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SUNY Health Science Center physician elected president of National Association of EMS Physicians

Richard C. Hunt, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Syracuse, has been named president-elect of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Dr. Hunt will serve in that capacity from October 1998 through January 2001.

The NAEMSP, which has more than 1,200 members, including physicians, paramedics, nurses, administrators, educators, researchers and other EMS professionals, seeks to coordinate and focus advances in medical care, research and training in fields that relate to emergency medical services. A main goal of the NAEMSP, based in Lenexa, Kan., is the unification of physicians and non-physicians to work towards the advancement of out-of-hospital emergency medical care.

Dr. Hunt, a member of the NAEMSP since 1988, has served as secretary treasurer and chair of the finance committee and the air medical services committee.

"I am honored and grateful to be able to lead this important national association into the next century," said Dr. Hunt. "The changes that emergency medical services are likely to see in the next century will be dramatic and its impact on health care is something that must be studied and reviewed carefully."

Prior to Dr. Hunt's April 1998 appointment at the SUNY Health Science Center, he served since 1990 in a number of roles, including as chief of the Division of Air Medical Services and vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, at East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C.

His funded research projects include a study on the use of photographs of motor vehicle accidents as a triage tool in emergency departments and the quality of medical care during air medical transports. His research has been published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Air Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association, among others, and he has presented his work at conferences worldwide.

In addition to his research and work as an attending physician in the emergency department of University Hospital of the SUNY Health Science Center, Dr. Hunt teaches courses on basic and pediatric life support.

Dr. Hunt received his medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as chief resident from 1987 to 1988.

The SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse is one of 127 academic health centers in the nation and one of four health science centers in the State University of New York system. It serves as central New York's regional referral center for professional education, patient care and biomedical research. The 350-bed University Hospital serves as the primary facility for the SUNY Health Science Center's medical and biomedical teaching programs.