"My life belongs to the community. As long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. The harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle,' but a splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." - Modified from George Bernard Shaw


Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A., 2013

Graduate School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, M.A., M.P.H., 2017

Medical School: University of California San Diego School of Medicine Program in Medical Education-Health Equity, San Diego, CA, M.D., 2018

Other Training: International Health Central American Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica, Medical Spanish, Certificate, 2018

Academic interests 


General otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, reconstructive microsurgery


Health services and policy, social epidemiology, outcomes, medical education

Recent Publications

Coscia A, Stolz U, Barczak C, Wright N, Mittermeyer S, Shams T, Epstein S, Kreitzer N. Use of the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 3 in Emergency Department Patients With Psychiatric Disease., J Head Trauma Rehabil 2021 Feb

Venkatesh A, Ravi S, Rothenberg C, Kinsman J, Sun J, Goyal P, Augustine J, Epstein SK. Fair Play: Application of Normalized Scoring to Emergency Department Throughput Quality Measures in a National Registry., Ann Emerg Med 2021 05; 77(5):501-510

Burke LG, Burke RC, Epstein SK, Orav EJ, Jha AK. Trends in Costs of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Treated in the Emergency Department From 2011 to 2016., JAMA Netw Open 2020 08; 3(8):e208229

Burke LG, Epstein SK, Burke RC, Orav EJ, Jha AK. Trends in Mortality for Medicare Beneficiaries Treated in the Emergency Department From 2009 to 2016., JAMA Intern Med 2020 Jan; 180(1):80-88

Bucknor A, Peymani A, Kamali P, Epstein S, Chen AD, Bletsis P, Chattha A, Mathijssen I, Rakhorst H, Lin SJ. International and Geographic Trends in Gender Authorship within Plastic Surgery., Plast Reconstr Surg 2019 10; 144(4):1010-1016