Natalie Lane


Natalie Lane


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pediatrics


Appointment Date: 1997

Dr. Lane was born in San Jose, California but spent her early years traveling with her family across the world while her dad was in the civil service. She grew up and received most of her secondary and collegiate education in Alabama. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from University of South Alabama in Mobile in 1988. She completed both her pediatric residency (1991) and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Louisville (1994). She ran the Children’s Evaluation Center at the University of South Alabama from 1992 to 1994. Enthusiastic for academics and anxious to find leadership opportunities, she moved to Augusta, GA from Louisville along with her husband, Dale Schmacht, MD, PhD (surgical graduate of University of Louisville “97) in 1997.

Currently, Dr. Lane is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and serves as the Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine program established in 2005. She is Medical Director and Service Chief for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Emergency Department with an annual census of 30,000 patients. She has received multiple clinical teaching awards from resident trainees and medical students. She has contributed to a number of administrative task forces within the institution and oversees quality initiatives within the children’s emergency department and has overseen the development of both clinical and academic interdisciplinary initiatives. Dr. Lane is active in the local and state emergency medical services for children programs. She chairs the state committee on emergency medicine for the Georgia AAP and serves as the chapter’s liaison for disaster preparedness and serves on the national emergency medicine committee for the AAP. She is also a member of the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition of Georgia. Dr. Lane’s research interests include pre-hospital care and disaster preparedness as well as quality in care and pediatric respiratory illnesses.

Specialty Focus: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine, EMS

  • (706) 721-5592
  • AF 2021


  • MD, Medicine University of South Alabama, 1988

  • BS, Bio, General Samford University, 1982


  • BLS 2015

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2008

  • South CArolina Medical Liscensure South Carolina Board of Medical Licensure , 2021

  • PALS instructor

  • PALS Provider\Instructor 2019

  • PHY GA Composite State Medical Brd, 1997

  • ADLS

  • BDLS

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1994

  • ATLS 1998

  • General Pediatric Medicine 1991

Awards & Honors

  • AY2019/2020 Medical College of Georgia Exemplary Teaching Award MCG, 2021

  • Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy for Leadership of the Georgia Chapter Emergency Medicine Committee and outstanding contributions in the field of Disaster Preparedness Georgia American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019

  • Exemplary Teaching Award Graduate Medical Education Medical College of Georgia, 2018

  • Departmental Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

  • Oustanding Pediatric Clnical Faculty 2016 Department of Emergency Medicine , 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship

Teaching Interests

learning preferences, procedural skill training, leadership training, medical students, residents and fellows


Selected Recent Publications

  • Crowding in the Emergency Department: Challenges and Best Practices for the Care of Children Policy, 2023
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Crowding in the Emergency Department: Challenges and Best Practices for the Care of Children Technical report, 2023
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Drugs Used ot Treat Pediatic Emergencies, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medicine, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Validated Pediatric MCG-Clinical Asthma Score Useful in Disposition Decisions Including Short-term Observation Unit Admission , 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

pre-hospital medicine, disaster medicine, pediatric respiratory disease, education

Department Service

  • Center of Operational Medicine 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Emergency Medicine Research Committee 2012 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CHOG Quality Unit Council 2011 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CHOG, Emergency Department Quality Unit Council 2011 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Leadership Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine 2009 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Due Process GME member 2023 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Special Review Committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • Columbia County HOspital and ED initiative 2022 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • Violence and abuse task force 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Behavioral Health Task Force 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Adverse Childhood Events ( ACEs) Universtiy committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Direct Admission Task Force 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • ACS Designation Committee, PEM liason 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Columbia County HOspital Develpment 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center 2021 - Present

    Role: Editor
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children State Advisory Council 2021 - Present

    Role: Chairperson
  • Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition 2019 - Present

    Role: Officer, Other Officer

Public Service

  • Medical REserve Corp 2019 - Present

    Role: Member