Contributors to MDCalc
MDCalc’s Contributors author the content accompanying calcs, which provides guidance on When to Use, Pearls/Pitfalls, Why Use, Next Steps, and an Evidence Appraisal. Our Contributors tend to be academic physicians practicing clinically, typically earlier in their careers, who are passionate about EBM and interested in translating evidence into usable bedside tools.
Contributors who write content for three or more calcs or other reviews have the opportunity to be listed on this page, with an expected contribution of one calc per year thereafter to be considered an active contributor.
We also consider fellows and senior residents going into academic medicine. Applications for Contributors are reviewed on a rolling basis. Contributors may also be invited to peer review other calculators in their specialty.
To apply, please submit your application here.
Jonathan Avery, MD
Jonathan Avery, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he maintains a practice in general adult and addiction psychiatry. He is also an attending psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Avery is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, and he completed residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Payne Whitney Clinic. During residency, he was selected as a fellow in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and won numerous awards for his clinical and academic work. Dr. Avery completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine, prior to employment on the Cornell faculty. Dr. Avery now teaches addiction psychiatry and inpatient psychiatry to the Weill Cornell medical students and psychiatry residents of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has been published on a variety of topics in psychiatry, including clinician attitudes towards patients and how to use buprenorphine. He was also on the editorial board for the DSM-5 Clinical Cases book.
Ziad Bakouny, MD, MSc
Ziad Bakouny, MD, MSc, is a postdoctoral genitourinary oncology research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center. Dr. Bakouny received his medical degree from the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, during which time he concurrently obtained a master’s in biomechanics and medical imaging. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, presented 70 abstracts at international scientific conferences, and received various awards for his research, including a Conquer Cancer Foundation merit award at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s clinical immuno-oncology symposium. His areas of interest include genitourinary oncology, biomarker research, and bioinformatics.
Joshua Beiner, MD
Joshua Beiner, MD, is an attending physician and assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics at NYU. A native New Yorker, Dr. Beiner moved to New Orleans to study at Tulane University before traveling to Israel where he received his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He returned to New York to complete residency training in pediatrics at Albert Einstein – Jacobi Medical Center. His research interests include pediatric sepsis, clinical decision rules, evidence-based medicine, and emergency ultrasound.
Cullen Clark, MD
Cullen Clark, MD, is a combined emergency medicine/pediatrics resident at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Cullen is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His areas of interest include pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care, pain management in the emergency department, and disaster medicine.
Joseph Habboushe, MD, MBA
Joseph Habboushe, MD, MBA, is a practicing emergency physician and assistant professor at New York University Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Centers in New York City. He is the CEO and co-founder of MDCalc. Dr. Habboushe is also the creator and editor-in-chief of the pocket guide series, The Basics of Emergency Medicine, published by the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association.
Elie Harmouche, MD
Elie Harmouche, MD, is a medical toxicology fellow at the department of emergency medicine at New York University. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and he received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and served as chief resident in his final year, followed by fellowship in toxicology at NYU Langone/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. His areas of interest include toxicology, addiction and substance use, simulation medicine, resuscitation, and critical care.
Ronald George Hauser, MD
Ronald "George" Hauser, MD, is an assistant professor in laboratory medicine at Yale University School of Medicine who splits his time between clinical medicine and informatics research. As an attending physician, he practices medicine at the interface between other clinicians and the clinical laboratories, which include Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, and the Blood Bank. He also works along with medical residents, particularly at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut. He practices clinical informatics for various projects affiliated at Yale University and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) including the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS; Yale, NIH) and the HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions program (VHA).
Calculators contributed to: Blood Volume Calculation | Corrected Count Increment (CCI) | Cryo Dosing (Fibrinogen Replacement) | Donor Lymphocyte Infusion Volume | RhIG (RhoGAM) Dosing | Blood Stem Cell Collection | Plasma Dosage | RBC Compatibility Testing | Therapeutic Plasmapheresis
Calvin Hwang, MD
Calvin Hwang, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. A native Californian, Dr. Hwang grew up in San Diego and attended Stanford University before venturing off to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. He completed his residency at the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine program and fellowship in sports medicine at Stanford. He is currently a team physician for the Golden State Warriors, Stanford Football and Stanford Volleyball.
Calculators contributed to: 4Ts for HIT | ATRIA Bleeding Risk | CHA₂DS₂-VASc Score | CRUSADE Score | HAS-BLED Score | HEMORR₂HAGES Score | HIT Expert Probability (HEP) Score | Kocher Criteria | LRINEC Score | Mangled Extremity Severity Score (MESS) | Ottawa Ankle Rule | Ottawa Knee Rule | Pittsburgh Knee Rules | RIETE Score
Akhil Khosla, MD
Akhil Khosla, MD, is currently a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Norwalk Hospital affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine. A native of Ontario, Canada, he completed his internal medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital. His current clinical and research interests include acute pulmonary embolism, shock and resuscitation.
