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Laura Pimentel, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Additional Title:

President and CEO, Maryland Emergency Medicine Network


8th Floor

Phone (Primary):



(410) 244-6080

Education and Training


B.S., Psychology Major, Biology Minor, Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC

M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Business of Medicine Certificate Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Master of Medical Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Research: Healthcare Patient Safety Emphasis, Intermountain Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, Utah




Transitional Internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Emergency Medicine Residency, Madigan Army Center, Tacoma, WA

Chief Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical center, Tacoma, Washington 


Dr. Pimentel is Clinical Associate Professor in the University of MD School of Medicine and President and Chief Executive Officer for the University of MD Emergency Medicine Network.  Her primary research interests are emergency medicine operations, administration, and health policy. She has served as the Emergency Department Chairman of 2 affiliated emergency departments and one health system.  Dr. Pimentel is the Past President of the MD chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  In 2009, she was named the Emergency Medicine physician of the year by the chapter for her work as the Public Policy committee chair.  Dr. Pimentel is a lifelong member of the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and is a Certified Physician Executive.  She received a teaching award by the Department of Emergency Medicine for the design and implementation of a Leadership Curriculum.  Dr. Pimentel frequently lectures on professional development and emergency department administration. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Madigan Army Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Pimentel holds a Masters Degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Certificate from the Johns Hopkins Business of Medicine program.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Emergency Department Operations, Emergency Medicine Administration, Impact of Health Policy on Clinical Operations

Highlighted Publications

Pimentel L, Anderson, DA, Golden B, Wasil E, Barrueto Jr. F, Hirshon J. Impact of Health Policy Changes on Emergency Medicine Practice by Socieconomic Status. Article in press 3/2017 Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Anderson D, Pimentel L, Golden B, Wasil E, Hirshon J. Drivers of ED Efficiency: A Statistical and Cluster Analysis of Volume, Staffing, and Operations. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 34(2):155-161, February 2016.
Pimentel L, Barrueto Jr. F. Statistical Process Control: Separating Signal from Noise in Emergency Department Operations. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 48(5):628-638, May 2015.
Pines JM, Farmer SA, Pimentel L. The Maryland Medicare Waiver and Emergency Care: Mixed Experiences on Safety and Access Deserve Close Scrutiny. American Journal of Medical Quality, 30(2):186-187, August 5, 2014. doi: 10.1177/1062860614546182
Pimentel L, Hirshon J, Barrueto F, Browne B. Development of a University-Based Emergency Department Network: Lessons Learned.  Journal of Emergency Medicine,43(4):728-735, October 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2011.05.055. 

Additional Publication Citations

Gatrell CB, Pimentel L. Abdominal aortic aneurysm with aortocaval fistula: an unusual cause of dyspnea and edema. Annals of Emergency Medicine 14(9):889-896, 1985.

Pimentel L, Hughes B. Amantadine toxicity presenting with complex ventricular ectopy and hallucinations. Pediatric Emergency Care 7(2):89-92, 1991.

Pfaff JA, Pimentel L. Chlamydia antigen testing on female patients presenting to the emergency department. Military Medicine 156(7):362-364, 1991.

Pimentel L. Mother and child: trauma in pregnancy. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 93(3):549-564, 1991.

Sirois JG, Pimentel L. Prognostic value of the emergency department for in-hospital complication of acute myocardial infarction. Annals of Emergency Medicine 22(10):1568-1572, 1992.

Pimentel L. Medical complications of oncologic disease. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 11(2):407-419, 1993.

Pimentel L, Trommer L. Cyclic antidepressant overdose: a review. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 12(2):533-547, 1994.

Pimentel L, Booth D, Greenwood J, Browne BJ. Secondary acute narrow angle glaucoma: a complication of AIDS. Journal of Emergency Medicine 15(6):811-814, November-December 1997.

Pimentel L, McPherson S. Community-acquired pneumonia in the emergency department: a practical approach to diagnosis and management. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 21(2):395-420, 2003.

Pimentel L. Scurvy: historical review and current diagnostic approach. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2(4):328-332, July 2003.

Pimentel L, Hansen KN. Thyroid disease in the emergency department: a clinical and laboratory review. Journal of Emergency Medicine 28(2):201-209, February 2005.

Pimentel L. Antibiotic resistance to community-acquired infections: clinical impact on emergency department practice. Emergency Medicine Reports 26(22):269-280, October 17, 2005.

Pimentel L. Statistical process control: managing change and understanding variation. American College of Physician Executives Leading Edge Online Magazine 2(4): Fall 2005.

Pimentel L. Orthopedic trauma: office management of major joint injury. Medical Clinics of North America 90(2):355-382, March 2006. 

Pimentel L. Tackling the MRSA epidemic: How should you change your practice? Practical Summaries in Acute Care 1(3):17-24, March 2006.

Pimentel L, Mayo D. Chronic methadone therapy complicated by torsades de pointes: a case report. Journal of Emergency Medicine 34:287-290, April 2008.

Pimentel L, Diegelmann L. Evaluation and management of acute cervical spine trauma. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 28(4):19-38, November 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2010.07.003.

Pimentel L. “Emergency Medicine Residency Training: The United States Perspective”Chin J Emerg Med, 21:104-105, 2012.

Barrueto F Jr., Pimentel L, Hornyak DH. Analyzing the Impact of Electronic Charting on Physician Productivity and Charge Capture Using Statistical Process Control: A Pilot Study (Abstract).  Annals of Emergency Medicine 60(4):Supplement, Page 14, 2012. DOI:

 Tupe CL, Hirshon JM, Lawner BJ, Kelly J, Nable JV, Pimentel L, Browne BJ. The Impact of a New Freestanding Emergency Department on a County Emergency Medical Services System (Abstract).  Annals of Emergency Medicine 62(4):S, Page S145, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.07.229

Risko N, Anderson D, Golden B, Wasil E, Barrueto F, Pimentel L, Hirshon J.  The Impact of Electronic Health Record Implementation on Emergency Physician Efficiency and Patient Throughput. Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation Healthcare 2(3):201-204, January 1, 2014. doi: 

Ablaihed L, Barrueto Jr. F, Pimentel L, Comer A, Browne BJ, Hirshon JM. High Risk Care Plans Effectively Decrease Emergency Department Resource Utilization (Abstract).Annals of Emergency Medicine 64(4):S4,2014.

Pimentel L, Ostir G, Schenkel S, Abraham, DS, Berges IM, Kostelec T. Cognition and Risk of Revisits to an Emergency Department in Ambulatory Geriatric Patients (Abstract). Annals of Emergency Medicine 66(4)Supplement: S122-S123, October, 2015.

 Lawner BJ, Hirshon JM, Comer AC, Nable JV, Kelly J, Alcorta RL, Pimentel L, Tupe CL, Vanhoy MA, Browne BJ. The Impact of a Freestanding Emergency Department Upon a Regional Emergency Medical Services System. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 34(8):1342-1346, August, 2016.

Ostir GV, Schenkel SM, Abraham DS, Berges IM, Kostelec T, Pimentel L. Cognitive Health and Risk of Emergency Department Revisit in Underserved Older Adults. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 34(10):1973-1976, October 2016.