william meurer, md, ms

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Neurology


Dr. Meurer is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology. He received his B.A. degree in Chemistry from the Ohio State University in 1999 and then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he received his MD in 2003. Dr. Meurer trained in emergency medicine at the MetroHealth / Cleveland Clinic Combined residency and served as chief resident, graduating in 2006. He started at Michigan in 2006 as a fellow in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease under the direction of Lewis Morgenstern and the University of Michigan Stroke Program. During this fellowship, he also studied clinical research design and statistical analysis and received his M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health through the On Job / On Campus program in the Department of Biostatistics. Since the completion of his fellowship he has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Meurer’s research interests focus on two major areas: the early care of patients with acute neurological illness and injury (especially stroke) and the incorporation of innovative and adaptive clinical trial designs to improve the efficiency and yield of the discovery process. He is a co-investigator in the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network, funded by the NIH to conduct large-scale clinical trials of interventions delivered in the field or in the ED. He also works on the Adaptive Designs Advancing Promising Trials Into Treatment (ADAPT-IT) project with Bill Barsan. In collaboration with partners from Berry Consultants and the Medical University of South Carolina, the ADAPT-IT project has developed 5 innovative adaptive trial designs for spinal cord injury, status epilepticus, stroke(2), and hypoxic encephalopathy following cardiac arrest. He also collaborates extensively with Kevin Kerber on the diagnosis and treatment of ED dizziness presentations (recently served as co-I on AHRQ project, and currently working as co-I on an NIH funded study to improve the use of repositioning maneuvers positional vertigo.) In addition, Dr. Meurer served as the local Principal Investigator on the CLEAR-ER stroke reperfusion trial and as a co-investigator on several other current and completed stroke trials. Nationally, he is the immediate past chair of the Neurological Emergencies Interest Group of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Currently, Dr. Meurer is the Emergency Medicine physician lead on the Stroke Arrival group and Comprehensive Stroke Center initiatives: with a shared mission between both groups to improve and standardize the acute care of patients with stroke. He was a co-investigator on Phillip Scott’s cluster randomized trial INSTINCT, where we studied the process of delivering acute stroke treatment in community hospitals without direct physical access to stroke teams. Dr. Meurer is extremely excited about the possibilities of M-CIRCC as it is a natural avenue for collaboration and work in many of areas of intersection between ED critical care and improving the outcomes of patients with time-sensitive neurological emergencies.