Christopher Colwell, MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine at ZSFG
Vice Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Education:
BS: University of Michigan
MD: Dartmouth Medical School
Training: Denver Health

Board Certifications: 
Emergency Medicine

Christopher Colwell, MD, FACEP, was appointed chief of Emergency Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Colwell received his bachelor of science degree from University of Michigan and his medical doctorate from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Denver Health where he served as chief resident. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Colwell was formerly chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a leader in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), serving for over a decade as medical director for the Denver Paramedic Division, medical director for the Denver Fire Department, and EMS fellowship director. He was the senior associate EM residency director at Denver Health and is an ABEM oral examiner. He served on the Board of Directors for Colorado ACEP, and serves on a number of state and national EMS and trauma committees. He has been honored with multiple awards for his contributions to EMS and trauma care, and has published more than 100 manuscripts or book chapters in the areas of prehospital, emergency and trauma care.

University and National Positions:
American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Oral Board Examiner

Honors/Awards:
The Corey M. Slovis Award for Excellence in Education. U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors Consortium, February, 2015
Positively Collaborative Award for outstanding collaboration towards the improvement of Colorado’s trauma system. Trauma Program, Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment, January, 2012
The Vincent J. Markovchick Program Director’s Award 2011
Distinctive Service Award – Denver Paramedic Division 2010
Chief Executive Officer Special Commendation Award for expert medical leadership of Denver’s 911 system, 2009
Mayor’s Award of Appreciation for assistance and aid to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. 2005
Ernest E. Moore Award for Outstanding Contributions in Trauma Care, 2000
Outstanding Senior Resident, 1996

Publications: 

Validation of the Denver Emergency Department Trauma Organ Failure Score to Predict Post-Injury Multiple Organ Failure.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Vogel JA, Newgard CD, Holmes JF, Diercks DB, Arens AM, Boatright DH, Bueso A, Gaona SD, Gee KZ, Nelson A, Voros JJ, Moore EE, Colwell CB, Haukoos JS

Denver ED Trauma Organ Failure Score outperforms traditional methods of risk stratification in trauma.

The American journal of emergency medicine

Vogel JA, Seleno N, Hopkins E, Colwell CB, Gravitz C, Haukoos JS

Comparison of droperidol and haloperidol for use by paramedics: assessment of safety and effectiveness.

Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors

Macht M, Mull AC, McVaney KE, Caruso EH, Johnston JB, Gaither JB, Shupp AM, Marquez KD, Haukoos JS, Colwell CB

ED management of patients with eating disorders.

The American journal of emergency medicine

Trent SA, Moreira ME, Colwell CB, Mehler PS

Medical preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado.

The journal of trauma and acute care surgery

Colwell CB, Bookman S, Johnston J, Roodberg K, Eberhardt AM, McVaney KE, Kashuk J, Moore EE

Safety of prehospital intravenous fentanyl for adult trauma patients.

The journal of trauma and acute care surgery

Soriya GC, McVaney KE, Liao MM, Haukoos JS, Byyny RL, Gravitz C, Colwell CB

Validation and refinement of a rule to predict emergency intervention in adult trauma patients.

Annals of emergency medicine

Haukoos JS, Byyny RL, Erickson C, Paulson S, Hopkins E, Sasson C, Bender B, Gravitz CS, Vogel JA, Colwell CB, Moore EE

Paramedic knowledge, attitudes, and training in end-of-life care.

Prehospital and disaster medicine

Stone SC, Abbott J, McClung CD, Colwell CB, Eckstein M, Lowenstein SR

Tongue engorgement associated with prolonged use of the King-LT laryngeal tube device.

Annals of emergency medicine

Gaither JB, Matheson J, Eberhardt A, Colwell CB

Task force St. Bernard: operational issues and medical management of a National Guard disaster response operation.

Prehospital and disaster medicine

Bonnett CJ, Schock TR, McVaney KE, Colwell CB, Depass C

Surge capacity: a proposed conceptual framework.

The American journal of emergency medicine

Bonnett CJ, Peery BN, Cantrill SV, Pons PT, Haukoos JS, McVaney KE, Colwell CB

How well do paramedics predict admission to the hospital? A prospective study.

The Journal of emergency medicine

Levine SD, Colwell CB, Pons PT, Gravitz C, Haukoos JS, McVaney KE

Efficacy of intranasal naloxone as a needleless alternative for treatment of opioid overdose in the prehospital setting.

The Journal of emergency medicine

Barton ED, Colwell CB, Wolfe T, Fosnocht D, Gravitz C, Bryan T, Dunn W, Benson J, Bailey J

Treatment of suspected cardiac ischemia with aspirin by paramedics in an urban emergency medical services system.

Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors

McVaney KE, Macht M, Colwell CB, Pons PT

An evaluation of out-of-hospital advanced airway management in an urban setting.

Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Colwell CB, McVaney KE, Haukoos JS, Wiebe DP, Gravitz CS, Dunn WW, Bryan T

Complaints against an EMS system.

The Journal of emergency medicine

Colwell CB, Pons PT, Pi R

Scuba diving-induced pulmonary edema in a swimming pool.

The Journal of emergency medicine

Gnadinger CA, Colwell CB, Knaut AL

Precipitous breech delivery of twins.

Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors

Apfelbaum JD, Colwell CB, Roe EJ

Claims against a paramedic ambulance service: a ten-year experience.

The Journal of emergency medicine

Colwell CB, Pons P, Blanchet JH, Mangino C