Emmy Betz, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Yale University (CT) (1999)
Residency:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Emergency Medicine

Research Interests

Current funding: https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/emergency-medicine/research/funded-research

Publications

  • Kelly T, Brandspigel S, Polzer E, Betz ME. Firearm Storage Maps: A Pragmatic Approach to Reduce Firearm Suicide During Times of Risk. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Mar 3;172(5):351-353. PubMed PMID: 31958811
  • Runyan CW, Brandspigel S, Barber CW, Betz M, Azrael D, Miller M. Lessons learned in conducting youth suicide prevention research in emergency departments. Inj Prev. 2020 Apr;26(2):159-163. PubMed PMID: 31888975
  • Jones VC, Johnson RM, Borkoski C, Rebok GW, Gielen AC, Soderstrom C, Molnar LJ, Pitts SI, DiGuiseppi C, Hill L, Strogatz D, Mielenz TJ, Betz ME, Kelley-Baker T, Eby DW, Li G. Social Support Moderates the Negative Association Between Reduced Driving and Life Satisfaction in Older Adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 Nov 6;:733464819884266. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31690172
  • Li G, Andrews HF, Chihuri S, Lang BH, Leu CS, Merle DP, Gordon A, Mielenz TJ, Strogatz D, Eby DW, Betz ME, DiGuiseppi C, Jones VC, Molnar LJ, Hill LL. Prevalence of Potentially Inappropriate Medication use in older drivers. BMC Geriatr. 2019 Oct 10;19(1):260. PubMed PMID: 31601189
  • Rosen T, Makaroun LK, Conwell Y, Betz M. Violence In Older Adults: Scope, Impact, Challenges, And Strategies For Prevention. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Oct;38(10):1630-1637. PubMed PMID: 31589527
  • Catanach B, Betz ME, Tvrdy C, Skelding C, Brummett S, Allen MH. Implementing an Emergency Department Telephone Follow-Up Program for Suicidal Patients: Successes and Challenges. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019 Nov;45(11):725-732. PubMed PMID: 31575455
  • DiGuiseppi CG, Smith AA, Betz ME, Hill L, Lum HD, Andrews H, Leu CS, Hyde HA, Eby DW, Li G. Cannabis use in older drivers in Colorado: The LongROAD Study. Accid Anal Prev. 2019 Nov;132:105273. PubMed PMID: 31521874
  • DiGuiseppi CG, Smith AA, Betz ME, Hill L, Lum HD, Andrews H, Leu CS, Hyde HA, Eby DW, Li G. Cannabis use in older drivers in Colorado: The LongROAD Study. Accid Anal Prev. 2019 Nov;132:105273. PubMed PMID: 31521874
  • DiGuiseppi CG, Smith AA, Betz ME, Hill L, Lum HD, Andrews H, Leu CS, Hyde HA, Eby DW, Li G. Cannabis use in older drivers in Colorado: The LongROAD Study. Accid Anal Prev. 2019 Nov;132:105273. PubMed PMID: 31521874
  • Wilson MP, Moutier C, Wolf L, Nordstrom K, Schulz T, Betz ME. Emergency department recommendations for suicide prevention in adults: The ICAR(2)E mnemonic and a systematic review of the literature. Am J Emerg Med. 2019 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31493978
  • Betz ME, Villavicencio L, Kandasamy D, Kelley-Baker T, Kim W, DiGuiseppi C, Mielenz TJ, Eby DW, Molnar LJ, Hill L, Strogatz D, Carr DB, Li G. Physician and Family Discussions about Driving Safety: Findings from the LongROAD Study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Jul-Aug;32(4):607-613. PubMed PMID: 31300582
  • Talwar A, Mielenz TJ, Hill LL, Andrews HF, Li G, Molnar LJ, Eby DW, Betz ME, Strogatz D, DiGuiseppi C. Relationship Between Physical Activity and Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Older Adult Drivers. J Prim Care Community Health. 2019 Jan-Dec;10:2150132719859997. PubMed PMID: 31282235
  • Dresden SM, Platts-Mills TF, Kandasamy D, Walden L, Betz ME. Patient Versus Physician Perceptions of Frailty: A Comparison of Clinical Frailty Scale Scores of Older Adults in the Emergency Department. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Sep;26(9):1089-1092. PubMed PMID: 31265194
  • Betz ME, Ranney ML, Knoepke CE, Johnson RL, Pallin R, Miller M, Wintemute GJ. Dementia and Firearms: an Exploratory Survey of Caregiver Needs. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct;34(10):1984-1986. PubMed PMID: 31197733
  • Talwar A, Hill LL, DiGuiseppi C, Betz ME, Eby DW, Molnar LJ, Kelley-Baker T, Villavicencio L, Andrews HF, Li G, Strogatz D. Patterns of Self-Reported Driving While Intoxicated Among Older Adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 Jun 11;:733464819854005. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31185770
