Mark E Ralston


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Global Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Office Phone


B.A. Whitman College
M.D. Cornell University
M.P.H. Harvard University


1972-1976 BA, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (Summa Cum Laude)
1979-1983 MD, Cornell University, New York, NY
1996-1998 MPH, Harvard University, Boston, MA
1990-1993 Resident, Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
1995-1998 Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
1986- Washington State Physician & Surgeon
1984 Diplomate, NBME
1993, 2000, 2007, 2017 Diplomate, ABP, General Pediatrics
1998, 2005, 2015 Diplomate, ABP, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1998-2004 Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
2004-2005 Medical Staff, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma, WA
2004- Staff Pediatrician, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, WA
1998- Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
1994- American Academy of Pediatrics

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Editor. American Heart Association. PALS Provider Manual. 2006.

Editor. American Heart Association. PEARS Provider Manual. 2007

Andrew M. Margileth Award, “For the best paper by a uniformed services pediatrician for research in a clinical area,” AAP Section on Uniformed Services, 37th Annual Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar, Washington DC, March 17, 2003

Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) Editorial Board citation in Academic Emergency Medicine (2017 doi: 10.111/acem.13216-17-306) of “Weight Estimation Tool for Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in Limited-Resource Settings”, as one of the top global emergency medicine articles of 2016.


Ralston M. Oversight Editor. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Manual. American Heart Association. 2006.

Ralston M. Oversight Editor. Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization Provider Manual. American Heart Association. 2007.

Ralston M. Oversight Editor. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course Guide. American Heart Association. 2006.

Ralston ME, Zaritsky AL. New opportunity to improve pediatric emergency preparedness: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization Course. Pediatrics 2009:123:578-80.

Ralston ME, Day LT, Slusher TM, Musa NL, Doss HS. Global paediatric advanced life support: improving child survival in limited-resource settings. Lancet 2013; 381:256-65.

Ralston ME, Myatt MA (2018) Weight estimation for children aged 6 to 59 months in limited-resource settings: A proposal for a tape using height and mid-upper arm circumference. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0197769.

Ralston ME, Myatt MA (2016) Weight Estimation Tool for Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in Limited-Resource Settings. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0159260.

Ralston ME, de Caen A. Teaching pediatric life support in limited-resource settings: Contextualized management guidelines. J Pediatr Intensive Care 2017; 06(01): 039-051 DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1584675

Ralston ME, Euwema MS, Knecht KR, Ziolkowski TJ, Coakley TA, Cline SM. Comparison of levalbuterol and racemic albuterol combined with ipratropium bromide in acute pediatric asthma: A randomized controlled trial. J Emerg Med 2005;29:29-35.

Ralston ME. Physiologic anterior subluxation: case report of occurrence at C5 to C6 and C6 to C7 spinal levels. Ann Emerg Med 2004;44:472-5