Patient Care

The Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department at Stanford (Stanford ED) is a full-service emergency care facility, treating all ages, illnesses, and injuries without regard to race, religion, gender or ability to pay. The Stanford ED treats more than 80,000 patients per year. 

It is our goal to provide efficient, high-quality emergency care, both in the emergency department and throughout the community.

Our Services

Access to leading-edge technology and expert specialists
Emergency physicians at Stanford stay current on leading-edge diagnostic and treatment technologies. Our staff also have access to a wide array of specialists and sub-specialists to aid in caring for our patient population. 

Designated Level I Trauma Center
The Stanford emergency department has been designated by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center. This is the highest possible designation, signifying Stanford can handle any trauma patient, no matter how severely injured. 

Rapid response to heart attack and stroke
The Stanford emergency department is also an integral part of the ground-breaking Emergency Cardiac Care and Stroke services offered by Stanford Hospital. 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine includes a completely redesigned emergency care space that is child- and family-friendly and staffed by specialists in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (physicians, nurses, child life specialists). 

Highly-skilled Physicians Active Around the Globe
All of our attending emergency physicians have a passion for patient care and are actively involved in service projects, such as:

  • medical mission trips to developing nations
  • provision of care to law enforcement personnel
  • provision of direction and education to Emergency Medical Services providers

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Our Patient Experience

Our patients arrive by ambulance; the Stanford Life Flight and CalStar helicopters; private physician office and clinic referrals; and via walk-in service.

Patients are seen in order of priority with the sickest seen first to prevent any worsening of their condition.

If a patient has a private physician, we strive to contact that physician to provide information and updates whenever appropriate.

As a top-level teaching institution, Stanford is on the cutting edge of medical technology and advances. We routinely have student physicians and residents-in-training working in the emergency department, always closely supervised by fully-trained attending emergency physicians.

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Department of Emergency Medicine
900 Welch Road, Suite 350
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Main Line: 650-723-6576

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