  • Talwar A, Hill LL, DiGuiseppi C, Betz ME, Eby DW, Molnar LJ, Kelley-Baker T, Villavicencio L, Andrews HF, Li G, Strogatz D. Patterns of Self-Reported Driving While Intoxicated Among Older Adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 Jun 11;:733464819854005. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31185770
  • Talwar A, Hill LL, DiGuiseppi C, Betz ME, Eby DW, Molnar LJ, Kelley-Baker T, Villavicencio L, Andrews HF, Li G, Strogatz D. Patterns of Self-Reported Driving While Intoxicated Among Older Adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 Jun 11;:733464819854005. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31185770
  • Pallin R, Spitzer SA, Ranney ML, Betz ME, Wintemute GJ. Preventing Firearm-Related Death and Injury. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Jun 4;170(11):ITC81-ITC96. PubMed PMID: 31158880
  • Bulger EM, Kuhls DA, Campbell BT, Bonne S, Cunningham RM, Betz M, Dicker R, Ranney ML, Barsotti C, Hargarten S, Sakran JV, Rivara FP, James T, Lamis D, Timmerman G, Rogers SO, Choucair B, Stewart RM. Proceedings from the Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention: A Public Health Approach to Reduce Death and Disability in the US. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Oct;229(4):415-430.e12. PubMed PMID: 31108194
  • Strogatz D, Mielenz TJ, Johnson AK, Baker IR, Robinson M, Mebust SP, Andrews HF, Betz ME, Eby DW, Johnson RM, Jones VC, Leu CS, Molnar LJ, Rebok GW, Li G. Importance of Driving and Potential Impact of Driving Cessation for Rural and Urban Older Adults. J Rural Health. 2019 Apr 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31022317
  • Pallin R, Siry B, Azrael D, Knoepke CE, Matlock DD, Clement A, Ranney ML, Wintemute GJ, Betz ME. "Hey, let me hold your guns for a while": A qualitative study of messaging for firearm suicide prevention. Behav Sci Law. 2019 May;37(3):259-269. PubMed PMID: 30706954
  • Betz ME, Bebarta VS, DeWispelaere W, Barrett W, Victoroff M, Williamson K, Abbott D. Emergency Physicians and Firearms: Effects of Hands-on Training. Ann Emerg Med. 2019 Feb;73(2):210-211. PubMed PMID: 30661538
  • Lessing JN, Slingsby TJ, Betz M. Hyperacute Gonococcal Keratoconjunctivitis. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Mar;34(3):477-478. PubMed PMID: 30652276
  • Ng LS, Guralnik JM, Man C, DiGuiseppi C, Strogatz D, Eby DW, Ryan LH, Molnar LJ, Betz ME, Hill L, Li G, Crowe CL, Mielenz TJ. Association of Physical Function With Driving Space and Crashes Among Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2019 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30624694
  • Brooks-Russell A, Runyan C, Betz ME, Tung G, Brandspigel S, Novins DK. Law Enforcement Agencies' Perceptions of the Benefits of and Barriers to Temporary Firearm Storage to Prevent Suicide. Am J Public Health. 2019 Feb;109(2):285-288. PubMed PMID: 30571301
  • Tung GJ, Pierpoint LA, Betz ME, Brooks-Russell A, Brandspigel S, Runyan CW. Gun Retailers' Willingness to Provide Gun Storage for Suicide Prevention. Am J Health Behav. 2019 Jan 1;43(1):15-22. PubMed PMID: 30522563
  • Ranney ML, Betz ME, Dark C. #ThisIsOurLane - Firearm Safety as Health Care's Highway. N Engl J Med. 2019 Jan 31;380(5):405-407. PubMed PMID: 30517063
  • Betz ME, Knoepke CE, Siry B, Clement A, Azrael D, Ernestus S, Matlock DD. 'Lock to Live': development of a firearm storage decision aid to enhance lethal means counselling and prevent suicide. Inj Prev. 2019 Sep;25(Suppl 1):i18-i24. PubMed PMID: 30317220
  • Runyan CW, Brooks-Russell A, Betz ME. Points of Influence for Lethal Means Counseling and Safe Gun Storage Practices. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Jan Feb;25(1):86-89. PubMed PMID: 29889177
  • Runyan CW, Brooks-Russell A, Betz ME. Points of Influence for Lethal Means Counseling and Safe Gun Storage Practices. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Jan Feb;25(1):86-89. PubMed PMID: 29889177
  • Pierpoint LA, Tung GJ, Brooks-Russell A, Brandspigel S, Betz M, Runyan CW. Gun retailers as storage partners for suicide prevention: what barriers need to be overcome?. Inj Prev. 2019 Sep;25(Suppl 1):i5-i8. PubMed PMID: 29436398