Benjamin Kummer, MD
Benjamin Kummer, MD, is currently the inaugural Clinical Informatics fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital, a joint program with Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. A New York City native, Dr. Kummer earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania before working for several years as a business systems analyst at Capital IQ, a financial technology firm. He received his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residency training in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in stroke neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
Rachel Kwon, MD
Rachel Kwon, MD, is the managing editor at MDCalc. Her clinical training is in general surgery, and she is a former research fellow in patient safety and evidence-based surgery in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is also co-author and co-editor of 50 Studies Every Surgeon Should Know, in press at Oxford University Press.
Hyunjoo Lee, MD
Hyunjoo Lee, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital. Born and raised in New York, she left New York for her undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College where she received a BA in Biology. She returned to New York and did research in B-cell biology and CLL before heading back to school to obtain her MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and a medical education fellowship in the department of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Scott Lucyk, MD
Scott Lucyk, MD, is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist with the Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Lucyk obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in emergency medicine from the University of Alberta, followed by a fellowship in medical toxicology at the New York Poison Control Center in New York City. Currently, he is the associate medical director at PADIS and the program director of the clinical pharmacology and toxicology subspecialty in Calgary. Dr. Lucyk focuses his non-clinical time on medical education and resident teaching.
Kamal Medlej, MD
Kamal (Kim) Medlej, MD, is an attending physician at the department of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, then moved to Montreal to attend McGill University where he received his medical degree. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and served as chief resident in his final year, followed by fellowship in critical care medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the emergency department at MGH, Dr. Medlej was an attending physician in the emergency department of the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon then at Mount Sinai St. Luke's-West in New York City where he held appointments in both the emergency department and the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. His areas of interest include emergency and critical care ultrasound, fluid management, non-invasive patient management, and the intersection of emergency medicine and critical care.
Calculators contributed to: APACHE II Score | CAM-ICU | Mean Arterial Pressure (MAP) | MEWS Score | NEWS Score | qSOFA | Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) | SOFA Score | Shock Index | SIRS & Sepsis Criteria
Joseph Mizrahi, MD
Joseph Mizrahi, MD, is an internal medicine resident at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Mizrahi received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and he is also currently a student at the School of Public Health at Stony Brook University. Dr. Mizrahi's areas of interest include gastroenterology and colorectal cancer prevention and screening.
Matthew Negaard, MD
Matthew Negaard, MD, is a current third-year emergency medicine resident at the University of Iowa. He grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa for his undergraduate education. Dr. Negaard received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine where he began to develop an interest in emergency medicine and sports medicine. He has continued to develop and expand his interest in those fields as well as medical education through clinical research and evidence-based practice activities. He plans to pursue a sports medicine fellowship upon completion of his residency.
Priya Patel, MD
Priya Patel, MD, is an ophthalmology resident at the New York University School of Medicine, where she is currently chief resident. A native of New Jersey, she attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies followed by medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Patel will be starting her cornea fellowship at Emory University after graduation. Her interests include healthcare accessibility and resident education.
Sagar Patel, MD
Sagar Patel, MD, is currently a fellow in hematology and oncology at the Cleveland Clinic. A native of Minneapolis, he attended the University of Minnesota for both his medical school and internal medicine residency training. Dr. Patel’s areas of interest include health informatics and its advancement of clinical care and research realms. His disease research interests include leukemias, lymphomas, plasma cell neoplasms, and bone marrow transplantation.
Chetana Pendkar, MBBS
Chetana Pendkar, MBBS, is an internal medicine resident at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Mumbai, she received her MBBS from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai. Dr. Pendkar will be starting her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at SUNY Downstate after graduation. Her clinical interests include pulmonary physiology, ventilation, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
Randall Pierce, MD
Randall (Randy) Pierce is in private practice with Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers in Carrollton, Georgia, where he has been in practice since 1998. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1988, he attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. His internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology training were completed at Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center in 1998. Dr. Pierce treats most malignancies and has a special interest in myeloma and lymphoma. He is married, has 3 children, and enjoys playing tennis and deep sea fishing.
Carlos Rodriguez, MD
Carlos Rodriguez, MD, is an attending physician and Medical Education Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Rodriguez earned a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo and an M.D. from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and later completed his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining a masters of education in the health professions from Johns Hopkins University. His interests include graduate medical education and faculty development.
