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The New York American College of Emergency Physicians Honors Elmhurst Hospital’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Laura Iavicoli, MD With the Advancing Emergency Care Award

Through the first COVID-19 surge in March 2020, Dr. Iavicoli played a pivotal role developing new procedures and treatment protocols to provide care for those affected by the disease.

Dr. Iavicoli has practiced emergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst since 2001

Sep 06, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst today announced that Dr.  Laura Iavicoli, the hospital’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, has won the prestigious Advancing Emergency Care Award from the New York American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which recognizes New York ACEP members for significant contributions in advancing emergency care in the state. Dr. Iavicoli played a pivotal role during the pandemic, guiding the hospital through the first COVID-19 surge in March 2020 using her background in disaster management to develop new and innovative procedures and treatment protocols to provide care for those affected by the disease. Dr. Iavicoli has worked as an emergency medicine physician at the hospital since 2001. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s Emergency Department Chief Stuart Kessler, MD, was recognized with the award in 2020.

“I want to thank the New York ACEP for honoring Dr. Laura Iavicoli with the prestigious Advancing Care in Emergency Medicine Award,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s CEO Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH. “Dr. Iavicoli is a true example of both operational and clinical leadership.  Her commitment and contribution to patient care at NYC Health and Hospital/Elmhurst is impactful in so many ways.”

“I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the New York American College of Emergency Physicians for recognizing me with the very prestigious Advancing Care in Emergency Medicine Award for advancing care in New York State,” said Dr. Iavicoli. “I am truly humbled and honored to receive it. In a larger sense, however, this award is more appropriately deserved by the amazing colleagues I have worked with at NYC Health + Hospitals, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, the New York State Department of Health, the operations leads of New York’s downstate healthcare systems, and many more organizations. I am deeply grateful for this honor and glook forward to working hard and continuing my collaboration with all of these inspiring colleagues in the years to come.”

Dr. Iavicoli is an experienced board-certified emergency medicine physician with expertise in disaster preparedness and pandemic response. Before becoming Deputy Chief Medical Officer, she served as NYC Health + Hospitals’ systemwide Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management. Dr. Laura Iavicoli has worked as an emergency medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst since 2001. During her time at Elmhurst, she’s held the title of Associate Director of the Emergency Department and Clinical Emergency Management and Emergency Medicine Services Director. She’s also served as the Sexual Assault Response Team Director for NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.

She has devoted much of her career to emergency management issues, with publications, trainings, and seminars pertaining to disaster preparedness, including pandemic response, terrorism and mass casualty incidents. During her professional career at NYC Health + Hospitals, Dr. Iavicoli has also served as an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has been responsible for training and teaching emergency medicine residents, internal medicine residents, and medical students in Emergency Medicine. 

Dr. Iavicoli is a graduate of Boston College. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. 


Contact: Atiya Butler, butlerat@nychhc.org; (718) 334-1259

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system, is the major tertiary care provider in the borough of Queens. The 545-bed hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, an Emergency Heart Care Station, and a 911-Receiving Hospital. It is a premiere health care organization for key specialties, including surgery, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, renal services, and mental health services. Last year, the hospital received close to 700,000 ambulatory care visits and over 130,000 emergency room visits.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthandHospitals or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.