  • Betz ME, McCourt AD, Vernick JS, Ranney ML, Wintemute GJ. Firearms and Dementia. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Nov 20;169(10):740. PubMed PMID: 30452572
  • Kandasamy D, Platts-Mills TF, Shah MN, Van Orden KA, Betz ME. Social Disconnection Among Older Adults Receiving Care in the Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med. 2018 Nov;19(6):919-925. PubMed PMID: 30429922
  • Kandasamy D, Betz ME, DiGuiseppi C, Mielenz TP, Eby DW, Molnar LJ, Hill L, Strogatz D, Li G. Self-reported health conditions and related driving reduction in older drivers. Occup Ther Health Care. 2018 Oct 31;:1-17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30380951
  • Betz ME, Knoepke CE, Siry B, Clement A, Azrael D, Ernestus S, Matlock DD. 'Lock to Live': development of a firearm storage decision aid to enhance lethal means counselling and prevent suicide. Inj Prev. 2018 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30317220
  • Urban C, Arias SA, Segal DL, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, Miller I, Betz ME. Emergency Department patients with suicide risk: Differences in care by acute alcohol use. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30293842
  • Runyan CW, Brooks-Russell A, Betz ME. Points of Influence for Lethal Means Counseling and Safe Gun Storage Practices. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2018 Jun 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29889177
  • Betz ME, McCourt AD, Vernick JS, Ranney ML, Maust DT, Wintemute GJ. Firearms and Dementia: Clinical Considerations. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Jul 3;169(1):47-49. PubMed PMID: 29801058
  • Betz ME, Brooks-Russell A, Brandspigel S, Novins DK, Tung GJ, Runyan C. Counseling Suicidal Patients About Access to Lethal Means: Attitudes of Emergency Nurse Leaders. J Emerg Nurs. 2018 Sep;44(5):499-504. PubMed PMID: 29704978
  • Pierpoint LA, Tung GJ, Brooks-Russell A, Brandspigel S, Betz M, Runyan CW. Gun retailers as storage partners for suicide prevention: what barriers need to be overcome?. Inj Prev. 2018 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29436398
  • Kandasamy D, Harmon AC, Meuser TM, Carr DB, Betz ME. Predictors of Readiness for Mobility Transition in Older Drivers. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2018 Feb-Mar;61(2):193-202. PubMed PMID: 29384444
  • Barnhorst A, Wintemute G, Betz ME. How Should Physicians Make Decisions about Mandatory Reporting When a Patient Might Become Violent?. AMA J Ethics. 2018 Jan 1;20(1):29-35. PubMed PMID: 29360025
  • Runyan CW, Brooks-Russell A, Tung G, Brandspigel S, Betz ME, Novins DK, Agans R. Hospital Emergency Department Lethal Means Counseling for Suicidal Patients. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Feb;54(2):259-265. PubMed PMID: 29248278
  • Betz ME, Haukoos JS, Schwartz R, DiGuiseppi C, Kandasamy D, Beaty B, Juarez-Colunga E, Carr DB. Prospective Validation of a Screening Tool to Identify Older Adults in Need of a Driving Evaluation. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Feb;66(2):357-363. PubMed PMID: 29231960
  • Betz ME, Kautzman M, Segal DL, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, Arias SA. Frequency of lethal means assessment among emergency department patients with a positive suicide risk screen. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Feb;260:30-35. PubMed PMID: 29169036
  • Reno E, Brown TL, Betz ME, Allen MH, Hoffecker L, Reitinger J, Roach R, Honigman B. Suicide and High Altitude: An Integrative Review. High Alt Med Biol. 2018 Jun;19(2):99-108. PubMed PMID: 29161114
  • Betz ME. Firearms and Suicide: Finding the Right Words. Acad Emerg Med. 2018 May;25(5):605-606. PubMed PMID: 29125665
  • Betz ME, Kautzman M, Segal DL, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, Arias SA. Frequency of lethal means assessment among emergency department patients with a positive suicide risk screen. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Nov 14;260:30-35. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29169036
  • Reno E, Brown TL, Betz ME, Allen MH, Hoffecker L, Reitinger J, Roach R, Honigman B. Suicide and High Altitude: An Integrative Review. High Alt Med Biol. 2017 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29161114
