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Zachary Ginsberg

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine
DUMC 2837, Durham, NC 27710
1557 Duke Hospital South, Durham, NC 27710


My clinical work is conducted in Duke's SICU and Emergency Department as I am dual boarded in Emergency Medicine and Surgical Critical Care being Duke's first to span both departments. Clinical success to me is delivering top quality care to give someone the best possible outcome from the moment of injury through the ED through to the ICU care.

With prior training in Public Policy and Public Health with a focus on behavioral economics, implementation sciences and human factors, my research, education and practice interests focus on value-driven healthcare to improve the quality of care delivered to patients for the betterment of health outcomes, stewardship of resources and humane decision-making. I believe in compassionate and collaborative decision-making involving inter-disciplinary provider teams, patients and their families about which everyone can feel comfortable with the final decision and outcome. On the delivery side of healthcare, my research has focused on surge capacity planning as it relates to ED-ICU utilization and boarding as well as scaling delivery in the setting of disasters such as pandemic influenza. Current efforts are leveraging data streams within the Electronic Health Record to create data-science driven clinical solutions to complex and critical care through development of clinical decision support tools to optimize care processes.

Key interests: Critical care, health administration and public policy, health services research, quality improvement and operations management, palliative care and communication, healthcare economics value-driven healthcare, disaster planning and preparedness, and behavioral psychology and decision analysis research.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine · 2023 - Present Emergency Medicine, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School · 2010 M.D.
Harvard Kennedy School of Government · 2010 M.P.P.
Brown University · 2004 B.A.