Daniel Harrigan, MD
Emergency medicine physicians work in the hospital emergency department and care for patients who are unexpectedly ill or injured. They are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of conditions from minor cuts to life-threatening traumas. Emergency medicine physicians treat and discharge patients if they do not need hospitalization or stabilize them if additional care is needed by a medical specialist. Hospital emergency departments are also often staffed with physician assistants. These medical professionals care for patients in the emergency department who may not have emergent or life-threatening conditions, such as colds, earaches, sprains, and minor cuts. Because patients are seen in the emergency department in order of the severity of their illness or injury, the physician assistant helps reduce the wait time for patients with non-life threatening conditions.