About Us

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Emergency Medicine has been designated as a Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Emergency Critical and Operative Care.

The UCSF team has a track record of practical research and life-saving innovation. Drawing on diverse experts from the fields of emergency medicine, nursing, critical care, surgery and global health, this team is optimally positioned to support WHO’s efforts in emergency and trauma care.


The purpose of UCSF WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency, Critical and Operative Care is to contribute to global efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate tools to help strengthen emergency care systems worldwide.


The goal of the Collaborating Centre is to support the work of WHO to improve access to timely and effective care for those suffering potentially life- or livelihood-threatening, time-sensitive conditions.


Our vision is to increase access to quality emergency, critical and operative care for those who need it most. We provide medical and technical expertise and support for WHO projects, and leverage our policy and healthcare partnerships around the world to help support this vital work as widely as we can.