The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine has many faculty members who have played a leadership role in the development of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). These include the pioneers, Dr. Dan Spaite, the EMS medical director of The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus (UAMC) and head of EMS research for the department, as well as Dr. Terry Valenzuela, the medical director of Tucson Fire Department, who are both internationally known for their contributions to EMS.
Dr. Harvey Meislin has also played a pivotal role in the development of EMS over the past 30 years. Dr. Dan Beskind is EMS fellowship-trained and is the EMS medical director of The University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus (UAMC-South), which is a base station for the basic life support portion of Southwest Ambulance, as well as the base station for the Air National Guard, Tucson Airport Authority, San Manuel Fire District, and Mount Lemmon Fire. Dr. Beskind is also involved in coordinating the EMS education for the residents in emergency medicine and the medical students at the University of Arizona including grand round topics in EMS, journal clubs related to EMS, and an online educational course to review EMS standing orders and telemetry calls.
Dr. Josh Gaither is EMS fellowship-trained and is involved in EMS research and development and he is involved in simulation training for EMS. Residents have also been involved in many EMS Scholar Quest projects over the years headed by Dr. Kurt Denninghoff and Uwe Stolz, PhD, MPH. Mary Ann Matter, RN is the EMS coordinator for UAMC; Mary McDonald, RN and Robert Callan P-EMT are the EMS coordinators for UAMC-South.