Program Leadership

Aline Baghdassarian

Program Director: Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant professor


Board Certifications
Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical School: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Residency: Children's National Medical Center
Fellowship: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Areas of Interest
Global health and capacity building, Global systems development, Graduate Medical education, Pediatric emergency medicine, asthma in the pediatric ED, Public health

Aline Baghdassarian joined VCU as Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty in 2013. She is involved in Graduate and Post graduate medical education and her main research interest is in global health and pediatric emergency services development in developing countries. Her current research involves out-of-hospital emergency care of children and education of out-of-hospital providers in the developing world. She has presented workshops and talks at different pediatric emergency care conferences and presented her research at national and international conferences and meetings including the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference and the pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. Aline Baghdassarian is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Emily Deskin

Program Coordinator: Emily Deskin


Emily Deskin joined our VCU EM Team in June 2017. Before she lived up in Northern Virginia and worked in Government Contracting. She has a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University. Emily is a Richmond native and is glad to be back after spending 4 years up in Northern Virginia. She has enjoyed working in the fast-paced Emergency Medicine environment and connecting with fellows, residents and medical students.