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Division of Emergency Medicine

The Saint Louis University Division of Emergency Medicine is dedicated to improving outcomes of acutely ill and injured patients through high-quality, cost-efficient care, education and research.

All full-time SLUCare physicians in the department are board certified/eligible in emergency medicine. All our nurses are Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) trained and together we use a team approach to provide our patients with the best care available.

The department is located within SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in St. Louis with state certifications in both Missouri and Illinois. The hospital treats more than 48,500 emergency medicine patients per year, including over 3,000 trauma cases, and has an acuity level higher than the national average.

Our mission is to provide the best emergency services to our patients and their families. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and professionalism of our students and residents. We have a commitment to the dignity and respect of all patients.

Residency and Fellowships

SLU's three-year training program in emergency medicine offers exposure to a Level 1 Trauma Center, regional poison center,  aero-medical services and emergency medical services.

Explore Our Residency Program

The department also offers the following fellowships for graduating emergency medicine residents:

Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship
Program Director: Vijai Chauhan, M.D.
Coordinator: Wanda Bailey-Johnson

Emergency Medicine Simulation and Education Fellowship
Program Director: Erin Quattromani, M.D.
Coordinator: Wanda Bailey-Johnson

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Program Director: Scott Thomas, M.D.
Coordinator: Danette Kurtzeborn

Emergency Medicine Administrative, Quality and Safety Fellowship
Program Director: Laurie Byrne, M.D.
Coordinator:Wanda Bailey-Johnson

Emergency Department Ambassador Program

An emergency room ambassador volunteer at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital works primarily with the families and visitors of patients who are currently being seen or triaged. As families come into the Emergency Department, the ambassador greets them and introduces themselves. The ambassador’s primary role is to act as an intermediary between the emergency department staff and the family so that the family can stay informed. Additionally, the ambassador can help fill out paperwork and answer most of our patients and families’ questions.

Volunteers gain:

  • First-hand experience working in an emergency department.
  • Experience communicating with families and patients as well as the emergency department staff.
  • Service to the community.
  • Valuable lessons about customer service.

Become an Emergency Department Ambassador

Many ambassadors are undergraduate or medical students at Saint Louis University. However, this program is not limited to students. If you are a Saint Louis University medical student or undergraduate student and have questions, please contact

Others interested in volunteering as an ambassador, please apply through the Hospital Volunteer Office.  If you have been an ambassador and wish to become a Lead Ambassador, please complete this application.

Faculty Development

In keeping with our mission to deliver the best emergency services to our patients, advance the field of emergency medicine and provide excellent education, we are committed to the development of our faculty. Here are several tools to facilitate the development of our faculty in keeping with the guidelines of the School of Medicine and Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University Faculty Development Resources

Saint Louis University School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development communicates the faculty development plan for Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine. It offers several resources for development of leadership skills and guidelines for teaching portfolios and CVs.

Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning

Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is devoted to promoting quality teaching at Saint Louis University. The offers a broad array of activities and resources.