Chief of Emergency Medicine

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

James Comes, MD, FACEP

Program Director

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

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Founded in 1974 at Valley Medical Center in Fresno County, the Emergency Medicine residency is one of the first EM programs in the country. We offer a four-year program (PGY 1-4) with 10 residents per year, featuring a strong emphasis on clinical teaching and hands-on training. Our giant, new, state-of-the-art ED at Community Regional Medical Center serves as the only Level 1 trauma center and Burn center for Central California, and handles an annual ED volume of 110,000.

We are committed to provide high-quality, timely emergency care via the educational paradigm and to advance the specialty of Emergency Medicine nationally through educational innovations, scholarship and the dissemination of state-of-the-art Emergency Medicine care.

Program Aims

  • Empower residents to develop expertise beyond the fundamentals.
  • Create an environment that encourages achievement, success and leadership beyond residency.
  • Cultivate a culture of clinical excellence, professionalism and patient advocacy.
  • Recruit medical students and physicians who respect the rights and dignity of patients and conduct themselves with professional and personal integrity.


Announcing the Emergency Medicine Class of 2023

Manpreet Bassi Steffani Campbell Scott Goddard Joshua Jacober

Manpreet Bassi
UC Davis

Steffani Campbell

Scott Goddard
Western University

Joshua (Joe) Jacober
Tufts University

Kayla Johnson Sarah Johnson Gayle Kouklis Jessica Martin

Kayla Johnson
Oregon Health 
and Sciences

Sarah Johnson
UC Davis

Gayle Kouklis
Univ of Cincinnati

Jessica Martin
Michigan State Univ

Jesus Martinez Jessica Nguyen Daniel Ward Alexander Wilson

Jesus Martinez
Georgetown Univ


Jessica Nguyen
Tulane Univ

Daniel Ward

Alexander Wilson
Univ of Cincinnati


UCSF Fresno’s Gene W. Kallsen, MD,
an EM trailblazer says goodbyeDr. Kallsen walking in hallway

Three trauma teams had been activated at Community Regional Medical Center as UCSF Fresno’s Gene W. Kallsen, MD, completed his final shift of a 50-year medical career that paralleled the development of emergency medicine as a specialty.

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