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Robert Shesser Robert Shesser
Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Medicine (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-741-2911
Email: Email
Department: Emergency Medicine


  • BA, University of Rochester, 1971
  • MD, University of Miami, 1976
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1987


Dr. Shesser is currently Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medicine, and International Health. He received a BA degree from the University of Rochester in 1971, an MD degree from the University of Miami in 1976 and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University in 1987.  He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at George Washington University Hospital in 1979 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Emergency Medicine.

During his career at the George Washington University since joining the faculty in 1979, Dr. Shesser has held numerous leadership positions including Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Faculty Associates, the 350 physician multispecialty faculty group practice from 1996-1998, Associate Medical Director of the GW Health Plan from 1999-2000, Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine from 1985-1995, and Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 1985-1995.

He is currently responsible for managing the physician practice of three Emergency Departments: the George Washington University Hospital ED (75,000 patient visits per year), the Walter Reed National Medical Center, and the Washington VA Hospital.  He directly supervises approximately 40 physicians, 25 Physician Assistants, and an administrative staff of 45.

Academic achievements have included management of a number of government and private sector grants in injury epidemiology and control, international emergency medicine development, and general clinical care.  He has lectured or consulted internationally in Italy, Egypt, Hungary, Romania, Iceland, Estonia, Chile, and Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Shesser has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals about general clinical topics, emergency medicine education, and emergency medicine administration, and has spoken both domestically and internationally about a variety of administrative and clinical topics.

Residency Training:
Internal Medicine, George Washington University

Special Interests:
Emergency Medicine Administration
Injury Epidemiology
International Emergency Medicine

Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians


Dr. Shesser is interested in ED operations research and general clinic topics


Dr. Shesser is currently the PI on a Janssen Pharmaceutical multicenter study investigating the safety of discharging low risk patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary emboli from the Emergency Department


EHS 2110

Centers and Institutes

Ronald Regan Institute of Emergency Medicine

Community Service

Board member, National Capital Poison Center


  • Emergency Medical Services

Interest Section(s)

  • EM Administration/Operations Research


Shesser R, Smith M: "The Chest Pain Emergency Department and the Outpatient Chest Pain Evaluation Center: Revolution or Evolution?" Annals of Emergency Medicine, 23:334-341, 1994.

Shesser R, Kirsch T, Smith J, Hirsch R: "An Analysis of Emergency Department Utilization by Patients with Minor Illness," Annals of Emergency Medicine, 20;743-745, 1991

Shesser R: "Medical Aspects of Commercial Air Travel," American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 7:216-226, 1989

Smith M, Shesser R: "The Emergency Care of the VIP Patient," New England Journal on Medicine, 319:1421-1423, 1988.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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