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Peter Acker is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Acker holds an MD and an MPH from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Chicago, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He currently holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and was named a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine.Dr. Acker’s academic work in global health has focused on strengthening health systems, particularly emergency referral systems, to increase access to emergency care for vulnerable populations, including mothers and newborns. Dr. Acker played the role of Long Term Technical Advisor for the USAID funded Quality Health Services Project in Cambodia. As part of this role he lived and worked in country, helping design and implement efficient and effective triage and emergency referral systems throughout nine Cambodian provinces. He has also worked extensively with the GVK EMRI ambulance service in India, currently the world’s largest prehospital care system, and the Nepal Ambulance Service to increase the quality and reach of prehospital care and effective emergency referral systems in both of these regions. He is currently involved in a number of efforts focused in improving the measurement and effectiveness of emergency referral systems. He has also worked extensively in emergency medical training curriculum development in South and Southeast Asia as well as Sub-Saharan Africa.
A multifaceted project working to improve maternal and neonatal health throughout Cambodia. Our area of concentration involves creation of an integrated system for efficient identification, initial assessment and immediate care, referral and transfer of ill neonates and mothers.
Designing and implementing a series of novel, focused EMT refresher training courses with our Indian partner GVK EMRI. These training programs are being utilized to provided updated, evidence based care training to their group of over 10,000 EMTs.
Through prospective data collection we will be deriving and validating a prehospital maternal early warning score to help rapidly identify women in the prehospital setting who will require higher levels of care, which can then be used to accurately inform receiving facility selection
Tamil Nadu, India
Road Traffic Accidents and Trauma
University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo
Maternal Emergency Referrals
Pregnant Women and Newbors
Emergency Referral Systems
GVK EMRI India
Evaluation of neonatal care resources and referral systems
Stanford Department of Pediatrics
Nepal Ambulance Service
Urban and Rural Nepalis suffering from emergency conditions
Pre-hospital care in resource limited settings
Emergently ill and injured Nepalese
Assessing baseline EM knowledge and designing educational internvetions
All levels of healthcare professionals
Critical EMT refresher course
Online emergency medicine skills course
EMT refresher training courses
Improving access to emergency care services
My research and work focus on optimizing the use of health system data to create intelligent and accurate emergency referral systems to ensure vulnerable populations receive the care they require as efficiently as possible. I am interested in increasing our understanding of currently available health infrastructure in resource limited settings, and pairing that knowledge with technology tools to help identify patient's true needs and match those needs with health system capacity in real-time.