Physician Advisor for Center for Patient Flow

Research and Clinical Interests
Prehospital care, Disaster medicine


Sarah Nafziger, MD, MSHA is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology.  A native of rural Alabama, Dr Nafziger completed her medical school, Emergency Medicine residency, and fellowship in Disaster Medicine Research at UAB.  Her primary interests include Patient Flow, Prehospital Care, and Disaster Medicine. She is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Nafziger joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2005 and currently serves as the Physician Advisor to the UAB Center for Patient Flow, which manages patient flow through all areas of the hospital, and serves as an integral member of the strategic planning team for managing capacity to care for patients in the UAB Health System.  In addition, she serves as the Medical Director for UAB Employee Health. 

Previously, Dr. Nafziger has served as the Assistant State EMS Medical Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health where she worked on implementation of regionalized specialty systems of care for time-dependent illness and injury, disaster preparedness including the Ebola response, and EMS protocol development.  She is past president of the Alabama ACEP Chapter and has also served as a medical officer in the US Army Reserve and the Alabama Air National Guard.


American Board of Emergency Medicine


Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emergency Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Disaster Medicine


Office Location
KB 204A