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Sean O'Brien Henderson, MD
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine (Part Time)
Emergency Medicine
GNH 1011 1200 N. State Street Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 6667


Dr. Sean O. Henderson, is a nationally recognized leader in research on acute medical emergency conditions and a highly respected clinician-educator and administrator. He was named chair of the USC Department of Emergency Medicine in January 2012.

Henderson is also considered a national leader in the descriptive epidemiology of acute emergency medical conditions, especially those affecting minority and underserved populations.


Reduction in Jail Emergency Department Visits and Closure After Implementation of On-Site Urgent Care. J Correct Health Care. 2017 Jan; 23(1):88-92. View in: PubMed

Aminocaproic Acid and Tranexamic Acid Fail to Reverse Dabigatran-Induced Coagulopathy. Am J Ther. 2016 Nov/Dec; 23(6):e1619-e1622. View in: PubMed

Inadequate Sensitivity of Laboratory Risk Indicator to Rule Out Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med. 2016 May; 17(3):333-6. View in: PubMed

Anticoagulation drug therapy: a review. West J Emerg Med. 2015 Jan; 16(1):11-7. View in: PubMed

Randomized clinical trial of an emergency department observation syncope protocol versus routine inpatient admission. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Aug; 64(2):167-75. View in: PubMed

Reversal of thienopyridine-induced platelet dysfunction following desmopressin administration. J Med Toxicol. 2013 Jun; 9(2):139-43. View in: PubMed

Death notification in the emergency department: survivors and physicians. West J Emerg Med. 2013 Mar; 14(2):181-5. View in: PubMed

Electrocardiogram changes in Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis. West J Emerg Med. 2012 Dec; 13(6):512-3. View in: PubMed

Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS): defining based on a review of the literature. J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov; 43(5):897-905. View in: PubMed

The implementation of therapeutic hypothermia in the emergency department: a multi-institution case review. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2012 Sep; 2(3):138-43. View in: PubMed

A Standardized Code Blue Team Eliminates Variable Survival from In-hospital Cardiac Arrest. J Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 42(1):74-8. View in: PubMed

Reversal of warfarin-induced hemorrhage in the emergency department. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov; 12(4):386-92. View in: PubMed

Rapid Sequence Intubation from the Patient's Perspective. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov; 12(4):365-7. View in: PubMed

End-tidal CO2 as a predictor of survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2011 Jun; 26(3):148-50. View in: PubMed

Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care testing for diabetic ketoacidosis at emergency-department triage: {beta}-hydroxybutyrate versus the urine dipstick. Diabetes Care. 2011 Apr; 34(4):852-4. View in: PubMed

Great tool or gold standard? B-type natriuretic Peptide and congestive heart failure. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 12(1):107-8. View in: PubMed

Excited delirium. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 12(1):77-83. View in: PubMed

Genetics of warfarin sensitivity in an emergency department population with thromboembolic. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Feb; 12(1):11-6. View in: PubMed

Use of therapeutic hypothermia in postcardiac arrest patients by emergency departments. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2011; 1(1):23-7. View in: PubMed

Emergency department ultrasound by nurse practitioners. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2010 Jul; 22(7):352-5. View in: PubMed

Charcot foot? Charcot arthropathy caused by lisfranc fracture-dislocation in a diabetic. West J Emerg Med. 2010 May; 11(2):146-7. View in: PubMed

Intraosseous meningioma. West J Emerg Med. 2010 May; 11(2):222. View in: PubMed

EMS and managed care: the Los Angeles experience. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2010 Apr 6; 14(2):245-9. View in: PubMed

The utility of serial peak flow measurements in the acute asthmatic being treated in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Feb; 28(2):221-3. View in: PubMed

Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis presentation in the ED: a case report. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Nov; 27(9):1175. e1-3. View in: PubMed

Supraglottic laryngeal mass. West J Emerg Med. 2009 Nov; 10(4):298-9. View in: PubMed

Left ventricular hypertrophy may be transient in the emergency department. West J Emerg Med. 2009 Aug; 10(3):140-3. View in: PubMed

The presence of an Emergency Airway Response Team and its effects on in-hospital Code Blue. J Emerg Med. 2009 Feb; 36(2):116-20. View in: PubMed

Racial/ethnic differences in bystander CPR in Los Angeles, California. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(4):401-6. View in: PubMed

Use of the trendelenburg position in the porcine model improves carotid flow during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. West J Emerg Med. 2008 Nov; 9(4):206-11. View in: PubMed

