Emergency Medicine Research

"To conduct innovative clinical and translational emergency medicine research with a nationally recognized impact"

Welcome and Our Goal

Thank you for visiting our research home page. The overarching goal of our departmental research is to provide meaningful, scientifically rigorous contributions to emergency medicine knowledge and practice.

Our faculty are academically active and have a variety of research interests including:

Conducting Research in the Emergency Department

In addition to managing and supporting our faculty in their research interests, the Emergency Medicine Research Office also coordinates the conduct of research in the ED by outside investigators. WIth more than 130,000 combined annual visits, the Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital Emergency Departments offer a rich research environment. The Emergency Department Research Associate program at Strong Memorial Hospital also offers investigators a dedicated resource to identify and enroll patients in research studies.

Overview and Patient Populations

The Emergency Department (ED) at URMC / Strong Memorial Hospital is a 140-bed facility that is the Regional Trauma and Burn Care Center and includes a Pediatric ED.  The Department, with approximately 50 faculty members, cares for more than 100,000 patients per year. The Highland Hospital Emergency Department recently underwent a $9 million renovation and expansion from 7,000 to over 17,000 square feet and from 18 to 25 acute care beds for approximately 32,000 annual visits. Both hospitals serve as Medical Control access points for EMS providers and combined receive nearly half of the daily regional EMS volume.

Research is conducted in the two emergency departments by faculty and staff from emergency medicine, other clinical departments as well as outside organizations.

Emergency Medicine Research Committee

As part of a UR requirement that the scientific value of a study be evaluated by each department prior to submission to the RSRB, all EM-related projects must be approved by the Emergency Medicine Research Committee (EMRC). This includes projects that involve EM faculty, residents, fellows, or staff, as well as those that are planning to enroll ED patients. The mission of this committee is to assess the scientific merit of research projects and their feasibility in the SMH ED. This committee also ensures that studies done in the ED do not interfere with patient care responsibilities, impede patient flow, or overburden ED patients with multiple research requests in a single visit. This committee meets weekly and is composed of many of the Department’s research-oriented faculty, staff and trainees. The appropriate forms and guidelines for submission can be found in the EM Research documents section on the right side of this page.


Emergency Department Research Associate Program

The Emergency Department Research Associate (EDRA) Program is a resource available to investigators who wish to harness the more than 200,000 patients seen in the Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital Emergency Departments each year.

Click here for more information regarding the EDRA Program.


Funding and Academic Productivity

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester is proud of the level of extramural funding and academic productivity of our faculty. The department ranks nationally in the top 10 emergency medicine departments for NIH funding annually and has also received funding from local, state, federal and private foundation grants.


Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.

BrainScope Company, Inc.

The Mayday Fund

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality





Rochester Center for Brain Imaging (RCBI)


Our faculty publish numerous peer-reviewed journal articles each year. Click here for current publications or browse to the specific research interest pages in the welcome message above.








Research & Academic Newsletter

Jan '14

Archived Newsletters


Research Handbook

EM Research Handbook (currently under revision)


Emergency Medicine Research Committee

EMRC Outline & Guidelines

EMRC Initial Approval Cover

EMRC Re-approval Cover


Research Links


EM Research Program

Saunders Research Building

265 Crittenden Blvd

Suite 2.100, Box 655C

Rochester, NY 14642

(585) 275-1198