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Jesse Pines

Jesse Pines

Director, Office for Clinical Practice Innovation
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Health Policy and Management (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-4128
Department: Emergency Medicine


  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2001
  • MBA, Georgetown University, 2001
  • MS, University of Pennsylvania, 2007


Dr. Pines is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation & Policy Research (formerly known as Office for Clinical Practice Innovation)  and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at George Washington University. He is also the Principal Investigator for Urgent Matters (www.urgentmatters.org), a program that disseminates information on best practices in emergency care. Dr. Pines is a board-certified emergency physician practicing in Washington, D.C. with extensive experience in quality improvement, patient safety, operations research, and clinical epidemiology. Dr. Pines has served as a senior advisor at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, and a consultant to the National Quality Forum on patient sfety and emergency care. He is co-authoring an Institute of Medicine Report on sustainable models for emergency preparedness funding. He has contributed to TIME magazine, Slate.com, Emergency Physicians’ Monthly, Foreign Policy Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Pines has been awarded grant funding from multiple organizations including the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Emergency Medicine Foundation, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, the Institute on Aging, the Thomas McCabe fund, the University Research Foundation at Penn, the National Priorities Partnership on Aging, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Abbott Point-of-Care.

He is author on more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored two books: Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (2006, 2011) and Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules (2008, 2013). His latest book, Emergency Care and the Public’s Health will be released in 2014.

For recent published papers visit PubMed.


Urgent Matters, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2010-4), American College of Emergency Physicians (2013-4), Role: PI; To disseminate knowledge about best practices in emergency care through newsletters, webinars, and maintain the Urgent Matters Toolkit, and conduct novel research to advance the science of ED crowding.

Abbott Point-of-Care. Adapting Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Triage for Point-of-Care Testing; Role: PI (2013-5). Developing and testing an updated version of the ESI triage tool to include POC testing.

Abbott Point-of-Care. The Impact of Point-of-Care testing on Quality and Flow in the Emergency Department; Role: PI, 5% effort (2013-4). Conducting a mixed-methods study on the impact of point-of-care testing on emergency department quality metrics and flow.


  • Graduated with Honors, University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences, 1995
  • Eliot Stellar Research Prize for Best Undergraduate Poster, Society for Neuroscience of Philadelphia, 1995
  • Medical Student Research Award, American Cancer Society, 1998
  • Beta Sigma Gamma Honor Society (top 10% of class), McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, 2001
  • Gregory M. Chirikjian Award for Outstanding Biomedical Research, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2001
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)/Journal of Emergency Medicine Resident Research Competition, 2004
  • AAEM Resident of the Year, 2004
  • Honorable Mention, University of Pennsylvania Healthsystem Quality & Patient Safety Award (Team Leader), 2006
  • Best Presentation By A Young Investigator, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). “The Impact Of ED Crowding On Antibiotic Timing In Patients With Pneumonia”, 2007
  • Clinical Research Award, Institute On Aging, University of Pennsylvania “The Effect of ED and Hospital Crowding On Survival, Length of Stay, and Financial Outcomes”, 2008
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Best Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • Trailblazer of Emergency Medicine Foundation (for the 40th anniversary), 2012


Healthcare Quality and Health Policy (PUBH 6399), George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 2011-pres.


Emergency care; Quality measurement; Healthcare innovationt; Diagnostic-testing

Centers and Institutes

  • Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation & Policy Research (formerly known as Office for Clinical Practice Innovation) (2013 - pres.)
  • Director, Center for Health Care Quality, Department of Health Policy, SPHHS (2010-3)


  • Translational Health Sciences

Interest Section(s)

  • EM Administration/Operations Research
  • Health Policy


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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