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Ross I. Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, WikEM
President & CEO, Critical Innovations LLC
Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


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Dr. Donaldson is Founder & Editor in Chief of WikEM, the world’s largest and most popular emergency medicine open-access reference resource. He is also President & CEO of Critical Innovations LLC, as well as a full Professor of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Triple-boarded in emergency medicine, emergency medical services, and clinical informatics, Dr. Donaldson has been principal investigator on over $75 million dollars’ worth of funding, with a focus on research and development efforts bringing innovative emergency, critical, and trauma care technologies to market. He is the inventor of a host of patented medical technologies. Dr. Donaldson has been featured as an expert on CNN, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, and an invited speaker at over a hundred national and international conferences, including at Medical Design & Manufacturing, Department of Defense, and various think tanks. He has worked around the globe, frequently in areas of conflict and recent disaster, and been the lead architect of national emergency care plans in several countries. For five years in Iraq alone, he led the instruction of over ten-thousand surgeons, physicians, EMTs, nurses, and community members, while spearheading the development of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency and trauma systems for the country, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the California chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Donaldson has worked for close to two decades at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, one of Los Angeles’ main Level I trauma centers, serving previously as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program and Global Health Fellowship. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international humanitarian work. Among other honors, he was inaugural recipient of the FOAMed Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and has been identified as one of emergency medicine’s key opinion leaders by the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.