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Semhar Z. Tewelde, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Administrative Title:

Assistant Residency Program Director

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Howard Univeristy 2005
  • Medical Doctorate, University of Maryland School of Medicine 2009 
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Maryland Medical Center 2012
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies/Faculty Development Fellowship,  University of Maryland Medical Center 2013
  • ACEP Teaching Fellowship, American College of Emergency Physicans 2014


Dr. Tewelde currently serves as Assistant Professor & Assistant Residency Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her undergraduate medical education began here at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She continued on to post-graduate training in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Upon completion of residency she developed an interest in cardiovascular emergences; this lead to her pursuit of an untraditional fellowship, focused on acute identification & management of cardiovascular crises for emergency physicians. During that time she worked closely with cardiology colleagues and also participated in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Teaching Fellowship, honing her skills in collaborative medicine, academics, and advocacy.  As a junior-faculty member she dedicates her non-clinical time to education and service in various arenas including: School of Medicine, Residency, and Fellowship. She’s published on emergency cardiology topics in both the emergency medicine as well as in cardiology literature. She's been an invited speaker for Maryland ACEP, Resuscitation for Emergency Physicians, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC), and the Dutch North Sea Emergency Medicine Conference. She's directed & served as Instructor of Bedside Echocardiography for courses such as: Cardiovascular-Thoracic Critical Care Conference, Crashing Patient Conference, Heart Course, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Congress. She was recently honored by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) receiving the 2017 Young Educator Award. 

Additional Publication Citations

Mattu A, Bond MC, Tewelde SZ, Brady WJ. The cardiac literature 2010. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 May;30(4):615-625.

Tewelde SZ, Winters ME. Cooling the fire: resuscitated sudden death. Cardiol Clin. 2012 Nov;30(4):639-650.

Devereaux D, Tewelde SZ. Hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 May;32(2):277-292.

Dubbs SB, Tewelde SZ. Cardiovascular catastrophes in the obstetric population. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2015 Aug;33(3):483-500.

Safdar B, Nagurney JT, Anise A, DeVon HA, D’Onofrio G, Hess EP, Hollander JE, Legato MJ, McGregor AJ, Scott J, Tewelde S,Diercks DB. Gender-specific research for emergency diagnosis and management of ischemic heart disease: proceedings from the 2014 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference Cardiovascular Research Workgroup. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Dec;21(12):1350-1360.

George P, Srivastava M, Ludmir J, Reed R, Tewelde S,Gupta A, McCurdy M. Augmenting function for infarction from infection: Impella 2.5 for ischemic cardiogenic shock complicating sepsis. Case Reports in Cardiology. 2017 Feb.


Research Interests

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Clinical Specialty Details

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