David Mathison, MD Emergency Medicine Specialist



David J Mathison, MD, MBA, FAAP, is an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services at Children's National Health System. His practice focuses on the use of technology to improve patient education, the quality of patient care, and clinical efficiency in the emergency department. Dr. Mathison also serves as the Medical Director of the pediatric transport team to help coordinate the 6000 annual ambulance and helicopter transports to Children's National. Dr. Mathison is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He lectures on various topics including: pediatric trauma, dermatology, and educational technology. He completed his residency and chief residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and his fellowship at Children's National. Dr. Mathison is a native of Rockville, MD and currently resides in Washington, DC, with his wife, daughter, and newborn twins.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2011
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2006
    Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 2004
    Children's Memorial Hospital
  • MD, 2003
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • BA, 1998
    Emory University


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Classification of Pediatric Fractures

(2009) UpToDate

Evaluating the Impact of the Electronic Health Record on Patient Flow in a Pediatric Emergency Department

(2011) Applied Clinical Informatics

Knee Effusions in the Pediatric Emergency Department

(2009) Pediatric Emergency Care

Spinal Cord Injury in Pediatrics

(2008) Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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