Ramin Tabatabai, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Clinician Educator)

Program Director

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After completing his emergency medicine residency training at LAC+USC in 2010, Ramin Tabatabai worked in a variety of ED settings including both academic and community environments. He returned to LAC+USC as an Assistant Program Director in 2013 and has been serving as Program Director since 2018. He completed his Masters in Academic Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2019. As Program Director, his vision for the program is centered around the following aims: clinical excellence, medical education that fosters life-long and adaptive learning, promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion, forging strong partnerships with community-based organizations, optimizing resident wellness, and supporting the professional development of trainees. His academic interests include medical education and resident wellness (specifically in the space of physician mental health promotion and physician suicide prevention).


  • “Everybody in this room can understand”: A qualitative exploration of peer support during residency training AEM Educ Train. 2022 Apr; 6(2):e10728. . View in PubMed
  • This Article Corrects: “Sources of Distress and Coping Strategies Among Emergency Physicians During COVID-19” West J Emerg Med. 2022 03 03; 23(2):291. . View in PubMed
  • J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2021 Dec; 2(6):e12546. . View in PubMed
  • “I Have Nothing Else to Give”: A Qualitative Exploration of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Perceptions of Burnout Teach Learn Med. 2021 Aug-Sep; 33(4):407-415. . View in PubMed
  • Headache in the Emergency Department: Avoiding Misdiagnosis of Dangerous Secondary Causes, An Update Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2021 Feb; 39(1):67-85. . View in PubMed
  • Sources of Distress and Coping Strategies Among Emergency Physicians During COVID-19 West J Emerg Med. 2021 10 27; 22(6):1240-1252. . View in PubMed
  • Erratum: This Article Corrects: “Assessment of Physician Well-being, Part Two: Beyond Burnout” West J Emerg Med. 2020 03 26; 21(3):727. . View in PubMed
  • Training in the Management of Psychobehavioral Conditions: A Needs Assessment Survey of Emergency Medicine Residents AEM Educ Train. 2019 Oct; 3(4):365-374. . View in PubMed
  • Assessment of Physician Well-being, Part Two: Beyond Burnout West J Emerg Med. 2019 03; 20(2):291-304. . View in PubMed
  • Qualitative Analysis of Well-being Preparedness at an Emergency Medicine Residency Program West J Emerg Med. 2019 Jan; 20(1):122-126. . View in PubMed
  • Emergency Medicine Resident Shift Work Preferences: A Comparison of Resident Scheduling Preferences and Recommended Schedule Design for Shift Workers AEM Educ Train. 2018 Jul; 2(3):229-235. . View in PubMed
  • Does the Flipped Classroom Improve Learning in Graduate Medical Education? J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug; 9(4):491-496.. View in PubMed
  • Headache in the Emergency Department: Avoiding Misdiagnosis of Dangerous Secondary Causes Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 Nov; 34(4):695-716. . View in PubMed
  • Low Back Pain in the Emergency Medicine Department: A Flipped Classroom Module MedEdPORTAL. 2016 Sep 23; 12:10458. . View in PubMed
  • The Flipped Classroom in Emergency Medicine Using Online Videos with Interpolated QuestionsJ Emerg Med. 2016 Sep; 51(3):284-291. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Pulmonary embolism in transit: direct visualization of a PE passing through the heart using bedside ultrasonography CJEM. 2016 Jul; 18(4):313-4. . View in PubMed
  • Responding to the Call for Improving Resident Wellness Acad Med. 2016 06; 91(6):750. . View in PubMed