Henry A. Curtis, MD, FACEP, FAAEM is an instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is fellowship trained in simulation education and has followed his interests in film education and the medical humanities.

His work in innovative simulation education includes emergency medicine resident and medical student immersive simulation, faculty development, the creation of two serious games, directing enhanced disaster medicine education performances and developing national simulation courses.

His lifelong learning now entails pursing a master of fine arts degree in Directing. He integrates this knowledge into his medical educational offerings and has directed industrial films to provoke challenging discussions as well as to provide clinical education. He has connected this passion with a desire to improve medical education through work in the medical humanities. This has lead to the conception of a powerful learning technique called Playback Theater.

Clinical Focus

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Simulation Education
  • Medical Humanities
  • Film Education

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Course Director, Stanford Spectrum Community Engagement Community First Responder Training for Medical Emergencies (2016 - 2016)
  • Disaster Medicine Section Chair-Elect, American College of Emergency Physicians (2015 - 2017)
  • Course Director, Stanford University-Envision Wilderness Medicine simulation program (2015 - 2016)
  • Course Director, Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification simulation course (2014 - 2015)
  • InnovatED Simulation Program Director, Disaster Medicine Section, American College of Emergency Physicians (2014 - 2015)

Honors & Awards

  • Section of Disaster Medicine Chair's Award, American College of Emergency Physicians (10-29-14)
  • Disaster Medicine Section Service to College Award, American College of Emergency Physicians (10-01-15)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for instruction of Early Management of Severe Trauma course, Royal Australian Navy Medical School (09-01-11)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Volunteer oral board review course examiner, American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Member of Education national committee, American College of Emergency Physicians (2014 - Present)
  • Member of Online Education national subcommittee, American College of Emergency Physicians (2014 - Present)
  • Member of Disaster Preparedness and Response national committee, American College of Emergency Physicians (2015 - Present)
  • Member of Disaster Medicine section subcommittee for exploring grant funding, American College of Emergency Physicians (2014 - Present)
  • Member of Transitions of Care Task Force, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Newsletter Editor, Disaster Medicine Section of American College of Emergency Physicians (2009 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine (2011)
  • Fellowship:Royal North Shore Hospital (2012) Australia
  • Residency:Mount Sinai Medical Center (2010) NY
  • Internship:Mount Sinai Medical Center (2007) NY
  • Medical Education:Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (2006) LA

Community and International Work

  • Member of the SFUSD CTE Health/Biotech Academic Advisory Board


    Career opportunities for high school student careers in healthcare and research labs

    Populations Served

    Health Science and Biotech Academy students at Burton, Galileo, and Wallenberg public high schools


    Bay Area

    Ongoing Project


    Opportunities for Student Involvement


Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Evaluating Playback Theater as an instruction modality for emergency medicine communication through a grant by Stanford University Research Grants in the Medical Humanities and the Arts.

Evaluating Empowerment during the instruction of Bay Area high school students in a training course for Community First Responders through a grant by Stanford 2016 Spectrum Community Engagement Pilot Grants Program.

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