NAEMT appoints new medical director, assistant medical director

Dr. Douglas F. Kupas was named as the NAEMT's new medical director, and Dr. Jeffrey L. Jarvis will serve as the association's assistant medical director

By Laura French

CLINTON, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has announced the appointments of its new medical director and assistant medical director. 

Douglas F. Kupas, MD, EMT-P, FAEMS, FACEP, was named the new medical director of the NAEMT, and Jeffrey L. Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS, will serve as the association's new assistant medical director, effective Jan. 1. 

Kupas and Jarvis will provide advice and guidance to the NAEMT Board of Directors on medical issues related to the association's activities, including its policies, position statements, programs and vendor agreements, to ensure consistency with accepted pre-hospital clinical standards and practice, according to the NAEMT. Kupas will also serve as a non-voting member of the NAEMT Board. 

"Our association is quite honored to have Dr. Kupas and Dr. Jarvis supporting our mission and members with their tremendous knowledge and expertise," said NAEMT President Bruce Evans, in a statement. "We are fortunate and deeply grateful to have such distinguished physicians willing to contribute their time to NAEMT." 

Kupas is the medical director for Geisinger EMS and director of mobile integrated healthcare for the Geisinger Health System, where he has spent the last 30 years of his professional career. He is an EMS physician, professor of emergency medicine and resuscitologist, and has been the EMS medical director for the state of Pennsylvania for the past 20 years. Kupas has 40 years of EMS experience, having first joined Lower Kiski Ambulance Services in Leechburg, Pa., on his 16th birthday. 

Jarvis is the EMS medical director for the Williamson County EMS system in Texas and also serves as the medical director for Marble Falls Area EMS. He is an emergency physician at Baylor Scott & White Health in Round Rock, Texas, and is the chief medical officer for FlightBridgeED. Jarvis began his career as a paramedic with Williamson County EMS in 1988. 

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