Michael A. Rolnick, M.D.

President & CEO

Dr. Rolnick is a highly respected, academic physician with 40 years’ experience practicing Emergency Medicine. He founded the first academic Department of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and was its first Chairman.

While at Georgetown, Dr. Rolnick was the innovator of several unique programs: the tri-residency program between Georgetown, George Washington and University of Maryland, the first of its kind; the National Capital Area Poison Control Center; the curriculum for the required rotation of fourth year, Georgetown medical students in Emergency Medicine, and was the medical founder and director of GERMS, the student-operated, on-campus Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service. In his honor, the medical school created the Michael Rolnick Award at graduation for the best medical student in Emergency Medicine. Recruited to the University of Maryland for faculty and program development, Dr. Rolnick developed a unique, tertiary-level referral and regional transport system that, even after 25 years, continues to bring in 10,000+ admissions per-year; a multi-hospital, Emergency Medicine network throughout the State of Maryland, and, a faculty development program. All were among the first of their kind in the country. In addition to teaching both residents and medical students in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Rolnick co-developed and taught a course in Conflict Management in Health Care at the law school, one by law, medical and nursing students. Recognized by his peers and residents as an exceptionally skilled clinician, Dr. Rolnick has also received multiple “Outstanding Residency Teacher” awards at both Maryland and Georgetown. Across many years, Dr. Rolnick has consulted internationally in such diverse countries as Jamaica, Chile, Spain and Kuwait and taught a course in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Additionally, he was the Medical Director of World Access, a company that provided health care and patient evacuation for international travelers. Dr. Rolnick retired from clinical practice in late 2013, but continues teaching in medical education. He is the NFEM’s founding CEO and current President and Board Member.


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