Dr Gabe Wilson is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Westover Hills Campus. He was appointed System Director of the four CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Emergency Departments May 2013. He has served as Interim Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of San Antonio since July 2013. He joined the CSR system July of 2012 and is formally employed by EmCare. Westover Hills is located in a rapidly-growing area near San Antonio's Sea World. The emergency department cares for 59,000 patients annually.
He has been an active expert medical reviewer in emergency medicine for the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) since 2010. He sat on the Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement Committee for a decade at St Luke's-Roosevelt which reviewed, in depth, hundreds of morbidity and mortality cases seeking improvements in process and education to mitigate risk and improve quality and outcomes. He lead a successful effort to redesign an advanced emergency-department-specific electronic medical record to automatically trigger warnings for patients at high risk of severe sepsis and septic shock, prompt sepsis-appropriate labs, studies, and early life-saving interventions. He was a member of the 57-hospital Stop Sepsis Collaborative in New York State.
He was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons from 2002- June 2013. He trained residents for 12 years in one of the pre-eminent emergency medicine training programs in the country. Residents from the program have gone on to fellowship and attending careers at Harvard (MGH, Harvard Medical School), Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and other top medical institutions in the country. He has precepted rotating medical students from Columbia University and from medical schools around the world.
Dr. Gabe Wilson was the Associate Medical Director of the St Luke's - Roosevelt Emergency Department, St Luke's Division for six years, which includes a pediatric emergency room. The St Luke's Emergency Department had 114,698 patient visits in 2011; 190,081 for both divisions. It is considered the 9th busiest ED in the country based on a 2012 national hospitals survey.
He worked at St Luke's - Roosevelt since July 2000, and was the Assistant Medical Director of the Roosevelt Emergency Department for four-and-a-half years.
Dr Gabe specializes in operational efficiency and electronic documentation optimization. In a busy emergency department, the barriers add up. When encumbrances are removed, there is more time and energy to spend with patients and on the details that impact care. Details as seemingly inane as whether the medical record system requires one additional click per patient (x 59,000 patients a year); or whether patient labels are printed from a Farrington plate card stamper versus an electronic label maker cost 100's of hours annually, and are under-appreciated.
Dr Gabe trained in emergency medicine at New York Medical College, where he was chief resident. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester.
Dr Gabe is a classically-trained violinist and debuted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in High School playing the Vivaldi four-violin Concerto in b minor. He attended the Juilliard School for a year, following which he was one of the first enrollees in the combined program between Columbia College and The Juilliard School at its inception in 1989. This program allowed him to to complete his academics at Columbia University, and continue to train at The Juilliard School. He was a violin student of Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard String Quartet; and Sally Thomas. Prior to Juilliard, he studied with the late Mary Lou Speaker-Churchill, long-time principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Delmoni, and Roland & Almita Vamos. He experienced the extraordinary breadth of expression of the late Eugene Lehner during chamber music coachings at the New England Conservatory, and with the late Robert Ripley, a long-time cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Dr Gabe has appeared live internationally on CNN, and nationally on ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS and the Comedy Channel; and on all the local New York City affiliates. He was the spokesman for St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital January 2009 when US Airways 1549 ditched in the Hudson River.
Dr Gabe lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and five-year-old son. He is an instrument rated private pilot with 397 flight hours.