Peter Rosen

Peter Rosen (MD ’60), a 1960 graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, serves as senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and visiting professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Rosen received an honorary doctor of science degree in 2013.


Rosen also is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

He has written hundreds of articles, editorials and book chapters to advance the literature of emergency medicine. He was founding editor of Rosen’s Emergency Management: Concepts and Clinical Practice, the field’s highly regarded flagship textbook, soon in its seventh edition.

He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Emergency Medicine and remains on its editorial board.

Rosen has been a prolific speaker over the years, presenting on all matters involving emergency medicine, including difficult cases, medical ethics, communication issues, the history of emergency medicine and even legends in the field, of which he arguably is one.

Honoring an outstanding physician and educator

He has held offices in several academic societies and won numerous prestigious awards, many related to his work teaching and counseling a generation of emergency medicine physicians.

Peter Rosen, MD (2013)His honors include the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award in 1977 and in 1984, as well as its Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education in 1994.

In 1990, he received the Leadership Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He also was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993.