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PERIGEE 2020 Newsletter

Division Chief Message

Welcome to the next installment of the Duke Emergency Medicine Newsletter, PERIGEE. This year, we are issuing this publication in a virtual format. This means that we've compiled stories of Duke EM's various accomplishments in clinical care, education, research, and community engagement onto our Newsletter website, in a more reader-friendly online format. At the website are links to each individual story. You can visit and "flip through" all the stories, just as you would with a paper copy, or read them one at a time over days to weeks. The release dates of individual stories will also be staggered over time, to let you read and digest them as they come out "hot off the presses". 

Our virtual Newsletter format is yet another reminder of the numerous challenges and changes that have occurred in 2020. As many of you are frontline heroes in the fight against the global pandemic, I want to wish you, your family, and colleagues a hearty “thanks” for your ongoing efforts and wish you well. In that vein, in this issue we have stories about our operational response to a global pandemic, from the creation seemingly overnight of a tele-triage system, the creation of a workforce to support care provider resiliency, and a rapid undertaking to research new treatments for a new disease. This year also saw rise to a call for social justice, and Duke EM members heard this call and raised their voices. We also highlight our existing programs of excellence, including a global health program studying innovative ways to reduce injury and clinical trial networks. On the education front, we highlight the stories of some of our residency alumni as well as innovative educational programs such as interprofessional education and feedback evaluation.

After all, adaptation and innovation is nothing new to Duke EM. It is in our nature. We hope you enjoy the new format and learning more about how, even in unprecedented times, Duke EM still aims for the moon.


Charles J. Gerardo, MD, MHS

Professor and Chief

Division of Emergency Medicine

Duke University Hospital


per-i-gee (n.)

the point in the Moon's orbit at which it is nearest to Earth.



Muath Bishawi, MD, MPH
HEAL Graphic Flyer


Emergency Medicine Receives Grant to Research New Pain Treatment

As part of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (NIH HEAL Initiative) Duke Emergency Medicine received a U24 grant to conduct clinical research to find new non-addictive treatments for pain.

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Duke Emergency Medicine COVID-19 Research Response

The novelty of the SARS-CoV-2 virus meant that even the most experienced clinicians could not confidently make treatment recommendations because they did not have a specific evidence base to support their clinical practice. Researchers around the globe quickly attempted to organize multi-center clinical trials and Duke Emergency Medicine (EM) was at the forefront of this movement.

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ICEAP Meeting Group


Clinical Research Studies Continue in Duke Emergency Medicine

As the summer wore on, the Duke University School of Medicine cautiously started reopening clinical research studies following its shutdown due to the pandemic. After installing comprehensive plans for staff safety and training, detailed re-opening plans for individual studies were created and reviewed individually by the Vice-Dean of Research, Susanna Naggie, MD. 

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Aerial shot of Duke hospital
Faculty providing patient care at the

Interprofessional Education Clinic


Dr. Erin Leiman on Inter-Professional Education

Dr. Erin Leiman is the co-medical director for Duke’s Inter-professional Education (IPE) Clinic and the assistant director representing the MD program for the Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC). She has been involved in the clinic since 2016 and with the new IPEC Center since its inauguration in late 2019. 

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Emily Damuth
Dr. Damuth in the intensive care unit at

Camden, New Jersey



Q&A with Emergency Medicine Alum: Dr. Emily Damuth

After completing her residency at Duke Emergency Medicine, Dr. Emily Damuth now works in the emergency department and in a mixed medical-surgical intensive care unit outside of Duke Hospital. Dr. Damuth is also the assistant program director of the critical care medicine fellowship.

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Emergency Medicine team outside while

social distancing



Reflection from the Emergency Medicine Alumni

Meet six of the Division of Emergency Medicine's resident and faculties as they share their experience with working in the division and how their years in residency shaped their careers.

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Faculty Highlight: Dr. Sreeja Natesan

Below is a video of Sreeja Natesan, MD, being interviewed about her abstract focusing on feedback and how the tool her team is creating can help them assess the quality of feedback given to the residents. 

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Dr. Harajeshwar Kohli with community members

at the "Triangle White Coats for Black Lives Matter"



Dr. Harajeshwar Kohli on "Triangle White Coats for Black Lives" Protest

On June 6, 2020 the “Triangle White Coats for Black Lives Matter” protest was held in downtown Durham, with several Duke Emergency Medicine members in attendance. While this protest was not a Duke-sponsored event, Harajeshwar Kohli, MD, JD, MIA, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine, who organized Duke Emergency Medicine faculty and residents to attend, felt strongly about its message and purpose.

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Dr. Haramol Gill at break with security


Dr. Catherine Staton on Duke Emergency Medicine's Resiliency Working Group

Since COVID-19’s arrival, finding ways to stay connected to family, friends, and coworkers has been a struggle.  We, as a global community, have been forced to think creatively and here at Duke, we have been fortunate to have individuals such as Dr. Catherine Staton who is dedicated to finding ways to keep everyone connected.

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