Elizabeth Dorn
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Dorn's focus as an educator is on critical thinking and medical decision making, and the importance of the accuracy of the information that informs those decisions. She has special interests in cross-cultural and communication issues in emergency care, as well as understanding of the role of social factors’ impact on health. Current interests include the role Narrative Medicine plays in improving the narrative competency of providers and ameliorating their relationship with the basic humanity of the work.   

She has worked in the Global Health arena in Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti and Syria, and founded the Seattle chapter of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collective in association with colleagues at OHSU. 

She serves the Emergency Medicine editor for the UW interdepartmental information sharing website OCCAM.

She has also a long interest in Quality Assurance and Patient Safety and has played on active role on the QI committees from the inception of her career at UCSF to the present.

Education & Training: 
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical/Surgical Internship
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Residency, Emergency Medicine
Alameda County Medical Center
Lyons Fellowship For Retinal Research
University of Washington Department of Biostructure
Diploma of Tropical Medicine
London School of Tropical Medicine
Mailing Address: 

University of Washington Medical Center
Magnuson Health Sciences Building,
F Wing, UW Box 357235
1705 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

International Health

Medical Student and Resident Education

Telemedicine & Interdisciplinary Communication

Clinical Interests: 

Narrative Medicine

Social Medicine and Health Equity

Global Health

Quality & Improvement


Recent Publications:

  1. Drs. Elizabeth Dorn and Herbie Duber are co-authors on a paper titled: Responding to the Homeless Community During the COVID-19 crisis Pandemic: Les-sons from King County, WA which was published in SAEM Pulse Special COVID 19 Issue: https://www.saem.org/publications/newsletter.
  2. Dorn EM, Book Review of “Anything, Anything, Anytime, History of Emergency Medicine 2nd Edition by Brian Zink,” Annals of Emerg Med Published 2019. DOI:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.12.018
  3. Ro, K,  Villareal, J, Dorn EMWaves, Complexes, Intervals - Vcast podcast on interpreting ECGs for Seattle University School of Nursing and University of Washington School of Pharmacy curriculums; https://vimeo.com/252938114  Jan 2018

Visit Dr. Dorn's ORCID Profile.