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Jesse Pines Jesse Pines
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-741-2911
Email: Email
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 Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research (CHIPR) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy & Management 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 at GW Hospital with extensive experience in quality improvement, patient safety, operations research, and clinical epidemiology. Dr. Pines has served as a Visiting Scholar to the Brookings Institution, a Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, and a consultant to the National Quality Forum on patient safety and emergency care. He co-authored a National Academy of Medicine Report on sustainable models for emergency preparedness funding in 2013. 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 240 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored four books: Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (2006, 2011), Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules (2008, 2013), and Emergency Care and the Public’s Health (2014), and Value and Quality Innovations in Acute and Emergency Care (2016).

For recent published papers visit PubMed.


He is Co-I on a National Institutes of Health – CTSA award where he co-leads the Quality and Efficiency group for the CTSA, which is held by GW / Children’s National Medical Center. (10% effort)

He is PI on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project that focuses on examining the impact of Maryland’s total patient revenue model (an alternative payment model) on demand for hospital-based care. (8% effort)

He is PI on a project funded by Adeptus, a freestanding ED company to examine quality in free-standing EDs in Texas and Colorado. (8% effort)

He is PI on a project funded by United Medical Center in Washington, DC to examine the geography of frequent ED use in an inner-city population. (10% effort)

He is PI on a project funded by GW hospital to choose three hospital-led projects related to quality improvement, for he provides technical assistance on research design and publication. This is the third year of the program (it started in 2014), and we are accepting applications for the 2016-7 cycle. The winners present at GW Hospital Innovation Day which is run by my office. (5% effort)

He is the PI of Urgent Matters (www.urgentmatters.org), a program that disseminates best practices in emergency care through a variety of methods, including webinars, podcasts, newsletters, issue briefs, a national innovation award, and a yearly meeting that precedes the American College of Emergency Physicians meeting.  Urgent Matters was funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002-13, and I became role of PI in 2010. Since 2013, Urgent Matters has been funded through several sources including specialty societies, and from private stakeholders in the emergency care community. (In kind)


  • 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 and Policy Research, SMHS (2016-pres.)
  • Director, Office for Clinical Practice Innovation, SMHS (2013 -6)
  • Director, Center for Health Care Quality, Department of Health Policy, MISPH (2010-3)

Interest Section(s)

  • EM Administration/Operations Research
  • Health Policy


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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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