Peter Rosen, MD during a panel discussion at ACOEP’s 2016 Spring Seminar

The ACOEP community is saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering visionary, Peter Rosen, MD. Considered by many to be the “Father of Emergency Medicine,” Dr. Rosen’s influence was unmatched in his work as physician, educator, and author. Rosen’s Emergency Management: Concepts and Clinical Practice is not only the first textbook published on emergency medicine, but subsequent editions are considered a necessity for any physician working in EM.

“Dr. Rosen was a giant in our field and his contribution to medicine cannot be overstated,” said ACOEP Board President Robert Suter, DO, MHA FACOEP-D who also had the opportunity to work as a medical student under Dr. Rosen during his tenure at Denver General. “Working for such a dynamic physician was an honor and incredibly influential, especially at such an early stage of my career. We all owe an incredible debt to his work and legacy.”

Dr. Rosen’s career was marked by an unflagging dedication to education and the promotion of emergency medicine as a recognized specialty. He was a prolific writer, and established EM residency programs, including at the University of Chicago. He lectured at preeminent institutions including Harvard University, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Rosen was a keynote speaker at ACOEP’s 2016 Spring Seminar. “It was an honor to host Dr. Rosen at Spring Seminar,” said Dr. Suter. “He was a great friend of ACOEP and supported our mission and values. Over the past 20 years he went from being a mentor to being a friend to my wife Michele and I.  Our deepest sympathies are with his loved ones during this time.”