Alexander M. Rosenau, DO, FACEP, President
Current Professional Position: Senior Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA; Associate Professor of Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, Michigan; Emergency Medicine
Rotating Internship, St Luke's Hospital, Allentown, PA
Year elected to Board: 2006, 2009
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Bio: Alex Rosenau is nationally recognized as a leader in emergency medicine. He is senior vice chair of emergency medicine and an emergency physician at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pa. Dr. Rosenau is also associate professor of medicine at Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. In addition, he previously served as president of Pennsylvania ACEP and is a past recipient of U.S. Public Health Service National Health Service Corps Achievement and Commendation awards.
Dr. Rosenau said that emergency departments are the hub for medical issues that come up suddenly, whether it's a mass casualty event, like the bombings in Boston, or patients referred by primary care doctors. In addition, he said that emergency physicians are critical to reducing health care costs, because they are key decision makers for nearly half of all hospital admissions, according to a 2013 report from the RAND Corporation.
"The RAND report not only demonstrates how emergency physicians can help reduce the nation's health care costs, but how they are coordinating patient care every day, filling gaping holes in our health care system," said Dr. Rosenau. "As the nation implements health care reforms, there are many uncertainties. The role of emergency departments has never been more important. They are the only part of the health care system that are always open and never turn people away."
Dr. Rosenau completed his residency in emergency medicine at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dr. Rosenau is the founding program director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network emergency medicine residency program.