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Larry A. Nathanson, M.D.


Boston University, Boston, MABA05/1991Computer Medical Science
SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NYMD06/1996Medicine
Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA06/1999Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA06/2001Clinical Informatics
MetPath: "Computers in the Curriculum Project"
Resident Award in Toxicology
"Investing in Information" Award

Larry A Nathanson, MD, is a board certified emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts) and is the director of Emergency Medical Informatics for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Besides his clinical responsibilities treating patients, he develops computer applications to support emergency care. He received a bachelor's degree in "Computer Medical Science" from Boston University, his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn and trained in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has also completed an NIH sponsored Medical Informatics fellowship at the Center for Clinical Computing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He currently holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nathanson is the architect and programmer of the "ED Dashboard", the ED information system that is used at BIDMC. This software integrates data from the ED and many different areas of the hospital to give clinicians the ability to better communicate, monitor the department, improve patient safety and streamline the delivery of emergency care. This technology and the positive effects it has had patient care has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek and other national publications. He is also one of the principal authors of ECG Wave-maven (http://ecg.bidmc.harvard.edu) which includes a collection of 500+ challenging ECG tracings with explanations and teaching. It is one of the top 10 Google hits for "ECG Cases" (out of 30+ million).

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  1. Horng S, Greenbaum NR, Nathanson LA, McClay JC, Goss FR, Nielson JA. Consensus Development of a Modern Ontology of Emergency Department Presenting Problems-The Hierarchical Presenting Problem Ontology (HaPPy). Appl Clin Inform. 2019 May; 10(3):409-420. PMID: 31189204.
  2. Mechanic OJ, Kurtzman ND, Chiu DT, Nathanson LA, Berkowitz SJ. Point of Care Image Capture with a Custom Smartphone Application: Experience with an Encounter-Based Workflow. J Digit Imaging. 2019 May 29. PMID: 31144150.
  3. Leventhal EL, Nathanson LA, Landry AM. Variations in Opioid Prescribing Behavior by Physician Training. West J Emerg Med. 2019 May; 20(3):428-432. PMID: 31123541.
  4. Kim E, Torous J, Horng S, Grossestreuer AV, Rodriguez J, Lee T, Nathanson LA. Mobile device ownership among emergency department patients. Int J Med Inform. 2019 06; 126:114-117. PMID: 31029252.
  5. Gavin M, Landon B, Lu J, Ganjehei L, Ho K, Nathanson L, Ullman E, Grossman S, Zimetbaum P. A combined care model using early access to specialists off-hours to reduce cardiac admissions. Intern Emerg Med. 2019 Mar 27. PMID: 30919209.
  6. Joseph JW, Stenson BA, Dubosh NM, Wong ML, Chiu DT, Fisher J, Nathanson LA, Sanchez LD. The Effect of Signed-Out Emergency Department Patients on Resident Productivity. J Emerg Med. 2018 08; 55(2):244-251. PMID: 29954634.
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  7. Joseph JW, Davis S, Wilker EH, Wong ML, Litvak O, Traub SJ, Nathanson LA, Sanchez LD. Modelling attending physician productivity in the emergency department: a multicentre study. Emerg Med J. 2018 May; 35(5):317-322. PMID: 29545355.
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  8. Joseph JW, Chiu DT, Wong ML, Rosen CL, Nathanson LA, Sanchez LD. Experience Within the Emergency Department and Improved Productivity for First-Year Residents in Emergency Medicine and Other Specialties. West J Emerg Med. 2018 Jan; 19(1):128-133. PMID: 29383067.
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  9. Sanchez LD, Chiu DT, Nathanson L, Horng S, Wolfe RE, Zeidel ML, Boyd K, Tibbles C, Calder S, Dufresne J, Yang JJ. A Model for Electronic Handoff Between the Emergency Department and Inpatient Units. J Emerg Med. 2017 Jul; 53(1):142-150. PMID: 28506546.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Joseph JW, Novack V, Wong ML, Nathanson LA, Sanchez LD. Do Slow and Steady Residents Win the Race? Modeling the Effects of Peak and Overall Resident Productivity in the Emergency Department. J Emerg Med. 2017 Aug; 53(2):252-259. PMID: 28412072.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Horng S, Sontag DA, Halpern Y, Jernite Y, Shapiro NI, Nathanson LA. Creating an automated trigger for sepsis clinical decision support at emergency department triage using machine learning. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0174708. PMID: 28384212.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Joseph JW, Henning DJ, Strouse CS, Chiu DT, Nathanson LA, Sanchez LD. Modeling Hourly Resident Productivity in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Aug; 70(2):185-190.e6. PMID: 28110994.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Nelson P, Bell AJ, Nathanson L, Sanchez LD, Fisher J, Anderson PD. Ethnographic analysis on the use of the electronic medical record for clinical handoff. Intern Emerg Med. 2017 Dec; 12(8):1265-1272. PMID: 27832465.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Joseph JW, Chiu DT, Nathanson LA, Horng S. A rules based algorithm to generate problem lists using emergency department medication reconciliation. Int J Med Inform. 2016 10; 94:117-22. PMID: 27573319.
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  15. Chiu DT, Solano JJ, Ullman E, Pope J, Tibbles C, Horng S, Nathanson LA, Fisher J, Rosen CL. The Integration of Electronic Medical Student Evaluations Into an Emergency Department Tracking System is Associated With Increased Quality and Quantity of Evaluations. J Emerg Med. 2016 Oct; 51(4):432-439. PMID: 27372377.
