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Amal Mattu, MD, Named to New Position of Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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 Dr. Mattu will be taking on a new role in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
 

Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Brian J. Browne MD, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, announced today the appointment of Amal Mattu, MD, professor of emergency medicine, to the newly created position of vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. 

In his new role, Dr. Mattu will focus on faculty development as well as the expansion of the department’s educational programs on all levels. He will also help to extend its international program. The Department of Emergency Medicine has a distinguished history as one of the pioneering emergency departments in the country. “We are leading the nation in a wide range of emergency care, including cardiopulmonary and brain resuscitation, clinical toxicology, pre-hospital care, emergency medical services, and disaster preparedness,” says Dr. Reece, who is also vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Browne explains, “Our decision to create the position of vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine is based on the increasingly complex and comprehensive nature of our educational programs for students, residents and fellows. I have appointed Dr. Mattu because he is one of the most qualified and successful emergency medical educators in the country.” Since joining the emergency medicine faculty at the University of Maryland in 1996, Dr. Mattu has received more than a dozen teaching awards, including three national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians and three others from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. In 2000, he was named Founder's Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus.

Although Dr. Mattu is officially stepping down from his previous role as director of the residency program, he has a new global and supervisory role, focusing on all aspects of education for the department. He says, “I will continue to oversee the education of the residents and perhaps spend a bit more time with students, too. However, a major interest of mine will be faculty development. I started a faculty development fellowship several years ago, and I want to spend more time on that.” In addition, he hopes to create a risk-management curriculum for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Browne states, “Dr. Mattu’s leadership and vision will be integral to maintaining the momentum and quality of our educational programs.”

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