The Department of Emergency Medicine provides full service emergency care. Howard University Hospital's emergency department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives more than 60,000 patient visits annually.

As a Level I Trauma Center, a skilled shock/trauma team is available 24 hours a day for patients who are brought to the hospital by ambulance.

The trauma team includes general, orthopaedic, cardiac, and vascular physicians, neurosurgeons and pediatric surgeons, along with specially trained nurses and ancillary health care providers.