Emergency Medicine

Richard Everard Wolfe, MD
Chief, Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Emergency Medicine within the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its affiliate hospitals and urgent care centers is a vital component to the overall delivery of safe, transparent, quality patient care to the residents of eastern Massachusetts. It is this coordination and collaboration that makes Emergency Medicine within the Beth Israel Deaconess network one of the most respected and desireable services in the county.

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About the Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Our Emergency Department is staffed by over 150 board-certified, attending physicians who are on faculty at Harvard Medical School and are academically focused on both scientific and administrative/leadership and research.
  • Our Emergency Department is also home to the Harvard-affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) program, a highly-rated and competitive three-year residency program with a total of 39 residents (13 per year), who have been selected from over 1,000 annual applicants.
  • The Department also manages 6 affiliated hospital emergency departments and 2 urgent care centers and oversees over 180,000 ED patient visits per year.
  • The Emergency Department at BIDMC has also developed uniform clinical practices, quality systems, and transfer protocols to ensure excellent patient care throughout the network.
  • Our faculty are recognized experts in emergency medicine research, toxicology, public policy, disaster planning, residency training, pre-hospital care, and international emergency medicine.
  • Our faculty publish extensively in the field of emergency medicine leading to evidence-based medical practice.
  • The Department also manages multiple international fellowships in Disaster Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound, ED Leadership and Administration.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

The BIDMC Emergency Department, the hub of our operations, is a level 1 trauma center serving the Boston metropolitan area. BIDMC is a 595-bed acute care hospital and the emergency department treats over 55,000 patients a year. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a high-volume, acutely injured or ill patient population.

The ED is staffed by over 50 specialty trained, board-certified physicians with expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of acutely injured or ill patients. An on-site, integrated radiology suite and round-the-clock laboratory services are available to assist with every emergency need. Staff members are also involved in research, toxicology, public policy, disaster planning, residency training, prehospital care and international emergency medicine. Medical coverage in the ED is provided by 'layered attending physician staffing' with as many as 4 attending physicians on at one time.

A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BIDMC's Emergency Department is home to the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR), a highly-rated and competitive three-year residency program with a total of 39 residents, 13 per year, selected from over 1,000 annual applications. In addition, the emergency department is engaged in basic science research. Our "bench-to-bedside" research philosophy has improved the care and treatments we offer to our patients; and, through our emergency medicine residency program, we support training initiatives to enhance patient care and educate future healthcare providers.

Global Focus
With the goal of advancing the field of emergency medicine abroad, our department has helped international healthcare organizations in creating high quality, efficient emergency care systems and emergency medicine educational programs.

In recent years, the department has led emergency medicine education projects in countries such as Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Qatar, Belgium, Armenia, Russia, Turkey and more.

Our HMFP Emergency Medicine department assembles specific project teams to work with our international partners, drawing on senior faculty and academic leadership from Harvard Medical School and, clinical experts, and leaders from within our expansive clinical network. With years of experience advising and guiding our partners, our faculty understands the complexities of adapting evidence-based best practices to local circumstances in order to optimize health and educational outcomes.

Beth Israel Deaconess - Affiliate sites for Emergency Medicine

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Milton, Milton, MA

    199 Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA 02186

    This community hospital, south of Boston, has 81 beds and sees more than 30,000 ED patients annually. The ED has single physician coverage and mid-level provider coverage during peak periods. The Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Hospital ED is staffed and managed by our team of Harvard faculty, attending physicians from BIDMC Boston.

    ED physicians are experts in treating critically ill patients and managing trauma. They are supported by emergency nurses dedicated to delivering high quality care. All Emergency Department nurses have earned and maintain specialized credentials that enable them to care for all types of emergency patients. These include advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), trauma nurse core course, and advanced training in the care of pediatric patients and their emergencies.

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Needham, MA

    148 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA 02492

    This community hospital, 20 miles southwest of Boston with 53 beds, sees approximately 15,000 patients annually in its recently renovated ED. The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham is staffed and managed by our team of HMFP, all attending physicians from BIDMC Boston. The BID Needham Hospital is recognized by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations for lifesaving stroke car.

    The ED has 19 private treatment rooms, a separate pediatric waiting room and a double ambulance bay with direct access to a fully equipped trauma room.

    The Department also offers:

    • Short wait times and rapid throughput
    • Telemedicine for acute stroke consultations
    • Radiology services
    • Rapid transport to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for patients requiring cardiac catheterization or other advanced care.

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth, Plymouth MA

    275 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, MA 02360


    The Sykes Emergency Department (ED) at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth treats more than 47,000 patients each year. Specialty-trained, board-certified physicians and emergency nursing staff have the expertise to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of injured or ill patients.

    The BID-Plymouth ED is staffed with physicians who have been trained at some of the best emergency medicine residency programs in the country. They have expertise in ultrasound, trauma, airway management, EMS, prehospital care, disaster medicine and more.

    BID-Plymouth ED nurses are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) providers and many have advanced training in pediatrics and trauma.

    The BID-Plymouth ED offers groundbreaking therapy for treating acute heart attack (primary angioplasty program) and stroke. These leading-edge therapies offer patients new hope for promising outcomes, and improved long-term prognoses. The ED also has access to a TeleNet Stroke service and an integrated radiology suite and laboratory services.

  • St. Vincent Hospital

    123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA 01608

    Saint Vincent Hospital treats more than 68,000 patients a year in the emergency department, which offers 38 beds and specialized treatment rooms for resuscitation, eye, ear, nose and throat problems, orthopedic injuries and obstetrical and cardiac emergencies.

    The ED is staffed by physicians from Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The board-certified physicians are nationally renowned experts in emergency medicine, toxicology, cardiac care and trauma, and our nursing staff has expertise in all areas of emergency care and triage.

    Patient care is provided by 'layered attending physician coverage' with layered mid-level provider coverage.

    For four years in a row, Saint Vincent Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analystics, formerly Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

  • St. Luke's Hospital

    101 Page Street, New Bedford, MA

    St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford is a leading healthcare provider in Southeastern Massachusetts, continually growing in scope and technologies to meet the diverse needs of the families of greater New Bedford.

    The Emergency Department at St. Luke's is one of the busiest in Massachusetts with an annual volume of over 80,000 ED visits. The emergency department has over 50 beds and recently underwent a major expansion that doubled its size and added an ExpressCare service.

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Urgent Care at Chestnut Hill

    200 Boylston Street ,Newton, MA 02467

    Our state of the art urgent care treats conditions that require immediate, non-life threatening care, for anyone over the age of 2 years.

    Unlike most other urgent care facilities, all patients will be seen by a board certified emergency medicine physician. These physicians all have appointments at Harvard Medical School and are part of our BIDMC care network.