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Lynn P. Roppolo, M.D. is a native Californian who briefly worked as a critical care nurse before attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego, where she met her husband of over 20 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 was a medical team manager of the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team that responded to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. She joined the Emergency Medicine faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in July 2002, was part of the residency leadership for 15 years until stepping down from the Associate Residency Program Director position in July 2018 to complete an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, the same year she was promoted to full Professor.   She is now part of the Team Ultrasound Faculty at UTSW.  Dr. Roppolo works clinically in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital and Children's Medical Center.   She has been involved in a variety of research projects over the last several years mainly to promote scholarly activity with her EM residents and has coordinated several summer research programs with UTSW medical students and medical students.  Currently, most of her academic time is spent with ultrasound education and research.  She continues to be passionate about improving the management of the agitated patient in order to reduce the number of physical assaults by patients on ED staff, has published a few articles in this area and is a national educator on this topic in hopes to one day get to ZERO (physical assaults on ED staff by agitated patients). She was recently promoted to senior editor for the Journal of Emergency Medicine. 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
UC San Diego School of Medicine (1998)
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus/Inova Children's Hospital (1999), Transitional Year
George Washington University School of Medicine (2002), Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Medical education and simulation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Improving the management of acutely agitated patients in the emergency department through implementation of Project BETA (Best Practices in the Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation).
Roppolo LP, Morris DW, Khan F, Downs R, Metzger J, Carder T, Wong AH, Wilson MP, J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open 2020 Oct 1 5 898-907
Management of Agitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Wong AH, Roppolo LP, Chang BP, Yonkers KA, Wilson MP, Powsner S, Rozel JS, West J Emerg Med 2020 May 21 4 795-800


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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians