Dr. Kulstad received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, where he performed research in computational fluid dynamics developing advanced mathematical models of two-phase flow. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, he developed desulfurization processes for a biotech startup company in The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Kulstad graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, in 2001, and completed residency, including a final year as Chief Resident, in Emergency Medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Kulstad has over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts published, multiple U.S. and international patents issued or pending, and serves as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine; Critical Care; American Journal of Emergency Medicine; Journal of International Medical Research; BMC Medical Education; Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management; BMC Emergency Medicine; Pediatrics; World Journal of Emergency Medicine; Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock; Military Medicine; and PLoS One.  His current interests in emergency medicine include resuscitation and the development of innovative medical devices.


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Modeling esophageal protection from radiofrequency ablation via a cooling device: an analysis of the effects of ablation power and heart wall dimensions.
Mercado M, Leung L, Gallagher M, Shah S, Kulstad E, Biomed Eng Online 2020 Oct 19 1 77
Response to "Body temperature correlates with mortality in COVID-19 patients".
Drewry AM, Hotchkiss R, Kulstad E, Crit Care 2020 07 24 1 460
Comparative study of strategies to prevent esophageal and periesophageal injury during atrial fibrillation ablation.
Shah S, Mercado-Montoya M, Zagrodzky J, Kulstad E, J. Cardiovasc. Electrophysiol. 2020 Jun

Honors & Awards

  • European Heart Rhythm Association - Innovation Stage Finalist
    Innovation stage presentation "Multi-lumen silicone tube for esophageal cooling and warming" (2019)
  • AAEM Young Educator Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine Top 50 Peer Reviewer Award 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Senior Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2001-2011)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (2004)
  • Chicago Metropolitan Trauma Society (2006-2014)
  • European Society of Cardiology (2017)
  • Heart Rhythm Society (2018)
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians - Research Committee (2006-2016)
  • Neurocritical Care Society (2016)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (2004)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2015)