Medical Direction

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OhioHealth EMS has multiple resources and partners, including experienced, board certified emergency physicians and EMS physician medical directors, educators, subject matter experts, operational specialists, and others.

In a collaborative partnership between OhioHealth EMS, our physician medical directors, EMS organizations, first responders, EMTs and paramedics, WE help ensure patient safety and quality care through continual communications, access to resources, progressive standards of care guidelines, traditional and experiential learning, and best-practice operational guidance.

Together we can create a total package of clinical, educational and operational resources for Emergency Medical Services.

Please contact us to learn more about the benefits of partnering with OhioHealth EMS for medical direction.

EMS Medical Directors

David Applegate, MD
Medical Director
Allen Twp Fire Department, Marysville OH
Leesburg Twp Fire Department, Marysville OH
Marysville Fire Department, Marysville OH
Northern Union County Joint Fire and Emergency Medical Services District, Richwood, OH
Union Township Fire Department, Milford Center OH

Joe Bocka, MD
Medical Director
Central Ohio EMS Training, Lucas, OH
Jefferson Township Fire Department, Bellville, OH
Mansfield Fire Department, Mansfield, OH
Mifflin Twp Fire Department, Mansfield, OH
Shelby Fire Department, Shelby, OH
Springfield Township Fire Department, Mansfield, OH
Troy Township Fire Department, Lexington, OH

John R Casey, DO
Medical Director
Critical Care Transport, Columbus, OH
Harmony Township Fire Department, Vienna, OH
Hustead EMS, Springfield, OH
Madison Township Fire Department, South Charleston, OH
Moorefield Township Fire Department, Springfield, OH
Lichen Fire Department, Springfield, OH
Pleasant Township Fire Department, Catawba, OH
Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District, Plain City, OH
Springfield Township Fire Department, Springfield, OH
Tolles Career and Technical Center, Plain City, OH

Eric J Cortez, MD
Associate Medical Director
Columbus Division of Fire, Columbus OH

Associate System EMS Medical Director
OhioHealth

Ann Dietrich, MD
Medical Director
OhioHealth EMS, EMS Education Division

Associate Medical Director for Pediatrics
OhioHealth EMS, Event Medicine Division
OhioHealth EMS, Operations Division
OhioHealth EMS, Outreach Education Division

Paul W Gabriel, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
Bensen Fire and Safety, Delaware, OH
Delaware Fire Department, Delaware OH
Washington Township Fire Department, Dublin, OH
OhioHealth EMS, Event Medicine Division
OhioHealth EMS, Operations Division
OhioHealth EMS, Outreach Education Division

Thomas J Gavin, MD
Medical Director
Genoa Township Fire Department, Galena, OH

Lawrence Lewis, MD
Medical Director
Battle Run Fire Department, Prospect, OH
First Consolidated Fire Department, Caledonia, OH
Ft. Morrow Fire Department, Waldo, OH
Green Camp Township Fire Department, Green Camp, OH.
Marion City Township Fire Department, Marion, OH
Marion Township Fire Dept, Marion, OH
New Vision Fire and Rescue, Marion, OH
Pleasant Township Fire Department, Marion, OH

Scioto Valley Fire Department, LaRue, OH
Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion, OH

Robert Lowe, MD
Medical Director
Franklin Township Fire Department, Columbus, OH
Hollywood Casino, Columbus, OH

Jackson Township Fire Department, Grove City, OH
Jefferson Township Fire Department, Grove City, OH
Liberty Township Fire Department, Raymond, OH

Mt. Sterling EMS, Mt. Sterling, OH
North East Champaign County Fire District, North Lewisburg, OH
Norwich Township Fire Department, Hilliard, OH
Ohio Fire Academy, Reynoldsburg, OH
Pleasant Township Fire Department, Grove City, OH
Prairie Township Fire Department, Columbus, OH
Scioto Township Fire Department, Commercial Point, OH
Tri-County Joint Fire District, Mt. Sterling, OH

System EMS Medical Director
OhioHealth

Shay O’Mara, MD
Associate Medical Director for Trauma

OhioHealth EMS, Event Medicine Division
OhioHealth EMS, Operations Division
OhioHealth EMS, Outreach Education Division

Brad Raetzke, MD
Medical Director
Hamilton Township Fire Department, Obetz, OH
Hanover Township Fire Department, Newark, OH
MedCare Ambulance, Columbus, OH

Assistant Medical Director
MedFlight

Medical Advisory Board
Upper Arlington Fire Department, Upper Arlington OH

Danni Schneider, DO
Medical Director
Circleville Fire Department, Circleville OH
Clearcreek Township Fire Department, Stoutsville OH

Harrison Township Fire Department, Ashville OH
Pickaway Township Fire Department, Circleville OH
Saltcreek-Tarlton Fire Department, Tarlton OH

Mark Seher, DO
Medical Director
Morrow County EMS

David A Tanner, DO
Medical Director
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH

Khanh Thai, MD
Medical Director
BST&G Fire District, Sunbury, OH

Warren K Yamarick, MD
Medical Director
Liberty Township Fire Department, Powell, OH

ACEP Statement

Excerpt from the American College of Emergency Physicians policy statement regarding Medical Control of Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services:

“The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that all aspects of the organization and provision of basic (including first responder) and advanced life support emergency medical services (EMS) require the active involvement and participation of physicians. ACEP also believes that EMS must have an identifiable physician medical director at the local, regional and state level.

“The primary role of the medical director is to ensure quality patient care. Responsibilities include involvement with the ongoing design, operation, evaluation and revision of the EMS system from initial patient access to definitive patient care.

“Each EMS system should ensure that the medical director has authority over patient care, authority to limit immediately the patient care activities of those who deviate from established standards or do not meet training standards, and the responsibility and authority to develop and implement medical policies and procedures.

“The EMS medical director’s qualifications, responsibilities and authority must be delineated in writing within each EMS system. Ideally, the EMS medical director will be a board-certified emergency physician. The EMS system has an obligation to provide the EMS medical director with the resources, authority and compensation commensurate with these responsibilities.”

www.acep.org/policystatements

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Additional Information

Online: Contact Us
Email: ems@ohiohealth.com
Telephone: (614) 566.9111