LYNN P. ROPPOLO, M. D. was born in Inglewood, California to a large Catholic Filipino family, the youngest of six children. Shortly after high school, she pursued a degree in nursing and briefly worked as an Intensive Care Nurse (ICU). She went on to medical school at the University of California, San Diego where she met her husband of almost 14 years. She did a 4-year Emergency Medicine residency at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her mini-fellowship during her residency focused on disaster medicine and pre-hospital care. She joined the Emergency Medicine faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in July, 2002 and currently serves as the Associate Residency Program Director. Dr. Roppolo works clinically in the Emergency Department at Parkland Hospital and Children's Hospital where she feels the patients, medical students, and residents make her job worthwhile.   Dr. Roppolo's primary research interests have been in the area of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.  Currently, most of her academic time is spent doing residency related activities.  Dr. Roppolo spends most of her free time with her husband Mark and their four children. She gave birth to their first son in November 2004 and healthy triplets in October 2006. 


Medical School University of California-San Diego (1998)

Research Interest

  • Airway management
  • Diagnostic testing in the ED
  • Prehospital Care/Dispatch Operations
  • Resuscitation and CPR education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A randomized controlled trial comparing traditional training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to self-directed CPR learning in first year medical students: the two-person CPR study.

Roppolo LP, Heyman R, Pepe PE, Wagner J, Commons B, Miller R, Allen E, Horne L, Wainscott MP, Idris AH. Resuscitation 2011 3 82 319-25

Layperson training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation: when less is better.

Roppolo LP, Saunders T, Pepe PE, Idris AH Current Opinions in Critical Care 2007 In press

Emergency Pacing

Roppolo LP, Keelen G, Simonson R Emergency Medicine Reports 2006 27(2) 9-20

The detrimental effects of ventilation during low-blood-flow states

Pepe PE, Roppolo LP, Fowler RL. Curr Opin Crit Care 2005 11 212-218

Acute Sinusitis

Roppolo LP, Rahl R Emergency Medicine Reports 2005 26(2) 13-24

Airway management in neurologic emergencies

Roppolo LP, Walters K. Neurocritical Care 2004 1(4) 405-414

Barriers to dispatch-assisted telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Idris AH, Roppolo LP Ann Emerg 2003 42(6) 738-740


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Emergency Medicine Handbook: Critical Concepts for Clinical Practice. 1420 pages.

Roppolo LP, Rosen P, Davis D, Kelly S (Ed.) (2007). Mosby Elsevier

Honors & Awards

  • Craig DeAtley (EMS) Award
    George Washington University (2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Association of EMS Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians