Ramsey Herrington, M.D., Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (Photo: David Seaver)
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., and UVM Health Network Medical Group President and Larner Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Jason Sanders, M.D., M.B.A., have announced the appointment of Ramsey Herrington, M.D., as the inaugural chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, effective July 1, 2022.
Emergency medicine had its beginnings at UVM in the 1950s and 1960s and has functioned for nearly 50 years as a division of the Department of Surgery. Over the last half-century, the field of emergency medicine has developed a body of research and instructional offerings that are recognized as belonging to a discrete academic field. While this has long been recognized nationally, until now, the Larner College of Medicine was one of very few allopathic medical schools in the country without an academic Department of Emergency Medicine. This May, the UVM Board of Trustees voted to approve the College of Medicine’s request to form this new department – the first new department at the College in a decade.
An associate professor of surgery, Herrington joined the UVM faculty in 2006. He has served as division chief of emergency medicine since 2017 and in 2021, was appointed as the inaugural Emergency Medicine Health Care Service Leader for the UVM Health Network. Under his leadership, the UVM Medical Center successfully launched an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency in emergency medicine, graduating its first class of six residents in June 2022.
“In addition to aligning our institution with the national standard, the formation of our new Department of Emergency Medicine puts us in a strong position to build on the progress made in this area at UVM and across all UVM Health Network clinical sites,” said Page and Sanders in a joint announcement to the Larner and network communities.
Along with the launch of its nationally competitive residency program, emergency medicine accomplishments have included a doubling of the faculty from 19 to 45, the positioning of academically focused physicians and providers at affiliate hospitals across the UVM Health Network, the implementation of high value care processes and technology, and greatly expanded funded research efforts.
“This progress has been led most recently by Ramsey Herrington, M.D., and we are pleased that Dr. Herrington will continue his leadership as the inaugural Chair of the new department,” Page and Sanders said in their announcement.
Herrington was appointed after an internal search chaired by Claude Nichols, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Mitchell Norotsky, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, and his entire department provided significant support for this important transition.