Point: diagnostic radiation: why aren't we stopping (or at least slowing down)? West J Emerg Med. Point: diagnostic radiation: why aren't we stopping (or at least slowing down)? West J Emerg Med. 2008 May; 9(2):118-9. View in: PubMed

Images in emergency medicine: traumatic pneumocephalus. West J Emerg Med. 2008 May; 9(2):123. View in: PubMed

A prospective clinical trial evaluating urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid levels in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Am J Emerg Med. 2008 Mar; 26(3):282-6. View in: PubMed

Loss of digits after trauma in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. West J Emerg Med. 2008 Jan; 9(1):43-5. View in: PubMed

A high-density admixture scan in 1,670 African Americans with hypertension. PLoS Genet. 2007 Nov; 3(11):e196. View in: PubMed

Myth: nephrolithiasis and medical expulsive therapy. CJEM. 2007 Nov; 9(6):463-5. View in: PubMed

The Birth of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: WestJEM. West J Emerg Med. 2007 Aug; 8(3):70-2. View in: PubMed

Asthma: Effect of genotype on Response to Therapy in the Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med. 2007 Aug; 8(3):73-7. View in: PubMed

Images in Emergency Medicine: CSF Hydrothorax. West J Emerg Med. 2007 Aug; 8(3):96. View in: PubMed

The use of bedside ultrasound in cardiac arrest. Cal J Emerg Med. 2007 May; 8(2):47-50. View in: PubMed

Established risk factors account for most of the racial differences in cardiovascular disease mortality. PLoS One. 2007; 2(4):e377. View in: PubMed

Comparing intravenous amiodarone or lidocaine, or both, outcomes for inpatients with pulseless ventricular arrhythmias. Crit Care Med. 2006 Jun; 34(6):1617-23. View in: PubMed

Myth: blood transfusion is effective for sickle cell anemia-associated priapism. CJEM. 2006 Mar; 8(2):119-22. View in: PubMed

Severe hyponatremia due to desmopressin. J Emerg Med. 2006 Jan; 30(1):45-7. View in: PubMed

Slow supraventricular tachycardia in a patient on beta-blocker therapy. Am J Emerg Med. 2005 Jul; 23(4):581-2. View in: PubMed

Noise in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2005 May; 23(3):332-5. View in: PubMed

The mortality of untreated pulmonary embolism in emergency department patients. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Mar; 45(3):302-10. View in: PubMed

Multiple Polymorphisms in the renin- angiotensin-aldosterone system (ACE, CYP11B2, AGTR1) and their contribution to hypertension in African Americans and Latinos in the multiethnic cohort. Am J Med Sci. 2004 Nov; 328(5):266-73. View in: PubMed

The pitfalls of potassium replacement in thyrotoxic periodic paralysis: a case report and review of the literature. J Emerg Med. 2004 Feb; 26(2):157-61. View in: PubMed

Anterior pneumothorax and a negative chest X-ray in trauma. J Emerg Med. 2004 Feb; 26(2):231-2. View in: PubMed

Myth: the Trendelenburg position improves circulation in cases of shock. CJEM. 2004 Jan; 6(1):48-9. View in: PubMed

Emergent surgical complications of genitourinary infections. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2003 Nov; 21(4):1057-74. View in: PubMed

Genetic variation in angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) and breast cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort. Cancer Res. 2003 Oct 15; 63(20):6984-7. View in: PubMed

Emergency department presentation of pediatric stroke. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2003 Oct; 19(5):320-8. View in: PubMed

Predictors of academic productivity in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2003 Sep; 10(9):1009-11. View in: PubMed

Treatment of hypertension in African Americans and Latinos: the effect of JNC VI on urban prescribing practices. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2003 Mar-Apr; 5(2):107-12. View in: PubMed

Patterns of presentation in heroin overdose resulting in pulmonary edema. Am J Emerg Med. 2003 Jan; 21(1):32-4. View in: PubMed

Comparison of intravenous ketorolac and meperidine in the treatment of biliary colic. J Emerg Med. 2002 Oct; 23(3):237-41. View in: PubMed

Manual measurement of QT dispersion in patients with acute myocardial infarction and nondiagnostic electrocardiograms. Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Aug; 9(8):851-4. View in: PubMed

Cardiac contusion diagnosed by cardiac troponin. Am J Emerg Med. 2002 Jul; 20(4):382-3. View in: PubMed

Delayed presentation for care during acute myocardial infarction in a Hispanic population of Los Angeles County. Ethn Dis. 2002; 12(1):38-44. View in: PubMed

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