PHILADELPHIA — Roger A. Band, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC), which advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on all EMS matters and related issues on the nation's roadways.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood appointed Band to the post alongside other leaders in the emergency medical services (EMS). "The leadership and professional expertise of the new Council members will help NHTSA ensure that the nation's emergency response services have the most up-to-date information so they can focus on saving lives," said Secretary LaHood.
Administered by NHTSA, the NEMSAC provides expert advice and recommendations to the safety agency and its federal partners on key issues including recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, quality assurance, data collection and EMS education over the course of a two-year term.
Band has led several research projects on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and is the author of numerous papers on prehospital emergency care, including the delivery of resuscitative care for cardiac arrest patients and interventions for other critically ill patients, such as those with penetrating trauma injuries and sepsis. He also serves as a reviewer for several of trauma- and emergency medicine-related journals, and was an EMT and paramedic for over ten years.
He graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Florida and earned his medical degree Jefferson Medical College. He came to the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 to pursue his Emergency Medicine residency training and joined the department's faculty in 2005. In addition to his clinical and administrative responsibilities in the Emergency Medicine department, Band serves as the Medical Director for developing world travel for the WJ Clinton Foundation, personal physician to former President Clinton, and as medical advisor for the University of Pennsylvania Police Department's Emergency Response Team.
To read the full press release about the new appointments, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's web site.
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The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.
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