Dr. Howard Bessen, MD FACEP

Howard Bessen
Howard Bessen, MD, FACEP

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Senior Faculty

Active Leadership

ABEM – Member, Board of Directors

ABEM – Member, Executive Finance Committee

ABEM – Current editor of oral certification exam. Former editor of written certification exam.

Recent Awards

Harbor-UCLA DEM – Faculty Teaching Award 2009

ACEP California – Outstanding Contribution to Education Award 2003

ACEP – National Teaching Award 2000

Academic Interests
To me, teaching residents is the whole ball-game
Raising and breeding reptiles; deep-sea fishing; sports
I grew up (well, sort of “up,” but not very far) in Southern California and went to college at Stanford. The most memorable part of my college experience was competing in gymnastics for four years. Went to med school at UCLA and then did a “flexible” (now called transitional) internship at Harbor (then called Harbor General Hospital). This was good timing, because Harbor started an EM residency during my internship in 1978. I was accepted into the program and have been here ever since. I was the residency program director for 16 years, and am very proud of the great clinicians and future EM leaders who came through the program during that time (several of these EM leaders are now my colleagues on the Harbor faculty). I’m close to completing an eight-year term on the ABEM Board of Directors.
My wife is a pediatrician in private practice. We have three teenagers, who will eventually all be in college at the same time. My hobby is raising and breeding snakes and lizards. You need to be aware of this before entering my office.
Recent Publications

Bessen HA:  Abdominal aortic aneurysm.  In Marx J, et al (eds):  Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 6th ed., Mosby-Elsevier, St. Louis, 2006, pp. 1330-1341. Chapter for 7th ed. in press, 2009).

Bessen HA:  Hypothermia.  In Tintinalli JE, et al (eds):  Emergency Medicine:  A Comprehensive Study Guide, 6th ed., McGraw Hill, New York, 2003, pp 1179-1183.  (Chapter for 7th ed. in press, 2009)

Bessen HA, Byyny R:  Acute pericarditis and cardiac tamponade.  In Wolfson AB, et al  (eds):  Harwood-Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, 4th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2005, pp. 294-297.  (Chapter for 5th ed. in press, 2009)


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