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 17 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 has organized a summer research program for several years where she recruited UTSW Medical School students to serve as research assistants in the ED 24 hours a day over an 8-10 week period.  Each student worked closely with an EM resident and faculty mentor on one of the clinical studies in the ED.   Last year, there were 17 students and 13 studies. She has many research interests with the primary goal of increasing the scholarly productivity for the residency program.  She had 6 abstracts presented last year primarily in the areas of residency education and patient safety.  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 School of Medicine (1998)
Inova Fairfax Hospital (1999), Transitional Year
George Washington University School of Medicine (2002), Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Airway management
  • Patient Safety
  • Residency Education
  • Resuscitation and CPR education


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