JEMS Editorial Board Member Killed in Iraq

 

 
 
 

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS | | Friday, December 26, 2008


It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Major John Pryor, MD, a member of theJEMSEditorial Board who was killed by mortar fire on Christmas Day in Iraq while serving as a trauma surgeon in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps., 1st Forward Surgical Team (FST).

Dr. Pryor was a trauma-critical care surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and served as Penn's Trauma Program Director and the Director of the Office of Life Support Education for the Division of Trauma. He completed medical school and general surgery training at the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., and completed fellowship training in trauma surgery and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. after the attacks of 9/11 and served two active duty tours as the trauma surgeon for the 344th Combat Support Hospital in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, during 2006, and then with the 1st FST in 2008.

He focused on clinical research in the areas of trauma, critical care and acute care surgery. His areas of special interest included thoracic trauma, vascular injury, disaster management, prehospital trauma care, development of the acute care surgery model, appendicitis and care of the open abdominal wound.

Some of Dr. Pryor's popular JEMS articles included:

Dr. Pryor's work was featured in the Washington Post on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. He wrote a compelling article on urban trauma entitled,"The War in West Philadelphia"from his perspective as a civilian and military trauma surgeon.

On Aug. 13, 2007, Dr. Pryor was featured on NPR Radio, discussing his "War at Home" article and describing the significant problem of urban violence, particularly in the West Philadelphia area near the University of Pennsylvania. You canlisten to his interview on NPR.

Dr. Pryor was a close friend and colleague of JEMS Medical Editor Ed Dickinson, MD, a member of the emergency department staff at the University of Pennsylvania.

John's favorite quote, by Albert Schweitzer, hangs in his office and captures the essence of John Pryor:

" Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't lie in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too."

Funeral arrangements for Dr. Pryor and other information will be posted on jems.com.

To post a tribute message or links to others articles about Dr. Pryor, please visit this page onJEMS Connect.

UPDATE 12/30/08:

A Public Wake will be held at:

Moorestown Memorial Home

334 Chester Ave.

Moorestown, NJ 08057

Cards and Letters of Condolences may be sent to the Moorestown Memorial Home at the above address.

A Public Funeral Mass will be held at:

Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter and Paul

18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.catholicweb.com

The Schedule for this Mass will be announced when Dover AFB processing is complete.

Donations

With the Public Response to John s Death his Family asks that the public consider donations to these charities in Lieu of Flowers:

An Educational Trust Fund for the Children of Dr. John Pryor: Additional information on how to donate to this fund will be posted atwww.drjohnpryor.comin the near future.

The National Military Family Association

The Fisher House (Helping Military Families)

For more information, visitwww.drjohnpryor.com.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Leadership and Professionalism, Line of Duty Deaths, Training

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Simulation-Based Assessment Facilitates Learning & Enhances Clinical Judgment

Simulation is an educational tool that can be used to develop and refine clinical skills of the student in a controlled environment before they progress to becoming practicing clinicians.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

REMSA Programs Helps Reduce Hospital Visits

Community paramedic effort goes into service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

City Official Challenges San Francisco Fire Chief

Ambulance response times among problems noted by city supervisor.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Texas Ambulance Crash

Victoria ambulance collides with civilian vehicle.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Medics Ditch Pants for Kilts

“Real men do wear kilts.”
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

CO Leak at Illinois School

Girard incident sends over 130 to hospitals.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On September 2014

Who gets thumbs up this month?
More >


Multimedia Thumb

NYC Sept. 11 Anniversary

View images from the ceremony at Ground Zero.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >