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Emergency Medicine

Victims of accidents, violence and acute illness make Nassau University Medical Center one of the busiest hospitals on Long Island — and ensure that NuHealth’s specialists in Emergency Medicine are among the most experienced trauma specialists in the region. Their swift, decisive actions in the face of medical and surgical crises routinely save thousands of lives each year. Simply put, when a medical emergency arises, there is no better place to be than Nassau University Medical Center.

  • NUMC’s designated Level I Trauma Center sees more than 75,000 patients every year.
  • Home of the nationally-recognized Nassau County Firefighters Burn Center — Nassau County’s only burn unit and hyperbaric center which gets ambulances from NYC for treatment.
  • The tri-state area’s first Level I Trauma Center with a multi-disciplinary wound care team and a multi-station hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
  • Specialized and separate Emergency Departments for Pediatrics and Psychiatry.
  • New, state of the art Emergency Department opened 2011

Contact Information


Chairman's Office (516) 572-6175
Administrator (516) 572-5658
EMS Training (516) 572-0190
Department of Emergency Medicine (516) 296-2100
Psychiatric Emergency Department (516) 572-4775

Staff »

Anthony Boutin, MD - Chair
David Ng, MD - Associate Medical Director
Grace Ting, MD - Associate Medical Director
Dean Olsen, DO - Program Director
Krishan Kumar, MD - Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Leonardo Altamirano, DO
Jessica Berrios, MD
Mikhail Elfond, DO
Mark Fonrose, MD
Eddy Jean-Baptiste, MD
Timothy Julien, MD
Olga Lisnyak, DO
Renzo Mieles, DO
Nadeem Shabbir, MD
Jatinder Singh, MD
Luis Carlos Zapata, MD


Emergency Department

NuHealth’s Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center is one of the busiest in the region, and has long been Nassau County’s top destination for victims of accidents and other traumas. As a Level I Trauma Center, we receive more than 50 percent of the area’s most critically injured patients, as well as those with serious, acute medical problems, via ambulance and helicopter. In fact, if the President of the United States was visiting Long Island and experienced a medical emergency, he would be taken to NUMC’s ED.

On June 1st, 2011, NuHealth's new, $55 million-dollar state-of-the-art Emergency Department successfully opened. The new Emergency Department features 32 patient rooms, 2 resuscitation rooms and a large 2-bay trauma room, and the latest in advanced equipment. The new Emergency Department is designed to maximize our ability to provide swift diagnosis and treatment, as well as a better overall patient experience. The new Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center is the pride of emergency medicine in the entire region.

In addition to acute medical services, NuHealth’s Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center offers:

  • Pediatric and Family Support Services
  • The Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Rape Advocacy Program
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Center of Excellence
  • Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Unit

Above all, our dedicated staff of physicians, nurses and other medical specialists understand that the day you arrive at our Emergency Department is likely to be one of the worst days of your life. Even though, as in any ED, things can be hectic and it may take longer to be treated than you would like, rest assured that our first priority is the safety and comfort of our patients.

To reach the Emergency Department, please call (516) 296-2100

Clinical Staff
Chair – Anthony Boutin, MD

Emergency Medical Services Training

In addition to caring for emergency patients at Nassau University Medical Center, NuHealth’s Emergency Department also provides training to Nassau County Emergency Medical Services and Police. NUMC’s Ambulance Division provides Advanced Life Support transportation services to patients requiring transfer to and from our East Meadow campus and outlying facilities such as A. Holly Patterson Extended Care. Our nearly 50 field and supervisory professionals hold certifications ranging from EMT-Basic through EMT-Paramedic. In addition to the required New York State curriculum, our members are trained to utilize advanced medical equipment not routinely found on all ambulances, including medication infusion pumps, artificial ventilators, and pulse oximetry.

For information about EMS training, please call (516) 572-0190

Fast Track Urgent Care

In our lives, there can be many health and medical matters that require urgent attention, but are not true emergencies. If you are in need of medical care and unable to be treated by your own physician, NuHealth’s Fast Track Urgent Care Center at Nassau University Medical Center is ready. It’s the best way to get the non-emergency medical care you need now — without a long wait in the emergency department.

Hours of Operation
Mondays to Fridays 9am to 11pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9am to 9pm

Some of the typical cases treated in NuHealth’s Fast Track Urgent Care Center at Nassau University Medical Center include:

  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Athlete’s foot/fungus infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns from heat or chemical exposure
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infection
  • Earache
  • Eye infection
  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Insect bites
  • Itchy skin
  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus infection
  • Skin allergy
  • Skin infections
  • Sore throat
  • Stomachaches and stomach pains
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Wound infection

Best of all, if your minor medical emergency turns out to be more serious, you can easily be transferred to the Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center.

