Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series

Improving Access to Care: Understanding the Role of Emergency Medicaid Programs

Lisa Marie Knowlton, MD, MPH, FACS, FRCSC

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Stanford Department of Surgery

Associate Chair of Research, Department of Surgery

Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Dr. Knowlton is a trauma and critical care surgeon and NIH funded public health researcher whose focus is on improving access to and quality of care for trauma and other surgical patients. She obtained her medical degree at McGill University and completed her general surgery residency at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During her residency, she obtained an M.P.H. at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed a research fellowship at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She joined the faculty at Stanford University Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Surgery in early 2018, after completing the Stanford Surgical Critical Care fellowship. 

Dr. Knowlton’s research focuses on improving health equity, addressing barriers in access to care and reducing disparities among vulnerable surgical populations, including underinsured trauma patients. Dr. Knowlton’s work has been funded by the American College of Surgeons (the C. James Carrico Faculty Research Fellowship), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).  Dr. Knowlton was the inaugural Chair of the Associate Member Council of the AAST and is currently a member of the AAST Diversity and Inclusion and Healthcare Economics Committees. She also serves as the Associate Vice Chair of Research for the Stanford Department of Surgery.

Tuesday, May 9th

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Hybrid Webinar

BC-4118, 4th Floor, One Brigham Circle, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Webinar Registration

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the multiple domains of access to safe surgical care
  • Understand the barriers in access to care related lack of insurance
  • Understand the role of emergency Medicaid programs such as Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (HPE) in improving access to care

Target Audience

This activity is intended for research faculty and trainees

Course Director

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS

Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair of Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.