Elizabeth Burner, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Research Director of Emergency Medicine

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Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Following undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of California at San Diego, Dr. Burner completed her internship in internal medicine at the Cedars-Sinai/West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Internal Medicine Residency program, and her residency in Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center. Due to her desire to better understand the etiology of health disparities among the marginalized patients at LAC+USC, she pursued a Clinical Research Fellowship at the USC Department of Emergency Medicine. During this fellowship, she was awarded an F32 grant from the NIDDK and completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles. In 2013, Dr. Burner joined the faculty at the Keck School and works clinically in the emergency department at the LAC+USC hospital as well as the Jail Urgent Care based in the LA County Twin Towers Correctional Facility. She received a KL2 grant from the Southern California CTSI upon her appointment to the faculty to support her research. She currently serves on the SAEM Annual Meeting Program committee, as well as the SAEM Annual Meeting Research Committee, and lectures the undergraduate campus, the medical school and in the community.

Dr. Burner’s research interests center on investigating emergent health communication tools to reach health disparity groups, and directing patients to chronic care and medical homes as appropriate. She is developing a mixed methods research career to better understand the viewpoint of marginalized populations, particularly urban Latino immigrants. She is also interested in validation of clinical instrument tools in ethnic minority populations, as well as the role of communication and leadership in successful resuscitations of critically ill patients.


  • Medical Mismanagement in Southern US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facilities: A Thematic Analysis of Secondary Medical Records J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Oct; 25(5):1085-1097. . View in PubMed
  • Implementation and Evaluation of an Automated Text Message-Based Diabetes Prevention Program for Adults With Pre-diabetes J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2023 Mar 22; 19322968231162601. . View in PubMed
  • West J Emerg Med. 2023 09; 24(5):831-838. . View in PubMed
  • 2022 consensus conference on diversity, equity, and inclusion: Developing an emergency medicine research agenda for addressing racism through health care research Acad Emerg Med. 2023 07; 30(7):731-741. . View in PubMed
  • Characteristics and Outcomes of 360 Consecutive COVID-19 Patients Discharged From the Emergency Department With Supplemental Oxygen Ann Emerg Med. 2023 01; 81(1):14-19. . View in PubMed
  • Technological Proficiencies, Engagement, and Practical Considerations for mHealth Programs at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital Emergency Departments: Data Analysis JMIR Diabetes. 2022 Jun 06; 7(2):e23641. . View in PubMed
  • Training Leaders in Trauma Resuscitation: Teacher and Learner Perspectives on Ideal Methods West J Emerg Med. 2022 Feb 13; 23(2):192-199. . View in PubMed
  • Mapping factors associated with deaths in immigration detention in the United States, 2011-2018: A thematic analysis Lancet Reg Health Am. 2021 Oct; 2:100040. . View in PubMed
  • West J Emerg Med. 2021 Feb 08; 22(2):234-243. . View in PubMed
  • Telehealth in emergency medicine: A consensus conference to map the intersection of telehealth and emergency medicine Acad Emerg Med. 2021 12; 28(12):1452-1474. . View in PubMed
  • The Effects of Breastfeeding on Retinoblastoma Development: Results from an International Multicenter Retinoblastoma Survey Cancers (Basel). 2021 09 24; 13(19):4773. . View in PubMed
  • Correction: Deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention: FY2018-2020 AIMS Public Health. 2021; 8(3):499. . View in PubMed
  • Continued Trauma: A Thematic Analysis of the Asylum-Seeking Experience Under the Migrant Protection Protocols Health Equity. 2021; 5(1):277-287. . View in PubMed
  • Characteristics of Deaths Among Individuals in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facilities, 2011-2018 JAMA Netw Open. 2021 07 01; 4(7):e2116019. . View in PubMed
  • Deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention: FY2018-2020 AIMS Public Health. 2021; 8(1):81-89. . View in PubMed
  • Penalties for Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Violations Involving Obstetrical Emergencies West J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 21; 21(2):235-243. . View in PubMed
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of a Text Message-Based Intervention to Reduce Overuse of Alcohol in Emergency Department Patients: Controlled Proof-of-Concept Trial JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 06 04; 8(6):e17557. . View in PubMed
  • In Reply Acad Emerg Med. 2019 06; 26(6):707. . View in PubMed
  • Civil Monetary Penalties Resulting From Violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Involving Psychiatric Emergencies, 2002 to 2018 Acad Emerg Med. 2019 05; 26(5):470-478. . View in PubMed
  • Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 05; 80:1-8. . View in PubMed
  • Access to care, nativity and disease management among Latinos with diabetes in a safety-net healthcare setting AIMS Public Health. 2019; 6(4):488-501. . View in PubMed
  • Perceptions of Family Among Low-Income Patients With Diabetes in a Text-Based Mobile Health Intervention J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2018 11; 12(6):1203-1210. . View in PubMed
  • Using Mobile Health to Improve Social Support for Low-Income Latino Patients with Diabetes: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the Feasibility Trial of TExT-MED? FANS. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2018 01; 20(1):39-48.. View in PubMed
  • Reply: “The Time Is Now to Use Clinical Outcomes as Quality Indicators for Effective Leadership in Trauma” West J Emerg Med. 2017 Apr; 18(3):333-4. . View in PubMed
  • Exposure to and Use of Electronic Cigarettes: Does Language Matter? Ethn Dis. 2017; 27(3):217-222.. View in PubMed
  • Leadership and Teamwork in Trauma and Resuscitation West J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep; 17(5):549-56. . View in PubMed
  • Inadequate Sensitivity of Laboratory Risk Indicator to Rule Out Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Emergency Department West J Emerg Med. 2016 May; 17(3):333-6. . View in PubMed
  • Cultural buffering as a protective factor against electronic cigarette use among Hispanic emergency department patients Addict Behav. 2016 12; 63:155-60. . 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 09; 23(5):979-83. . 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
  • The Association Between Testis Cancer and Semen Abnormalities Before Orchiectomy: A Systematic Review J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2014 Dec 01; 3(4):153-159. . View in PubMed
  • Trial to examine text message-based mHealth in emergency department patients with diabetes (TExT-MED): a randomized controlled trialAnn Emerg Med. 2014 Jun; 63(6):745-54. e6. . 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 Jan 29; 16(1):e25. . 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 Jan 01; 7(1):111-8. . View in PubMed
  • A retrospective evaluation of shortened-duration oral N-acetylcysteine for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning J Med Toxicol. 2009 Dec; 5(4):183-90. . View in PubMed