Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. David Guss

David Guss

Dr. David Guss is the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Guss did his Internal Medicine internship and residency at UCSD Medical Center and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Guss was a founding member of the DEM, joining the department in 1979. He was the Medical Director of the Hillcrest Emergency Department from 1981 to 1994, and the Associate Director of the DEM from 1980 to 1994.

Dr. Guss was then appointed the Acting Chair, and assumed the Chair position of the department in April 1995. He also served as Medical Director of the EMS Training Institute which trained and certified all paramedics in San Diego County for eleven years between 1980 and 1991.

Dr. Guss is a reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, American Journal of Emergency Medicine the Journal of Emergency Medicine as well as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has been recognized as a outstanding reviewer multiple times by both the Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine. He is presently an examiner for the oral portion of the certification examination for the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has been an item writer for the parts I and II of the USMLE examination.

He served as Chief of Staff for the UCSD Medical Center from 1999-2001 and as President of the UCSD Academy of Clinician Scholars, an honor society at UC San Diego School of Medicine from 2007 to 2009. He was recently elected as one of the first two elected fellows of that organization. Dr. Guss along with many colleagues in the Department of Emergency Medicine has been selected numerous times as one of San Diego’s top emergency physicians and one of America’s Top Emergency Physicians. Research interests include operational efficiency in the emergency department, investigation of new diagnostic and imaging technologies as well as the approach to clinical diagnosis in the emergency department. Most recently he is engaged in research in the area of adjuncts and novel drugs in the management of asthma. Publications