amber sabbatini university of washington emergency medicine population health
Dr. Sabbatini
SAEM '21 Young Investigator Award

SAEM identifies up to three (3) recipients for the Young Investigator Award each year. This award recognizes those SAEM members who have demonstrated commitment and achievement in research during the early stage of their academic career.

The Society’s core mission includes the creation of knowledge, and this award recognizes those who have achieved early success in this sphere. The awards committee is committed to an inclusive process of granting awards, reflecting the full spectrum of diversity of our membership. We encourage you to nominate a diverse pool of candidates for all SAEM awards.

One of those three recipients this year was our very own Dr. Amber Sabbatini. Dr. Nathan White previously won this award in 2013.

Per the SAEM website:

I am a practicing emergency physician and federally-funded health services researcher with expertise in using claims and administrative datasets to understand how the delivery of emergency care affects patient outcomes, resource utilization, and quality. To date, much of my research has revolved around examining hospital admission practices and their consequences, including a special emphasis on observation care. Most recently, I have been awarded several federal and foundation grants to study the impact of payer policies and delivery reforms on health utilization and costs and their intersection with emergency care. These include a pilot award from the UW Population Health Initiative to examine the association between behavioral health integration under Washington state’s Medicaid Transformation Program and preventable ED use, an R34 from NIMH to study the impacts of state Medicaid policies targeting high-utilizers of the ED on mental health outcomes and a newly awarded R01 from the NIA to study how Medicare policies including the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program have affected the growth of observation stays and impacted outcomes for older adults requiring hospitalization. I am currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington. I am additionally an affiliate faculty member for the Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science (CHIPS) and a core faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Section of Population Health. After completing my emergency medicine training in 2012, I undertook a health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan. I then joined the faculty at University of Washington and was subsequently awarded a K12 career development award in patient-centered outcomes research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. I have been actively involved in the implementation of Washington state’s Medicaid Transformation Project in King County and serve on multiple workgroups related to improving care coordination and ED utilization among high-needs Medicaid patients. These activities complement my current grant-funded research in the Medicaid space and provide a stakeholder network for translating research into policy. I maintain active membership in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). I served on the SAEM grants committee for several years, and currently serve on the ACEP Patient Safety & Quality and Research committees. Finally, this past summer I served as a reviewer on an NHLBI R21 Special Emphasis Panel focusing on secondary analyses of existing datasets.

You can watch a video of Dr. Sabbatini's acceptance speech below.