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Matthew A. Wheatley

Matthew A. Wheatley, MD, FACEP

Associate Medical Director, Emergency Care Center; Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit; Medical Director, Grady Walk-In Center

From my first moments in Grady, I have been inspired by its history and mission to serve the people of Atlanta. I graduated medical school at Wayne State University in 2003 and moved down to Atlanta to begin Emergency Medicine residency at Emory. When I finished residency in 2006 and could think of no better place to practice. I stayed on as faculty at Emory, working at Emory University Hospital and Grady.
In 2009, I was given the opportunity to be the medical director for the ECC’s Clinical Decision Unit. This was a 7 bed unit for patients who required additional treatment or testing beyond their ED stay. We have expanded the unit to 20 beds; 20+ care pathways and now have dedicated Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants working in the Unit. I have also been able to publish on observation care and resident education in observation medicine.
Expanding the CDU has given me the opportunity to partner with colleagues in nursing, radiology, cardiology, neurology and surgery to improve the efficiency and quality of care for our patients. I have been involved in the development of Grady’s STEMI and stroke programs.

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Emergency Medicine


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Chief Resident - Emory Emergency Medicine - 2005-2006

Faculty Member of the Month - Emory University Hospital ED - January 2009

Resident Mentor of the Year - 2015


Leeds IL, Creighton FX, Wheatley MA, Macleod JB, Srinivasan J, Chery MP, Master VA. Intensive medical student involvement in short-term surgical trips provides save and effective patient care: a case review. BMC Research Notes 2011;4:317. ii.

Wheatley MA, Shah B, Morgan B, Houry D, Kazzi Z. Toxicity of Antiretroviral Agents: A Retrospective Analysis of the Georgia Poison Center Database. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 2011;12:293-95. iii.

Wheatley MA, Copeland B, Shah B, Heilpern K, Del Rio C, Houry D. Efficacy of an Emergency Department – Based Rapid HIV Screening Program in the Deep South. Journal of Urban Health 2011; 88:1015-1019. iv.

Copeland B, Shah B, Wheatley M, Heilpern K, del Rio C, Houry D. Diagnosing Men Who Have sex with Men: An Emergency Department’s Experience. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2012; 26(4). v.

Ross M, Hockenberry J, Mutter R, Barrett M, Wheatley M, Pitts S. Protocol-Driven Emergency Department Observation Units Offer Savings, Shorter Stays, And Reduced Admissions. Health Affairs 2013 32:2149-2156. vi.

Schrager J, Wheatley M, Georgiopoulou V, Osborne A, Kalogeropoulos A, Hung O, Butler J, Ross M. Favorable Bed Utilization and Readmission Rates for Emergency Department Observation Unit Heart Failure Patients. Academic Emergency Medicine 2013; 20:554-561. vii.

Osborne AD, Weston J, Wheatley M, O’Malley R, Leach G, Pitts S, Schrager J, Holmes K, Ross M. Characteristics of Hospital Observation Services: A Society of Chest Pain Center Survey. Critical Pathways in Cardiology 2013; 12:45-48. viii.

Osborne AD, Ali K, Lowery-North D, Capes J, Keadey M, Hertzberg V, Stroder R, Pitts, S, Wheatley M, O’Malley R, Leach G, Ross, M. Ability of Triage Decision Rules for Rapid Electrocardiogram (ECG) to Identify Patients with Suspected ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). Critical Pathways in Cardiology 2013; 11:211-213. ix.

Peacock F, Beckley P, Clark C, Disch M, Hewins K, Hunn D, Kontos, MC, Levy P, Mace S, Melching KS, Ordonez E, Osborne A, Suri P, Sun B, Wheatley M. Recommendations for the Evaluation and Management of Observation Services. A Consensus White Paper: The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Critical Pathways in Cardiology 2014; 13:163-198 x.

Osborne AD, Farrah H, Wheatley M, Baugh C. There’s Another Observation Unit?: A case Series Survey of Second Level Observation Units.” Crit Pathw Cardiol 2016;15: 26-28. b.

Wheatley M, Baugh C, Osborne A, Clark C, Shayne P, Ross M. A Model Longitudinal Observation Medicine Curriculum for Emergency Medicine Residency. Acad Emerg Med 2016; c.

Wheatley MA, Kennah A, Diner, B. Evidence Based Medicine: Inhaled Corticosteroids for Acute Asthma Following Emergency Department Discharge. Israeli Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2006;6(1):5-9. ii.

Wheatley MA, Heilpern K. Jaundice: An Emergency Medicine approach to diagnosis and management. Emergency Medicine Practice. Volume 10, Number 3; March 2008. iii.

Wheatley MA, Ross M. Care of Neurologic Conditions in an Observation Unit. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2017 Aug;35(3):603-23. iv.

Wheatley MA. Additional Conditions Amenable to Observation. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2017 Aug; 35(3): 701-12. v.

Taylor T, Wheatley MA, Gupta N, Nusbaum J. Jaundice in the Emergency Department: Meeting the Challenges of Diagnosis and Treatment. EmergMed Pract. 2018 April2;20(4 Suppl):1-2. d.

Wheatley MA, Heilpern K. Jaundice. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice 7th ed. Mosby. 2010 ii.

Wheatley MA. Corneal Burn. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult 4th ed. LWW. 2011. iii.

Wheatley MA. Hypercalcemia. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-minute Emergency Medicine Consult 4th ed. LWW. 2011. iv.

Wheatley MA. Renal Calculus. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-minute Emergency Medicine Consult 4th ed. LWW. 2011. v.

Wheatley MA. von Willebrand Disease. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult 4th ed. LWW. 2011. vi.

Levy P, Wheatley M. Quality and Operational Metrics in Heart Failure. Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure. 2nd ed. Springer. 2012. vii.

Wheatley MA, Heilpern K. Jaundice. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice 8th ed. Mosby. 2013. viii.

Wheatley MA, Stroder R. Corneal Burn. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult 5th ed. LWW 2014.