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Emergency medicine




David Townes, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M.H., is a board certified physician in Emergency Services at UW Medical Center, a UW associate professor of Emergency Medicine and an adjunct associate professor of Global Health.

Dr. Townes’ greatest satisfaction is derived from helping patients in their greatest time of need, through a collaborative, team approach including the patients themselves.

Dr. Townes earned his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is an advisor to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development and medical epidemiologist in the International Emergency Response and Recovery Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Townes has worked all over the world from Antarctica to Zambia in expedition medicine and on humanitarian missions. He is an editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine published by Cambridge University Press.

Personal Interests

Dr. Townes enjoys food, travel, a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with family.

Emergency Department at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195


Critical care medicine, Emergency medicine, General cardiology, High-risk pregnancy (obstetrics)

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Pediatric Trauma and Burn Services at Harborview

325 9th Ave, Seattle, WA Seattle, WA 98104


Pediatric burn care, Pediatric emergency care, Pediatric trauma care

Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School

Medical education, 1993

Univ. of Illinois

Fellowship, International/Emergency Medicine

Univ. of Illinois

Internship, Emergency Medicine

Univ. of Illinois

Residency, Emergency Medicine


Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine, 1997, American Board of Emergency Medicine