Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) at Mass General Hospital for Children is a distinct child and family-friendly unit within the general ED at Mass General.

The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) is a dedicated, child-friendly facility that is primarily staffed by board certified specialists in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. It is also staffed by board certified Emergency Physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of the specialty services for the PED are part of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Acute psychiatric services are also available.

Emergencies can be a very stressful time for families. Our department is committed to family-centered patient care, and trained staff (patient support, patient advocate, child life, etc.) are available to help you during your child's visit. We welcome the full participation of parents and family members at the bedside and consider them the most important team members of all.

It can be helpful to consult your primary care provider before a visit to the PED if/when possible. Our PED physician staff is available to consult with your primary care provider by phone before and during your visit. Primary providers are an important part of your child's care and the PED is committed to partnering with your provider to optimize care and follow-up. Most primary care providers will receive a faxed or emailed communication on your child's visit to the PED.

Massachusetts General Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. With the availability of a rooftop helipad, the PED commonly serves as the gateway for acutely ill children on transport to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Shriner's Hospital for Children, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Massachusetts General Hyperbaric Service.

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Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, offers parents advice on pool safety.

Pediatric Emergency Administration Offices

Zero Emerson, Suite 3B
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-3290

Ari R. Cohen, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

For further information on the services and specialists available, view the MassGeneral Hospital for Children website.