMC Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) and Dr. Nathan I. Shapiro (BIDMC Emergency Medicine) studying the optimal care of critically ill patients, and with Dr. Leon D. Sanchez (BIDMC Emergency Medicine) studying emergency medicine operations. He has published on the interhospital transfer of and laboratory value interpretation in critically ill patients, the effect of fluids on the glycocalyx in patients with sepsis, the effects of shift hour on provider behavior, and other topics. He is the current recipient of an EMF/EMRA Resident Research Grant to study the effects of fluids on the glycocalyx in patients with sepsis. Next year, Dr. Tyler will begin a two-year research fellowship under Dr. Shapiro which includes a mentored research project, participation in designing and conducting randomized trials through the NIH’s Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) network (now dedicated to COVID-19 related research), and a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Tyler’s objective is to become an emergency researcher with expertise in pragmatic translational clinical trials, with the overall goals of decreasing morbidity and improving outcomes for acutely ill patients and their families.

RAMS Innovative Educator Award

Cleavon GilmanCleavon Gilman, MD, New York Presbyterian

Dr. Cleavon Gilman is a fourth year Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  His path to medicine included service in the United States Navy, where he was a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman deployed with the Marines to Iraq. Dr. Gilman stutters, but learned as a child that his stutter disappeared when he rhymed over music. He is deeply passionate about resident education, but couldn’t teach in the traditional sense due to his speech impediment. As a second year resident, he began rhyming about physician wellness, health policy, and evidence-based medicine, which earned him first place at SAEM’s Got Talent in 2019. He is also a recipient of EMRA’s 45 under 45 Influencers in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gilman has over 30 songs that can be found on his website