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  16. Horng S, Pezzella L, Tibbles CD, Wolfe RE, Hurst JM, Nathanson LA. Prospective evaluation of daily performance metrics to reduce emergency department length of stay for surgical consults. J Emerg Med. 2013 Feb; 44(2):519-25. PMID: 22633760.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Callaway DW, Peabody CR, Hoffman A, Cote E, Moulton S, Baez AA, Nathanson L. Disaster mobile health technology: lessons from Haiti. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012 Apr; 27(2):148-52. PMID: 22588429.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Horng S, Goss FR, Chen RS, Nathanson LA. Prospective pilot study of a tablet computer in an Emergency Department. Int J Med Inform. 2012 May; 81(5):314-9. PMID: 22226927.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Handel DA, Wears RL, Nathanson LA, Pines JM. Using information technology to improve the quality and safety of emergency care. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Jun; 18(6):e45-51. PMID: 21676049.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Kaji AH, Lewis RJ, Beavers-May T, Berg R, Bulger E, Cairns C, Callaway C, Camargo CA, Carcillo J, DeBiasi R, Diaz T, Ducharme F, Glickman S, Heilpern K, Hickey R, Hoek TV, Hollander J, Janson S, Jurkovich G, Kellermann A, Kingsmore S, Kline J, Kuppermann N, Lowe R, McLario D, Nathanson L, Nichol G, Peitzman A, Richardson L, Sanders A, Shah M, Shapiro N, Silverman R, Than M, Wilber S, Yealy DM. Summary of NIH Medical-Surgical Emergency Research Roundtable held on April 30 to May 1, 2009. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 Nov; 56(5):522-37. PMID: 21036293.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  21. Leffler DA, Kheraj R, Garud S, Neeman N, Nathanson LA, Kelly CP, Sawhney M, Landon B, Doyle R, Rosenberg S, Aronson M. The incidence and cost of unexpected hospital use after scheduled outpatient endoscopy. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Oct 25; 170(19):1752-7. PMID: 20975024.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Ganz A, Yu X, Schafer J, D'Hauwe S, Nathanson LA, Burstein J, Ciottone GR, Lord G. DIORAMA: dynamic information collection and resource tracking architecture. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010; 2010:386-9. PMID: 21097191.
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  23. Gangavati AS, Kiely DK, Kulchycki LK, Wolfe RE, Mottley JL, Kelly SP, Nathanson LA, Abrams AP, Lipsitz LA. Prevalence and characteristics of traumatic intracranial hemorrhage in elderly fallers presenting to the emergency department without focal findings. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Aug; 57(8):1470-4. PMID: 19558474.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Yli-Hietanen J, Niiranen S, Aswell M, Nathanson L. Domain-specific analytical language modeling--the chief complaint as a case study. Int J Med Inform. 2009 Dec; 78(12):e27-30. PMID: 19307149.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Niiranen ST, Yli-Hietanen JM, Nathanson LA. Toward reflective management of emergency department chief complaint information. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2008 Nov; 12(6):763-7. PMID: 19000956.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Berkman M, Ufberg J, Nathanson LA, Shapiro NI. Anion gap as a screening tool for elevated lactate in patients with an increased risk of developing sepsis in the Emergency Department. J Emerg Med. 2009 May; 36(4):391-4. PMID: 18815002.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  27. Aswell MS, Niiranen ST, Nathanson LA. Enhanced normalization of emergency department chief complaints. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 864. PMID: 18693966.
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  28. McGillicuddy DC, Shah KH, Friedberg RP, Nathanson LA, Edlow JA. How sensitive is the synovial fluid white blood cell count in diagnosing septic arthritis? Am J Emerg Med. 2007 Sep; 25(7):749-52. PMID: 17870475.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Shah K, Spear J, Nathanson LA, McCauley J, Edlow JA. Does the presence of crystal arthritis rule out septic arthritis? J Emerg Med. 2007 Jan; 32(1):23-6. PMID: 17239729.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  30. Shapiro NI, Howell MD, Talmor D, Nathanson LA, Lisbon A, Wolfe RE, Weiss JW. Serum lactate as a predictor of mortality in emergency department patients with infection. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 May; 45(5):524-8. PMID: 15855951.
    Citations: 123     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Davidson SJ, Zwemer FL, Nathanson LA, Sable KN, Khan AN. Where's the beef? The promise and the reality of clinical documentation. Acad Emerg Med. 2004 Nov; 11(11):1127-34. PMID: 15528575.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. McClennen S, Nathanson LA, Safran C, Goldberger AL. ECG Wave-Maven: An Internet-based Electrocardiography Self-Assessment Program for Students and Clinicians. Med Educ Online. 2003 Dec; 8(1):4339. PMID: 28253171.
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  33. Shah K, Nathanson LA. Liver and Biliary Tree. Emergency Medicine Secrets Ed. Markovchick, Pons. 2003.
  34. Li J, Nathanson LA, Mills TJ, Netland KE, Paula R, Ragland D. Alteplase for stroke. Patients and doctors are being misled by promotional pressures. BMJ. 2002 Jun 29; 324(7353):1581; author reply 1581. PMID: 12092605.
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  35. Nathanson LA, Safran C, McClennen S, Goldberger AL. ECG Wave-Maven: a self-assessment program for students and clinicians. Proc AMIA Symp. 2001; 488-92. PMID: 11825236.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Schoenberg R, Nathanson L, Safran C, Sands DZ. Weaving the Web into legacy information systems. Proc AMIA Symp. 2000; 769-73. PMID: 11079988.
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  37. Nathanson LA, Sands DZ, Rind DM. Sharing ECG Data in Realtime via the Internet. Proc AMIA Symp. 2000; 1100.
  38. Nathanson L. Minister's Masterpiece Missing Mathematical Message?. MD Comput. 1991; 8:348.
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