James Langabeer is internationally recognized for quality and outcomes research in emergency medicine and public health. He is a tenured full professor with joint appointments at the McGovern Medical School (Emergency Medicine), UT School of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), and the School of Biomedical Informatics. His research focuses on emergency, cardiovascular, and addiction medicine. Dr. Langabeer is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Langabeer currently leads a national clinical trial for opioid use disorder, called the Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES).

He is the Associate Editor for Western Journal of Emergency Medicine and the national Chair of the American Heart Association’s Ambulatory Quality committee.


PhD, Decision Sciences
The University of Lancaster
Doctor of Education
The University of Houston
Baylor University, Waco, Texas Master of Business Administration

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Substance Use Disorders, Emergency Medical Systems (EMS)

Research Interests

Population Health, Opioids, Telemedicine

Dr. Langabeer currently leads one of the largest emergency-based opioid programs in the country (HEROES). He has been funded by multiple federal and state agencies, including HHSC, CDC, and the AHA. His research has been published in nearly 100 journal articles, including Annals of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Substance Abuse, and the Journal of American Heart Association.


  1. Disparities Between US Opioid Overdose Deaths and Treatment Capacity: A Geospatial and Descriptive Analysis. Journal of Addiction Medicine 2019 Mar 4;. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000523. PubMed PMID: 30844879.
  2. Health Information Exchange in Emergency Medicine. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2016 Feb;67(2):216-26. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.06.018. Epub 2015 Jul 28. PubMed PMID: 26233924.
  3. Gender-based outcome differences for emergency department presentation of non-STEMI acute coronary syndrome. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2019 Feb;37(2):179-182. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2018.05.005. Epub 2018 May 7. PubMed PMID: 29754965.