Ross Donaldson, M.D.

Ross Donaldson, MD

Investigator, LA BioMed
President of Critical Innovations, LLC
Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health

Recent and/or Significant Publications

  1. Shanovich PK, Donaldson RI, Hung YW, Hasoon T, Evans GE. “Iraqi Community Members’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Emergency Medical Care: Assessing Civilian Emergency Medicine in an Area of Conflict.” Medicine, Conflict & Survival. 2012. 27:3, 151-164
  2. Donaldson RI, Aziz S, Clark E, Shetty P, Morton M, Evans G. “A Survey of National Physicians Working in an Active Conflict Zone: The Challenges of Medical Care in Iraqi Emergency Departments.” Prehospital Disaster Medicine. 2012;27(2):1-9
  3. Baghdassarian A, Donaldson R, DePiero A, Chernett N, Sule H. “Pediatric Emergency Medical Care in Yerevan, Armenia: A knowledge and attitudes survey of out-of-hospital Emergency Physicians.” International Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2014, 7:11. DOI: 10.1186/1865-1380-7-11

Injury and Violence Epidemiology; International Health

Research Description

Dr. Donaldson is the creator of WikEM, the world’s most popular emergency medicine-specific mobile application and a juror for the Medical Design Excellence Awards®. Dr. Donaldson's research focuses on emergency, critical, and trauma care. He has worked around the globe, frequently in areas of conflict and recent disaster. In Iraq alone, for over five years he led the development of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency systems for the country, while training of over ten-thousand community members, EMTs, nurses, and doctors. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international humanitarian work, and a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.


  • BS, 1998, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MPH, 2003, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, U. of London, London, United Kingdom
  • MD, 2004, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA