Michael Pulia, MD, MS, FACEP, is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. This award recognizes Dr. Pulia’s extraordinary contributions to the field of emergency medicine and his commitment to improving patient care through advancing antimicrobial stewardship in the ED.
Dr. Pulia is the Director of the Emergency Care for Infectious Diseases (EC-ID) Research Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Director of Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship. In these capacities, he leads a health services research program that applies systems engineering principles to improve infectious disease diagnosis, infection control, and antimicrobial stewardship in the emergency department and downstream care settings.
In 2015, Dr. Pulia was awarded the Barry M. Farr Humanitarian Award from the MRSA Survivors Network in recognition of his efforts to raise public awareness of bacterial resistance related to the overuse of antibiotics. He served a five-year term as Chair of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s (AAEM) Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force, during which he represented AAEM at the 2015 White House One Health Forum on Antimicrobial Stewardship and the 2018 CDC Global Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge Kickoff event during the UN General Assembly. This task force was successful in raising awareness among thousands of emergency care providers worldwide about antimicrobial resistance and best practices in stewardship.
Dr. Pulia has also been an invited expert speaker at myriad national and international conferences including IDWeek, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.