Esther Chen, MD

Emergency care physician

Dr. Esther H. Chen is an emergency room doctor at UCSF Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital. She is also the associate program director of the UCSF Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Her interests lie in the selective use of diagnostic imaging and medical education.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, Chen earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Chen is currently a professor of emergency medicine at UCSF.


Emergency Department
505 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1037
Physician Referrals: (415) 353-1238

Board Certification

Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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Stony Brook University School of Medicine 1998


University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Clinics, Emergency Medicine 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kanzaria HK, Booker-Vaughns J, Itakura K, Yadav K, Kane BG, Gayer C, Lin G, LeBlanc A, Gibson R, Chen EH, Williams P, Carpenter CR. Dissemination and Implementation of Shared Decision Making Into Clinical Practice: A Research Agenda. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 12; 23(12):1368-1379.
  2. Chen EH, Kanzaria HK, Itakura K, Booker-Vaughns J, Yadav K, Kane BG. The Role of Education in the Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Emergency Medicine: A Research Agenda. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 12; 23(12):1362-1367.
  3. Lewiss RE, Chan W, Sheng AY, Soto J, Castro A, Meltzer AC, Cherney A, Kumaravel M, Cody D, Chen EH. Research Priorities in the Utilization and Interpretation of Diagnostic Imaging: Education, Assessment, and Competency. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1447-54.
  4. Green GM, Chen EH. Top 10 ideas to improve your bedside teaching in a busy emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2015 Jan; 32(1):76-7.
  5. Meltzer AC, Baumann BM, Chen EH, Shofer FS, Mills AM. Poor sensitivity of a modified Alvarado score in adults with suspected appendicitis. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Aug; 62(2):126-31.
  6. Chen EH, O'Sullivan PS, Pfennig CL, Leone K, Kessler CS. Assessing systems-based practice. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Dec; 19(12):1366-71.
  7. Chen EH, Mills AM. Abdominal pain in special populations. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2011 May; 29(2):449-58, x.
  8. Baumann BM, Chen EH, Mills AM, Glaspey L, Thompson NM, Jones MK, Farner MC. Patient perceptions of computed tomographic imaging and their understanding of radiation risk and exposure. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Jul; 58(1):1-7.e2.
  9. Mills AM, Dean AJ, Hollander JE, Chen EH. Abdominal pain: a survey of clinically important outcomes for future research. CJEM. 2010 Nov; 12(6):485-90.
  10. Chen EH, Nemeth A. Complications of percutaneous procedures. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Sep; 29(7):802-10.
  11. Mills AM, Baumann BM, Chen EH, Zhang KY, Glaspey LJ, Hollander JE, Pines JM. The impact of crowding on time until abdominal CT interpretation in emergency department patients with acute abdominal pain. Postgrad Med. 2010 Jan; 122(1):75-81.
  12. Mills AM, Shofer FS, Chen EH, Hollander JE, Pines JM. The association between emergency department crowding and analgesia administration in acute abdominal pain patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Jul; 16(7):603-8.
  13. Pines JM, Hollander JE, Isserman JA, Chen EH, Dean AJ, Shofer FS, Mills AM. The association between physician risk tolerance and imaging use in abdominal pain. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Jun; 27(5):552-7.
  14. Jenq KY, Panebianco NL, Lee PA, Chen EH, Dean AJ. Diagnosis of a facial artery pseudoaneurysm using emergency bedside ultrasound. J Emerg Med. 2010 Jun; 38(5):642-4.
  15. Mills AM, Dean AJ, Shofer FS, Hollander JE, McCusker CM, Keutmann MK, Chen EH. Inter-rater reliability of historical data collected by non-medical research assistants and physicians in patients with acute abdominal pain. West J Emerg Med. 2009 Feb; 10(1):30-6.
  16. Mazer M, Chen E. Is subcutaneous administration of rapid-acting insulin as effective as intravenous insulin for treating diabetic ketoacidosis? Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Feb; 53(2):259-63.
  17. Chen EH, Shofer FS, Dean AJ, Hollander JE, Robey JL, Sease KL, Mills AM. Derivation of a clinical prediction rule for evaluating patients with abdominal pain and diarrhea. Am J Emerg Med. 2008 May; 26(4):450-3.
  18. Chen EH, Shofer FS, Dean AJ, Hollander JE, Baxt WG, Robey JL, Sease KL, Mills AM. Gender disparity in analgesic treatment of emergency department patients with acute abdominal pain. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 May; 15(5):414-8.
  19. Chen EH, Cho CS, Shofer FS, Mills AM, Baren JM. Resident exposure to critical patients in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 Nov; 23(11):774-8.
  20. Chen EH, Shofer FS, Hollander JE, Robey JL, Sease KL, Mills AM. Emergency physicians do not use more resources to evaluate obese patients with acute abdominal pain. Am J Emerg Med. 2007 Oct; 25(8):925-30.

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