Medley Gatewood
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Quality Improvement, University of Washington Medical Center Emergency Department
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Gatewood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the ED Director for Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QIPS) for UWMC-Montlake Campus and Co-Chair of the UW Department of Emergency Medicine QIPS Council. In addition to working clinically at both HMC & UWMC, he champions continuous improvement in the care of UW Medicine patients presenting with STEMI, Cardiac Arrest, Sepsis and Acute Stroke. He is active in the education and administration of the emergency medicine residency, as well as numerous other interdisciplinary collaborations.

Dr. Gatewood earned his bachelor's degree in studio art and neuroscience from Williams College and his M.D. from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the Harvard affiliated emergency medicine residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's Hospitals in Boston, where he also served as a chief resident. He came to UW Medicine in 2005, has twice been named a "Teacher of the Year" by the UW Emergency Medicine Residency as well as the Madigan Army EM Residency, has been named a "Top Doctor" in the Seattle Met Magazine five times, was awarded the UW Medicine Quality & Safety Hero Award as well the UWMC Chief of Medicine Service Award.

Dr. Gatewood is board certified in emergency medicine and serves as an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine's certification examination. He has served as the local ED site lead for the National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR) as well as for the ACCESS Trial (Access to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Patients Without ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Resuscitated from Out-of-Hospital Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest). He has also served as an Airway Medical Physician for the NFL and Seattle Seahawks since 2012. 

Education & Training: 
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine
Harvard Affiliated Hospitals: Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital
(206) 598-8103
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: 

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety


Clinical Interests: 

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Airway Management


Cardiac Arrest & ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)



See below for recent publications:

  1. Petek BJ, Erley CL, Kudenchuk PJ, Carlbom D, Strote J, Gatewood MO, Shuman WP, Hira RS, Gunn ML, Maynard C, Branch KR.  Diagnostic Yield of Non-Invasive Imaging in Patients Following Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Systematic Review. Resuscitation. 2019 Feb;135:183-190.
  2.  Branch KR, Hira R, Brusen R, Maynard C, Kudenchuk PJ, Petek BJ, Strote J, Sayre MR, Gatewood M, Carlbom D, Counts C, Probstfield JL, Gunn M. Diagnostic Accuracy of Early Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography to Detect Coronary Artery Disease After Out-of-Hospital Circulatory Arrest. Resuscitation. 2020 May 15;S0300-9572(20)30171-4. 
  3. Gatewood M, Wemple M, Kritek T, Durvasula R. A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Early Sepsis Care in the Emergency Department. British Medical Journal of Quality & Safety. BMJ Qual Saf 2015 Dec 6;24(12):787-95. Epub 2015 Aug 6.
  4. Kim M, Watase T, Jablonowski KD, Gatewood MO, Henning DJ. A Sepsis-related Diagnosis Impacts Interventions and Predicts Outcomes for Emergency Department Patients with Severe Sepsis. West J Emerg Med. 2017. Oct; 18(6): 1098-1107.
  5. Gatewood M, Grubish L, Busey J, Shuman W, and Strote J. The Use of Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction to ED Radiation Exposure. Amer J Emerg Med. April 2015; 33(2015): 559-562.
  6. Jauregui J, Gatewood M, Ilgen J, Schaninger C, Strote J. Emergency Medicine Resident’s Perceptions of Medical Professionalism. West J Emerg Med. May 2016; 17(3): 355-361.
  7. Kim M, Kaplan SJ, Mitchell SH, Gatewood M, Bentov I, Bennett KA, Crawford CA, Matsuwaka D, Damodarasamy M, Reed MJ. The Effect of Computerized Physician Order Entry Template Modifications on the Administration of High-Risk Medications in Older Adults in the Emergency Department. Drugs & Aging. 2017. Sep 27. 34(10): 793-801.
  8. Kim M, Mitchell SH, Gatewood M, Bennett KA, Sutton PR, Crawford CA, Bentov I, Damodarasamy M, Kaplan SJ, Reed MJ. Older Adults and High-risk Medication Administration in the Emergency Department. Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety. 2017. Nov 8; 2017(9): 105-112