14472-Strachan, Christian

Christian C. Strachan, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Phone 317-880-3878
Emergency Medicine
720 Eskenazi Avenue, Faculty Office Building, 3rd Floor

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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A 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine, he completed his combined Methodist-IU School of Medicine residency in Emergency Medicine-Pediatrics in 2001. During his final year he served as the first Emergency Medicine-Pediatrics Chief Resident. He's board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

He has been a member of FEMA - Indiana's Urban Search and Rescue Team INTF-1 ((FEMA US&R) since 1998 and responded to several events including the World Trade Center disaster and Hurricane Katrina as the Medical Team Manager. He a clinician and teaching faculty based at various sites in the IU Department of Emergency Medicine.

In July 2008 he became the Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center at Methodist Hospital and subsequently was appointed Medical Director in 2015.  Concurrently he became the Service Line Leader of Indiana University Health Physicians Emergency Medicine.  In 2017 he was appointed Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

In 2019 he became the IU Department of Emergency Medicine East Central Regional Medical Director and also served as the Ball Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director. Finally, in 2020 he became the Executive Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the IU Dept of Emergency Medicine to oversee operations at 10 statewide IU Dept of Emergency Medicine hospital Emergency Departments.

He was awaded the IU Health Physicians, John Fitzgerald, MD Leadership Award in 2020. Additionally in  2020 he was awarded the Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership and completed his Business of Medicine Physician MBA program from the IU Kelley School of Business.

Key Publications

Burley, N., C. Minor and C. Strachan.  Social preferences of zebra finches for siblings, cousins, and non-kin.  Animal Behaviour.  Volume 39, April 1990. pp775-784.


Effect of A “No Opiate” Policy On Recidivism To The Emergency Department.  Kahler, Z; Johnson, A; Strachan, C; Shufflebarger, C; Musey, P.  West J Emerg Med. 2017 Aug;18(5):894-902. 


Evaluation of Nonfatal Strangulation in Alert Adults.  Matusz ECSchaffer JTBachmeier BAKirschner JMMusey PI JrRoumpf SKStrachan CCHunter BRAnn Emerg Med. 2020 Mar;75(3):329-338. PMID: 31591013


Ocular Point-of-Care Ultrasonography to Diagnose Posterior Chamber Abnormalities: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.  Propst SL, Kirschner JM, Strachan CC, Roumpf SK, Menard LM, Sarmiento EJ, Hunter BR.  JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1921460. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.21460.  PMID:32074291


Over-Testing for Suspected Pulmonary Embolism in American Emergency Departments: The Continuing Epidemic. Kline JA, Garrett JS, Sarmiento EJ, Strachan CC, Courtney DM. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2020;13(1):e005753

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Sally Reahard Scholar in Emergency Medicine
  • Executive Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs - Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Education
    2022 MBA Indiana University
    2001 Residency Indiana University School of Medicine
    1996 MD University of Illinois
    1988 BS University of Illinois
  • Research

    Electronic Medical Record/Clinical Informatics

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Emergency Department Administration

  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Emergency Medicine
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American College of Emergency Physicians
    Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Emergency Medicine - Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
  • Clinical Interests

    Electronic Medical Record/Clinical Informatics

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Emergency Department Administration



  • Awards
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2021-05-01
    Org: Indiana University Emergency Medicine Residency
    Desc: Faculty Teacher of the Year Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2006-06-01
    Org: Indiana University
    Desc: John F. Fitzgerald Leadership Award
    Scope: School
    Date: 1905-07-14
    Org: IU School of Medicine
    Desc: Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership
    Scope: State

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