The Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at the University of North Carolina has an active multi-disciplinary research agenda. The faculty has diverse research interests including basic science, health informatics, EMS systems, health services, medical education and patient-based clinical research. The department brings in over $10 million annually in external funding and is one of the premiere emergency departments in the world for studying emergency health informatics.


Welcome to UNC Department of Emergency Medicine’s Research Program. The contribution of emergency care to human health is large. In the U.S., there are over 130 million ED visits each year, and more than 50% of U.S. hospitalizations are through the ED. Emergency providers care for all people, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Because of the wide range of conditions that emergency providers treat, and because the specialty is quite young, there are many unanswered questions about how we can best provide emergency care. The goal of our research program is to answer some of these questions. In doing this, we offer a supportive and intellectually challenging environment for researchers at all stages in their careers. We value and emphasize skill development, interdisciplinary collaborative research, and continued learning for researchers and staff. Areas of emphasis within our research program include: cardiovascular disease, prehospital care, health informatics, cerebral resuscitation and thermoregulation, and geriatrics. In addition, our clinical trials program conducts a number of industry-sponsored studies and is also a participant in national research networks (e.g., SIREN, PETAL). Our group collaborates with some of the world’s leading investigators across UNC and beyond. Please contact me or another member of our group if you would like to learn more about our work.

Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc
Vice-Chair of Research