Sheryl Heron

Associate Director of Education and Training

Dr. Heron is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement and Empowerment for Emergency Medicine. She was recently appointed Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion.  Dr. Heron is a member of the IPRCE Steering Committee and has served as the Associate Director for Training and Education since 2008. She is also a co-chair for the IPRCE Violence Prevention Task Force and a member of the Injury Prevention Certificate Advisory Committee. Dr. Heron is a practicing emergency medicine physician and is a leader in working directly with patients who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. Heron supports the Core by providing her administrative and teaching skills in developing the Brown Bag Lecture Series, and educational and training opportunities that are designed for medical professionals, residents, and students.

Dr. Heron has 20 years of experience in direct treatment of injury at one of the country’s leading trauma centers which provide her with tremendous insight into patient and family dynamics and shared risk factors of injury patients. She also trains professionals, physicians, and medical students on IPV, and identifying patients that have been abused by their partners. Dr. Heron has also lectured extensively on the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine as well as wellness ad well-being in health care professionals. 

Selected Career Milestones

  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award
  • Woman in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association
  • Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by ACEP
  • In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine


BS, Tufts University

MPH, Hunter College

MD, Howard University College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency Training – Martin Luther King/Charles Drew Medical Center

Injury Control Certificate – Emory University