The Urgent Matters Podcast

Urgent Matters Podcast


Since 2002, Urgent Matters has been the pre-eminent dissemination vehicle for best practices and cutting-edge innovation related to the delivery of emergency medical care. Check out the latest episodes of our Podcast! Listen and learn as our editors host a variety of industry leaders and world-renowned physicians, such as Dr. Kat Ogle, Dr. James Phillips, and more, to discuss the future of healthcare. 





A Discussion on COVID-19 with Dr. Ethan Cowan - April 7, 2020

Dr. Meltzer talks about COVID-19 impact on the NYC area with Dr. Ethan Cowan. As the pandemic spread exponentially throughout the country, NYC has been dealing with the brunt of its effects for weeks. Dr. Cowan shares his experience on changes to flow, clinical research, and provider moral.

A Discussion on COVID-19 with Dr. Solomon from NIH - April 24, 2020

Dr. Solomon is the Clinical Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. He and Dr. Meltzer discuss what insights genomics research might be able tell us about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Point of Care Ultrasound with Dr. Blaivas and Dr. Ogle - July 14, 2020

Dr. Meltzer discusses POCUS in the Era of COVID-19 with Dr. Kathleen Ogle and Dr. Mike Blaivas including:

• Characteristic cardiac and lung findings

• The role of serial exams

• The role of POCUS in tracking disease progression

Dr. Kat Ogle is an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University. She is engaged in medical student, resident and fellow education. Her roles include Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director, Executive Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the residency, leading the Medical Education and Leadership Scholarly Concentration as well as Clinician as a Medical Educator course.

Dr. Michael Blaivas, Chief Medical Officer, EchoNous, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician, a recognized pioneer in emergency medicine, and has been involved with point-of-care ultrasound since 1993. He is currently an Affiliate Professor of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

A Discussion on COVID-19 Health Policy with Dr. Dowling and Dr. Terry - October 16, 2020

Marisa Dowling, MD, MPP is the GW Health Policy Fellow for the Class of 2021. Dr. Dowling graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology. She then attended Duke University for medical school and earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Dowling completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Aisha T. Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC. There, she serves as Co-Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Health Policy Fellowship, which trains physicians to be future public health and health policy leaders. She also serves as a Learning Community Leader, Clinical Public Health Mentor, Professional Development Mentor, and Clinical Skills and Reasoning Instructor in the School of Medicine. Dr. Terry has always been very active in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and was most recently elected to the ACEP Board of Directors.

MK Dowling, AT Terry, NL Kirilichin, JS Lee, JC Blanchard. United States Congressional COVID-19 Legislation: Recent Laws and Future Topics. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 21 (5), 1037. Link:

A Discussion on Concussions with Dr. David Levine and Dr. Will Denq - October 22, 2020

Dr. Meltzer discusses concussion assessment with Dr. David Levine and Dr. Will Denq.

Dr. Levine is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and Regional Medical Director who also works directly with many companies across the county, focusing on utilizing technology to aid and improve the daily operations of clinical teams.

Dr. Denq is clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at University of Arizona . Dr. Denq (pronounced Den) specializes in sports medicine. He also is an active blogger and has created an entire video series on EM ortho splinting on ALiEM. He is active in event medicine, including for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams.

Sponsored by BrainScope: a medical neurotechnology company that is improving brain health by providing objective, diagnostic insights that enable better patient care. The company’s BrainScope® device is the only FDA-cleared, portable, EEG-based platform that empowers physicians to quickly make accurate mild traumatic brain injury assessments.

Making Up For Lost Time: How Hospitals are Coping with the COVID Surgical Backlog and Winning - June 6, 2021

Dr. Erin Kane interviews patient flow experts Dr. Eugene Litvak, Dr. Peter Viccellio, and Hallie Kreul on the topic of the post-COVID surgical backlog and inpatient capacity. Tune in to hear how some hospitals have leveraged surgical smoothing to achieve the impossible dream: increased surgical bandwidth, abundant revenues, and timely care for ER patients.

Dr. Litvak and colleagues recently published on this topic in the Annals of Surgery:

Image: Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash