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Robert McNamara, MD, FAAEM

Robert McNamara, MD, FAAEM


Professor and Chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine

Chief Medical Officer, Temple University Physicians

Telephone:  215-707-5030

Email: robert.mcnamara@tuhs.temple.edu


Dean's Staff

Department of Emergency Medicine


Educational Background:

Undergraduate degree, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA, 1978


MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1982


Residency, Emergency Medicine, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1985


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clinical Interests:


Emergency medicine

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board certification(s):


The American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1987, 1997

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professional affiliations:

  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine, board member, past president
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, past board member
  • Montgomery County Medical Society, board member, past president

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research interests:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma
  • Trauma
  • Cervical spine injury
  • Physician wellness

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selected Publications:


McNamara RM.  Management of common dislocations.  In:  Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine.  Roberts RJ, Hedges JR, eds.  WB Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 1997, 818-852.


McNamara RM, Loiselle J.  Laseration repair.  In:  Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Procedures.  Henretig FM, King C, eds.  Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1997, 1141-1168.


McNamara RM.  Physician Wellness.  In:  Medline Search.  1997



McNamara RM.  Human Bites.  In:  Medline Search.  1998



McNamara RM.  Academic Emergency Departments.  In:  Medline Search.  1998



McNamara RM.  Surgical causes of abdominal pain.  In:  The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine.  Harwood-Nuss AL, ed.  J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, PA, 2001, 153-157.


McNamara RM.  Abdominal pain in the elderly.  In:  Emergency Medicine:  A Comprehensive Study Guide, 6th Ed.  Tintinalli JE, ed.  McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2004, 501-505.


Ufberg JW, McNamara RM.  Management of common dislocations.  In: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine.  Roberts JR, Hedges JR.  WB Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2004, 947-988.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26456547. Gonzalez MN, Weston B, Yuce TK, Carey AM, Barnette RE, Goldberg A, McNamara RM, One-Year Experience with the Institution of a Critical Airway Team at an Academic Medical Center. J Emerg Med :()2015 Oct 9

26281819. Del Portal DA, Healy ME, Satz WA, McNamara RM, Impact of an Opioid Prescribing Guideline in the Acute Care Setting. J Emerg Med :()2015 Aug 14

24672599. Derlet RW, McNamara RM, Kazzi AA, Richards JR, Emergency department crowding and loss of medical licensure: a new risk of patient care in hallways. West J Emerg Med 15:2(137-41)2014 Mar

23602793. McNamara RM, Beier K, Blumstein H, Weiss LD, Wood J, A survey of emergency physicians regarding due process, financial pressures, and the ability to advocate for patients. J Emerg Med 45:1(111-6.e3)2013 Jul

23055768. Macaluso CR, McNamara RM, Evaluation and management of acute abdominal pain in the emergency department. Int J Gen Med 5:(789-97)2012

20347248. Shah SJ, Fiorito M, McNamara RM, A screening tool to medically clear psychiatric patients in the emergency department. J Emerg Med 43:5(871-5)2012 Nov

18784567. Seamon MJ, Medina CR, Pieri PG, Fisher CA, Gaughan JP, Bradley KM, McNamara RM, Goldberg AJ, Follow-up after asymptomatic penetrating thoracic injury: 3 hours is enough. J Trauma 65:3(549-53)2008 Sep

17462516. Yeh EL, McNamara RM, Abdominal pain. Clin Geriatr Med 23:2(255-70, v)2007 May

16798161. Lafferty K, Greene T, McNamara RM, Femoral phlebotomy: the vacuum tube method is preferable over needle syringe. J Emerg Med 31:1(83-5)2006 Jul

16243202. Barry TB, McNamara RM, Clinical decision rules and cervical spine injury in an elderly patient: a word of caution. J Emerg Med 29:4(433-6)2005 Nov

15765324. Karras DJ, Ufberg JW, Harrigan RA, Wald DA, Botros MS, McNamara RM, Lack of relationship between hypertension-associated symptoms and blood pressure in hypertensive ED patients. Am J Emerg Med 23:2(106-10)2005 Mar

10645830. McNamara RM, Ufberg JW, Emergency physician hiring practices: the effects of certain conditions on employability. J Emerg Med 18:1(17-20)2000 Jan

8891037. Silbergleit R, Satz W, McNamara RM, Lee DC, Schoffstall JM, Effect of permissive hypotension in continuous uncontrolled intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Acad Emerg Med 3:10(922-6)1996 Oct

8891036. Silbergleit R, Satz W, McNamara RM, Lee DC, Schoffstall JM, A new model of uncontrolled hemorrhage that allows correlation of blood pressure and hemorrhage. Acad Emerg Med 3:10(917-21)1996 Oct

8637092. Silbergleit R, Lee DC, Blank-Reid C, McNamara RM, Sudden severe barotrauma from self-inflating bag-valve devices. J Trauma 40:2(320-2)1996 Feb