To contact NuHealth’s Fast Track Urgent Care Center at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 296-2100

OB/GYN Emergency

For women in need, NuHealth’s Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center provides a separate gynecology suite with its own ultrasound unit. Here, pregnant women in distress receive special attention in a safe, quiet space specifically designed to handle obstetric and gynecological emergencies, including:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Eclampsia
  • Placental abruption
  • Fetal distress
  • Uterine rupture
  • Prolapsed cord
  • Obstetrical hemorrhage
  • Placenta previa

In addition to these acute medical services, NuHealth’s ED at Nassau University Medical Center also offers Family Support Services and a Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Emergency Care Program. In fact, NUMC has been designated as a 24-hour Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Center by the New York State Department of Health, with professionals who have been specially trained to provide compassionate medical and psychological care and proper collection of forensic evidence.

For more information about NuHealth’s Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Emergency Care Program, please call (516) 296-2320 or (516) 296-2346

To contact NUMC’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Center, please call (516) 296-2320 or email BeSafe@numc.edu.

To contact Nassau County Coalition for Domestic Abuse and Rape, call (516) 542-0404

Pediatric Emergency Department

Children are a special priority at NuHealth — that’s why Nassau University Medical Center has its own Pediatric Emergency Department. Staffed by physicians board certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Our extraordinary staff of pediatric nurses and other professionals routinely handle the worst of traumas with both compassion and cool efficiency, never forgetting that their patients — and parents — are frightened and need comfort as well as medical attention.

Nassau University Medical Center also has a Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Unit, and all staff members are trained to identify signs of physical or sexual abuse in the children they treat. In fact, our SCAN Unit is a model for similar programs developed in hospitals throughout New York State.

To contact the Pediatric Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 296-2100.

To contact NuHealth’s SCAN Unit at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-4894.

To contact Nassau County Coalition for Domestic Abuse and Rape, call (516) 542-0404

Clinical Staff
Chair – Anthony Boutin, MD

Psychiatric Emergency Department

When severe emotional trauma or acute psychotic episodes overwhelm a patient or loved one, NuHealth’s Psychiatric Emergency Department (PED) at Nassau University Medical Center is the only separate and self-contained emergency room in Nassau County ready to care for those in crisis. The Psychiatric ED is fully-staffed and open for referrals 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our multidisciplinary professional staff is always ready to provide expert emergency psychiatric care for victims of acute emotional or psychological trauma, just as the staff of NUMC's Level I Trauma Center stands ready to treat those with severe physical injury.

In the PED, patients meet with psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, psychiatric nurse and clinical social workers. Despite their psychological state, we do all we can to make our patients feel they are in a safe place where their confidences will be kept and every effort will be made to listen to their concerns and respect their wishes regarding treatment. The PED staff also invites input from family and outside professionals, such as the patient’s personal physician, therapist or case manager.

Despite the high pressure, emotionally-charged environment, we always strive to maintain the highest possible display of respect and professionalism to the patient as a form of treatment in and of itself. In addition, we view empathy and positive interactions with both patients and their loved ones as an important part of a successful approach to emergency psychiatric therapy. Among the tools we use to diagnose and stabilize patients in acute psychiatric distress are:

  • Detailed interviewing and multi-modal data gathering
  • Thorough medical evaluations to rule out neurovascular problems, adverse reactions to medications, and other diseases and disorders whose symptoms might appear to be psychiatric in origin.
  • New psychotropic medications to alleviate psychological pain.
  • Crisis counseling skills to provide immediate coping strategies to help the patient deal with psychosocial stressors contributing to admission to the PED.
  • Discharge planning and referrals to appropriate inpatient or outpatient services.

Throughout their stay, we make every effort to inform our patients of their rights, calm their fears, consider their preferences and respect their dignity.

To obtain a referral to the Psychiatric Emergency Department, call (516) 572-4775

Clinical Staff
Administrator, Psychiatric Emergency Department - Lisa Jacobson, LCSW

Trauma Center

As Nassau County’s Level I Trauma Center, Nassau University Medical Center holds a special importance in the region’s overall emergency medical response capabilities. NuHealth’s extraordinarily talented trauma surgeons are routinely faced with the most challenging cases, and have a long history of spectacular “saves.” Working closely with the emergency medicine specialists in NUMC’s Emergency Department, our trauma surgeons treat nearly 1,500 victims of accidental or intentional injury each year in a specially-equipped trauma suite with its own ultrasound and other diagnostic and treatment tools.

In addition to evaluating and treating the patient in the trauma area, NuHealth’s trauma surgeons coordinate other surgical services as needed, such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery and Critical Care. They also integrate the support services of Rehabilitative Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Social Services and other departments to ensure the best possible long term results for victims of trauma.

To contact the Division of Trauma Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6703.