Thomas R. Hartka, MD, MS

HartkaThomas[1]Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Research Office
Assistant Medical Director, UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics
Medical Examiner, Jurisdiction: City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

P.O. Box 800699
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0699
Phone: 434-924-8485
Fax: 434-924-2877


  • M.D.S., Data Science, University of Virginia (in progress)
  • Trauma Biomechanics Fellowship, University of Virginia (2014)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia (2013)
  • M.D., University of Virginia (2010)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, John Hopkins University (2005)
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2004)
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2002)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Blunt Force Thoracic Trauma
  • Radiographic Interpretation of Injury and Accident Reconstruction
  • Motor Vehicle Crash Occupant Kinematics during Collisions
  • Pre-hospital Patient Care and Triage
  • Pre-hospital provider education
  • Mobile computing for medical education
  • High-fidelity simulation


  • Malik A, Patel P, Ehsan L, Guleria S, Hartka T, Adewole S, et al. (2021) Ten simple rules for engaging with artificial intelligence in biomedicine. PLoS Comput Biol 17(2): e1008531.
  • Hartka T, Vaca FE. Factors associated with EMS transport decisions for pediatric patients after motor vehicle collisions. Traffic Inj Prev. 2020 Oct 29:1-6. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2020.1830382. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33119415.
  • Glass G, Hartka TR, Keim-Malpass J, Enfield KB, Clark MT. Dynamic data in the ED predict requirement for ICU transfer following acute care admission [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 19]. J Clin Monit Comput. 2020.
  • Hartka T, Gancayco C, McMurry T, Robson M, Weaver A. Accuracy of algorithms to predict injury severity in older adults for trauma triage. Traffic Inj Prev. 2019. (Received AAAM’s 2019 Best Paper Award)
  • Sun J, You F, Sun B, Hartka T, Flower A. Injury Risk Prediction for Body Regions after Motor Vehicle Collisions to Guide CT Scanning Decisions. 2019 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), April 26, 2019.