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Christopher McStay, MD

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Em​ergency Medicine

Chief of Clinical Operations

Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Chris McStay attended the Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at NYU/Bellevue in New York City. In New York he completed a fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality through the Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund. He served as the Chief of Service for the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department and co-chaired the Health and Hospitals Corporation Emergency Department Directors Council, a system responsible for over 1 million annual ED visits. 
In 2014 Dr. McStay joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado as an Associate Professor (visiting).  He has the pleasure of serving as the Chief of Clinical Operations for the Emergency Department at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. McStay's academic interests include disaster management and preparedness, wilderness and environmental medicine and patient safety and quality.
Degree Year ​Focus
Tulane University, B.S. 1998
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY M.D. 2002 Doctor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine focus
NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY 2006
Emergency Medicine Residency
​Greater New York Hospital Association, New York, NY ​2011 Clinical Quality Fellowship

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Selected Publications (6 out of 15)

  • Sim V, Bernstein MP, Frangos SG, Wilson CT, Simon RJ, McStay CM, Huang PP, Pachter HL, Todd SR.  The (F)utility of Flexion-Extension C-spine Films in the Setting of Trauma.  American Journal of Surgery, Vol 206, No 6, 929-934, 2013.
  • Lee DL, Smith SW, McStay CM, Goldfrank LR, Husk G, Shah NR.  Rebuilding Emergency Care after Hurricane Sandy.  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.  (Accepted, in review).
  • Davis C, Engeln A, Johnson E, McIntosh S, Zafren K, Islas A, McStay C, Smith W, Cushing T.  Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Lightning Injuries.  Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, Vol 23, No 3, 260-269, 2012.
  • Rosh AR and McStay C.  Cuteneous Larva Migrans.  Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 43, No 2, e135-136, 2012.
  • Sood TR and McStay CM.  Evaluation of the Psychiatric Patient.  Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Vol 27, 669-683, 2009.
  • McStay C, Rinwelski A, Levy P, and Legome E.  Hollow Viscus Injuries.  Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol 37, No. 3, pp. 293-299, 2009.