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Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Center Scholar and Senior Scientist, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Adjunct Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Critical Care University of Florida

Research and Clinical Interests

  •  Critical care
  •  Sepsis
  •  Acute respiratory distress


Dr. Marie-Carmelle Elie is an Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, making her the first Black woman to be named a full professor and permanent chair of an academic emergency medicine department at a major American medical school. She has previously served as faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine and Rutgers University of Medicine and Dentistry where she held leadership roles in the clinical missions of Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Palliative Medicine.

She completed her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and went on to complete a Critical Care and Trauma fellowship at the R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Triple board-certified in emergency medicine, critical care and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Elie made contributions in critical care initiatives by collaborating with internal and outlying community stakeholders, spearheading sepsis quality with a novel alert system in North Central Florida. She also developed her passion for palliative care by helping to start palliative inpatient services at UF Health and serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Haven Hospice, one of the largest hospice organizations in North Florida. A clinical trialist and former research director, she spearheaded the growth of a multimillion dollar research portfolio obtaining funding in the areas of acute respiratory distress, sepsis and palliative care.

Dr. Elie was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2022.


American Board of Emergency Medicine
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Board of Examiners
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Abdomen
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) - Instructor
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination


Medical School
State University of New York at Brooklyn Medical School

New York Hospital Medical Center, Queens Flushing

Mount Sinai Medical Center

R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland

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