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 grown to over 105 academic emergency physicians in the University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF) who provide care for over 249,000 patients annually at the Rhode Island Hospital Anderson Emergency CenterHasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department, Newport 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 now 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 Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which formerly had a small, 8-year Bachelors/MD curriculum has in recent years moved to accepting standard students and the class size is increasing to 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 2 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 4 research faculty PhD’s 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 Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Neurosciences, EM Ultrasound, Global Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention, Medical SimulationSports Medicine, Sex & Gender in Emergency Care, and Toxicology,   Fellowships are offered in many of these divisions. 

Programs in  Advanced Practice Providers, Audit & Compliance, Clinical Decision/Chest Pain, Medical Humanities, Quality and Patient Safety, Stroke, Physician Wellness, and service at the Rhode Island Free Clinic round out the Department 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, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Emergency Medicine
Rhode Island, Hasbro Children's, The Miriam & Newport Hospitals
President, University Emergency Medicine Foundation