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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Michael Pulia is a tenure track, Assistant Professor and Director of the Emergency Care for Infectious Diseases (EC-ID) Research Program in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Director of Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Pulia strives to apply his research in the clinical setting to improve the quality of care for patients with infectious diseases.

Dr. Pulia has been an invited, expert speaker at national and international conferences including IDWeek, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. In 2015, he was awarded the Barry M. Farr MD Humanitarian Award from the MRSA Survivors Network in recognition of his efforts to raise public awareness of bacterial resistance related to the overuse of antibiotics. Dr. Pulia served a 5-year term as Chair of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s (AAEM) Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force. He also represented AAEM at the 2015 White House One Health Forum on Antimicrobial Stewardship and 2018 CDC Global Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge Kickoff event during the UN General Assembly.

Additional honors and awards (selected) include:

  • Fellow of American Academy of Emergency Medicine (FAAEM), 2010
  • Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP), 2011
  • AAEM Young Educator of the Year Award, 2013
  • UW Emergency Medicine Annual Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship, 2013, 2017
  • Early Career Development Award, Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, 2019
  • 2019-2020 Exceptional Mentorship Award, UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Scholars Program


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Emergency Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Emergency Medicine
Residency University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Medical School Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

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Dr. Michael Pulia leads a health services research program aimed at improving the safety and quality of infectious disease management in the emergency department (ED) and acute care settings. The primary focus of his program is reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics in healthcare settings, a global public health threat due to an association with increasing rates of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Given his research focus in infectious diseases, Dr. Pulia has also taken on projects related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes work to elucidate the role of biomarkers to improve screening and antibiotic stewardship practices for patients with COVID-19 and utilize EHR based surveillance to rapidly inform institutional response strategies. Dr. Pulia’s program has been supported by intra and extramural sources, including the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).