  • Betz ME. Firearms and suicide: Finding the right words. Acad Emerg Med. 2017 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29125665
  • Runyan CW, Brooks-Russell A, Brandspigel S, Betz M, Tung G, Novins D, Agans R. Law Enforcement and Gun Retailers as Partners for Safely Storing Guns to Prevent Suicide: A Study in 8 Mountain West States. Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1789-1794. PubMed PMID: 28933926
  • Knoepke CE, Allen A, Ranney ML, Wintemute GJ, Matlock DD, Betz ME. Loaded Questions: Internet Commenters' Opinions on Physician-Patient Firearm Safety Conversations. West J Emerg Med. 2017 Aug;18(5):903-912. PubMed PMID: 28874943
  • Scott KA, Rogers E, Betz ME, Hoffecker L, Li G, DiGuiseppi C. Associations Between Falls and Driving Outcomes in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28873218
  • Arias SA, Boudreaux ED, Segal DL, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Betz ME. Disparities in Treatment of Older Adults with Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Oct;65(10):2272-2277. PubMed PMID: 28752539
  • Li G, Eby DW, Santos R, Mielenz TJ, Molnar LJ, Strogatz D, Betz ME, DiGuiseppi C, Ryan LH, Jones V, Pitts SI, Hill LL, DiMaggio CJ, LeBlanc D, Andrews HF. Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD): study design and methods. Inj Epidemiol. 2017 Dec;4(1):22. PubMed PMID: 28736796
  • Betz ME, Ranney ML, Wintemute GJ. Physicians, Patients, and Firearms: The Courts Say "Yes". Ann Intern Med. 2017 May 16;166(10):745-746. PubMed PMID: 28265644
  • Ranney ML, Fletcher J, Alter H, Barsotti C, Bebarta VS, Betz ME, Carter PM, Cerdá M, Cunningham RM, Crane P, Fahimi J, Miller MJ, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Vogel JA, Wintemute GJ, Waseem M, Shah MN. A Consensus-Driven Agenda for Emergency Medicine Firearm Injury Prevention Research. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Feb;69(2):227-240. PubMed PMID: 27998625
  • McCourt AD, Vernick JS, Betz ME, Brandspigel S, Runyan CW. Temporary Transfer of Firearms From the Home to Prevent Suicide: Legal Obstacles and Recommendations. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jan 1;177(1):96-101. PubMed PMID: 27842186
  • McCourt AD, Vernick JS, Betz ME, Brandspigel S, Runyan CW. Temporary Transfer of Firearms From the Home to Prevent Suicide: Legal Obstacles and Recommendations. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27842186
  • Betz ME, Arias SA, Segal DL, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED. Screening for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Older Adults in the Emergency Department. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct;64(10):e72-e77. PubMed PMID: 27596110
  • Betz ME, Azrael D, Barber C, Miller M. Public Opinion Regarding Whether Speaking With Patients About Firearms Is Appropriate: Results of a National Survey. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Oct 18;165(8):543-550. PubMed PMID: 27455516
  • Betz ME, Wintersteen M, Boudreaux ED, Brown G, Capoccia L, Currier G, Goldstein J, King C, Manton A, Stanley B, Moutier C, Harkavy-Friedman J. Reducing Suicide Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27451339
  • Wintemute GJ, Betz ME, Ranney ML. Yes, You Can: Physicians, Patients, and Firearms. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Aug 2;165(3):205-13. PubMed PMID: 27183181
  • Betz ME, Kanani H, Juarez-Colunga E, Schwartz R. Discussions About Driving Between Older Adults and Primary Care Providers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jun;64(6):1318-23. PubMed PMID: 27321612
  • Betz ME, Miller M, Barber C, Beaty B, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED. LETHAL MEANS ACCESS AND ASSESSMENT AMONG SUICIDAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PATIENTS. Depress Anxiety. 2016 Jun;33(6):502-11. PubMed PMID: 26989850
  • Lum HD, Flaten HK, Betz ME. Gun Access and Safety Practices among Older Adults. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2016;2016:2980416. PubMed PMID: 26949391
  • Jones J, Dickerson A, Flaten HK, Belmashkan S, Betz ME. Driving Rehabilitation Specialists' Perspectives on Older Driver Evaluations. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Mar-Apr;70(2):7002270010p1-7. PubMed PMID: 26943109
  • Betz ME, Ranney ML, Wintemute GJ. Frozen Funding on Firearm Research: "Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Acceptable Solution". West J Emerg Med. 2016 Jan;17(1):91-3. PubMed PMID: 26823941
  • Chihuri S, Mielenz TJ, DiMaggio CJ, Betz ME, DiGuiseppi C, Jones VC, Li G. Driving Cessation and Health Outcomes in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb;64(2):332-41. PubMed PMID: 26780879
  • Betz ME, Scott K, Jones J, Diguiseppi C. "Are you still driving?" Metasynthesis of patient preferences for communication with health care providers. Traffic Inj Prev. 2016 May 18;17(4):367-73. PubMed PMID: 26507251
  • Betz ME, Boudreaux ED. Managing Suicidal Patients in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Feb;67(2):276-82. PubMed PMID: 26443554
  • Betz ME, Jones J, Genco E, Carr DB, DiGuiseppi C, Haukoos JS, Lowenstein SR, Schwartz R. Perspectives on Tiered Older Driver Assessment in Primary Care Settings. Gerontologist. 2016 Apr;56(2):272-81. PubMed PMID: 24793645
  • Betz ME, Scott K, Jones J, DiGuiseppi C. "Are you still driving?" Meta-synthesis of patient preferences for communication with healthcare providers. Traffic Inj Prev. 2015 Oct 27;:0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26507251
  • Betz ME, Flaten HK, Miller M. Older Adult Openness to Physician Questioning About Firearms. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Oct;63(10):2214-5. PubMed PMID: 26480997
  • Betz ME, Boudreaux ED. Managing Suicidal Patients in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26443554
  • Betz ME, Arias SA, Miller M, Barber C, Espinola JA, Sullivan AF, Manton AP, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED. Change in emergency department providers' beliefs and practices after use of new protocols for suicidal patients. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun;66(6):625-31. PubMed PMID: 25726978
  • Betz ME, Arias SA, Miller M, Barber C, Espinola JA, Sullivan AF, Manton AP, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED. Change in emergency department providers' beliefs and practices after use of new protocols for suicidal patients. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun;66(6):625-31. PubMed PMID: 25726978
  • Lum HD, Brown JB, Juarez-Colunga E, Betz ME. Physician involvement in life transition planning: a survey of community-dwelling older adults. BMC Fam Pract. 2015 Jul 30;16:92. PubMed PMID: 26219548
  • Betz ME, Wintemute GJ. Physician Counseling on Firearm Safety: A New Kind of Cultural Competence. JAMA. 2015 Aug 4;314(5):449-50. PubMed PMID: 26241594
  • Betz ME, Wintemute GJ. Physician Counseling on Firearm Safety: A New Kind of Cultural Competence. JAMA. 2015 Aug 4;314(5):449-50. PubMed PMID: 26241594
  • Lum HD, Ginde AA, Betz ME. Older adult drivers living in residential care facilities. Ann Longterm Care. 2015 Jul;23(7):21-26. PubMed PMID: 26366125
  • Betz ME, Jones J, Carr DB. System facilitators and barriers to discussing older driver safety in primary care settings. Inj Prev. 2015 Aug;21(4):231-7. PubMed PMID: 25617342
  • Richmond NL, Flannigan SA, Keil LG, Betz ME, Platts-Mills TF. Cessation of driving is rare in older drivers seen in the emergency department after a motor vehicle collision: a prospective cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jan;63(1):183-5. PubMed PMID: 25597573
  • Betz ME. Crash. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24524392
  • Searles VB, Valley MA, Hedegaard H, Betz ME. Suicides in urban and rural counties in the United States, 2006-2008. Crisis. 2014 Jan 1;35(1):18-26. PubMed PMID: 24067250
  • Betz ME. Crash. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;21(3):350. PubMed PMID: 25422578
  • Ranney ML, Locci N, Adams EJ, Betz M, Burmeister DB, Corbin T, Dalawari P, Jacoby JL, Linden J, Purtle J, North C, Houry DE. Gender-specific Research on Mental Illness in the Emergency Department: Current Knowledge and Future Directions. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Dec;21(12):1395-402. PubMed PMID: 25413369
  • Betz ME, Carr DB, DiGuiseppi C, Haukoos JS, Lowenstein SR, Schwartz R. Recruitment of older drivers from primary care clinics for on-road fitness-to-drive testing: results of a pilot study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jul;62(7):1388-90. PubMed PMID: 25039512
