Chairman's Message

Gary Johnson, MD
Gary A. Johnson, MD FACEP
Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine at Upstate is about meeting the needs of people in our region at the time when they need it. Whether it's an immediate life threatening injury or illness, or a medical condition which cannot be solved any other way, our department seeks to help all people who present to us.

Clinically, we staff three emergency departments serving approximately 100,000 patients a year. At University Hospital we help provide specialty care for 18 counties of New York State. We provide subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine, pre-hospital medicine, wilderness medicine, hyperbaric medicine and wound care, and medical toxicology.

Upstate Emergency Medicine also serves our field by promoting research to advance medical knowledge in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Wound Care, Hyperbaric & Undersea Medicine and EMS medical education.

Our department has outreach into our local community as well as the international community. Our international programs include sponsorship of educational meetings in India and China as well as hosting visiting Chinese physicians and nurses through ZAST (Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology).

We seek to serve patients by consistently offering excellent educational opportunities to pre-hospital care workers, medical students, ancillary health care personnel, emergency medicine residents and practicing emergency physicians. We are the regional leaders in resuscitative education and simulation education with high fidelity simulation mannequins.

Finally, Upstate Emergency Medicine is characterized by its people. We are 41 attending physicians, 33 residents and fellows, and 20 support staff. Together we enjoy our common purpose of patient care, clinical research, human outreach and medical education. Our department is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion. We respect and value the diversity of all who work, learn and receive care here.

Emergency Department (ED)
at a Glance

ED physicians staff:

Upstate University Hospital

  • Adult Emergency Beds: 20
  • Peds Emergency Beds: 10

Annual ED Visits

  • Adult Patients: 33,800
  • Pediatric Patients: 22,900

Level 1 Trauma Center (2010)

  • Trauma Patients: 9,015
  • Trauma Admissions: 2,071
  • Helicopter Transports: 206

Full-time Faculty: 41

Fellowship Program Staffing:

  • Pediatric EM: 3
  • Hyperbaric Medicine: 1
  • EMS & Disaster Medicine: 1
  • Wilderness & Expedition Medicine: 1
  • Medicine/Toxicology: 1

Residency Program Positions:

  • 33 Residents, PGY 1- PGY 3