Iowa Chapter ACEP


PO Box 1408
Waterloo, IA 50704

319-236-3644 fax

Ryan Dowden, MD,
FACEP, President

Margo Grimm, RN
Executive Director

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What is Iowa ACEP?

  • Iowa ACEP has been your state advocate for emergency medicine since 1975 and currently has nearly 200 physician and medical student members. 
  • Iowa ACEP works for the highest principles of our specialty to the benefit of our physicians and patients together. 
  • Iowa ACEP is a democratic organization with an elected board.
  • Iowa ACEP is a unifying force for emergency medicine facing practice challenges in all their wide variety in a setting of rapid change. 
  • Iowa ACEP is a respected, expert and united voice of reason.

Iowa ACEP is your voice!! 

Who is Iowa ACEP?

The Iowa ACEP Board of Directors and Committee Members are a very diverse group of practicing emergency physicians. They include academicians, private practice physicians, large group, small group, individual physicians, board certified, non-board certified, rural, urban, residents, medical students, democrats, republicans, independents, young fresh members, and older mature members. Our Board represents all practice settings and the full range of emergency medicine experience. This diversity and unity gives us strength to pursue our common goals. 

Iowa ACEP is YOU!! 

Iowa ACEP Committees & Task Forces

Would you like to be involved? Iowa ACEP has a diverse group of committees, bringing members together to address the full range of issues facing Emergency Physicians. You are free to explore the ones of interest to you.

  • Education Committee
  • EMS
  • Legislative Committee
  • Medical Liability Task Force
  • Membership Committee

Legislative Initiatives

One of the important values of Iowa ACEP membership is having your rights and interests represented in Des Moines. As a strong, unified professional organization we have taken many steps to empower emergency physicians and protect our patients. Previous activities include:

  • Prudent Layperson Definition Legislation
  • Development of a Statewide Trauma System
  • Safety Helmet Legislation
  • Seat Belt Legislation  

Important Liaisons

Both Iowa ACEP staff and individual members have worked to form relationships on a state level, resulting in open communication, increased visibility, and inclusion with agencies and organizations such as the Iowa Department of Public Health, EMS Bureau, Iowa Hospital Association, and Iowa State Medical Society, along with the medical colleges at the University of Iowa and Des Moines University. Iowa ACEP played an important role in the needs study which lead to the development of the emergency medicine residency training program at the University of Iowa. 

Iowa ACEP Goals

Iowa ACEP is committed to protect the longevity and future of individual physicians, our patients, and emergency medicine as a specialty. This includes involvement in education of medical students, residents, emergency physicians, our patients, and the general public.  We promote policies that preserve the integrity and independence of emergency medical practice.  We support emergency physician representation within medical organizations and academic institutions.  Iowa ACEP represents the interest of all Iowa emergency physicians. 

Join Iowa ACEP/ACEP today

And rest assured that there is someone taking care of your business, so you can get to the business of taking care of people.

For more information, please contact us at 319-236-2319 or by email at

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