Division Highlights - Emergency Medicine

The American Family Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) program provides compassionate, high-quality emergency care to children in our city, state, and beyond.

We train future leaders in pediatric emergency medicine, serve as an educational resource for healthcare providers and the community, and promote children’s health and safety through advocacy and public awareness.

Through innovative research on injury prevention, EMS education, acute pain management, and patient simulation, we advance the discipline of pediatric emergency care.

2012 Highlights

  • PEM physician coverage was increased to 10 hours per day.
  • Jamie Hess, MD, a board-certified emergency medicine physician with significant pediatric emergency experience, joined the PEM team.
  • The new pediatric emergency department opened adjacent to the UW Hospital and Clinics emergency department. This dedicated space has a separate waiting area, six treatment rooms, and is staffed by pediatric emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and child life specialists.
  • Three dedicated PEM nurses were recruited to provide care during the busiest hours. In addition, specially trained pediatric champion nurses and staff provide care for all pediatric patients.
  • Joshua Ross, MD, traveled to Ethiopia to help develop an emergency medicine residency training program and advanced fellowship for pediatric emergency medicine at Addis Ababa University. This work is part of an ongoing partnership between Addis Ababa University and UW School of Medicine and Public Health (PI: Girma Tefera, MD).


Michael K. Kim, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
and Division Chief

Jamie M. Hess, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Gregory S. Rebella, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Joshua C. Ross, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

James E. Svenson, MD, MS

Associate Professor (CHS)


Recent Publications

Serrano KD, Rebella GS, Sansone JM, Kim MK. A rare case of posterior intraosseous nerve palsy associated with radial head fracture. J Emerg Med. 2012 Aug;43(2):e115-7. PMID: 20079998.

Walsh KE, Sanders LK, Ross JC, Hamedani AG. A 9-year-old boy with exertional syncope. J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov;43(5):e319-24. PMID: 22445680.

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