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Ross I. Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, WikEM
President & CEO, Critical Innovations LLC
Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA – Fielding School of Public Health


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Dr. Donaldson is Founder & Editor in Chief of WikEM, the world’s largest and most popular emergency medicine open-access reference resource, and President & CEO of Critical Innovations LLC, a medical research and development company. Triple-boarded in emergency medicine, emergency medical services (EMS), and clinical informatics, Dr. Donaldson has been the principal investigator on over $50 million dollars’ worth of funding, with research focusing on emergency, critical, and trauma care. An Associate Professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology respectively in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, he is the inventor of numerous patented medical technologies. Dr. Donaldson has been featured as an expert on CNN, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, and an invited speaker at over 100 national and international conferences, Medical Design & Manufacturing, Department of Defense, and various think tanks. He has worked around the globe, frequently in areas of conflict and recent disaster, and been the lead architect of national emergency care plans in several countries. For five years in Iraq alone, he led the instruction of over ten thousand surgeons, physicians, EMTs, nurses, and community members, while spearheading the development of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency and trauma systems for the country, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the California chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Donaldson has worked for close to two decades at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, one of Los Angeles’ main Level I trauma centers, serving previously as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program and Global Health Fellowship. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international humanitarian work. Among other honors, he has been named Los Angeles' Top Emergency and Trauma Doctor from the Los Angeles Business Journal and the inaugural recipient of the FOAMed Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.