Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Staton for receiving the Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA) Academic Achievement Award! The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) presents the award annually to one member who has made significant contributions to the subspecialty of Global Emergency Medicine through investigative research and/or educational endeavors.  The award is given to an individual whose research has helped to move the field of Emergency Medicine forward.

Dr. Staton attended medical school at The New Jersey Medical School (now Rutgers University) in Newark, New Jersey. She completed her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and then a fellowship in Global Health at Emory University in 2011. Dr. Staton is currently the Director of Duke’s Section of EM Global Health and the EM Director of the Hubert Yeargan Global Health Residency and Fellowship Pathway. With nearly 40 publications, Dr. Staton is also an Academic Editor for PloS One, given how crucial the open source platform is for global health advancement.

Within the research field, Dr. Staton is an innovator and active teacher and mentor. She is interested in advancing research at the intersection between Global Health and Emergency Medicine. She is currently funded by a NIH Fogarty K01 Career Development Award to live and work part time in Moshi, Tanzania. Tanzania, like other low income countries, have limited alcohol regulations nor enforcement, minimal treatment options and a pervasive stigma against alcohol use disorders. Dr. Staton is focusing on creating and culturally validating an intervention for injury patients who present to the Emergency Department with alcohol related injuries. This intervention will provide a necessary service, build capacity for alcohol treatment and research and advance the Global Emergency Medicine and Public Health crossover.

Congratulations Dr. Staton!