Michael Callaham, MD

Emergency care physician

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.

Academic Title

Professor Emeritus
Chair, Emergency Medicine

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UCSF 1970


UCSF, Emergency Medicine 1974

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Callaham ML. In reply. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jun; 71(6):799-800.
  2. Callaham M, John LK. What Does It Take to Change an Editor's Mind? Identifying Minimally Important Difference Thresholds for Peer Reviewer Rating Scores of Scientific Articles. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jan 05.
  3. Schuur JD, Yealy DM, Callaham ML. Comparing Freestanding Emergency Departments, Hospital-Based Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care in Texas: Apples, Oranges, or Lemons? Ann Emerg Med. 2017 12; 70(6):858-861.

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