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Emergency Medicine Research

“Leverage the talents and resources of the Department of Emergency Medicine and its collaborators to provide education, facilitate inquiry, and conduct meaningful research to improve community health.”

Mission Statement

The overarching goal is to transform the practice of medicine by reducing the burden of injury and illness. 

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 Department of Emergency Medicine Research also coordinates the conduct of research in the ED by external investigators. 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 (EMRC)

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 performed 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 an annual patient population of 200,000 seen in the Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital Emergency Departments.

Click here for more information regarding the EDRA Program.

Research Funding and Academic Productivity

The University of Rochester Department of Emergency Medicine Research 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 to review current publications.