Fellowship Programs

As Emergency Medicine has grown and matured, it has become apparent that physicians who have completed their core residency training can benefit from additional “subspecialty training” that will permit them to advance in academic and leadership positions. The overall goal of the GW emergency medicine fellowship program is to prepare emergency medicine physicians to assume faculty and leadership positions.

Fellowship Program List

The following are the fellowships currently offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine. Many of the fellowships include the pursuit of a master’s degree. Some of the fellowships are open to physicians who have had their primary training outside of the United States.

Critical Care

Director: Danielle Davison, MD


2-year ACGME accredited fellowship offered through the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine; Emergency Medicine graduates will be eligible for board certification through the internal medicine pathway.

Disaster and Operational Medicine

Director: James Phillips, MD, EMT-T jamesphillips@mfa.gwu.edu

This unique fellowship, centered among all the resources that only Washington, D.C. can provide, is designed to educate the Fellows in the concepts of disaster medicine and emergency management, medical operations in resource-limited and austere environments, and mass-gathering event medicine. The fellowship can be tailored to fit particular career interests and educational goals. We offer educational experiences with hospital, university, district and, federal partners. Elective opportunities are available in tactical medicine, medical counterterrorism studies, event management, etc. The fellowship is ideally completed over two years, which allows time for the fellow to obtain their choice of Master’s Degree from GWU and obtain the security clearances required for some rotations. A one-year fellowship is offered but will exclude the degree program and secure access.

Family Medicine CPV-GW Health Policy Research Fellowship

Director: Maria Portela, MD, MPH mportela@mfa.gwu.edu

This unique one-year fellowship is co-sponsored through a partnership between the Division of Family Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine’s Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care. The program integrates research, health policy, and faculty development in order to develop future family medicine leaders.

Medical Simulation

Director: Claudia Ranniger, MD, PhD


The program, with a concentration in Simulation, is a 1-year mentored program which combines educational requirements, research, and clinical experience to provide a comprehensive education in the use of simulation in medical education.

Medical Leadership

Directors:Robert Shesser, MD, MPH


The Medical Leadership Fellowship is designed to prepare graduates of Emergency Medicine residency programs for roles as physician leaders. The two-year curriculum covers ED administration, hospital medical direction, telemedicine, value-based care, and other aspects of health care delivery. Fellows will participate in research, prepare scholarly work for publication, and may pursue an optional MBA.

Healthy Equity and Social Emergency Medicine

Director: Lia Losonczy, MD


The social determinants of health and health inequities heavily influence the wellbeing of our patients and society. This fellowship will provide you with the skills to become a leader in understanding and changing how those factors affect patients and the health care system.

Health Policy & Advocacy 

Directors: Aisha Liferidge MD, MPH


Natalie Kirilichin, MD, MPH


Fellows pursue a didactic fellowship curriculum and have the opportunity to rotate through  congressional or federal agency offices. Fellows will work on a variety of policy-related contracts and research projects. Pursuit of a master in public health (MPH) degree or certificate in health policy in the Milken Institute School of Public Health is highly encouraged.

International Emergency Medicine & Global Public Health

Director: Katherine Douglass, MD, MPH


Fellows actively participate in the implementation of new and ongoing educational, clinical, and prehospital emergency medicine projects and programs throughout the world. Pursuit of an MPH degree and collaboration with the Department of Global Health in GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health is emphasized.

Clinical Research

Director: Andrew Meltzer, MD, MS  ameltzer@mfa.gwu.edu

This specialized two-year clinical research fellowship provides a unique opportunity for advanced professional training, including the opportunity to pursue a master of science (MS) or an MPH degree. This fellowship focuses on developing robust research skills, with special emphasis on clinical research design, critical appraisal of the literature, statistical analysis, presentation of results, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. Direct mentorship is key to the success of this fellowship, and fellows will have the opportunity to work with clinical researchers in various fields with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foundation, and industry.

Medical Toxicology

Director: Cathleen Clancy, MD


In this ACGME-accredited program, fellows provide telephone and bedside consultations through the National Capital Poison Center and several area hospitals. Coursework in research and policy aspects of toxicology is offered through the NIH and GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Law.

Telemedicine & Digital Health

Director: Neal Sikka, MD


The program provides an opportunity for collaboration among emergency medicine faculty and faculty in other medical and surgical disciplines as well as engineering and business. We aspire to enable physicians to develop clinical competence in the delivery of telemedicine, leadership in establishing new programs, basic technical knowledge of telehealth delivery, and experience in order to significantly impact the rapidly growing and changing field of telemedicine, telehealth, remote health monitoring and mobile health.

Emergency Ultrasound

Director: Kat Ogle,  MD


Fellows gain expertise in clinical applications of bedside ultrasound, learn aspects of U.S. program administration, participate in an active training curriculum, and perform research. Fellows work toward RDMS certification during fellowship.

Wilderness Medicine

Director: John Lafleur, MD, MPH jlafleur@mfa.gwu.edu

The program is one year for US graduates and two years for international graduates. Fellows are trained to identify and treat unique health problems when operating in an unusual and remote environment with limited resources, significant clinical autonomy, and no access to definitive health care systems.