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Welcome to Emergency Medicine

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine provides clinical services at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) Emergency Department, in Aurora, CO, as well as at five other sites in our Network of Care, surrounding metro Denver. These include a 24/7 ED/Urgent Care at CHCO South campus in Highlands Ranch; a 24/7 Urgent Care at CHCO North campus in Broomfield; a 24/7 Emergency Department at CHCO at St. Joseph’s Hospital; a 24/7 Emergency Department at CHCO at Parker Adventist Hospital; and an urgent care facility at CHCO Wheat Ridge.

Each year we care for approximately 140,000 pediatric patients at these six facilities. We currently have over 160 pediatric faculty members, including pediatric emergency physicians, pediatricians, advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physicians assistants), three PhDs and six fellows.

Please explore our website for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

We serve as the region's only Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, delivering high-quality care 24/7 to an enormous geographic area.  »

We offer a variety of educational programs including a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado »

Our research reflects a wide variety of clinical interests among our faculty, with many projects in injury prevention.  »


  • The Section of Emergency Medicine was funded by PECARN (Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network) as an Emergency Medical Services Affiliate (EMSA) to execute multicenter trials in the prehospital arena. Dr. Kathleen Adelgais was designated the Scientific Advisor.
  • As seen in an article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a team of researchers from CU SOM (led by Arleta Rewers, MD, PhD) found an increase in the number of children, who at the time of diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, have diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication that involves dangerously high blood sugar and substances in the blood called ketones.
  • Dr. Bajaj was named Medical Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness.
  • Dr. Eric Tham has become one of the first pediatric physicians in the U.S. to be board-certified in clinical informatics when he passed the certification exam, offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (a sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics).
  • Our section has the highest rated medical student clerkship for several years running.
  • We are involved in global health education and humanitarian efforts in Haiti, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Vietnam, the Philippines, Ghana, and Indonesia.