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Team Physicians

Not all physicians can provide effective medical care in the prehospital environment. The physicians on the Response Team have significant experience and training in out-of-hospital medicine. Four of the members of the team have obtained fellowship training in EMS. Two are also paramedics and two are interior firefighters. All team members have advanced training and experience in EMS and the specialized capability to provide field medical and surgical procedures. Only physicians with these advanced skills and operational experience have been selected to serve in this capacity.

Derek R. Cooney, MD, LEO, FACEP, FAAEM

Derek Cooney, MD

The Medical Director for the Physician Response Team.

Program Director of the EMS Medicine Fellowship Program.

Completed his EMS fellowship training at the Texas A&M Health Science Center /Scott & White.

Joined the faculty at Upstate in 2007.

Currently serves on the New York State EMS Council, the Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and is the acting-President of the Central New York EMS Council.


Christian Knutsen, MD, MPH, FACEP

Christian Knutsen, MD

Completed his two year EMS Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Joined the Emergency Department in 2009.

Masters in Public Health with a certificate in Disaster Preparedness, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Associate Director of the EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship

Medical Director for Upstate's EMS Programs

Chair of the REMAC EMS Education Committee


David Landsberg, MD, FF/EMT-P, FCCP

David Landsberg, MD

Has over 30 years experience in EMS including 5 years as a FDNY Paramedic as well as over 20 years in the fire service as an interior firefighter, which he continues today.

Works as a full-time Critical Care physician

Is an award winning educator of his peers holding academic ranks of Associate Professor in the Departments Medicine and Emergency Medicine here at Upstate.


Chris Tanski, MD, MSEd, EMT

Chris Tanski, MD, MSEd, EMT

Physician member of DMAT NY-4 (Federal Disaster Response Team)

Completed his EMS fellowship training at University of Buffalo

Joined Upstate faculty in 2014

Mercy Flight Western (Medical Control Physician)