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Sanjay Arora, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Chief, Research Divison
Emergency Medicine
GNH 1011 1200 N. State Street Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 6667


Dr. Arora is associate professor of clinical emergency medicine. He completed his medical school and residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. After serving as chief resident in the final year of his emergency medicine training, he began his academic career at the University of Southern California in 2005.

Dr. Arora research areas of interest include diabetes in the emergency department (ED), patient education, and barriers to care in disparity health populations and creating a link to outpatient management. To date, his group has successfully conducted several studies, enrolling several thousand ED patients with diabetes. Topics include estimating diabetes prevalence, evaluating diabetes specific knowledge in ED patients, evaluating the ability of a point-of-care fingerstick beta-hydroxybutyrate test to detect DKA in ED patients with elevated blood glucose levels and assessing various characteristics of ED patients with diabetes including perceived barriers to care, mental and physical health status via the short form 12 (SF12v2), stage of change with respect to diabetes self management and depression inventory (Phq-9).

Dr. Arora has received several grants to support his work, and has published his findings in leading journals in emergency and general medicine. In addition to research, he participates in lecturing and education on the local and national level. His speaking areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, procedural sedation and analgesia, trauma, hematologic emergencies and diabetes in the ED.

He was given the Junior Faculty Speaker of the Year award at the Essentials of Emergency Medicine conference in 2007, is course director for the USC Trauma Review Course and had his debut at the ACEP scientific assembly in 2010. He is also a regular on the popular audio digest series EM-RAP (Emergency Medicine: Reviews and Perspectives), which is distributed to an international audience.


HIV Prevention and Treatment: The Evolving Role of the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Mar 25. View in: PubMed

Enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, 2005 to 2014. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Feb; 69(2):155-162. e1. View in: PubMed

Describing the evolution of mobile technology usage for Latino patients and comparing findings to national mHealth estimates. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Sep; 23(5):979-83. View in: PubMed

High Feasibility of Empiric HIV Treatment for Patients With Suspected Acute HIV in an Emergency Department. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jul 1; 72(3):242-5. View in: PubMed

Hot Off the Press: Post-Emergency Department Automated Messaging to Improve Follow-up Compliance-What Is the Number Needed to Text? Acad Emerg Med. Hot Off the Press: Post-Emergency Department Automated Messaging to Improve Follow-up Compliance-What Is the Number Needed to Text? Acad Emerg Med. 2015 May; 22(5):639-41. View in: PubMed

Male with throat pain and neck swelling. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Apr; 65(4):e5-6. View in: PubMed

Improving Attendance at Post-Emergency Department Follow-up Via Automated Text Message Appointment Reminders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Jan; 22(1):31-7. View in: PubMed

Blood product transfusions and reactions. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 Aug; 32(3):727-38. View in: PubMed

Oncologic metabolic emergencies. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 Aug; 32(3):509-25. View in: PubMed

Trial to Examine Text Message-Based mHealth in Emergency Department Patients With Diabetes (TExT-MED): A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Jun; 63(6):745-754. e6. View in: PubMed

A randomized, controlled trial of oral versus intravenous fluids for lowering blood glucose in emergency department patients with hyperglycemia. CJEM. 2014 May 1; 16(3):214-9. View in: PubMed

Patient Impression and Satisfaction of a Self-administered, Automated Medical History-taking Device in the Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb; 15(1):35-40. View in: PubMed

Perceptions of successful cues to action and opportunities to augment behavioral triggers in diabetes self-management: qualitative analysis of a mobile intervention for low-income latinos with diabetes. J Med Internet Res. 2014; 16(1):e25. View in: PubMed

Improving telephone follow-up for patients discharged from the emergency department: results of a randomized controlled trial. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 May; 20(5):456-62. View in: PubMed

Fragile health status of Latino patients with diabetes seen in the emergency department of an urban, safety-net hospital. Ethn Dis. 2013; 23(1):49-55. View in: PubMed

Gender differences in diabetes self-management: a mixed-methods analysis of a mobile health intervention for inner-city Latino patients. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2013; 7(1):111-8. View in: PubMed

