Emergency Medicine Residency



Welcome to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Emergency Medicine web page.  We are a recently accredited Emergency Medicine residency, with our first class having started in July 2008. Our program achieved academic departmental status in January 2011.


The Erlanger Health System Emergency Department is one of the busiest and most advanced in the region. Our physician faculty are residency-trained and board-certified in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As a tertiary care referral center with access to virtually all medical specialties and subspecialties, Erlanger and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga have partnered to provide a world-class academic experience for post-graduate medical training. 





Residents who train in Emergency Medicine will be able to take advantage of the remarkable facilities and resources of Erlanger Hospital and University of Tennessee College of Medicine in the comfort and convenience of a mid-sized city like Chattanooga. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about what our program has to offer.





Program Highlights

LIFE FORCE Aeromedical

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)

Skills & Simulation Center

Tactical Medicine



Regional Stroke Center

Chest Pain Center


Wilderness Medicine



Fast Facts

Program training format: PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3

Program start date: July 2008

Department Chair: David Seaberg, MD, FACEP (also Dean of the College of Medicine Chattanooga
           Campus; Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors; and
            Immediate Past President of ACEP)

Residency Program Director: Sudave Mendiratta, MD

Associate Program Director: Ben Smith, MD

Research Directors:  TBA
EMS Fellowship Director:  James Creel, MD, FACEP (also Erlanger Chief Medical Officer)

EMS Fellowship Associate Program Director:  Ron Buchheit, MD 


Number of residents per entering class: 6

Total number of residents: 19

Number of Core Faculty: 7

Number of Clinical Faculty: 18 (including pediatric EM)

Emergency Department Volume: over 50,000 (adult) and 37,000 (pediatric)

Single Site Training: Erlanger Baroness Medical Center in downtown Chattanooga

- 760-bed tertiary hospital serving patients from 4 states (50 counties) within a 150-mile radius 

- region's only teaching hospital in a 120-mile radius (between Nashville and Atlanta)

- region’s first and only Level 1 accredited hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment

- Southeast Tennessee's only accredited primary stroke center

- region's only pediatric hospital, T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital (physicially located with the 
   Erlanger Complex) 

- region's only Level I Trauma Center 

- host to region's busiest air ambulance program, LIFE FORCE

- region’s only kidney transplant program


 Intern Class of 2011



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