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Research

The Duke University Division of Emergency Medicine conducts high-quality, innovative research that improves the care provided to patients with emergency medical conditions. It is housed within the Duke University Medical Center, which was named an "Honor Roll" hospital by U.S. News & World Report last year. With a modern Emergency Department hosting 60 beds and an 11-bed observation unit, the division has 22 full-time faculty and 2 fellowships. Our faculty are internationally recognized leaders. We have a robust research infrastructure with dedicated professional staff and produce high-impact scholarship that advances emergency care globally.

Emergency medicine is the only medical specialty defined not by an organ system, but by the dimension of time. Accordingly, Duke Emergency Medicine faculty conduct clinical research in a number of different disciplines, organ systems, and disease areas and use their findings to improve patient care. We oversee observational, diagnostic, and randomized clinical trials to explore the best ways to care for patients with time-sensitive illnesses. Our faculty engage in mechanistic and translational research that advance the frontier of scientific knowledge. We also study the systems of care for emergency conditions and seek ways to improve health services delivery. Finally, we have an active global health research program that seeks to reduce the global burden of injury.

Global Impact

In the video below, Dr. Catherine Staton (nee Lynch) explains the burden of road traffic injuries in low- and middle-income countries and how Duke Emergency Medicine is addressing the problem.

Learn more about Duke Emergency Medicine and Global Health.

Clinical Research

Our faculty engage in high-impact research trials that improve the care of our patients-the ones we see today and in the future.  We have an extended track record of effective collaboration and leadership in such research. The scope of this research spans from the individual patient to the protocols and systems of care to deliver such treatment.

Learn more through some specific recent examples of research projects.

Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Our researchers share their findings in a variety of high-impact medical journals and often present their work in national and international conferences. Our research activity is often recognized and awarded for its high quality.

View a list of recent publications and faculty awards.

Collaborations

Collaboration is a hallmark of  Duke Emergency Medicine’s research program. We are a program of distinction within Duke University and an institutional resource to our collaborators.  We have developed numerous successful collaborations within Duke University, and are connected to a wealth of resources in the North Carolina Triangle area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)  and beyond.

Dr. Limkakeng has served as site principal investigator for multiple studies and continues to collaborate with investigators from around the nation and internationally on trials to improve emergency care.  He oversees a diverse portfolio of studies spanning multiple disease topics.

Find out about current collaborations and how you can team with us in research.