Kathleen Clem, MD

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

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Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine


Kathleen Clem, MD, FACEP is Professor at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and practices Emergency Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center. Previously she served as Senior Executive Vice-president, and Chief Clinical Officer for Adventist Health System, now AdventHealth.  She is immediate past Chair and Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is an adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine .

Dr. Clem received her MD degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Emergency Medicine. As a new attending she established one of the nation’s first International Emergency Medicine Fellowships and organized medical teams to establish clinics or provide medical support and teaching in 11 countries. Dr. Clem then served for 9 years as the first female Division Chief in the Duke University Department of Surgery and as the first Chief of the Division of Emergency at Duke University. While at Duke she started the Emergency Medicine academic, research, and clinical programs.

Dr. Clem returned to her alma mater in 2007 as Chair of the Department.
She has held multiple national leadership responsibilities within in the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. She was the first Chair of the SAEM Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine - AWAEM. Research interests include women in medicine, professionalism, and international emergency medicine.