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Observation Medicine

The Division of Observation Medicine oversees the Clinical Decision Unit, located adjacent to the Emergency Department. The CDU provides an alternative to discharge or hospital inpatient admissions by providing an extended observation period (less than 24 hours) for patients.

Common complaints and conditions managed in this unit include chest pain, asthma, transient ischemic attacks, dehydration and trauma. Our CDU currently has 12 beds but will soon increase to 18 beds.


Pawan Suri, M.D.
Chair, Division of Observation Medicine
Assistant Professor
Director, Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine Residency

Taruna Aurora, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Clinical Decision Unit

J. Rene Morrissey, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Joseph D. Romano, M.D.
Assistant Professor