Faculty Profile

Kimberly Stanford
Section of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Stanford's academic interests focus on the use of the emergency department visit to address the social determinants of health, including infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health, homelessness, and human trafficking. Dr. Stanford coordinates the HIV and syphilis screening programs in the emergency department and serves as the Director of ED HIV/STI testing for the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE). Her research focuses on the implementation of ED screening programs, improving STI diagnosis and care in the ED, and improving linkage to primary care, prenatal care, and HIV PrEP from the ED. In addition to her work on HIV and STIs, she has developed a human trafficking policy and educational series for the adult and pediatric emergency departments and has an ongoing project to improve understanding of the barriers to placement in shelter of the ED homeless population. Dr. Stanford mentors emergency medicine residents working on projects in all of these topics and she co-leads the Social Emergency Medicine Interest Group as well as the ICEP Social EM Committee.

Clinical Interests



  • Stanford KA, Hazra A, Friedman E, Devlin S, Winkler N, Ridgway JP, Schneider J. Opt-out, routine emergency department syphilis screening as a novel intervention in at-risk populations. Sex Transm Dis. 2020 Oct 1.
  • Stanford KA, Friedman EE, Schmitt J, Spiegel T, Ridgway JP, Moore M, Taylor M, Pitrak D, McNulty MC. Routine Screening for HIV in an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS Behav. 2020 Oct;24(10):2757-2759.
  • Stanford KA, Hazra A, Schneider J. Routine Opt-out Syphilis Screening in the Emergency Department: A Public Health Imperative. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 May;27(5):437-438. doi: 10.1111/acem.13897. Epub 2019 Dec 27.
  • Marsh RH, Chalmers KD, Checkett KA, Ansara J, Rimpel L, Edmond MC, Freni RW, Philbrook JK, Stanford K, Rouhani SA. Emergency Department Design in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: Lessons from a University Hospital in Haiti. Ann Glob Health. 2020 Jan 20;86(1):6.
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  • BS, 2001, Yale University, Electrical Engineering
  • BA, 2001, Yale University, Music
  • MD, 2013, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medicine
  • Residency, 2017, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Emergency Medicine
  • MPH, 2019, Johns Hopkins University,