Michael Callaham, MD

Founding Chair and Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine
UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights
+1 415 353-1885
UCSF School of Medicine
533 Parnassus Avenue Suite U-575
San Francisco, CA 94143-0749
 

Education:
BA: 
Cornell University
MD: UCSF
Training: University of Southern California and Highland General Hospital
Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

For the first part of my career I did various forms of clinical research including pre-hospital controlled trials on topics such as epinephrine doses and mechanical aids in CPR and ACLS. In recent years I have begun to feel that the traditional RCT approach is too narrowly focused and will never keep up, much less catch up, with the vast majority of medical problems whose treatment is not evidence based, or whose evidence is out of date. Because of my editing and publishing experience, my research interests now have turned to trying to better understand the scientific peer review publication process through research into methods of educating peer reviewers, as well as research into bias and its impact on scientific publication. I am still engaged in this area of research because no effective interventions for improving peer review have yet been identified (contrary to the beliefs of many), and the workings (and thus the remediation) of bias due to conflict of interest are unexplored terrain - at least, unexplored by physicians.  

Research and Academic Interests: 

Dr. Callaham's current research interests include education in critical appraisal, efficacy of educational programs for peer reviewers of scientific journals, demographics and motivation of ED users, and ethical standards in scientific publications.

University and National Positions:

Member, Institute of Medicine
Member, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Life Member and Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
Vice Chair, World Association of Medical Editors Ethics Committee
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Emergency Medicine

Honors/Awards: 2007 elected to the Institute of Medicine

Publications: 

Effect of revealing authors' conflicts of interests in peer review: randomized controlled trial.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

John LK, Loewenstein G, Marder A, Callaham ML

Industry payments to physician journal editors.

PloS one

Wong VSS, Avalos LN, Callaham ML

In reply.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

In reply.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

Does mentoring new peer reviewers improve review quality? A randomized trial.

BMC medical education

Houry D, Green S, Callaham M

Journal performance report for 2010.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

Procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department: recommendations for physician credentialing, privileging, and practice.

Annals of emergency medicine

O'Connor RE, Sama A, Burton JH, Callaham ML, House HR, Jaquis WP, Tibbles PM, Bromley M, Green SM

HIV screening in emergency departments. Editors' introduction.

Annals of emergency medicine

Moran GJ, Callaham ML

Annals of Emergency Medicine

Longitudinal trends in the performance of scientific peer reviewers

Callaham, M and McCulloch, C

Longitudinal trends in the performance of scientific peer reviewers.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham M, McCulloch C

Journal performance report for 2009.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

Testing new ideas: is a picture worth a thousand words?

Annals of emergency medicine

Yealy DM, Callaham ML

Are the uninsured responsible for the increase in emergency department visits in the United States?

Annals of emergency medicine

Weber EJ, Showstack JA, Hunt KA, Colby DC, Grimes B, Bacchetti P, Callaham ML

World Association of Medical Editors: support of the Croatian Medical Journal's editorial independence.

Croatian medical journal

Callaham M, Sahne P, Winker M, Overbeke J, Habibzadeh F, Ferris L

A normative model of peer review: qualitative assessment of manuscript reviewers’ attitudes towards peer review

A normative model of peer review: qualitative assessment of manuscript reviewers’ attitudes towards peer review

Tercier, John, & Callaham, Michael L.(2007).

Peer Review: Consensus and Contradiction, a Qualitative Approach

Peer Review: Consensus and Contradiction, a Qualitative Approach

Tercier, John, & Callaham, Michael L

Characteristics of frequent users of emergency departments.

Annals of emergency medicine

Hunt KA, Weber EJ, Showstack JA, Colby DC, Callaham ML

Journal updates for 2005.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

Journal policy on ethics in scientific publication.

Annals of emergency medicine

Callaham ML

A prospective multicenter study of factors associated with hospital admission among adults with acute asthma.

The American journal of medicine

Weber EJ, Silverman RA, Callaham ML, Pollack CV, Woodruff PG, Clark S, Camargo CA

Suturing versus conservative management of lacerations of the hand: randomised controlled trial.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Quinn J, Cummings S, Callaham M, Sellers K

State of the Journal.

Annals of emergency medicine

Waeckerle JF, Callaham ML, Levene M