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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 pursue an Ultrasound Fellowship.  She was officially promoted to full Professor of Emergency Medicine in September 2018.  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, mostly as part of a summer research program with UTSW medical students which she used to coordinate. Currently, most of her academic time is spent with ultrasound training.  She continues to be passionate about improving the management of the agitated patient in order to reduce ED dwell times and more importantly, reduce the number of physical assaults by patients on ED staff.  She is involved with several scholarly activities related to this.  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 Hospital (1999), Transitional Year
George Washington University School of Medicine (2002), Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Airway management
  • ED Management of Agitated Patients
  • Residency 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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Council of Residecy Directors for Emergency Medicine (2003)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians