Edward Melnick, MD, MHS

Interim Research Section Chief & Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Biostatistics (Health Informatics), Yale School of Public Health, Program Director, Yale-VA Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

Photograph of Edward Melnick, MD, MHS.

This year, Edward Melnick, MD, MHS, and his coauthors were honored with a Mayo Clinic Proceedings highly cited author award, which was developed to acknowledge articles for their meaningful contribution to the Journal's Impact Factor.

"As of February 2022, these highly cited manuscripts received enough citations to place them in the top 1% of the academic field of clinical medicine based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year, contributing to Mayo Clinic Proceedings' 2021 Impact Factor," said Karl A. Nath, MB, ChB, Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Dr Melnick has a longstanding interest in the relationship of physician professional burnout and retention.

He and his colleagues were recognized for their article, “The Association Between Perceived Electronic Health Record Usability and Professional Burnout Among US Physicians,” published in Vol. 95, Issue 3 (March 2019) of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“This analysis provides a global assessment of the current state of EHR usability across medical specialties and practice settings in the United States,” says Dr Melnick. “A strong dose-response relationship between EHR usability and risk for burnout among physicians was observed.”

Dr Melnick completed his medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and his emergency medicine residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

His research focuses on improving EHR usability as a means to achieve the quadruple aim to improve health care delivery. He is currently in his final year as principal investigator of the EMBED (EMergency department-initiated BuprenorphinE for opioid use Disorder) project, a 5-year UG3/UH3 National Institute on Drug Abuse award to develop, disseminate, implement, and test a user-centered decision support system to facilitate ED-initiation of buprenorphine for individuals suffering from opioid user disorder.

The EMBED pragmatic trial, a parallel group randomized trial, completed enrollment in spring of 2021 in 20 emergency departments in 5 health care systems.

Dr Melnick is in his fourth year of funding by the American Medical Association to study EHR use and its relationship to physician professional burnout and retention. From 2013–2018, he completed a 5-year K08 career development award with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The goal of this award was to pilot a formative process for creating a patient and provider-facing app for shared use at the bedside for the management of minor head injury in the ED.

As the Program Director for the Yale/VA Clinical Informatics Fellowship and the Informatics Track for the Yale School of Medicine Master of Health Science Degree Program, Dr Melnick plays an active role in education and research mentorship for junior faculty, informatics fellows, emergency medicine residents, and Yale School of Medicine students.

Double board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics, Dr Melnick works clinically as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s York Street and Shoreline campuses.

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