Emergency Medicine

The Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department, is committed to providing the highest quality of patient care to meet the immediate and specialized need of acutely ill or injured children and their families.

The Pediatric Emergency Department is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center on the southeast side of Chicago. We treat more than 30,000 patients each year, including hundreds with complex trauma injuries. Our faculty and clinical providers lead an interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists, nurses, social workers, technicians, pharmacists, child life specialists, and chaplains to provide a full spectrum of care. This team works together to swiftly triage and provide compassionate care and information and resources to patients and patients’ families. 

Along with providing exemplary patient care, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty is dedicated to furthering the advancement of their specialty through research, academic pursuits, their own education and teaching the next generations of pediatric and emergency medicine physicians. The section’s faculty organize routine continuing education lectures that feature a content expert lecture on a specific aspect, new research or best practice in the specialty. Valuing the rich academic community of Chicago, the faculty frequently invite local content experts to share their scholarship and forte. In turn, the faculty frequently give lectures at neighboring institutions and other health care agencies. 

In addition to sharing scholarship among faculty, residents from four programs rotate in the Comer Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department: University of Chicago Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Medicine, John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County Emergency Medicine, Resurrection Health Care Emergency Medicine. Medical students from the Pritzker School of Medicine also spend time in the Pediatric Emergency Department. In addition to students and residents, the Section hosts a growing fellowship.