Ciara Barclay-Buchanan, MD

Credentials: Associate Professor (CHS)

Phone: (608) 890-7567

Administrative Support:
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Vice Chair, Clinical Operations

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Undergraduate: Michigan State University – Lyman Briggs College
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Sinai-Grace Hospital – Chief Resident

Dr. Ciara Barclay-Buchanan completed her training in emergency medicine at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where she served as chief resident. Upon graduation, she joined the faculty at Wayne State University, serving as the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Site Director for both Wayne State University and Michigan State University at Sinai-Grace Hospital. She then served as the Associate Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine program at Sinai-Grace Hospital before joining the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin as the Associate Residency Program Director. She is currently Vice Chair of Operations for the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine. She leads our Quality, Operations, and Leadership Team (QOLT) and partners with others to deliver high-quality and efficient emergency medical care.

Her areas of interest include departmental operations, patient experience, peer review, trauma care, education, and mentorship. She has authored and edited several emergency medicine textbooks. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Wisconsin with her husband and two boys.


• Clinical Leadership Excellence Award, UW Health (2023)
• Ripple Award for Leadership & Service, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine (2022)
• Recent Alumni Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2017)