  • Betz ME, Dickerson A, Coolman T, Schold Davis E, Jones J, Schwartz R. Driving rehabilitation programs for older drivers in the United States. Occup Ther Health Care. 2014 Jul;28(3):306-17. PubMed PMID: 24971897
  • Betz ME, Ginde AA, Southerland LT, Caterino JM. Emergency department and outpatient treatment of acute injuries in older adults in the United States: 2009-2010. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jul;62(7):1317-23. PubMed PMID: 24890363
  • Betz ME, Jones J, Genco E, Carr DB, Diguiseppi C, Haukoos JS, Lowenstein SR, Schwartz R. Perspectives on Tiered Older Driver Assessment in Primary Care Settings. Gerontologist. 2014 May 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24793645
  • Betz ME, Jones VC, Lowenstein SR. Physicians and advance planning for 'driving retirement'. Am J Med. 2014 Aug;127(8):689-90. PubMed PMID: 24704316
  • Searles VB, Valley MA, Hedegaard H, Betz ME. Suicides in urban and rural counties in the United States, 2006-2008. Crisis. 2014;35(1):18-26. PubMed PMID: 24067250
  • Betz ME, Carpenter CR, Genco E, Carr DB. Driving Self-Restriction and Age: A Study of Emergency Department Patients. Inj Epidemiol. 2014 Dec 1;1(1). PubMed PMID: 26413455
  • Caterino JM, Sullivan AF, Betz ME, Espinola JA, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) Investigators. Evaluating current patterns of assessment for self-harm in emergency departments: a multicenter study. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Aug;20(8):807-15. PubMed PMID: 24033624
  • Betz ME, Lowenstein SR, Schwartz R. Older adult opinions of "advance driving directives". J Prim Care Community Health. 2013 Jan;4(1):14-27. PubMed PMID: 23799685
  • Betz ME, Schwartz R, Boudreaux ED. Unexpected suicidality in an older individual in an emergency department. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jun;61(6):1044-5. PubMed PMID: 23772739
  • Betz ME, Jones J, Petroff E, Schwartz R. "I wish we could normalize driving health:" a qualitative study of clinician discussions with older drivers. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Dec;28(12):1573-80. PubMed PMID: 23715688
  • Betz ME, Miller M, Barber C, Miller I, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, ED-SAFE Investigators. Lethal means restriction for suicide prevention: beliefs and behaviors of emergency department providers. Depress Anxiety. 2013 Oct;30(10):1013-20. PubMed PMID: 23495002
  • Betz ME, Sullivan AF, Manton AP, Espinola JA, Miller I, Camargo CA Jr, Boudreaux ED, ED-SAFE Investigators. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of emergency department providers in the care of suicidal patients. Depress Anxiety. 2013 Oct;30(10):1005-12. PubMed PMID: 23426881
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Practice Locations

Emergency Department - Anschutz
12505 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-9111

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Emergency Medicine (2009)
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, Board Certification (2019)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Emergency Care
Care Philosophy
In my clinical care and research, I am committed to person-centered, evidence-based approaches. My multi-disciplinary research group conducts research to prevent injuries through: communication and connection, informed decision-making, and efficient and effective interventions in healthcare settings. This includes a new Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative: https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/emergency-medicine/research/labs/firearm-injury-prevention-initiative-betz

Volunteer Activities
I co-founded and lead the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition https://coloradofirearmsafetycoalition.org/

Public Speaking
Yes
I enjoy public speaking in small and large venues. Past talks have covered issues related to suicide, firearms, older driver safety, and collaborative decision making. In 2015 I gave a TEDxMileHigh talk: https://youtu.be/PwBgcjDVxxE

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Yale University (CT) (1999)
Residency Programs:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Emergency Medicine
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