The Emergency Department has a total of 80 full-time core faculty in San Francisco and Oakland and 53 full-time core faculty in Fresno. All faculty are residency trained and board certified/eligible in Emergency Medicine and/or Pediatric Emergency Medicine and hold appointments in the UCSF School of Medicine.

Many of our faculty are recognized as national and international leaders in emergency medicine research and education, as well as scientific publishing and health policy. The Department supports a four-year emergency medicine residency program in San Francisco with major sites at UCSF Medical Center and ZSFG. UCSF Fresno has a four-year residency program. The Department offers fellowships in Ultrasound, EMS and Disaster Medicine, Global Health, Medical Education, Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound, and Research.

Diverse patients, level 1 trauma center

140,000 patients a year are treated in the Emergency Departments of UCSF, ZSFG, Mission Bay and Oakland combined. The population we serve is medically, socially and ethnically diverse. ZSFG is the county's only trauma center, and UCSF provides the full resources of one of the nation's leading tertiary care referral centers. Emergency Medicine faculty play a major role in local and regional disaster planning as well as leadership in San Francisco Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Poison Control center.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is a strong supporter of both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Several of our faculty are members of the Academy of Educators, and several serve as medical student coaches. Members of the department have received recognition for teaching from the Academy of Educators, and six faculty have won the coveted UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching awards in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and 2022. Several faculty have been awarded national teaching awards. As a group our faculty teach in multiple medical student courses as well as Continuing Medical Education courses.

Faculty grants & research collaboration

Our faculty have a strong and growing track record in research and scholarly work. The department boasts several federally funded grants and large foundation grants.  Several faculty have federally funded grants. We have conducted research collaborations with other departments, including Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Critical Care, and the Institute for Health Policy studies and have run and participated in research networks and multi-center trials. 

Global emergency care

Our department also has a strong interest in global emergency care. We helped to establish and remain affiliated with the Emergency Medicine Residency program at  Muhumbilli University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania by providing mentorship and resident exchange. We also conduct research and send our residents to the emergency department in Chiapas, Mexico. Our providers work in various clinical settings to provide care in times of need. Residents and fellows rotate internationally and domestically to gain experience and exposure to a variety of healthcare settings and disease conditions. We also host our international colleagues  to foster sustainable collaboration and learning.