Message from the Chair

Robert ShesserWelcome to the website of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University.

We are the seventh academic Department of Emergency in the United States. The Department and its faculty and staff have been working since 1979 to expand the definition and scope of activity of Emergency Medicine practice, teaching, and research. We have developed an extensive series of educational and consulting activities described in this site that literally span the globe.

We currently provide physician and Advanced Care Practitioner staffing for three hospitals, manage a hospital-based Hyperbaric/Wound Care program and have a broad range of academic and consulting activities. The Department has been divided into Sections to help organize our academic focus. These Sections include:

In addition to our medical school and EM residency programs, we offer Fellowships in International Emergency Medicine, Extreme Environmental Emergencies, Medical Education, Telehealth, Toxicology, Health Policy, EMS Disaster, and ED Administration. Consulting activities include work for a variety of medical start-up ventures, a large and growing special events practice, a number of  innovative telehealth programs, medical consultation to the  US commercial fishing and commercial shipping industries, occupational medicine support for the Pan American Health Organization, and base operations support for the US military. As part of an academic multispecialty group practice, we actively collaborate in both the clinical and academic realms with our colleagues in other specialties as we make the transition from volume to value.

We look forward to the continuing growth and development of all the Department’s programs and hope that we can continue to make contributions to societal well-being through direct clinical care, teaching, research, and consulting.

Robert Shesser, M.D.
Professor & Chair