Dr. Chris McStay attended the Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at NYU/Bellevue in New York City. In New York he completed a fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality through the the Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund. He served as the Chief of Service for the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department and co-chaired the Health and Hospitals Corporation Emergency Department Directors Council, a system responsible for over 1 million annual ED visits. Dr. McStay has also contributed to hospital and ED disaster preparedness and was onsite during many incidents involving mass casualties, blackouts, nearby hospital closings, and both hurricanes Irene and Sandy. After Sandy made landfall in October of 2012, he participated in the evacuation of Bellevue Hospital and led the reopening of an EMS receiving Freestanding Emergency Department until the hospital fully reopened 100 days later. In 2014 Dr. McStay joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado as an Associate Professor and has the pleasure of serving as the Chief of Emergency Department Clinical Operations.
Dr. McStay is also an avid outdoorsman, serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilderness Medical Society, and has completed fellowship training through the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He enjoys educating health care providers on the delivery of medical care in austere environments and is an avid backcountry camper, snowboarder, runner, sailor and cyclist.