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Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency Department is among the most active in the mid-Atlantic region and is unique for having one of 3 combined 5 year residencies in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and for being the only center in the Northeast with certification by the Joint Commission for pediatric asthma. All pediatric subspecialties are represented. There is a 10-bed multidisciplinary PICU responsible for over 1000 children annually, with complex medical and surgical conditions. There is a dedicated pediatric transport team (Maryland Express care for Kids) that arranges transport for other area hospitals with more complicated medical and surgical pediatric problems. The ED patient population of around 20,000 patients per year represents children from 1 day to the 19 years of age and is predominantly minority & Medicaid. Patients cared for by subspecialists include suburban, rural and urban patients referred predominantly from the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Division of Emergency Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics, has 8 faculty, providing clinical care. The Division of Emergency Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in research and scholarly activity and includes experts in asthma, education, injury prevention, patient safety and telemedicine. Within the Department of Pediatrics, there is expertise in study design, statistical analysis, and database design. The Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty have a long record of academic productivity and continued work in ground-breaking emergency medicine topics such as patient safety, injury prevention, asthma, seizures and telemedicine.  

Research Activities

  • Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network ( (till August 2011)
  • Use of Lorazepam for the treatment of pediatric status epilepticus; a randomized double blind trial of lorazepam and diazepam
  • Application of transcriptional signatures for diagnosis of febile infants within the PECARN network
  • Pediatric patient safety within Emergency Departments
  • Monaghan Medical Corporation: Randomized Control Trial of Valved Holding Chamber for Chronic Management of Pediatric Asthma
  • Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. A phase 3 multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Peramivir administered intravenously in addition to standard of care alone in subjects who are hospitalized due to influenza
  • Computer kiosks for Pediatric emergency education
  • Telemedicine in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric sedation

Other Activities/Programs

  • Pediatric Sexual Abuse/Rape Assessment Program
  • Multidisclipinary Pediatric Asthma Program
  • Pediatric Sedation program

Faculty and Staff

Getachew Teshome, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Division Head

Richard Lichenstein, MD
Associate Professor; Director of Pediatric Emergency Research; Associate Residency Director - Combined Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residency

Rajender Gattu, MBBS, MPH
Assistant Professor

Forrest Closson, MD
Assistant Professor; Director, Pediatric Emergency Undergraduate Educational Program; Director, Pediatric Sexual Abuse/Rape Assessment program

Melissa Hawkins-Holt, MD
Assistant Professor

John Kim, MD

Christian Wright, MD

Jon Snyder

Jill Hartsock
Divisional Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Office
Weinberg Building Ground Floor - WGL-254
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-328-2079
Fax: 410-328-0558

Pediatric Emergency Department
Telephone: 410-328-6335
Fax: 410-328-0987 

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