baraffLarry J. Baraff, MD

Dr. Baraff is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Baraff received his AB from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a Pediatric Residency at Georgetown University Hospital and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a past member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and his achievements have been recognized and honored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He has served on the National Council and the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians and as President of the California Chapter. He has also been a member of the Emergency Medical Services Commission of the County of Los Angeles, the National Faculty of the American Heart Association and the Executive Committee of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center. He played a key role in the creation of the Trauma Systems for the State of California and Los Angeles County.

Dr. Baraff's fields of research interest include Health Services Research, Medical Decision Making, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Geriatrics and Behavioral Health. He has received over $22,000,000 in research grants and is the author of over 120 scientific publications. He has done sentinel work in defining reactions associated with DTP vaccine for the Food and Drug Association. He developed Emergency Department Diagnosis Related Groups for the Health Care Finance Agency. Dr. Baraff has developed practice guidelines for the Management of Children with Fever Without Source, for Falls in the Elderly and for the Emergency Department Management of Suicidal Adolescents.

Dr. Baraff’s honors include membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Certificates of Appreciation for his service from the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, California Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He received the Walter T. Edwards Award for Distinguished Service from the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Commendations for Special Contributions from both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. In 2007 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Contact Information:

Larry J. Baraff, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine/Emergency Medicine

UCLA Emergency Medicine Center

924 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 300

Los Angeles, California 90024



Selected Peer Review Journal Original Publications:

1.      Cameron JM, Baraff LJ, Sekhon R. Case-mix classification for emergency departments. Medical Care 1990;28:146-58.

2.      Schriger DL, Baraff LJ, Fink A. A comparison of implicit and explicit methods of process quality assurance for blunt trauma patients. Ann Emerg Med. 1990 Jul;19(7):736-40.

3.      Mower WR, Baraff LJ. Advance directives: uniformity of physician's therapeutic decisions by type of directive. Arch Int Med, 1993;153:375-81.

4.      Baraff LJ, Bass JW, Fleisher GR, Klein JO, McCracken GH Jr, Powell KR, Schriger DL. Practice guideline for the management of infants and children with fever without source 0-36 months of age.  Ann Emerg Med, 1993:22:1198-1210.

5.      Bernstein E. Goldfrank LR, Kellerman AL, Hargarten SW, Jui J, Fish SS, et al. A public health approach to emergency medicine: preparing for the twenty-first century. Acad Emerg Med; 1994;1:277-86.

6.      Mower WR, Sachs C, Nicklin E, Safa P, Baraff LJ. Effect of routine emergency department pulse oximetry screening on medical management.  Chest, 1995;108:1297302

7.      Baraff LJ, Della Penna R, Williams W, Sanders A. Practice guideline for the emergency department management of falls in community dwelling elderly patients >65 years of age. Ann Emerg Med, 1997;30:480-489.

8.      Schriger DL, Baraff LJ, Rogers WH, Cretin S. Implementation of clinical guidelines using a computer charting system: Effect on the initial care of health care workers exposed to body fluids. JAMA 1997;278:1585-1590.

9.      Sachs CJ, Baraff LJ, Peek C. Need for law enforcement in cases of intimate partner violence in a university ED. Am J Emerg Med. 1998 Jan;16(1):60-3. Review.

10.  Baraff LJ, Lee TJ, Kader S, Della Penna R. Effect of a practice guideline for emergency department care of falls in elder patients on subsequent falls and hospitalizations for injuries. Acad Emerg Med. 1999 Dec;6(12):1224-31.

11.  Schriger DL, Baraff LB, Buller K, Ayatchit M, Nagda S, Lin E, Mikulich VJ, Cretin S. Implementation of Clinical Guidelines via a Computer Charting System: Effect on the Care of Febrile Children less than Three Years of Age. J Amer Med Inform Assoc, 2000;7:186-95.

12.  Lee TJ, Guzy J, Johnson D, Woo H, Baraff LJ. Caller satisfaction with after hours telephone advice: nurse advice service versus on-call pediatricians, Pediatrics 2002;110:865-872.

13.  Baraff LJ, Wall SP, Lee TJ, Guzy J, Woo H. Use of the Internet and physician e-mail for medical advice and information by parents of a university pediatric faculty practice. Clin Pediatr. 2003;42:557-560.

14.  Kennedy SP, Baraff LJ, MD, Suddath RL, Asarnow JR. Emergency Department Management of Suicidal Adolescents. Ann Emerg Med 2004; 43:452-60.

15.  Baraff LJ. Management of Febrile infants and young children with fever without source in the post pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era. Pediatr Annals, 2008;37:673-9.

16.  Baraff LJ, Janowicz J, Asarnow JR. Survey of California Emergency Departments Regarding Practices for Management of Suicidal Patients and Resources Available for Their Care. Ann Emerg Med 2006: 48(4): 452-458.

17.  Menchine MD, Baraff LJ. On-call specialists and higher level of care transfers in California emergency departments. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Apr;15(4):329-36.

18.  Asarnow JR, Baraff LJ, Berk MS, Grob CS, Devich-Navarro M, Suddath R, Piacentini J, Tang L. Suicidal pediatric emergency department patients: a 2-site evaluation of suicide ideators, single attempters, and repeat attempters. J Am Acad Child Adol Psych, 2008;47:958-66.

19.  Asarnow JR, Berk MS, Baraff LJ. Family intervention for suicide prevention: a specialized emergency department intervention for suicidal youths.  Prof Psych Res Pract. 2009; 40:118-125.

20.  Probst MA, Baraff LJ, Hoffman JR, Wolfson AB, Ourian AJ, Mower WR. Can patients with brain herniation on cranial computed tomography have a normal neurologic exam? Acad Emerg Med, 2009;16:145-50.

21.  Tillou A, Gupta M, Baraff LJ, Schriger DL, Hoffman JR, Hiatt JR, Cryer HM. Is the use of pan-computed tomography for blunt trauma justified? A prospective evaluation. J Trauma. 2009 Oct;67(4):779-87.

22.  Claudius I, Baraff LJ. Pediatric emergencies associated with fever. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;28(1):67-84, vii-viii.

23.  Douglass AM, Luo J, Baraff LJ. Emergency medicine and psychiatry agreement on diagnosis and disposition of emergency department patients with behavioral emergencies. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Apr;18(4):368-73.

24.  Gupta M, Schriger DL, Hiatt JR, Cryer HG, Tillou A, Hoffman JR, Baraff LJ. Selective use of computed tomography compared with routine whole body imaging in patients with blunt trauma. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Nov;58(5):407-16.

25.  Asarnow JR, Baraff LJ, Berk M, Grob CS, Devich-Navarro M, Suddath R, Piacentini JC, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Cohen D, Tang L. An emergency department intervention for linking pediatric suicidal patients to follow-up mental health treatment. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Nov;62(11):1303-9.

26.  Fernando TJ, Nguyen DD, Baraff LJ. Effect of electronically delivered prescriptions on compliance and pharmacy wait time among emergency department patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jan;19(1):102-5.


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