Department of Emergency Medicine faculty selected for UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program

Dr. Andrew Cathers & Dr. Irene (Allie) Hurst

Two faculty of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine have been selected for the 2023-2024 cohort of the UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program. The selection process was highly competitive, with a total of 51 incredibly well-qualified individuals applying for this year’s program.

Andrew Cathers, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Allie Hurst, MD, MS, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics, will be part of the 26-member cohort in this year’s program, in which participants attend several professional development courses and contribute to group projects and activities.

The year-long program is designed to develop physicians who are current and future leaders in the UW Health system of care. Participants will advance their skill set to lead with a culture of trust, build and lead effective teams, create systems, and lead and manage strategic change. They will also receive training in hospital financial systems.

Dr. Andrew Cathers serves as Medical Director for UW Health Med Flight. He holds board certification in both emergency medicine and EMS and has published papers and presented educational sessions locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Air Medical Physician Association and is the second American to ever hold a Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine (DipRTM) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr. Allie Hurst is the Medical Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and leads the American Family Children’s Hospital emergency department, part of the UW Health Kids system of care. She also serves as a pediatric flight physician consultant with UW Health Med Flight and is fellowship-trained in pediatric emergency medicine and critical care transport and retrieval. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Hurst engages in research surrounding adolescent health, specifically human trafficking and substance abuse.