Mary Workman Rutherford, MD
Division Chief, Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Quality Improvement

Medical School: State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

Residency: University of California, San Diego

Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine


Mary Rutherford, MD, is an expert in pediatric emergency medicine. She leads the emergency team at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Northern California’s busiest Level 1 pediatric trauma center and emergency department. She and her team treat and stabilize children with problems ranging from traumatic injuries and heart conditions to severe flu symptoms. However, asthma is the most frequent reason for visits to Children’s Emergency Department. Cuts and broken bones are also common reasons for emergency visits. Dr. Rutherford can speak about a variety of topics, including advanced pediatric life support (APLS), injury prevention and disaster preparedness.

Compelling Fact

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in the pediatric and young adult age groups. Most traumatic injuries are preventable through education, the use of safety devices or parents avoiding potentially hazardous situations.

Source: National Pediatric Trauma Registry


  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Trauma
  • Injury prevention
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Issues of emergency medicine management unique to children

Professional Achievements

  • “Miracle Maker 1998” physician award, Children’s Miracle Network
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Fellow, California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine
  • Member, American College of Emergency Physicians, Section on Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Member, Ambulatory Pediatric Association

Appointment & Referral Information

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