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South Carolina Alumnus Elected to Board of the National Association of EMS Physicians

Two-time Arnold School of Public Health Alumnus (Master of Public Health, 2001; Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Policy & Management (HSPM), 2004) Dr. Daniel Patterson has been elected to the board of the National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP). This professional organization provides leadership, education, and training to medical control physicians that oversee more than 19,000 emergency medical services (EMS) organizations in the United States. The NAEMSP also represents emergency medicine physicians, paramedics, prehospital nurses and other prehospital professionals. The senior scientist in the Carolinas Healthcare System Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine will serve a two-year term on NAEMSP’s board, fulfilling the role of Professional Member-At-Large.

Daniel Patterson
[Photo: Dr. Daniel Patterson]

Dr. Patterson offers a unique perspective to the administrative body because he not only conducts research in EMS, but he continues to serve as a paramedic clinician in the field on a weekly basis. Over the course of Dr. Patterson’s accomplished career, he has remained a nationally registered and state certified paramedic and maintained active membership in numerous professional organizations, which includes NAEMSP.

“I value my time in the field as a paramedic and enjoy my time with my colleagues. We work as a team to stabilize patients with acute illness or injury,” Dr. Patterson says. “The act of caring for someone who needs life-saving treatment is extremely humbling, and I am thankful for the opportunity. I am a better researcher because of my time as a paramedic.”

His investigation of emergency medical services (EMS) began during his doctoral program at the Arnold School. Working closely with mentor and HSPM Professor Janice Probst, Dr. Patterson investigated recruitment and retention of EMTs, medically unnecessary utilization of EMS, and deficits in access to EMS in rural areas. He worked as a graduate research assistant with the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. After graduation, Dr. Patterson completed a post-doctoral fellowship supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Patterson then accepted the position of assistant professor in 2007 in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Upon arrival to Pittsburgh, he immediately secured federal funding as well as a fellowship that focused on patient safety supported by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Patterson also served the University as director of research for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania.

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