Edward M. Racht, MD

Edward M. Racht, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of American Medical Response, the largest EMS provider in the nation. He has been involved in Emergency Medical Services and healthcare systems for over 20 years. Most recently, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Metro Atlanta. Prior to this, Racht was the first full-time Medical Director for the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services System, where he spent 13 years. The System was nationally recognized in the Institute of Medicine’s Report on the state of emergency care for its collaborative approach to challenging healthcare integration issues. Racht helped develop a community-based approach to dramatically decreasing time intervals to STEMI and Stroke treatment, integrate a separate pediatric trauma facility into the community (the first such effort to delineate care in Texas), eliminate Emergency Department diversion in collaboration with the leadership of all hospitals in the region and establish a nationally recognized corporate response group made up of over 35 private organizations.

Racht received his undergraduate and medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Medicine Section of Emergency Medical Services at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He was appointed by two Governors of Virginia to three successive terms on the Virginia State EMS Advisory Board.

Dr. Racht is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In 1999, he was appointed as the first Chairperson of the State of Texas EMS & Trauma Advisory Council and served as Chair until 2008. He has also been extensively involved at the volunteer level with the American Heart Association both locally and nationally. He has been active in International healthcare, serving as a consultant to the World Bank and as the American founder of the Vladivostok and Moscow, Russia EMS Training Centers.

Racht served as the Federal Medical Advisor for the recent NHTSA Educational Standards Project, the coordinator of the Take Heart Austin Cardiac Arrest Initiative and serves on multiple national and local committees and advisory boards. Racht is a frequent educational and keynote speaker at the international level for acute healthcare, systems integration and the complexities of medical practice in the streets. He is well known for his “operationalizing medicine” initiatives.

Racht is the recipient of numerous awards including being named EMS Medical Director of the year for the State of Texas in 1999, the American Heart Association’s Paul Ledbetter MD Physician Volunteer of the Year Award, and being named a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” in 2008 by the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 1997, Racht was featured in a cover article in JEMS magazine on a “New Breed of Medical Directors”. In November 2008, Racht became the third Inductee in the Texas EMS, Trauma and Acute Care Foundation Hall of Fame.

 Edward M. Racht, MD, is the chief medical officer of American Medical Response.


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