Debbie Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN

Associate Professor Emeritus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Travers is a leader in emergency department triage and informatics research.

She has been involved in emergency department triage, operations and informatics initiatives on the national level for over 20 years.  She helped develop the Emergency Severity Index triage system which is widely used in the U.S. and internationally.  Dr. Travers also investigates methods for improving emergency department efficiency and safety through the use of triage acuity.

Her informatics research focuses on use of emergency department data for public health surveillance, and she has collaborated with state and national public health organizations to advance the field of biosurveillance. Dr. Travers and colleagues at the University of North Carolina developed the Emergency Medical Text Processor (EMT-P) system for use in standardization of emergency department chief complaint data.  She continues to study methods for processing triage notes and other emergency department text for use by public health in conducting surveillance of acute infectious disease outbreaks as well as chronic conditions of public health interest (e.g., asthma, cancer).