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Laura Pimentel M.D.

Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Emergency Medicine
Additional Title(s): CMO, Maryland Emergency Medicine Network and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Upper Chesapeake Health Services
Location: 110 S. Paca Street, 6th Floor, Suite 200
Phone: (410) 328-8025
Fax: (410) 328-8028

Personal History:


1979: B.S., Psychology Major, Biology Minor, Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC
1983: M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
1999: Business of Medicine Certificate Program, Johns Hopkins University
2003: Certificate of Medical Management, American College of Physician Executives and Carnegie Mellon University
2004: Master of Medical Management, Carnegie Mellon University
2005: Certified Physician Executive, American College of Physician Executives
2009: AMIA-ACEP 10x10 Bioinformatics Course


1983-1984: Transitional Internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
1984-1986: Emergency Medicine Residency, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
1986: Chief Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical center, Tacoma, Washington

Research Interests:

Emergency Department Administration, Public Policy

Clinical Speciality:

Emergency Medicine


Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Gatrell CB and Pimentel L: Abdominal aortic aneurysm with aortocaval fistula: an unusual cause of dyspnea and edema. Annals of Emergency Medicine 14(9):889-896, 1985.

Pimentel L: Nursemaid's elbow: Radiographic findings. Letter to the Editor, Pediatric Emergency Care 6(3):255, 1990

Pimentel L and Hughes B: Amantadine toxicity presenting with complex ventricular ectopy and hallucinations. Pediatric Emergency Care 7(2):89-92, 1991

Pfaff JA and Pimentel L: Chlamydia antigen testing on female patients presenting to the emergency department. Military Medicine 156 (7):362-362, 1991

Pimentel L: Mother and child: Trauma in pregnancy. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, 93(3)549-564, 1991

Pimentel L: Medical complications of oncologic disease. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Hematologic/Oncologic Emergencies, 11 (2):407-419, 1993

Sirois JG and Pimentel L: Prognostic value of the emergency department for in-hospital complication of acute myocardial infarction. Annals of Emergency Medicine 22(10):1568-1572, 1992.

Pimentel L and Trommer L: Cyclic antidepressant overdoes, a review. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 12(2):533-547, 1994

Pimentel L, Booth D, Greenwood J, Browne B: Secondary acute narrow angle glaucoma: a complication of AIDS. Journal of Emergency Medicine 15(6):811-814, November-December, 1997

Pimentel L and McPherson S: Community-acquired pneumonia in the emergency department: a practical approach to diagnosis and management. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, W.B. Saunders Company, August, 2003

Pimentel L: Scurvy: historical review and current diagnostic approach. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2(4):328-332, July, 2003

Pimentel L and K Hansen KN: Thyroid disease in the emergency department: a clinical and laboratory review. Journal of Emergency Medicine 28(2):201-209, February, 2005

Pimentel L. Antibiotic resistance to community-acquired infections: clinical impact on emergency department practice. Emergency Medicine Reports 26(22):269-280, October 17, 2005

Pimentel L: Orthopedic trauma: office management of extremity injuries. Medical Clinics of North America 90: 355-382, 2006

Pimentel L: Statistical Process Control: Managing Change and Understanding Variation. ACPE's Leading Edge Online Magazine 2(4): Fall 2005

Pimentel L: Tackling the MRSA epidemic: How should you change your practice? Practical Summaries in Acute Care 1(3):17-24: March, 2006

Pimentel L, Mayo D. Chronic methadone therapy complicated by torsades de pointes: a case report. Journal of Emergency Medicine 34:287-290, April 2008.

Journal Articles (Non-Peer Reviewed)

Pimentel L and Mayo D: Lightning and electrical injuries. Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine 17 (9):1-8, May 2003

Book Chapter

Pimentel L and McPherson S; "Oncologic Emergencies": In Howell, Altieri, Jagoda, et al (eds) Emergency Medicine, W.B. Saunders Company 1998, 00 693-712.

Thoureen T, Pimentel, L, and Meltzer A; "Maternal Evaluation": In Quirk, Garry, and Figueroa (eds) Trauma in Pregnancy, Cambridge University Press, In Press.

Pimentel L; "The Healthy Emergency Department": In Croskerry, Cosby, Schenkel, Wears (eds) Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2009, chapter 7, pp 41–44.

Presented Abstracts

Sirois JG and Pimentel L: "The prognostic value of emergency department ECGs for in-hospital complications of acute myocardial infarctions." International Conference of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Washington, DC, May 9, 1992. Abstract published Annals of Emergency Medicine 21(4): April 1992.

Kuo D, Hirshon J, Pimentel L. "Compliance with mandatory syndromic surveillance using emergency department information surveillance." American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly Research Forum, October 2002. Listed Annals of Emergency Medicine October 2002, part 2.

Pimentel L, Martin BK: "Emergency department utility of ultrasensitive thyroid stimulating hormone levels." Southeastern Regional Conference of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Poster presentation, March 2004.

Pimentel L, Martin BK: "Emergency department utility of ultrasensitive thyroid stimulating hormone levels." New York State Regional Conference of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Poster presentation, March 2004.