Faculty Profile

Michael Kurz
Section of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Kurz’s research focuses on sudden cardiac arrest including intra- and post-arrest care, novel serum biomarkers for ischemia-reperfusion injury, rehabilitation for cardiac arrest survivors, and construction of resuscitation systems of care. He has conducted resuscitation research funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, and various foundations and professional organizations Dr. Kurz’s academic work includes over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, editorials, and reviews, including work published in NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, Critical Care Medicine, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as a guest editor for Circulation. Nationally he is the immediate-past chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Emergency Cardiac Care Committee (ECC) Systems of Care Subcommittee and has contributed to the AHA ECC guidelines since 2010. He was recently appointed as Chair of the 2025 AHA advanced life support (ALS) guidelines. He has trained dozens of residents and fellows many who have successfully become physician-scientists. He is the recipient of the 2021 ATLAS Award for Extraordinary Service to the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine.

Clinical Interests




  • BA, 1999, University of Virginia, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • MS, 2003, University of Virginia, Health Evaluation Sciences
  • MD, 2003, University of Virginia,
  • Residency, 2005, University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine