Gail D’Onofrio, M.D., M.S., professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been honored with the 2013 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Excellence in Research Award. The award, given for the first time to a woman, honors D’Onofrio’s accumulated body of research as well as her influence as a leader in academic Emergency Medicine.

D’Onofrio’s research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, has focused on perfecting interventions for Emergency Department (ED) patients who misuse drugs and alcohol, and has led to effective, empirically tested techniques that have influenced intervention models across the U.S.

D’Onofrio is a mentor to medical students, trainees, and junior faculty in Emergency Medicine at Yale, and is also the principal investigator on a training grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train residents in drug and alcohol intervention techniques in all medical settings.

D’Onofrio earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University, her M.S. at Boston University, and her M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in emergency medicine at Boston City Hospital, and a fellowship with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She serves as physician-in-chief of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s ED, and is a founding member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.