David Sklar, MD

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Department of Emergency Medicine

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Emergency Medicine


Undergraduate: BA, Stanford, 1972

Medical School: MD, Stanford, 1976

Residency: Internal Medicine, UNM, 1976-1978

Fellowships: Emergency Medicine Fellowship, UCSF, 1978-1980 ; Robert Wood Johnson Health Fellowship, 2011-2012


After undergraduate and medical school at Stanford, I trained in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at University of New Mexico and University of California San Francisco. I have been a program director for the emergency medicine residency at UNM, Chair of the Emergency Department of UNM, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and most recently Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. I am an author or co-author of more than 150 articles in the medical literature on topics such as medical error, quality improvement, medical education, international health, and literature and medicine. I published a book in 2008, La Clinica, which is a memoir describing the intersection of international health, emergency medicine, and personal development. I have had leadership roles in a variety of national emergency medicine organizations: I served as President of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2011-2012, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow serving in the Senate Finance Committee, where I worked on physician payment issues, graduate medical education, drug shortages, and end of life care. In 2012, I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Academic Medicine, the leading journal in medical education, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. I am currently engaged in how the medical education system can facilitate health care delivery system reform to improve the value of health care provided for patients. I am married with four children, and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Teaching Interests

  • Workplace Assessment, Medical Humanities, Health Policy, Ethics, Medical/Legal, Healthcare Finance, Diagnostic Decision Making

Research Interests

  • Patient Safety/Quality of Care, Medical Education, Health Care Finance, Health Care Delivery Systems, Injury Prevention, Headache and Pain Management

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office

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