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 160 academic emergency physicians in the University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF). We care for over 250,000 patients annually at Rhode Island Hospital Anderson Emergency Center, Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department, The Miriam Hospital Emergency Department and the Newport HospitalWe 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.

As you peruse our site and learn more about our department we invite you to communicate, collaborate, and engage with us to grow and develop academic emergency medicine.


Education and Research

The flagship of our educational program is the highly competitive, four-year  Emergency Medicine Residency Program, which trains 13 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, global emergency medicine, medical simulationsports medicine, toxicology, ultrasound, and sex and gender in emergency medicine. Fellowships are currently offered or are planned in each of these divisions. 

Programs in observation medicine, disaster medicine and emergency preparednessquality and patient safety, strokefoundry for arts and humanties, emergency digital health innovation and wellness 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