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Michael Callaham, M.D.

Emergency medicine specialist

Dr. Michael Callaham is a specialist in emergency medicine and one of the first doctors to pursue a career specializing in this field. In November 2007, Callaham was named the first chair of the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF. In his research, he studies ways to improve emergency medical care and was instrumental in developing new guidelines for treating heart attack patients.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Emergency Medicine and has served as editor-in-chief since 2002. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in medicine., and was recognized for his service to San Francisco in 2004, when he was awarded the San Francisco Department of Public Health Raymond Lim Excellence in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Award for leadership. Callaham, who earned a medical degree at UCSF, completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Southern California and an internship at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

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UCSF 1970


UCSF, Emergency Medicine 1974

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Schriger DL, Callaham ML, Barrett TW. Measuring and explaining computed tomography use in the United States and Canada: a consideration of health economics, use versus appropriateness, and interpreting potential conflict of interest: November 2013 Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal Club. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Nov; 62(5):545-6.
  2. Houry D, Green S, Callaham M. Does mentoring new peer reviewers improve review quality? A randomized trial. BMC Med Educ. 2012; 12:83.
  3. Wong VS, Callaham ML. Medical journal editors lacked familiarity with scientific publication issues despite training and regular exposure. J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Mar; 65(3):247-52.
  4. Lippert S, Callaham ML, Lo B. Perceptions of conflict of interest disclosures among peer reviewers. PLoS One. 2011; 6(11):e26900.
  5. Callaham ML. Journal performance report for 2010. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Sep; 58(3):223-4.
  6. O'Connor RE, Sama A, Burton JH, Callaham ML, House HR, Jaquis WP, Tibbles PM, Bromley M, Green SM. Procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department: recommendations for physician credentialing, privileging, and practice. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Oct; 58(4):365-70.
  7. Moran GJ, Callaham ML. HIV screening in emergency departments. Editors' introduction. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Jul; 58(1 Suppl 1):S2.
  8. Reynolds TA, Callaham M. A survey of past participants in the Annals of Emergency Medicine editorial board fellowship program. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 57(2):161-4.
  9. Callaham, M and McCulloch, C. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Longitudinal trends in the performance of scientific peer reviewers. 2011.
  10. Callaham M, McCulloch C. Longitudinal trends in the performance of scientific peer reviewers. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 57(2):141-8.
  11. Green SM, Callaham ML. Implementation of a journal peer reviewer stratification system based on quality and reliability. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 57(2):149-152.e4.
  12. Callaham ML. Journal performance report for 2009. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 Sep; 56(3):A25-6.
  13. Yealy DM, Callaham ML. Testing new ideas: is a picture worth a thousand words? Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Sep; 54(3):337-8.
  14. Weber EJ, Showstack JA, Hunt KA, Colby DC, Grimes B, Bacchetti P, Callaham ML. Are the uninsured responsible for the increase in emergency department visits in the United States? Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Aug; 52(2):108-15.
  15. Callaham M, Sahne P, Winker M, Overbeke J, Habibzadeh F, Ferris L. World Association of Medical Editors: support of the Croatian Medical Journal's editorial independence. Croat Med J. 2008 Feb; 49(1):100.
  16. Callaham M. Training of peer reviewers: validation of a 5-point rating scale. PLoS Med. 2007 Apr; 4(4):e166.
  17. Callaham ML, Tercier J. The relationship of previous training and experience of journal peer reviewers to subsequent review quality. PLoS Med. 2007 Jan; 4(1):e40.
  18. Tercier, John, & Callaham, Michael L. Peer Review: Consensus and Contradiction, a Qualitative Approach. 2007.
  19. Tercier, John, & Callaham, Michael L.(2007). . A normative model of peer review: qualitative assessment of manuscript reviewers’ attitudes towards peer review. 2007.
  20. Hunt KA, Weber EJ, Showstack JA, Colby DC, Callaham ML. Characteristics of frequent users of emergency departments. Ann Emerg Med. 2006 Jul; 48(1):1-8.

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