Andrea Tenner, MD, MPH

Immediate Past Co-Director
UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Andrea (Andi) Tenner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Affiliate Faculty for the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF. She has dedicated her career to building resilient health systems and improving access to quality emergency care for patients in low- and middle-income income countries (LMICs).

Dr. Tenner has significant experience teaching and working abroad, which ranges from public health epidemiological work, to humanitarian response, to education and health system development. She served as core faculty in the first emergency medicine residency in Tanzania and now consults and collaborates with local faculty on research projects and disaster training. She has also served as the Vice Chair for the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) Scientific Committee. During her time overseeing isolation units in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, she witnessed healthcare systems collapsing because of poor planning for disasters and this spurred her desire to improve system resiliency by improving emergency care systems.

More recently, she has focused on advocacy, research, and collaboration with WHO through her role as a consultant for the WHO Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care programme and the Hospitals Working Group. She served as one of the editors for the WHO Basic Emergency Care (BEC) course, developed educational adjuncts to support the WHO BEC course, and has helped with the development of the WHO Triage tool and standardized emergency and trauma care forms.

She now serves as Co-Director of the UCSF PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care and is helping WHO develop and evaluate tools to facilitate the development of emergency care systems in LMICs. Dr. Tenner plans to focus her future work on developing an evidence base for emergency care systems and the tools used to support them with a particular focus on building system resiliency against disasters.


Pre-course online cases for the world health organization's basic emergency care course in Uganda: A mixed methods analysis.

African journal of emergency medicine : Revue africaine de la medecine d'urgence

Friedman A, Wallis LA, Bullick JC, Cunningham C, Kalanzi J, Kavuma P, Osiro M, Straube S, Tenner AG

White Paper on Early Critical Care Services in Low Resource Settings.

Annals of global health

Losonczy LI, Papali A, Kivlehan S, Calvello Hynes EJ, Calderon G, Laytin A, Moll V, Al Hazmi A, Alsabri M, Aryal D, Atua V, Becker T, Benzoni N, Dippenaar E, Duneant E, Girma B, George N, Gupta P, Jaung M, Hollong B, Kabongo D, Kruisselbrink RJ, Lee D, Maldonado A, May J, Osei-Ampofo M, Osman YO, Owoo C, Rouhani SA, Sawe H, Schnorr D, Shrestha GS, Sohoni A, Sultan M, Tenner AG, Yusuf H, Adhikari NK, Murthy S, Kissoon N, Marshall J, Khoury A, Bellou A, Wallis L, Reynolds T

Reaching further: Lessons from the implementation of the WHO Basic Emergency Care Course Companion App in Tanzania.

African journal of emergency medicine : Revue africaine de la medecine d'urgence

Greenberg AL, Rose CC, Nicholaus P, Mfinanga JA, Sawe HR, Tenner AG

Cross-Sectional Survey of Former International Emergency Medicine Fellows 2010-19.

The western journal of emergency medicine

Patel S, Green A, Feltes M, Geduld H, Tenner AG

Harnessing inter-disciplinary collaboration to improve emergency care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): results of research prioritisation setting exercise.

BMC emergency medicine

Lecky FE, Reynolds T, Otesile O, Hollis S, Turner J, Fuller G, Sammy I, Williams-Johnson J, Geduld H, Tenner AG, French S, Govia I, Balen J, Goodacre S, Marahatta SB, DeVries S, Sawe HR, El-Shinawi M, Mfinanga J, Rubiano AM, Chebbi H, Do Shin S, Ferrer JME, Haddadi M, Firew T, Taubert K, Lee A, Convocar P, Jamaluddin S, Kotecha S, Yaqeen EA, Wells K, Wallis L

Emergency Medicine Training Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review.

Annals of global health

Rybarczyk MM, Ludmer N, Broccoli MC, Kivlehan SM, Niescierenko M, Bisanzo M, Checkett KA, Rouhani SA, Tenner AG, Geduld H, Reynolds T

This Article Corrects: "Effectiveness of a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Curriculum in a Public Tanzanian Referral Hospital".

The western journal of emergency medicine

Chen CC, Werne AL, Osborn KA, Vo H, George U, Sawe H, Addo N, Tenner AG

Results from a World Health Organization pilot of the Basic Emergency Care Course in Sub Saharan Africa.

PloS one

Tenner AG, Sawe HR, Amato S, Kalanzi J, Kafwamfwa M, Geduld H, Roddie N, Reynolds TA

African Federation for Emergency Medicine's Francophone Working Group - May 2018 Report.

African journal of emergency medicine : Revue africaine de la medecine d'urgence

Mundenga MM, Diango K, Mbanjumucyo G, Kabongo D, Tenner AG

You Traveled the World and All You Got Was Ascariasis.

Annals of emergency medicine

Willis J, Tenner AG, Grock A, Mason J

Operationalising emergency care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: consensus-based recommendations for healthcare facilities.

Emergency medicine journal : EMJ

Calvello EJ, Tenner AG, Broccoli MC, Skog AP, Muck AE, Tupesis JP, Brysiewicz P, Teklu S, Wallis L, Reynolds T

Applying the lessons of maternal mortality reduction to global emergency health.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Calvello EJ, Skog AP, Tenner AG, Wallis LA

Endocrine causes of dangerous fever.

Emergency medicine clinics of North America

Tenner AG, Halvorson KM

Predicting patient patterns in veterans administration emergency departments.

The western journal of emergency medicine

Kessler CS, Bhandarkar S, Casey P, Tenner A