The Department of Emergency Medicine’s goals are to provide the highest quality emergency and urgent medical care to our patients within the setting of cutting-edge research, training and education. This high level of service will be provided to both adults and children in the Augusta University and Children’s Hospital of Georgia emergency departments. 

The Emergency Medicine Physicians, Residents, Nurses and Ancillary healthcare professionals provide the highest level of medical care that only an Academic Medical Center can provide. The Department not only renders emergency care to the sick and injured, it also produces cutting edge research and are national leaders in operational medicine, ED Management, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and emergency medicine ultrasound. The department is also a pioneer in the development of novel solutions to improve patient triage, tracking and flow and staffing to maximize efficiency and economy.



Department Chairman

Richard B. Schwartz, MD, FACEP 
Department Chairman and Professor 
Medical School: Wayne State University

Office phone (706) 721-4910 
Office Fax (706) 721-5185 
Office Address: 1120 15th Street AF-2028 
Augusta, GA 30912



Prior Training and Experience: 

Dr. Schwartz is a 1989 graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He completed his internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and then completed his Emergency Medicine Residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.  He has extensive military operational experience.  He served with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He also served with the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and the Joint Special Operations Command (Airborne).  Dr. Schwartz was Chief of Emergency Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center before joining the MCG faculty and received numerous awards during his Army service including the bronze star and two meritorious service medals.


Specialty Focus:                

While at MCG, he has been instrumental in curriculum development.  He was one of the original developers of the National Disaster Life Support Courses.  These innovated courses such as Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support (BDLS and ADLS) bridge the gap between numerous military and civilian groups that may need to work together during major disasters.  The courses have been taught in forty-eight states leading to the training of over one hundred thousand providers.  More recently he has worked with the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) on the development of standardized training for tactical emergency medical support.  He is very active in research pertaining to improving the methods employed in austere and disaster medical situations.  His relevant publications include three Disaster Medicine textbooks (editor) and chapters in three additional texts.  Dr. Schwartz has published extensively in the field with numerous abstracts and peer-reviewed articles pertaining to Disaster Medicine.  Dr. Schwartz was the Primary Investigator for the National Association of EMS Physicians in the Terrorism Injuries:  Information, Dissemination, and Exchange (TIIDE) project with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  This project led the standardization of  disaster triage within the United States.  He is also a medical device innovator and has developed a unique video airway management system and hemorrhage control device.  He holds eleven patents.

        Department Administrator                         Administrative Service Director
                Amy Shultz, MBA                                            Carol Pogue
          Phone: (706) 721-7944                                    Phone: (706) 446-5435