Social Emergency Medicine & Population Health

Social Emergency Medicine (SEM) recognizes the unique position of the emergency department in the community and within the health care system.

Emergency Departments are the safety net for the healthcare system and are a safe haven for the community.  Social Emergency Medicine uses the perspective of the ED to investigate societal patterns of health inequity, identify social needs contributing to disease, and develop solutions to decrease health disparities for vulnerable populations.


  • Conduct and disseminate rigorous, ground-breaking research to identify health disparities and the role and impact of social determinants in emergency medicine.
  • Create innovative educational programming for students, residents, attendings and ancillary staff to stimulate discussion and  collaboration in Social Emergency Medicine.
  • Design and study novel ED-based interventions that confront the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on community service and engagement.
  • Create strong interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, research networks and educational programs.

See our article in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine for our summary of Social Emergency Medicine.

Fellow Italo Brown, MD explains his interest in Social Emergency Medicine and how his recent GQ video drew 3 million+ viewers.

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Announce podcast from Ayesha Khan, MD explores the challenge of differing practice populations, with perspectives from community, academic, county and  rural providers.


Community Care

Stanford is exploring interventions and programs that can address population health and policy.

SHARED project


We are actively working to inspire and lead national dialogue on a variety of topics critical to social emergency medicine.

Research projects

Studies & publications


lnnovative education programming is a key goal, particularly with undergraduate students and residents.

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Social Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Stanford Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health Fellowship is a one-year program with an optional second year available for applicants interested in obtaining a Masters in Public Health or Health Services Research.

Fellows have the opportunity to learn about social complexities that burden our ED patients, and explore community outreach, and clinical and health services research geared toward impacting population health and policy.

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Core Faculty

Ewen Wang, MD
Director, Social Emergency Medicine
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Ayesha Khan, MD
Fellowship Director, SEM & Population Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Chair, ACEP SEM Education Section

Italo Brown, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Emergency Medicine

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Department of Emergency Medicine
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Palo Alto, CA 94304

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