Ronald Furnival, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Ronald Furnival

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6678

Fax 612-626-1144

Office Address:
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
6th Floor East Building
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Emergency Med
6th Floor East Building
8952G (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Division Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician

MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Residency in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT


Ronald A. Furnival, MD, FAAP, FACEP, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and, Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Dr. Furnival received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota. He then moved on to complete a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

He remained at the University of Utah as faculty in the Department of Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine for 13 years. From 1998-2004, he served on the AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In addition, from 2002-2005 Dr. Furnival was a faculty member of the National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) and the Intermountain Injury Control Research Center at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Furnival returned to the University of Minnesota in 2006 to lead the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Furnival is nationally recognized for his work on enhancing patient safety, pediatric prehospital care, pediatric trauma and analysis of emergency medical services data at statewide levels.

Awards & Recognition

  • Department Leadership Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2018)
  • Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors” (2016-2018)
  • Minneapolis -St. Paul “Top Doctors” (2008-2009, 2011-2017)
  • Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) Service Award, University of Utah Health Sciences Center (2005)
  • Distinguished Service Citation, American Academy of Pediatrics (2004)


Research Summary/Interests

My research interests include: pre-hospital care, trauma management and injury prevention.

  • Pre-hospital Care (EMS):
    I have been actively involved in national, regional, and local EMSC efforts. This has included research related to procedures and medications administered by EMS. Most recently, I have investigated state-wide EMS protocols and use of nasal versed for pre-hospital treatment of pediatric seizures.
  • Trauma Management:
    My past research has examined operation rates and other outcomes for multisystem pediatric trauma. Future work in this area will include evaluating rate of CT scan, ultrasound and laboratory use in pediatric trauma patients as compared to adult patients.
  • Injury Prevention:
    I see injury prevention as key to improving the health of children. I have studied pediatric injury patterns and examined prevention programs. To this end, I am involved with the State Department of Health Trauma Program Quality improvement program.

Current Projects

Currently co-investigating “Emergency Department usage and medical care needs of adolescent participants in a high-intensity wrestling camp”

Potential Projects

  • "The Introduction of a trauma program in a Tertiary care hospital"
    Goals: Focus on patient flow, direct admission rates, and ER volume
    Specific Aims: TBD
    Timeline: TBD
  • "An evaluation of the Minnesota State Trauma Database"
    Goals: Perform an epidemiological review of mortality rates in rural versus urban hospitals.
    Specific Aims: TBD
    Timeline: TBD



University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Emergency Medicine