About Us

"You can try, but you’ll never stop a Badger."

The University of Wisconsin–Madison

You can’t stop a Badger…

Because we Badgers are born with curious minds and endless heart. Maybe it’s will, maybe it’s instinct, maybe it’s pride, but when we see a curve in the road, we speed up.

We are the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine—a tenacious, catalytic academic department of nearly 50 faculty in 7 sub-specialty divisions with nearly one-third comprised of women.

Training the next generation of emergency physicians and clinician-scientists is integral to our mission, with over 45 residents and fellows being trained each year in our ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and our many fellowship training programs.

Our research enterprise enhances and facilitates high-impact clinical and translational emergency care research and fosters the successful development of investigators dedicated to generating new knowledge.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond, a goal fundamentally linked to the mission of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. By working in partnership with physicians, hospitals, prehospital providers, and local communities, we provide Wisconsin families with local, accessible health care every day.

To learn more about our department, we invite you to read a message from our distinguished Chair and to visit our education, research, clinical care, and academic divisions pages.

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Fast Facts

Established: 2007 (division), 2014 (department)

Chair: Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH (2022-present)

Divisions & Sections:
Critical Care »
Global Health »
Med Flight »
Pediatric Emergency Medicine »
Simulation »
Ultrasound »

Primary Teaching Hospital: University Hospital saw 77,000 adult and pediatric patient visits (2021)

Research Funding: $4.3M total research & extramural awards, including 17 grants (2021-22)

Our Institutional Partners

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as an international, national, and statewide leader in education, research, and service. Founded in 1907, it transformed into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005 to integrate the principles and power of interwoven medical and public health approaches in all of its missions.

Powered by more than 5,500 employees, including over 1,200 faculty, the school’s engagement spans the entire state of Wisconsin and includes a deep commitment to the improvement of the health of the population. This commitment manifests itself in innovative models that serve as paradigms for the rest of the country.

With active programs in basic, clinical and public health science, the UW SMPH has a tradition of pioneering research, receiving $439 million in research funding in 2019-20. It has also consistently ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s best medical schools for primary care and research. Grants obtained by SMPH faculty constituted 41% of total grants to UW–Madison during 2019-20.

Members of the school rapidly translate discovery into application and continually foster synergies between clinical care, education, and research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, SMPH has established high-performance academic programs that are intentionally distributed across the entire spectrum of academic medicine. Its faculty members hold appointments in 27 departments—17 in the clinical sciences and 10 in the basic sciences. The faculty is composed of some of the nation’s leading researchers, educators, and clinicians. This includes several National Medal of Science recipients and National Academy of Science honorees.

Learn more at med.wisc.edu.

UW Health is the nationally recognized, integrated regional health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving nearly 725,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with nearly 1,900 physicians and over 21,000 employees at more than 140 locations and a partnership in a 365,000 member health plan. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to advance health without compromise through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility.

UW Health Hospitals, which includes both University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus and East Madison Hospital, has been ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin for 11 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. In 2020, University Hospital was named 28th in the world’s top 200 best hospitals by Newsweek and Statista. UW Health Kids is also a nationally recognized leader in primary and specialty care for children and adolescents.

UW Health has been designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, East Madison Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital are also recognized as Magnet®-designated facilities for nursing excellence and quality patient care.

The Department of Emergency Medicine also delivers compassionate, high-quality, evidence-based emergency care to children from throughout the region and across the state. Clinical care is primarily delivered at our 11-bed, dedicated pediatric emergency department at the American Family Children’s Hospital—a nationally-ranked, 111-bed facility with pediatric and neonatal surgical intensive care units that have served the special needs of children for more than 100 years. It is a busy Level I pediatric trauma center, one of two in the state, and the only verified pediatric burn center in Wisconsin.

Learn more at uwhealth.org or read more facts & figures about the UW Health system.

“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.” — Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor (2013-2022)

UW-Madison Points of PrideSince 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and one of the most prolific research institutions in the world, UW–Madison is home to those who are driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems.

With a total annual budget of over $3.6 billion including more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, UW–Madison has been in the top 10 in national research spending every year since 1972. The campus is home to more than 24,000 faculty and staff and 46,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. Members of the student body represent all 50 states and 112 countries. The university is ranked 27th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings and 13th among public U.S. universities in the 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings.

The Wisconsin Idea—the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom— has been guiding the efforts of UW–Madison Badgers for more than a century. The university has been dedicated to studying poverty and social inequity for 50 years, is ranked #1 among large schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers, and boasts 20 Nobel Prize and 41 Pulitzer Prize winners among its faculty and alumni.

Discover the Wisconsin Experience at wisc.edu.

As one of the nation’s distinguished five-star VA medical centers, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital is 87-bed acute care facility provides tertiary care to 95,000 veterans across 19 counties in Wisconsin & Illinois and includes one of the few heart, lung, kidney, and liver transplant and LVAD programs within the VA. In 2022, it received the highest national award for patient experience among all VA medical centers in the United States, as well as a 5-star rating for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Madison VA is physically contiguous with University Hospital and houses an 11-bed emergency department that provides care to 13,000 adult patients annually and is accredited as a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Our faculty physicians provide 12 hours of attending physician coverage daily, and we partner with emergency medicine pharmacists, Women’s Health, Mental Health, and palliative care services to provide comprehensive emergency care for veterans.

Learn more at madison.va.gov.

Our Department, Our City

“To create, integrate, transfer, and apply knowledge.”

Our mission statement