Dr. Klauer earned his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science in 1992, and a law degree from Concord Law School in 2011, where he was a distinguished scholar. He is chief medical officer of Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), a national medical group he has served since 1999. He is an board member of EMP Trust and Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention (PSLRRG), and is the director of The Center for Emergency Medicine Education. Dr. Klauer has received numerous awards and honors, including the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award and the EMRA Robert J. Dougherty Teaching Fellowship Award. In addition to his role at ACEP, Dr. Klauer is the co-author of two risk-management books: Emergency Medicine Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal and Risk Management, and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. He served on EMRA’s board from 1993-1995 during his residency at Louisiana State University, Charity Hospital, in New Orleans.
Intrigued by the specialty’s variety and potential for dramatic, immediate impact, Dr. Kevin Klauer knew he wanted to pursue a career in emergency medicine early in medical school. Looking for a way to get more involved in the field during residency, he ran for a position on the EMRA Board of Directors, eventually becoming the organization’s first-ever secretary and physician editor-in-chief of EM Resident magazine. Since then, his impressive career has gone on to include numerous editorial and leadership positions, including esteemed roles as the speaker of the ACEP Council, and medical editor-in-chief of ACEP Now. Despite a long list of opportunities and accolades, Dr. Klauer credits his experience with EMRA for setting the stage for his fruitful career.
“Being part of the EMRA board absolutely has influenced everything I’ve done since. It expanded my frame of reference and gave me the opportunity to interact at a national level — which is an invaluable, but uncommon, experience for a resident,” he said. “EMRA exposed me to truly gifted people and gave me the chance to provide input that shaped the thinking of an organization — and in a very broad sense, the entire specialty. The influence that EMRA, which garners a tremendous amount of respect, has over the specialty is dramatic — particularly given the size of the organization. To this day, I think of my position with EMRA as a game-changer in my career.”