NEWS | July 6, 2011

Sokolove elected president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter


Peter E. Sokolove, professor and vice chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, was elected president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (California ACEP) on June 22. His term is for one year.

California ACEP's vision is that all Californians have timely access to high-quality emergency care through a comprehensive emergency medical services system capable of generating a coordinated response to disasters and health-care crises. With more than 2,600 members, the organization represents about 80 percent of California’s board-certified emergency physicians and sponsors the Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee, the state’s largest medical specialty political action committee.

Dr. Peter Sokolove © UC Regents
Dr. Peter Sokolove

As president, Sokolove will lead California ACEP in carrying out its mission to support emergency physicians in providing the highest quality of care to all patients and to their communities. He also will steer the organization as the primary collective political voice on emergency medicine issues in California.

“This is a challenging time for emergency medicine and for patients who rely on California’s emergency departments,” said Sokolove. “I look forward to seeking solutions to those challenges and improving emergency care for California’s patients.”

Sokolove specializes in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients and has lectured widely on range of controversial and important topics, from the diagnosis and management of medical and traumatic emergencies to the hazards emergency health-care workers face while delivering care. In collaboration with other faculty in the department, he also has explored the utility of laboratory testing for identifying unsuspected intra-abdominal injuries in pediatric blunt trauma and the utility of anticonvulsant agents for the prevention of early post-traumatic seizures in children with blunt head injury.

Sokolove received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed an internship and residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1994.

In recognition of his commitment to excellence in academic emergency medicine, he has received many honors and awards. The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association honored him with the Joseph F. Waeckerle Founder's Award in 2009 and the Residency Director of the Year Award in 2005. The American College of Emergency Physicians also awarded him the California Emergency Medical Residents Award in 2008, National Faculty Teaching Award in 2001, California Education Award in 1999, Outstanding Speaker of the Year award in 1998 and Rookie Faculty of the Year award in 1997. He also received the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Dean's Award for Excellence in Education in 2009.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Cancer Center; the region's only level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit