About Us

Message from the Chair

Dr. Brian Zink, MD: Department Chair and Physician-in-ChiefDr. Brian Zink, MD: Department Chair and Physician-in-ChiefWelcome to the web home of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Our department was established in 2005.  We have rapidly grown to over 90 academic emergency physicians in the University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF) who provide care for over 210,000 patients annually at the Rhode Island Hospital Anderson Emergency Center, Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department, and The Miriam Hospital Emergency Department.  We are also the academic home for the emergency physician faculty members who work at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.  

The mission of our department is to provide exceptional emergency medical care, education, research, and service to the people of Rhode Island and beyond.  

 To meet this mission we have created outstanding education and research programs, and many divisions and programs that together form a comprehensive academic department of emergency medicine. 


Education and Research

The flagship of our educational program is the highly competitive, four-year  Emergency Medicine Residency Program, which trains 12 residents per year.

Established in 1992, our residency program has a long tradition of training leaders in emergency medicine with unsurpassed clinical training, an innovative curriculum, and an outstanding mix of advancement opportunities in research, education, global health, and community service.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which formerly had a small, eight-year bachelor's/MD curriculum has in recent years moved to accepting standard students and the class size has increased to around 120 per year.  This high-quality, forward-thinking medical school provides bright and talented students who are educated and mentored by our faculty, fellows, and residents through our popular emergency medicine elective as well as a number of other courses and electives.  

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine section is the home of our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship program, which trains two fellows each year in a three-year fellowship.

The department has a diverse and successful research enterprise with two basic science laboratories and a full infrastructure to support clinical research. We have four research faculty PhDs in the department who work collaboratively with our physicians in cutting-edge emergency medicine research.


Academic and Clinical Excellence

The many divisions and programs in the department support the academic mission and provide outstanding training experiences for fellows, residents, and medical students.

Experienced, well-funded academic faculty members lead divisions in EMS, injury prevention, international emergency medicine, medical simulation, resuscitation and critical care, sports medicine, toxicology, ultrasound, and women's health.  Fellowships are currently offered or are planned in each of these divisions. 

Programs in  chest pain, disasterquality and patient safety, stroke, medical humanities, and service at the Rhode Island Free Clinic round out the department's efforts.

We hope you will enjoy perusing our website and learning more about the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Brian J. Zink, MD
Frances Weeden Gibson–Edward A. Iannuccilli Professor and Chair,
Department of Emergency Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Emergency Medicine Rhode Island & The Miriam Hospitals   
President, University Emergency Medicine Foundation