Elizabeth Edwardsen

Dr. Elizabeth A. Edwardsen (formerly deLahunta, maiden name Dickerson) graduated from Colgate University Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in mathematics in 1982. She completed her medical degree in 1986 at the University of Rochester and a residency in Internal Medicine in 1989 at Strong Memorial Hospital. After five years of an emergency medicine practice at an affiliated hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Edwardsen returned to the university hospital in 1994 to pursue an academic career. At the time of her retirement in 2017 she was an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Edwardsen spearheaded clinical initiatives to improve efficiency and quality care for all emergency patients. She was selected as the Medical Director for the adult Emergency Department at the university hospital in 2009 due to her dedication to the departmental mission to provide safe, efficient, quality care to every patient. She was part of the founding physician staff for an observation unit at an affiliated hospital which she served clinically for six years. She has published several chapters and numerous articles on partner violence, patient and physician communication, empathy and sexual assault. Journals with author publications include The Journal of the American Medical Association, Preventive Medicine, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence and The Archives of Internal Medicine. She initiated the medical school curriculum on Domestic Violence at the University of Rochester in 1994. She formerly directed the medical student emergency medicine clerkship, at which time she successfully lobbied for emergency medicine to be a mandatory clerkship for all medical students. This encouraged a broader understanding of the specialty and the interrelatedness with all specialties. She received honors including selection as a faculty graduation marshal by graduating classes in 1995 and 1997. She was elected into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, by the class of 2004.


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