Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH, MBA

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mahajan is the Vice-Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He also serves as the Division Chief of Children’s Emergency Services at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. He is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.


Dr. Mahajan is a pediatric health services and outcomes researcher. His main area of research interest is optimizing clinician decision making in the emergency department to enhance patient and health systems outcomes and improve healthcare safety and quality. His research focuses on infections (evaluation and management of febrile infants), developing clinically meaningful decision rules in the evaluation of febrile infants and inflammation (asthma, sepsis), and clinical decision making in a cognitively dense acute care setting to reduce diagnostic errors.


He is the Chair of Emergency Medicine Education & Research by Global Experts (EMERGE), a global emergency medicine research network. The EMERGE network brings together emergency departments from across the globe to generate and implement new evidence and train the workforce in emergency care research.


Dr. Mahajan is the Director of the Research and Education in Acute Care with Advanced Technology (REACT), where a collaborative team of EM physicians, nurses, engineers, educators, programmers and designers are working to identify and integrate innovative tools for training providers and identifying methods to incorporate technology to provide acute care.


He has been serially funded by the National Institutes of Health for his work on the febrile infant for the past 13 years. Additionally, he has received two Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awards to evaluate how diagnosis related decisions are made under austere circumstances and to develop interventions mitigating the impact of error on patient safety and quality of care.

Robert Neumar, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Neumar has over 20 years of research experience in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation and traumatic brain injury. His basic science research has been focused on mechanisms of neuronal injury after ischemic and traumatic brain injury, as well as therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes including therapeutic hypothermia. More recently, his laboratory research focus has expanded to studies of ischemic post-conditioning in collaboration with Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos’ research team at the University of Minnesota and studies of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in collaboration with Dr. Robert Bartlett’s research team in the ECLS Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. He is also collaborating to develop a novel extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) device designed to provide goal-directed reperfusion using an automated closed-loop monitoring and control system. A major focus of Dr. Neumar’s laboratory has been to elucidate the role of calpains in post-ischemic neuronal death and has also focused on optimizing post-cardiac arrest hypothermic targeted temperature management (HTTM). The major focus of his clinical research is optimizing the management of post-cardiac arrest syndrome. 


Vijaya Arun Kumar, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University

Dr. Kumar completed his medical school and diploma in public health from India, he then completed his residency, fellowship in clinical research in emergency medicine and a master’s in public health in the United States. His research focus is cardiovascular emergency medicine and global health, he has authored numerous publications and is the principal investigator for more than 10 clinical studies. Dr. Kumar is a member of the institutional review board at WSU, on the editorial board of Michigan Journal of Public Health and a manuscript reviewer for annals of emergency medicine. He has conducted numerous clinical research workshops all over the world and is presently working on developing a Global Health Research Center at Wayne State University. Dr. Kumar is presently the associate director of the global health section in the department of EM which, has been active in developing EM residency programs in Laos and Guatemala along with conducting collaborative research with EM programs in India and Jamaica.

Brian O’Neil, MD, FACEP, FAHA

Chair, Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University

Dr. O’Neil is the Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor and specialist-in-chief of Emergency Medicine for the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. O’Neil is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of cardiac and cerebral ischemia and cardiac resuscitation; he has contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed papers to the field of resuscitation. Dr. O’Neil is the past-president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee, previous Chair of the ACLS sub-committee. He was the co-principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Neurologic Emergencies Research Network and is the Hub PI for the National Institutes of Health’s the Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network, or SIREN designation.

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University (WSU) is a national research university with an urban teaching and service mission. It is Michigan's only urban research university, with 11 schools and colleges offering more than 380 academic programs to 33,000 graduates, professional, and undergraduate students. WSU is classified as a Research University with Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The WSU School of Medicine (WSU SOM) is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, hosting one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the United States with more than 1,000 medical students and 900 residents with more than 20 different cultures and ethnic backgrounds represented among the student population. The mission of the WSUSOM is to provide the Michigan community with medical and biotechnical resources, in the form of scientific knowledge and trained professionals, so as to improve the overall health of the community. The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has provided medical excellence throughout the history of the Metropolitan Detroit area. Detroit Medical Center facilities include Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and the Heart Hospital. All facilities employ best practices and conduct business in an atmosphere of respect and professionalism.

Emergency Medicine Clinical Research is led by Dr. Phillip Levy, Associate Chair for Research. The Department of Emergency Medicine Research Division has fifteen core EM faculty members with dedicated research time. Additionally, there are 23 junior level researchers with varying research interests. The EM department has dedicated administrative personnel for grant development, administration, and budget management, as well as coordination of IRB and regulatory activities for research.

40 active studies
16 non-industry
4 of 16 unfunded
Number of paid research staff/ research coordinators/assistants: 29
Number of Volunteer staff (Screeners): 52; Regulatory staff 2; Data analysis: 2 ; Grants manager: 1


The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design (BERD) Core aims to bring together expertise in biostatistics and epidemiology, particularly expertise needed to plan and conduct translational health research.  This includes study design (particularly but not solely for clinical trials), data (quantitative/statistical) analytic methods, database development and management, statistical genetics methods, geocoding, health economic analyses, and psychometric assessment. BERD personnel are active researchers in a wide range of clinical, translational, basic, and population-based research across WSU.

The Global Health Research Center (GHRC) will be the center for global health research education whose mission is to educate international faculty and fellows, as a part of a bigger global mission of a transformative and integrated WSU. The program will be under the directorship of Dr. Vijaya Arun Kumar and is due to begin in August of 2019.

Emergency Medicine Education and Research by Global Experts

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