Comilla Sasson, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAHA
Vice President for Science & Innovation for Emergency Cardiovascular Care, American Heart Association
CEO/CMO at CO2 Check
Emergency physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group
Comilla Sasson, MD, PhD, received her M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She received a Master of Science in Health and Health Services Research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a PhD in Health Services Research in 2014 from the Colorado School of Public Health. She continues to work clinically in the Emergency Department in metro Denver and maintains appointments in the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Sasson is the Vice President for Science & Innovation for Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the American Heart Association. She is committed to working to decrease health disparities, and to use a community-based participatory research approach to identify and implement solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of community members. She also serves as the PACT Council Chair, bringing communities and academics together to work on important health topics. Dr. Sasson also serves as the Special Advisor to the Veterans Health Administration Medical Advisory Panel, and leads the VA’s ED Opioid Safety Initiative with grant funding to implement Substance Use training resources in the 100+ EDs/Urgent Cares in the U.S.
Dr. Sasson spent the past year in 8 states on the frontlines, caring for patients with COVID-19. Through this work, she became interested in indoor air quality, and has founded, CO2 Check. CO2 Check is a new carbon dioxide monitor and training program that is easy to use, economical, and can help businesses, schools and the public in focusing on safe indoor ventilation and airflow as a way to decrease transmission of respiratory-borne viruses. She has authored 90+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, including original work on geographic, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare.