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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 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, currently serving as the Associate Residency Program Director and was recently promoted to full Professor which will be official in September 2018.  Dr. Roppolo works clinically in the Emergency Department at Parkland Hospital and Children's Medical Center, where she loves working with and teaching the residents. Dr. Roppolo 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 doing residency related activities such as planning their weekly conference. Her research interests are in the area of quality improvement and residency education such as the ED management of the agitated patient to reduce ED dwell times and the number of physical assaults by patients on ED staff. After 15 years of being involved in the residency leadership, as a result of her passion for learning and love for teaching, Dr. Roppolo will be doing a one year ultrasound fellowship at UTSW beginning July 2018 and then plans to join the Emergency US faculty at UTSW.  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