Emergency Medicine


George (Tony) Woodward, MD, MBA
Division Chief


The Division of Emergency Medicine provides 24-hours per day, 365 days per year pediatric acute care for local and regional children from birth through age 21. Emergency Services provides specialized physician, nursing, social and environmental expertise in management of urgent, emergency and critical pediatric medical and surgical issues.

Emergency medicine is dedicated to providing premier quality, up-to-date, consistent, safe and efficient pediatric emergency care in a family-centered environment. Emergency medicine is actively refining its operation, standards and facilities to ensure highest quality and optimal practice. This focus on excellence and process improvement, both within the department and with our care delivery partners, has produced consistent, outstanding results relating to quality of care, patient satisfaction, length of stay and other metrics of emergency medical care quality and service. We currently operate 25 dedicated ED beds, with up to 15 additional beds available during evenings and weekends. Our ED based fast track is staffed from 11 am to 1 am, 7 days a week. Separate Urgent Care practices are directed and supervised by the Emergency Medicine Leadership to ensure consistent high quality care. Expanded physical and operational capacity, and the corresponding increase in physician, nursing and administrative services have greatly improved our ability to respond effectively to our patients and community and ensure optimal quality and efficiency. The Emergency Medicine team is actively finalizing plans for a new Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital, currently slated for opening in the Spring of 2013.

Emergency Medicine treats close to 40,000 patients per year, with half of all patients who are admitted to Children's Hospital initially cared for in the department.

It is a center for resident and other medical staff education in the acute management of ill and injured infants, children and adolescents. Over 200 residents and students from the University of Washington pediatric and emergency medicine training programs as well as multiple family medicine programs train in our division each year. We are very invested in the education of medical, nursing and paramedic students. These educational experiences all include a didactic curriculum and significant hands-on training. Faculty members participate actively in education from the local to the international level. The division sponsors an ACGME-approved three year pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program, currently providing training opportunities to 2 fellows per year. These fellows come from a background of pediatrics or emergency medicine.

Twenty-five faculty physicians and approximately 20 clinical pediatric physicians provide care in the Emergency Department and in Urgent Cares. The Clinical Director for the department is Dr. Russell Migita. Faculty physicians hold leadership positions in local, university, state and national organizations. The division is involved in primary and collaborative clinical research, focusing on education, sedation, respiratory illnesses, infectious diseases, injury management, injury prevention, informatics, quality, resuscitation, transport medicine and safety. A large staff of grant funded research associates supports the commitment to clinical research.

Clinical Programs

Our pediatric emergency department is located at Seattle Children's Hospital that is affiliated with the University of Washington. We provide 24-hour, seven days a week care for children in an acute or crisis situation. Separate Pediatric Urgent Care is available at our Bellevue Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital locations. Urgent Care services will also open in Mill Creek in early 2012. Urgent Care is available during high volume times.

Research Programs

The faculty of the Emergency Medicine Division conduct research on a variety of problems related to the health and emergency care of children and adolescents. Specific areas of study include drowning and prevention, pediatric resuscitation, simulation, analgesia and sedation, patient safety, and medical education and the evaluation of resident teaching.

Training Programs

The fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine is a 3-year program that combines clinical education in pediatric emergency medicine along with an emphasis on clinical research. Our fellowship offers the opportunity to obtain an MPH and all fellows take classes at the University of Washington School of Public Health. We accept two fellows each year. We use our resources to provide an excellent clinical and research education to our fellows.

More information can be found on the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship page.