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Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH

Center of Excellence
Senior Vice President , Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI)

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

Children’s Research Institute (CRI)
Center for Translational Science
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Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine
National Provider Identifier1295813574

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Dr. Wright provides leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives. He is a Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Pediatrics, as well a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has been attending faculty in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National since 1993, and is founding director of the division’s Institute for Prehospital Pediatrics and Emergency Research. He provides national leadership as an appointee to the inaugural National EMS Advisory Council and as senior investigator and medical director of the federally-funded Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center based at Children’s National. Dr. Wright’s major areas of interest include emergency medical services for children, injury prevention and the needs of underserved communities, areas in which he has contributed over 70 articles to the scientific literature. He has received the Shining Star award from the Starlight Foundation, and was inducted into Delta Omega, the nation’s public health honor society. Dr. Wright presently serves as a federal appointee on the Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Advisory Committee and is also active in leadership in the American Academy of Pediatrics where he is immediate past chair of the Violence Prevention subcommittee. Dr. Wright has delivered expert testimony before Congress on many occasions, has made numerous national media appearances and lectures widely to both professional and lay audiences.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education Wesleyan University Middletown, CTBachelor of Arts Psychology 1979
Medical School Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJDoctor of Medicine Medicine 1983
Graduate Education George Washington University Washington, DCMasters of Public Health Administrative Medicine 1993
National & International Recognitions
Super DoctorsWashington Post Magazine2011
PEM Pix Competition Award (senior author) American Academy of Pediatrics2008
Regional Research Award (senior investigator) Academic Pediatrics Association2006
Distinguished Alumni Lectureship in PediatricsUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 2000
Alpha Omega inductionNational Public Health Honor Society1996
Shining Star AwardStarlight Foundation1994

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2009 - 2015
MemberFood and Drug Administration (FDA)Pediatric Advisory Committee 2008 - 2012
MemberNational EMS Advisory CouncilNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration2008 - 2010
ChairAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)Subcommittee on Youth Violence2005 - 2009
MemberInstitute of Medicine Future of Emergency Care in US Health Systems2004 - 2007
ProfessorGeorge Washington University Schools of Medicine & Public Health Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Health Policy2006
Medical DirectorState of MarylandMaryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)1996
TitleStudy NameInstitutionYears
Principal InvestigatorNational Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement2008 - 2013
Principal Investigator Operational Capacity, Training Maintenance and EMSC Permanence in the District of Columbia2006 - 2010
Read more about the research interests of Joseph L. Wright
Journal Article, Tuuri RE, Ryan LM, He J, McCarter RJ, Wright JL (2009), . Does EMS Transport For Pediatric Ingestion Decrease Time to Activated Charcoal? , Prehospital Emergency Care , 13, 295-303.

Journal Article, Smith G, Wright J (lead author) and the AAP Committee on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention (2009), The Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention – Policy Statement, Pediatrics, 124, 394-403.

Journal Article, Cheng T, Wright J, Markakis D, Copeland-Linder N, Menvielle E (2008), Randomized Trial of a Case Management Program for Assault-Injured Youth, Pediatric Emergency Care , 24, 130-136.

Journal Article, Wright JL, Morris A (2007), Child Health Advocacy in the Academic Medical Center, Pediatric Annals , 36, 637-642.

Journal Article, Wright J, Holder M (2006), Non-Fatal Sniper Attack of a Pediatric Patient: Prehospital Response in a Regionalized Trauma System, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine , 7, 71-75.

Journal Article, Wright, J. (2006), Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Institute of Medicine Revisited, J. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 7, 69-70.

Journal Article, Cheng T, Wright J, Pearson-Fields A, Brenner R (2006), The Spectrum of Intoxications and Poisonings Amongst Adolescents, Injury Prevention , 12, 129-132.

Journal Article, Wright JL (2005), Training healthcare professionals in youth violence prevention: Closing the gap, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29, 296-298.

Journal Article, Wright J, Edgerton E (2003), Public Health, Emergency Medicine and the Community Interface, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine , 4, 127-134.

For a more comprehensive list of publications for Joseph Wright, MD, MPH view the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database

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