The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Letter from the Chairman

The history of emergency medicine at the New York University School of Medicine is long and storied. We derive our lineage from Bellevue Hospital Center, established in 1736, which created America’s first hospital based ambulance service in 1869 and the first emergency pavilion in a US hospital in 1876.

The mission of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine is to achieve excellence as a local, national and international leader in the field of emergency medicine. We have made a commitment to accomplish this mission by integrating research, teaching and patient care into public service, jointly with the NYU School of Medicine.

Since our early days and in my thirty-one years as the director of emergency services, we have continued to evolve. I am proud to say that our faculty and residents have always worked tirelessly to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to the exceptionally heterogeneous population served by Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center and the Manhattan VA Medical Center. I believe that our efforts in emergency medicine, public health, medical toxicology and global health are unsurpassed. I think you will understand our unique contribution to the field of emergency medicine after you have visited our site.

Welcome.

Lewis R. Goldfrank, MD
Herbert W. Adams Professor and Chair
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
New York University School of Medicine
Medical Director, New York City Poison Center