Trends in diabetes-related visits to US EDs from 1997 to 2007. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Jun; 30(5):754-8. View in: PubMed

A Mobile Health Intervention for Inner City Patients with Poorly Controlled Diabetes: Proof-of-Concept of the TExT-MED Program. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2012 Jun; 14(6):492-6. View in: PubMed

The role of point-of-care ß-hydroxybutyrate testing in the diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis: a review. Hosp Pract (Minneap). 2012 Apr; 40(2):73-8. View in: PubMed

Prevalence of hypokalemia in ED patients with diabetic ketoacidosis. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Mar; 30(3):481-4. View in: PubMed

Point-of-care beta-hydroxybutyrate testing for assessing diabetic ketoacidosis severity prior to treatment in the emergency department. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011 Dec; 94(3):e86-8. View in: PubMed

Diagnostic accuracy of venous blood gas electrolytes for identifying diabetic ketoacidosis in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Oct; 18(10):1105-8. View in: PubMed

Procedural sedation: is two better than one? Answers to the May 2011 Journal Club questions. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Oct; 58(4):383-94. View in: PubMed

Test characteristics of urine dipstick for identifying renal insufficiency in patients with diabetes. West J Emerg Med. 2011 May; 12(2):250-3. View in: PubMed

Procedural sedation: is two better than one? Ann Emerg Med. Procedural sedation: is two better than one? Ann Emerg Med. 2011 May; 57(5):442-3. View in: PubMed

Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care testing for diabetic ketoacidosis at emergency-department triage: {beta}-hydroxybutyrate versus the urine dipstick. Diabetes Care. 2011 Apr; 34(4):852-4. View in: PubMed

Prevalence of undiagnosed and suboptimally controlled diabetes by point-of-care HbA1C in unselected emergency department patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Mar; 18(3):326-9. View in: PubMed

Diabetes knowledge in predominantly Latino patients and family caregivers in an urban emergency department. Ethn Dis. 2011; 21(1):1-6. View in: PubMed

Prevalence, health and demographics of emergency department patients with diabetes. West J Emerg Med. 2010 Dec; 11(5):419-22. View in: PubMed

Arora S, Swadron SP, Dissanayake V. Evaluating the sensitivity gf visual xanthochromia in patiefts with subarac`noid hemorrhage J Emerg Med. 2010 Jul; 39(1):13-6. View in: PubMed

Evaluating the sensitivity of visual xanthochromia in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Emerg Med. 2010 Jul; 39(1):13-6. View in: PubMed

Annals of emergency medicine journal club: frequent fliers, internal and external validity, and problems with making continuous variables binary answers to the may 2009 journal club questions. Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Oct; 54(4):628-34. View in: PubMed

Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal Club. Journal club: Frequent fliers, internal and external validity, and the problem with making continuous variables binary. Ann Emerg Med. 2009 May; 53(5):594-5. View in: PubMed

Myth: glucagon is an effective first-line therapy for esophageal foreign body impaction. CJEM. 2009 Mar; 11(2):169-71. View in: PubMed

Images in emergency medicine: pacemaker extrusion causing chest pain. West J Emerg Med. 2008 May; 9(2):126. View in: PubMed

Combining ketamine and propofol ("ketofol") for emergency department procedural sedation and analgesia: a review. West J Emerg Med. 2008 Jan; 9(1):20-3. View in: PubMed

Media reporting and emergency room testing trends. Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9(3):193-6. View in: PubMed

Myth: parenteral ketorolac provides more effective analgesia than oral ibuprofen. CJEM. 2007 Jan; 9(1):30-2. View in: PubMed

The content of medical journal Instructions for authors. Ann Emerg Med. 2006 Dec; 48(6):743-9, 749. e1-4. View in: PubMed

Myth: interpretation of a single ammonia level in patients with chronic liver disease can confirm or rule out hepatic encephalopathy. CJEM. 2006 Nov; 8(6):433-5. View in: PubMed

Diagnosis and treatment of hypothermia. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Dec 15; 70(12):2325-32. View in: PubMed

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