Advancing the science and practice of acute care.

Who We Are

The UAB Department of Emergency Medicine is a national leader in emergency and acute care research. Under the leadership of Dr. Erik Hess and Dr. Michael Kurz, the program currently ranks 16th in NIH funding among US academic Emergency Medicine departments. Current scientific efforts encompass resuscitation science, patient centered outcomes research, and population health. Focus areas include cardiopulmonary and trauma resuscitation, shared decision-making, public health screening for HIV and Hepatitis C, and addiction research with a current focus on opioid use disorder. The Department has participated in numerous national and international research efforts, including the NIH-funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) and is currently participating in the Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials (SIREN) and the Linking Investigations in Trauma and Emergency Services (LITES) networks, along with several other NIH, PCORI, AHRQ, and industry-funded trials. Our research team has enrolled over 20,000 patients in prospective studies since 2011. 

Where We Are Going

Vision: To be a high performance1,2 acute care research team, as measured by:

  1. The quality* of the team science we produce
  2. The impact of that science on patient important outcomes and public health disparities
  3. The scientists we develop, and
  4. The trust placed in us by our patients and community, pre-hospital providers, colleagues, the institution and funding agencies that support our research.

*Innovative, methodologically rigorous

Mission: To conduct world-class acute care research that ameliorates health care disparities and improves the health and well-being of emergency patients at UAB and throughout our society.  We also seek to foster the next generation of academic emergency physicians and acute care scientists to expand and sustain this work.

Values: Our guiding principles as we do our work are patient centeredness, integrity, equity, scientific excellence, collaboration, mentorship and fiscal responsibility.  We use these values to both inspire and evaluate ourselves.


  1. High Performance teams.  Accessed August 13, 2018.
  2. A Question from Simon Sinek: Are you playing a finite game or an infinite one?  Accessed August 13, 2018.