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Meet The Faculty

Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physicians in the emergency department

From the director

Matthew Sztajnkrycer, M.D.On behalf of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Prehospital Care, I would like to take a moment to wish you a warm welcome.

Twenty years after the establishment of the Mayo Clinic Emergency Medicine Residency, we are proud to offer our first fellowship program, an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Emergency Medical Services. 

Our program provides foundational training in the clinical practice of prehospital emergency medicine, as well as strong experiences in EMS systems design, medical oversight, administration, and training. Our diverse training opportunities in both Minnesota and Arizona allow the fellow to focus on any area of interests they may discover, including operational and flight medicine.

Our core faculty is enthusiastically committed to training fellows not simply to become the best EMS physicians, but also to provide them with the skills and experiences necessary to enable them to become leaders in the specialty of Emergency Medical Services.

We are excited about our program and look forward to hearing from you!

Matthew Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D. 
Program Director

Department

Centered upon the principle that “the needs of the patient come first,” the Department of Emergency Medicine in Rochester has 43 faculty members, with diverse interests including ultrasound, education, critical care, EMS, toxicology, geriatric medicine, women in medicine, disaster medicine, and international medicine.

The department is home to an ACGME-accredited three-year Emergency Medicine Residency (Minnesota) program, with nine residents per year. More than 100 residents have completed training since its inception in 2000.

The Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine in Arizona has 22 faculty members, with clinical interests including ultrasound, toxicology, EMS, and mass gatheringand event medicine.

Faculty

The EMS fellow receives direct supervision and clinical mentorship from internationally-respected leaders in prehospital emergency medicine. 

Core fellowship faculty in the Division of Prehospital Care include:

Matthew Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellowship program director

Professor, Emergency Medicine

Medical director, Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office

Tactical physician, Rochester Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Unit

Physician, TF-MN1 Urban Search and Rescue team

Medical school: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Ph.D.: University of Connecticut Graduate School
Residency: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Toxicology and Hyperbaric Medicine
Niche: Prehospital/EMS Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Acute and Intensive Care Toxicology
Interests: Operational and high threat medicine, emergency preparedness

Anuradha Luke, M.D.

Anuradha Luke, M.D.

Assistant fellowship program director (MCR)

Assistant professor of emergency medicine

Board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services

Chair, Division of Prehospital Care

Medical director, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service

Medical director, Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
Interests: EMS, medical education, diversity, and inclusion

Shari Brand, M.D.

Shari Brand, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Residency: Maricopa Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Interests: EMS, ultrasound, medical education

 

Colin Bucks, M.D.

Colin Bucks, M.D.

Instructor of emergency medicine

Board certified in emergency medicine

Medical school: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, EMS and Disaster Medicine
Interests: Emerging infectious diseases, disaster preparedness

Aaron Klassen, M.D., M.A.

Aaron Klassen, M.D., M.A.

Instructor of emergency medicine

Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
Fellowship: Regions Hospital/HealthPartners, EMS
Interests: EMS, quality, medical education

Steven Maher, M.D.

Steven Maher, M.D.

Instructor of emergency medicine

Board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services

Tactical physician, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Physician, Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA)

President-elect, Arizona College of Emergency Physicians

Kubwimana Moses Mhayamaguru, M.D.

Kubwimana Moses Mhayamaguru, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Medical school: Manila Central University FDT Medical Foundation, Manila, Philippines
Residency: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Fellowship: EMS Medical Direction, University of Arizona
Interests: EMS with special interest in helicopter EMS and tactical EMS, airway management, health care policies

Facilities

The Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus emergency department sees more than 80,000 adult and pediatric patients annually. It serves as a community department and regional referral center for close to one million people. Acuity is high, with 12 percent of admitted patients placed in an ICU setting. It is the sole Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center in the southeast Minnesota region.

The newly designed emergency department contains 75 patient care rooms, and is daily surge and disaster ready. Highlighted features of the facility include:

  • A universal room construct with disaster surge capacity
  • Three dedicated adult resuscitation rooms each capable of accommodating two patients simultaneously and one dedicated pediatric resuscitation room
  • A specialized behavioral health area
  • Enhanced decontamination capability

Integral to the fellowship experience is Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service (MCAS), which provides ground and air (helicopter and fixed-wing) transport from bases throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to performing interfacility transfers, MCAS ground service works alongside local first responders as the sole 911 Advanced Life Support transport agency in the Rochester area. MCAS air service helicopters are at the forefront of prehospital critical care, carrying blood products since 1986, tranexamic acid since 2012, and low titer O whole blood since 2016. Fixed-wing assets fly nationwide and to Canada in order to transport critically ill patients.

This old ambulance on display shows the long history of Mayo Clinic providing emergency care to the community.
This old ambulance on display shows the long history of Mayo Clinic providing emergency care to the community.