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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:

Dr. Pimentel is Clinical Associate Professor in the University of MD School of Medicine and Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the University of MD Emergency Medicine Network. She has served as the Emergency Department Chairman of 2 affiliated emergency departments and one health system. She holds a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University and is a Certified Physician Executive. Dr. Pimentel is the Past President of the MD chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In 2009, she was named the Emergency Medicine physician of the year by the chapter for her work as the Public Policy committee chair. Dr. Pimentel is a lifelong member of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). She received a teaching award by the Department of Emergency Medicine for the design and implementation of a Leadership Curriculum. Dr. Pimentel frequently lectures on professional development and emergency department administration.

Research Interests:

Dr. Pimentel has published works on multiple aspects of clinical emergency medicine. Among these are reviews of trauma in pregnancy, cyclic antidepressant overdose, oncologic emergencies, office management of orthopedic trauma, emergency management of pneumonia, and thyroid emergencies. She published one of the earliest case reports in the emergency medicine literature describing the relationship between chronic methadone ingestion and torsades de pointes secondary to prolonged QTc. More recent academic and research interests include the use of statistical process control in evaluation and management of emergency department operations and drivers of emergency department operational efficiency.

Clinical Specialty:

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.

Pimentel L, Diegelmann L. Evaluation and management of acute cervical spine trauma. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 28(4):19-38, November 2010.

Pimentel L, Hirshon J, Barrueto F, Browne B. Development of a University-Based Emergency Department Network: Lessons Learned. Journal of Emergency Medicine,43(4):728-735, October 2012.

Pimentel L. Emergency Medicine Residency Training: The United States Perspective Chin J Emerg Med, 21:104-105, 2012.

Barrueto F Jr., Pimentel L, Hornyak DH. Analyzing the Impact of Electronic Charting on Physician Productivity and Charge Capture Using Statistical Process Control: A Pilot Study (Abstract).  Annals of Emergency Medicine 60(4) :Supplement, Page 14, 2012.

Tupe CL, Hirshon JM, Lawner BJ, Kelly J, Nable JV, Pimentel L, Browne BJ. The Impact of a New Freestanding Emergency Department on a County Emergency Medical Services System (Abstract).  Annals of Emergency Medicine 62(4):S, Page S145, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.07.229

Risko N, Anderson D, Golden B, Wasil E, Barrueto F, Pimentel L, Hirshon J.  The Impact of Electronic Health Record Implementation on Emergency Physician Efficiency and Patient Throughput. Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation Healthcare 2(3):201-204, January 1, 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2014.06.003

Pines JM, Farmer SA, Pimentel L. The Maryland Medicare Waiver and Emergency Care: Mixed Experiences on Safety and Access Deserve Close Scrutiny. American Journal of Medical Quality, 30(2):186-187, August 5, 2014. doi: 10.1177/1062860614546182

Ablaihed L, Barrueto Jr. F, Pimentel L, Comer A, Browne BJ, Hirshon JM. High Risk Care Plans Effectively Decrease Emergency Department Resource Utilization (Abstract). Annals of Emergency Medicine 64(4):S4,2014.

Pimentel L, Barrueto Jr. F. Statistical Process Control: Separating Signal from Noise in Emergency Department Operations. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 48(5):628-638, May 2015.

Anderson D, Pimentel L, Golden B, Wasil E, Hirshon J. Drivers of ED Efficiency: A Statistical and Cluster Analysis of Volume, Staffing, and Operations. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Published on-line October 3, 2015.

Pimentel L, Ostir G, Schenkel S, Abraham, DS, Berges IM, Kostelec T. Cognition and Risk of Revisits to an Emergency Department in Ambulatory Geriatric Patients (Abstract). Annals of Emergency Medicine 66(4)Supplement: S122-S123, October, 2015.

Lawner BJ, Hirshon JM, Comer AC, Nable JV, Kelly J, Alcorta RL, Pimentel L, Tupe CL, Vanhoy MA, Browne BJ. The Impact of a Freestanding Emergency Department Upon a Regional Emergency Medical Services System. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Published on-line November 18, 2015.

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.