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Pitt Professor Named to National Emergency Medicine Panel

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2010 – Daniel Patterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of  Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been appointed to the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

One of 23 leaders appointed to serve on the panel, Dr. Patterson is an expert on teamwork and team communication in emergency care and has authored numerous papers on such topics as workforce trends in emergency medical services and safety culture.

He and others on the council, chartered in 2007, will provide advice to the U.S. Department of Transportation and its federal partners on EMS issues, including safety culture, recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, quality assurance, federal grants for emergency services and preparation for multi-casualty incidents.

“I am honored to be chosen for this prominent council and to share the collective expertise from Pitt and UPMC,” said Dr. Patterson, who joined Pitt in 2007. He is also director of research for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, a research and educational consortium dedicated to the advancement of emergency medicine and part of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

Dr. Patterson received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 2004, his master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2000.

Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine is ranked consistently in the top five in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Its faculty, fellows and residents have received more national emergency medicine awards and honors than any other in the country. One of the largest in the nation, the department’s residency program comprises 48 trainees over three years, as well as multiple fellows in advanced programs.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see www.medschool.pitt.edu.

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