Daniel Runde, MD
Daniel Runde, MD, is currently the assistant residency director and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He received his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed residency in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. He recently finished his Medical Education Fellowship at the department of emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Runde is interested in evidence-based medicine with a focus on patient-important clinical outcomes, CT utilization in the emergency department and education and evaluation in medical education. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining a Masters in Medical Education through the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Calculators contributed to: ABCD² Score | Barnes Jewish Hospital Stroke Dysphagia Screen | Canadian C-Spine Rule | Canadian CT Head Rule | CHADS₂ Score | DRAGON Score | EDACS | Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) | Modified NIH Stroke Scale | Modified Rankin Score | New Orleans Head CT Rule | NEXUS C-Spine Rule | NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) | PECARN Pediatric Head Injury Rule | Simplified Motor Score | THRIVE Score | tPA Contraindications
Ferda Sakman, MD
Ferda Sakman, MD, obtained her medical degree at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She is currently a research fellow in psychiatry at the Mood and Personality Disorders Program at Mount Sinai Hospital and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York City. Her research interests are focused on understanding the multitude of perspectives on investigating the mind and its functioning – including neurobiological, psychological/psychodynamic, and contemplative/transpersonal approaches, among others – and delineating the relationship between these perspectives, especially as it pertains to therapeutics.
Benjamin Slovis, MD
Benjamin H. Slovis, MD, MA, is an emergency medicine physician and informatician in the department of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Slovis attended Cornell University for his undergraduate studies and received his MD from UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with a masters degree from the department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. His research interests include clinical decision support systems, health-information exchange, and medical education.
Calculators contributed to: CPOT Pain Scale | DASH Score | Geneva Score (Revised) | Padua Prediction Score | PERC Rule | POMPE-C Tool | PESI Score | Simplified PESI | Wells' Score for DVT | Wells' Score for PE
Christopher Tainter, MD, RDMS
Christopher Tainter, MD, RDMS, is an intensivist and emergency physician at the University of California, San Diego. Raised in Seattle, Dr. Tainter received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He then completed an emergency medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and a fellowship in anesthesia critical care medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the fellowship director for UCSD's emergency medicine/anesthesia critical care medicine fellowship program.
Derek Tam, MD, MPH
Derek Tam, MD, MPH, is a pediatric resident at Maimonides Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Tam completed an undergraduate degree in cognitive science at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and received his MD and MPH from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He will serve as chief resident for the pediatric residency program at Maimonides for the academic year 2019-2020 and plans to pursue a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. His academic interests include emergency medicine, pediatric resuscitation, antibiotic stewardship, and epidemiology.
Justin Taylor, MD
Justin Taylor, MD, is an instructor on the Leukemia Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He completed his internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His clinical and research focuses are on the basic biology and translational significance of somatic genetic mutations in hematologic malignancies.
Katherine E. Taylor, MD
Katherine E. Taylor, MD, practices clinical psychiatry and psycho-oncology in New York City. She completed her psychiatric residency at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and sub-specialized with a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, focusing on the psychiatric treatment of patients with complex medical needs. Dr. Taylor currently serves on the teaching faculty at the NYU School of Medicine in the department of psychiatry, and is an attending physician at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center. In addition, she maintains a private practice and is completing further studies as a psychoanalytic candidate at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Edmund Tsui, MD
Edmund Tsui, MD, is a uveitis fellow at the Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tsui obtained his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and completed his ophthalmology residency training at NYU where he was elected chief resident. He is also a social media editor for Ophthalmology. His research interests include the use of multimodal ophthalmic imaging to diagnose and monitor uveitis.
John Vizuete, MD, MPH
John Vizuete, MD, MPH, is currently a senior gastroenterology fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A native Texan, Dr. Vizuete obtained his BA at the University of Texas at Austin, followed by medical school and internal medicine residency training at UTHSCSA. He also holds a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Vizuete is interested in clinical outcomes in gastrointestinal bleeding, luminal endoscopy, and inflammatory bowel disease and is actively involved in medical education.
Graham Walker, MD
Graham Walker, MD, is an emergency physician practicing in San Francisco, California. Dr. Walker attended medical school at the Stanford University School of Medicine and then trained in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, where he was Chief Resident. He returned to the west coast as a Medical Simulation fellow and attending in Stanford’s emergency department and has been with Kaiser since 2012. More relevant, of course, is that Dr. Walker is the creator and developer of MDCalc and remains active in content and calculator development, along with our many other endeavors as President of MD Aware, LLC (MDCalc’s parent company).