Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Research and Scholarship

The Department of Emergency Medicine maintains a wide range of active, multidisciplinary research programs led by faculty members conducting pioneering and highly impactful work. Our scholarly activities span the gamut of translational research (T0 to T4) to generate new knowledge that impacts clinical practice, health education, and healthcare delivery both locally and globally. Particular areas of departmental strength include clinical resuscitation research, substance abuse and injury-related epidemiological and intervention studies, community-based health education and disparities reduction programs, global emergency medicine education and ethics research, as well as research on diversity, equity and inclusion. Notably, our research programs have been extramurally funded by federal and foundational sponsors including National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Advancing Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Association of County and City Health Officials, The Greenwall Foundation, among many others.

As our faculty possess diverse sets of methodological and topical expertise, as well as scholarly interests, we highly value collaboration and mentorship. As such, we provide many different formal and informal opportunities for medical students, residents, fellows to gain research skills. Moreover, we partner with researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders in carrying out research that is innovative and impactful.

As our department grows so too do our areas of strength and scholarship. While a number of activities are highlighted on this site, we encourage you to reach out to us at emresearch@mcw.edu for any additional queries.

An annual highlight for our department is the Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum. In partnership with the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (WACEP), we co-host this annual meeting that showcases the ways in which local and regional collaboratives are advancing the field of emergency medicine.

We welcome you to peruse the webpages below and join us in our journey of discovery!

Aasim I. Padela MD MSc
Vice Chair of Research and Scholarship

Meet Our Team


Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc, FACEP

Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Scholarship


(414) 955-1175


Aaron Dora-Laskey, MD, MS

Assistant Professor and Director of Research Training and Education



Omar Davila, MPH

Research Program Manager


(414) 955-6450


Laila Azam, PhD

Research Scientist



Lauren B. Nickel, PhD

Research Associate I



Elizabeth Rebholz

Grants Operations Coordinator


(414) 955-1151


Youa Xiong

Research Administrative Assistant


(414) 955-1174

Multidisciplinary Acute Research Team (MART)

The MART facilitates research in the Emergency Department setting by leveraging resources between projects, giving investigators extended periods of coverage while only paying for the time that is used for the project. This program gives researchers access to a team of research assistants who are familiar with the emergency department setting and able to complete research tasks without interfering with patient care or clinical workflow. All faculty from the three participating departments (Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and Neurology/Neurosurgery) can utilize this team for both funded and unfunded studies.

If you are interested in utilizing this team for a current or future study, please reach out to the MART Program Manager, Nicole Fumo, MPH (nfumo@mcw.edu) for more information.

Emergency Medicine Research Opportunities

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Resident Research

The MCW Emergency Medicine Department offers resident research resources, EMS research, injury research, cardiac arrest research, and resident scholarly activity.

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Peer-Consultation Service

The Research Mission offers a peer-consultation group which draws upon our department’s collective disciplinary, methodological, and process expertise. This service connects individuals with research ideas, analytic or process queries or those facing obstacles in dissemination with experienced faculty that can provide key insights and assistance.

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Emergency Medicine Committees

The Emergency Department has a strict process of reviewing and approving studies initiated within the department. If you are interested in performing research in the Emergency Department, we invite you to submit an application to one of our review committees.

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Annual Research Forum

The Annual Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum will be held on April 21, 2022, and is intended for anyone interested in emergency medicine-related research and training.

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Emergency Medicine Resources

Research Oversight Committee
Application (PDF)

QI/QA Committee
Flowchart (PDF)
Checklist (DOCX)
Application (DOC)

Peer-Consultation Service

Resident Research

Poster Presentation Templates
Template 1 (PPTX)
Template 2 (PPTX)
Template 3 (PPTX)
Template 4 (PPTX)

Research Studies
IRB Protocol Summary Template (PDF)

CITI Training & eBridge Registration Guidelines (PDF)

Historical Research Programs

Charlotte Houston and Milwaukee Prehospital EMS Research Node Center (CHaMP)

Learn about how CHaMP conducts innovative and significant prehospital-based pediatric research.

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CIRC AutoPulse Clinical Trial

The Circulation Improving Resuscitation Care (CIRC) trial compares the effectiveness of AutoPulse-CPR to conventional Manual-CPR.

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Emergency Medical Services Cost Analysis Project (EMSCAP)

Through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant, our collaborators investigated community costs for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems.

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Evaluation of the Mechanism of Injury Component of the Trauma Triage Criteria

Mechanism-of-injury component of the Criteria were evaluated to determine which conditions are predictive of trauma center need.

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