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Ula Hwang

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Emergency Medicine
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
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Education

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine

  • MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Yale University School of Medicine

Biography

    Dr. Ula Hwang is an investigator in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the James J. Peters VAMC, Bronx, NY.

    Regional / National Committees / Advisory Boards:

    Past President, Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine,

     

    SAEM Chair Elect, ACEP Geriatric Section

     

    Member-At-Large Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

     

    ED Crowding task force, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

     

    Co-Lead, Hartfor Foundation Geriatric EM Initiative

     

    Editor-in-Chief / Editorial Boards:

     

    Editorial Board, Section Editor, Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management,                                                         

     

    Outcomes Research in Review

     

Awards

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    K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
    National Institute on Aging

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    Jahnigen Career Development Award
    American Geriatrics Society, Hartford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies

Research

Her current projects include understanding factors that impact the quality of care for older adults in the ED setting, with a particular focus on ED pain care.

Publications

Hwang u, Morrison rs, Livote e, Harris b, Spencer n, Richardson ld. Emergency department crowding and decreased quality of pain care. Acad Emerg Med 2008 Dec; 15(12): 1248-55.

Harris b, Hwang u, Lee ws, Richardson ld. Disparities in use of computed tomography for patients presenting with headache. Amer J Emerg Med 2009 March; 23(3): 333-6.

Bickell na, Hwang u, Anderson rm, Rojas m, Barsky cl. What affects time to care in emergency department appendicitis patients?. Med Care 2008; 46.

Akhtar S, Hwang U, Dickman E, Nelson BP, Morrison RS, Todd KH. A brief educational intervention is effective in teaching the femoral nerve block procedure to first-year emergency medicine residents. The Journal of emergency medicine 2013 Nov; 45(5).

Hwang U, Platts-Mills TF. Acute pain management in older adults in the emergency department. Clinics in geriatric medicine 2013 Feb; 29(1).

Peñalver-Mompeán MD, Saturno-Hernández PJ, Fonseca-Miranda Y, Gama ZA. Assessment of protocols for surgical-site preparation in a regional network of hospitals. Revista latino-americana de enfermagem 2012 Mar-Apr; 20(2): 316-24.

Wajnberg A, Hwang U, Torres L, Yang S. Characteristics of frequent geriatric users of an urban emergency department. The Journal of emergency medicine 2012 Aug; 43(2).

Rabin E, Kocher K, McClelland M, Pines J, Hwang U, Rathlev N, Asplin B, Trueger NS, Weber E. Solutions to emergency department 'boarding' and crowding are underused and may need to be legislated. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2012 Aug; 31(8).

Grudzen CR, Hwang U, Cohen JA, Fischman M, Morrison RS. Characteristics of emergency department patients who receive a palliative care consultation. Journal of palliative medicine 2012 Apr; 15(4).

Hwang U, Weber EJ, Richardson LD, Sweet V, Todd K, Abraham G, Ankel F. A research agenda to assure equity during periods of emergency department crowding. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 2011 Dec; 18(12).

Hwang u, Morrison rs. The geriatric emergency department. J Amer Geriatr Soc 2007; 55.

Wilber st, Gerson lw, Shah m, Terrell k, Heard k, Carpenter c, Hwang u. Geriatric emergency medicine and the 2006 Institute of Medicine reports from the committee on the future of emergency care in the U.S. health system. Acad Emerg Med 2006; 13.

Hwang u, Richardson ld, Sonuyi to, Morrison rs. The effect of emergency department crowding on the management of pain in older adults with hip fracture. J Amer Geriatr Soc 2006; 54.

Ragin df, Hwang u, Cydulka rk, Holson d, Haley ll, Richards cf, Becker bm, Richardson ld. Reasons for using the emergency department: Results of the EMPATH study. Acad Emerg Med 2005; 12.

Hwang u, Concato j. Care in the emergency department: How crowded is overcrowded?. Acad Emerg Med 2004; 11.

Richardson l, Hwang u. Access to care: A review of the emergency medicine literature. Acad Emerg Med 2001; 8.

Richardson l, Hwang u. America's health care safety net: intact or unraveling?. Acad Emerg Med 2001; 8.

Carpenter CR, Bromley M, Caterino JM, Chun A, Gerson LW, Greenspan J, Hwang U, John DP, Lyons WL, Platts-Mills TF, Mortensen B, Ragsdale L, Rosenberg M, Wilber S. Optimal older adult emergency care: introducing multidisciplinary geriatric emergency department guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, Emergency Nurses Association, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014 Jul; 62(7).

Hwang U, Shah MN, Han JH, Carpenter CR, Siu AL, Adams JG. Transforming emergency care for older adults. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2013 Dec; 32(12).

Carpenter CR, Bromley M, Caterino JM, Chun A, Gerson LW, Greenspan J, Hwang U, John DP, Lyons WL, Platts-Mills TF, Mortensen B, Ragsdale L, Rosenberg M, Wilber ST. Optimal older adult emergency care: Introducing multidisciplinary geriatric emergency department guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, Emergency Nurses Association, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Annals of emergency medicine 2014 May; 63(5).

Carpenter CR, Bromley M, Caterino JM, Chun A, Gerson LW, Greenspan J, Hwang U, John DP, Lyons WL, Platts-Mills TF, Mortensen B, Ragsdale L, Rosenberg M, Wilber S. Optimal older adult emergency care: introducing multidisciplinary geriatric emergency department guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, Emergency Nurses Association, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 2014 Jul; 21(7).

Hwang U, Belland LK, Handel DA, Yadav K, Heard K, Rivera-Reyes L, Eisenberg A, Noble MJ, Mekala S, Valley M, Winkel G, Todd KH, Morrison RS. Is all pain is treated equally? A multicenter evaluation of acute pain care by age. Pain 2014 Dec; 155(12).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Hwang did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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