11729815. McNamara RM, Whitley TW, Sanders AB, Andrew LB, The extent and effects of abuse and harassment of emergency medicine residents. The SAEM In-service Survey Task Force. Acad Emerg Med 2:4(293-301)1995 Apr

7621216. Silbergleit R, McNamara RM, Effect of gender on the emergency department evaluation of patients with chest pain. Acad Emerg Med 2:2(115-9)1995 Feb

7815659. McNamara RM, Monti S, Kelly JJ, Requesting consent for an invasive procedure in newly deceased adults. JAMA 273:4(310-2)1995 Jan 25

8092607. McNamara RM, Euerle BD, Doxapram reversal of respiratory failure in a patient refusing assisted ventilation. Ann Emerg Med 24:4(751-4)1994 Oct

8185102. McNamara RM, Margulies JL, Chemical dependency in emergency medicine residency programs: perspective of the program directors. Ann Emerg Med 23:5(1072-6)1994 May

7621174. McNamara RM, Skobeloff EM, Management of asthma. Acad Emerg Med 1:2(158-61)1994 Mar-Apr

8285973. McNamara RM, Clinical characteristics of acute uvulitis. Am J Emerg Med 12:1(51-2)1994 Jan

7621153. McNamara RM, Sanders AB, Ling L, Witzke DB, Bangs KA, Substance use and alcohol abuse in emergency medicine training programs, by resident report. SAEM Residency Survey Task Force. Acad Emerg Med 1:1(47-53)1994 Jan-Feb

8239103. McNamara RM, Rubin JM, Intramuscular methylprednisolone acetate for the prevention of relapse in acute asthma. Ann Emerg Med 22:12(1829-35)1993 Dec

8517564. McNamara RM, Reduction of anterior shoulder dislocations by scapular manipulation. Ann Emerg Med 22:7(1140-4)1993 Jul

8483784. McNamara RM, Schoffstall JM, Fuerst RS, Inefficacy of intraperitoneal fluid administration in a shock model. Pediatr Emerg Care 9:2(77-80)1993 Apr

1497164. McNamara RM, Kelly JJ, Cost of care in the emergency department: impact of an emergency medicine residency program. Ann Emerg Med 21:8(956-62)1992 Aug

1610035. McNamara RM, Rousseau E, Sanders AB, Geriatric emergency medicine: a survey of practicing emergency physicians. Ann Emerg Med 21:7(796-801)1992 Jul

1570908. McNamara RM, Kelly JJ, Impact of an emergency medicine residency program on the quality of care in an urban community hospital emergency department. Ann Emerg Med 21:5(528-33)1992 May

1729059. McNamara RM, Cionni DJ, Utility of the peak expiratory flow rate in the differentiation of acute dyspnea. Cardiac vs pulmonary origin. Chest 101:1(129-32)1992 Jan

2064099. McNamara RM, Schoffstall JM, Fuerst RS, Serum glucose after intraperitoneal infusion of 5% dextrose solution. Ann Emerg Med 20:7(777-81)1991 Jul

2362120. McNamara RM, Heine E, Esposito B, Cervical spine injury and radiography in alert, high-risk patients. J Emerg Med 8:2(177-82)1990 Mar-Apr

2761061. Skobeloff EM, Spivey WH, McNamara RM, Greenspon L, Intravenous magnesium sulfate for the treatment of acute asthma in the emergency department. JAMA 262:9(1210-3)1989 Sep 1

2569851. McNamara RM, Aaron CK, Gemborys M, Davidheiser S, Efficacy of charcoal cathartic versus ipecac in reducing serum acetaminophen in a simulated overdose. Ann Emerg Med 18:9(934-8)1989 Sep

2600389. Spivey WH, Unger HD, McNamara RM, Aaron CK, Skobelof E, A clinical evaluation of the QBCII centrifugal hematology analyzer in the emergency department. J Emerg Med 7:4(329-33)1989 Jul-Aug

2916786. McNamara RM, Spivey WH, Skobeloff E, Jacubowitz S, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in the management of acute respiratory failure complicating asthma. Ann Emerg Med 18:2(197-9)1989 Feb

3046446. McNamara RM, O'Brien MC, Davidheiser S, Post-traumatic neck pain: a prospective and follow-up study. Ann Emerg Med 17:9(906-11)1988 Sep

3345017. McNamara RM, Aaron CK, Gemborys M, Davidheiser S, Sorbitol catharsis does not enhance efficacy of charcoal in a simulated acetaminophen overdose. Ann Emerg Med 17:3(243-6)1988 Mar

2893726. McNamara RM, Approach to rhinitis. Emerg Med Clin North Am 5:2(279-92)1987 May

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additional information:


Head Coach of the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Team: the U.S. national champions since 1991, winners of 31 medals at World Championships.


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