Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Mass General

Division of 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.

About this Division

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. "You Are Here: Wendy’s Welcome to the ED,” explains what pediatric patients can expect during an emergency room visit and gives children insight into their healthcare experience. 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.


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  MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Massachusetts General Hyperbaric Service.

Patient Information

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.


  • Sand, Swim and Sunburns? Keeping Your Kids Safe This Summer - 6/6/2017, Mass General

    As soon as New England’s long, frigid winters begin to wane, many families will spring into action hoping to enjoy every possible moment of summer’s fleeting sunshine. Trips to the beach and dips in the pool can quickly become a bust, though, because of sun and heat overexposure. Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains how parents can be prepared with a few simple steps.

  • Lucas's story: Miracle baby's heart grows stronger after life-saving care - 2/28/2017, Mass General

    At just seven weeks old, Lucas Calderon was rushed to the Emergency Department at MGHfC. His tiny body had gone into cardiogenic shock, caused by SVT, a condition that causes a fast heart rate because of extra electrical conduction tissue in the heart. Now at age 1, Lucas is the happiest of miracle babies.

  • The Pediatric Emergency Department offers child-focused care - 7/1/2015, Mass General

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children features a Pediatric Emergency Department, designed especially for young patients and their families.

  • Tips before you dip - 7/22/2014, Mass General

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


Contact Us

Pediatric Emergency Administration Offices

Zero Emerson, Suite 3B Boston, MA 02114


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

For further information on the services and specialists available, view theMassGeneral Hospital for Childrenwebsite.

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