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Stephen M. Schenkel, MD, MPP

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine


Paca-Pratt Building, 6th floor, Suite 200

Phone (Primary):

(410) 332-9809

Education and Training

BA, Humanities, magna cum laude, Yale College (1991)

MD, Harvard Medical School (1999)

MPP, Concentration in Health Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government (1999)

Resident (1999-2002), Emergency Medicine & Chief Resident (2002-2003), Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Health System & St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI


I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Yale College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  I completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, serving as chief resident during his final year.  In 2003 I joined the faculty of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland with primary clinical duties at Mercy Medical Center, becoming medical director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in 2007.  With the Maryland Patient Safety Center, Ichaired a statewide Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Collaborative and served on the Board of Directors.  From 2014-15, I was President of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians where he worked to improve access to care, clarify insurance coverage, respond to Maryland’s scourge of opioid overdose, and encourage alternative approaches to medical malpractice.  In my clinical role at Mercy Medical Center he instructs residents and medical students at the bedside.  I direct two lecture tracks for the University of Maryland Emergency Medicine resident conference series: behavioral health and morbidity and mortality.  I have lectured regionally and internationally on patient safety and Emergency Department administration and am one of four editors of the 2009 text Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine.  I am currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Patient safety, vascular access in the Emergency Department, Emergency Department administration, education, morbidity and mortality conference

Highlighted Publications

  1. Schenkel SM.  Learning from the Stories of Homeless Alcoholics (editorial).  Annals of Emergency Medicine 2015;65:187-188.  Published on-line 18 Sept. 2014:
  2. Schenkel SM. Doing and Documenting (editorial).  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2012; 38:513-514.
  3. Schenkel S. Talking the Talk: Effective Communication in Urgent Care.  In Urgent Care Emergencies: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes, Goyal DG and Mattu A, (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  4. DiPietro BY, Kindermann D, Schenkel SM.  Ill, Itinerant, and Insured: The Top 20 Users of Emergency Departments in Baltimore City.  The Scientific World Journal 2012, article 726568, doi:10.1100/2012/726568.
  5. Hall KK, Schenkel S, Hirshon JM, Xiao Y, Noskin GA.  Incidence and Type of Non-ideal Care Events in an Emergency Department.  Quality and Safety in Health Care 2010,19: i20-i25, originally published online August 19, 2010, doi:10.1136/qshc.2010.040246.
  6. Croskerry P, Cosby KS, Schenkel S, Wears RL, eds.  Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
  7. Schenkel S.  Promoting Patient Safety and Preventing Medical Error in Emergency Departments.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2000, 7(11)1204-1222.

Awards and Affiliations

Resident (2006 and 2014) and medical student (2007) teacher of the year awards.

Maryland Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Physician of the Year (2007).

Nominated by medical students to University of Maryland School of Medicine, Beta Chapter, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2012).

Selected Presentations

  1. Agitated, Psychotic, and Strong. Presented for The Crashing Patient, Amal Mattu, curriculum director, Baltimore, Maryland, October 22, 2015. 
  2. Fundamentals of Patient Safety; Effective Communication in Your Clinic; Headache; Asthma; and other clinical topics presented for the Dr. Ding Xiang Clinic / Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Lecture Series on Urgent Care and General Practice, Hangzhou, China, October 7 & 8, 2015.
  3. Life and Death Under a Global Budget, a panel discussion for the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians annual education conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 20, 2015. Approximately 150 attendees.  Assembled and moderated the panel.
  4. Cases to Make You Queasy. Presented for The Crashing Patient, Amal Mattu, curriculum director, Baltimore, Maryland, October 16, 2014. 
  5. Integration of SBIRT into an Emergency Department.  Presented as one of six panelists discussion healthcare integration in Maryland for the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, September 13, 2014. 
  6. Measuring Quality in EM: The Numbers to Track, EM Advanced Administration & Management Preconference Workshop, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR China, June 2014.
  7. Academic Leaders who Foster Work-Life Cultures.  A lunch-time panel at the 20th Annual Conference for the College and University Work-Life-Family Association. Organized by Laura K Bryan. May 8, 2014.
  8. Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine, Three Topics: Fundamentals, Diagnosis, and Communication.  (A series of three presentations including Fundamentals of Patient Safety, Occam’s Razor Revisited, and Pitfalls in ED Communication.) For the Michigan State University Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Residency Consortium, Troy, MI, September 18, 2013.