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A welcome message from the interim chair

Dr. Erik D. Barton
UC Irvine Health Marketing & Communications
Dr. J. Christian Fox, interim chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to providing patient-centered, efficient care; applying leading-edge skills to combat serious illness and injury; training the next generation of emergency medicine experts, and conducting innovative research to prevent injury and disease.

We are the detectives of medicine, with laboratory, bedside ultrasound and advanced imaging at our fingertips. Coupled with a patient's history and physical exam, we deduce what is wrong and gain the satisfaction of seeing the benefits of our treatment in real time.

In the course of a year, UC Irvine Health Emergency Medicine Services receives over 49,000 patient visits yearly. The department has the first Orange County Emergency Department observation unit.

We are the entry point for Orange County’s only Level I trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center, as well as the Regional Burn Center. We care for more than 5,000 trauma patients a year, and more than 300 burn patients.

We also receive patients en route to the UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center, as well as Orange County’s designated cardiac receiving center. We have specialists standing by at all times to intervene to dissolve and remove blood clots that cause heart attack and stroke.

We are one of only eight designated comprehensive emergency departments in California. In addition, we have access to immediate consultations with experts in 25 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, making the UC Irvine Health Emergency Department by far the most accomplished source of emergency care in the region.

Our faculty members are top-notch clinicians, teachers and researchers who focus on ways to prevent injury and disease. Our areas of special expertise include medical education, toxicology, emergency ultrasound, pediatric emergency medicine, infectious disease, public health/injury prevention, international emergency medicine, medical informatics, geriatric medicine and pre-hospital/disaster medicine.

We train tomorrow's outstanding clinicians and leaders by providing research opportunities and mentorship, germane didactics, focused simulation sessions and intensive bedside teaching.

Each year, at least one in every three Americans visits an emergency department, with 128 million visits nationwide. The emergency department has become the epicenter of U.S. medicine. We know that our emergency department at UC Irvine Medical Center is the place where diagnoses are made and treatments given that make a difference, and where patients from all walks of life receive care and caring. 


J. Christian Fox, MD
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine School of Medicine