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Dana Arlington Stearns, MD

Dana A. Stearns, M.D. FACEP, Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.

  • Phone: 617-724-4184
Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests
Undergraduate and graduate medical education
Trauma and critical care
Emergency medicine education
Obstetrical emergencies
Emergency medical service (EMS)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Stearns has been an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital since 1993. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the John Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Stearns is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and an Associate Master of the William Bosworth Castle Society at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Stearns participated in the development of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) Program and continue to serve as a faculty lecturer and laboratory instructor for HAEMR and has served as co-director for the HMS Emergency Medicine Clerkship elective at MGH.  He has been extremely active in understanding and utilizing a wide variety of teaching methods. These have ranged from problem-based learning methodology commonly used in HMS, case study discussions when providing a case report or clinical updates, case conferences or international meetings to didactic, hands-on bedside clinical education, laboratory sessions and medical simulation.

Dr. Stearns has participated extensively in developing awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and disparity on the CCC Committee at HMS as well as the Dept. of EM's Collaborative Practice Committee at MGH.  He was named a Founding Member of The Academy at Harvard Medical School. The Academy aims to advance the training of future physicians by supporting the educational activities of the most effective and innovative teachers at HMS. In 2008, Dr. Stearns was named the Emergency Department Surgical Faculty Liaison for the Core Surgery Clerkship at MGH.

ResearchDr. Stearns is co-author of a handbook of emergency medicine for residents and medical students. He has authored several chapters in emergency medicine textbooks and created a series of questions for specialty board certification review texts. He is an editor for  Dr. Stearns has been at lecturer and tutor for several preclinical courses at HMS since 1996.  He has been a Lecturer in Anatomy for the Tufts Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine since 1993.  He was named a member of the Curriculum Reform Committee at HMS.  Dr. Stearns has participated in the course design, provided lectures created problem-based educational programs for the anatomy course, created and provided simulator education programs for preclinical programs at HMS as well as the Principle Clinical Experience (PCE) Core Surgery Clerkship at MGH.  Dr. Stearns is currently working on an on-line educational resource for undergraduate clerks rotating on the MGH surgical service.

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Phone: 617-724-4184
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