Betty Chen
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Director, Washington Poison Center
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Chen is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. She cares for patients in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center and provides consultations for the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Chen’s priority has always been to provide exceptional care and to communicate openly with all patients. She believes patient care always comes first, and her background in medical toxicology has given her a unique perspective to explore and implement initiatives to improve patient safety.

Dr. Chen’s clinical and research interests include medical toxicology, poisoning, medication safety and adverse drug events and reactions. She co-directs the toxicology education program for the emergency medicine residents at the University of Washington and Madigan Medical Center. She serves as the chair of the University of Washington Emergency Department’s Therapeutics Management Committee. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicologists and the American College of Medical Toxicologists.

Education & Training: 
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT
Internship and Residency
Washington University in St. Louis (Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital)
St. Louis, MO
Fellowship, Medical Toxicology
New York University School of Medicine and New York City Poison Control Center
New York, NY
(206) 520-5000
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center
Box 359702
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle WA 98104-2499

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Poisoning and medication safety


Clinical Interests: 

Medical toxicology

Medication safety

Adverse drug events and adverse drug reactions