About Us


In June 2006, the Institute of Medicine IOM released a report on the “Future of Emergency Care”, outlining recommendations to advance the delivery of emergency care in the United States and highlighted the dearth of NIH-funded research directed at the delivery of emergency care.  The report called for academic medical centers to strengthen their research resources and capacity and to support faculty committed to this area of research. One of the primary goals woven throughout the IOM’s report is for research on improving the delivery Emergency Care to generate evidence-based standards to better inform future clinical practice and health policy.

In response, our group has three general interests:

1.  Improving the quality of emergency department administration and communication. Members of the new Center for Evidence-based Medicine and several young emergency physicians, mentored by senior epidemiology and health services research faculty, are interested in designing and testing interventions that will reduce ED crowding and eliminate the medical errors that occur during transitions of care. Potential for funding for these initiatives is available through AHRQ and NIA and other disease-oriented NIH institutes, as well as several foundations and federal and state-level organizations concerned about surge capacity in emergency care.

2.  Use of the ED visit as an opportunity to screen and intervene in important and common community health problems, such as tobacco use intimate partner violence, STDs, and major depression ((ED patients have at least twice the rate of these conditions as community samples.) Two directions currently are proposed within this category:

    • A collaboration between CHOP and HUP EDs and senior members of the Trans-disciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center to seek funding for the development and testing of interventions tailored to smokers who are parents of young children. The funding for tobacco-cessation projects – particularly targeted at vulnerable populations– is wide, and ranges from foundation and other heart, lung, and cancer organizations (RWJ, AHA, ACS, etc) to Federal PA s from the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute (PA-06-321 and PA-06-322) for “Cross-Disciplinary Translational Research” and for Tobacco and Health Research and Capacity Building Program (RFA-TW-06-006).
    • The second project, in an earlier stage of conceptualization and development, will involve collaboration between the departments of Emergency and Family Medicine, Schools of Social Policy and Nursing, and the new department of Criminology (Arts and Sciences) to develop, implement and assess interventions for intimate partner violence that target health behaviors and mental health. Potential funding in this field is available from NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, and/or NIJ. Tentative plans by the team members are an initial proposal to NIJ and two K-awards to NIMH from the departments of Nursing and Family Medicine.

3.  Developing new therapies to improve successful emergency resuscitation (cardiac and trauma). Penn’s new Center for Resuscitation Science is working across a number of disciplines, departments, schools, and centers on a truly translational research agenda, integrating cellular, animal, human and community level perspectives and knowledge to reduce mortality from sudden death. The Center is working with a broad-based interdisciplinary group to develop the infrastructure needed for a T-32 training grant in Resuscitation Science from NHLBI. In addition, NIH has announced its intention to reissue (~ August 14, 2006) a RFA soliciting applications for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) with a receipt date of January 17, 2007.  The goal of the CTSA program is to enable institutions to engage in innovative and transformative efforts that will develop and advance clinical and translational science as a distinct discipline within a definable academic home and for institutions to work together at a national level to advance clinical and translation science.

Listing of Participant Faculty Academic Affiliations:

Schools and represented Departments, Centers and Programs

School of Medicine (Departments, Centers & Programs)

Emergency Medicine at HUP

Emergency Medicine CHOP

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Hospital University of Pennsylvania

Center for Evidence-Based Medicine (HUP


General Internal Medicine


General Pediatrics

Center for Health Outcomes

Center for Injury Research and Prevention


Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

Trans-disciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center

Depression Research Unit

Surgery (HUP)

Division of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care (HUP)

Division of Health Services Research

School of Engineering

School of Law

School of Nursing

Center for Outcomes Research & Health Policy

Center for Health Disparities Research

Injury and Firearm Center at Penn (FICAP).


School of Social Policy & Practice

Center for Cartographic Modeling

Center for Mental Health & Criminal Justice Research

Center for the Study of Youth Policy

Ortner Program on Family Violence

Wharton School

Health Care Systems

Leonard Davis Institute

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Arts and Sciences

Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, Department of Criminology