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Carol A. Cunningham, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Dr. Carol Cunningham was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS in July 2004 and is a board certified emergency physician at Akron General Medical Center and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is the current chairperson of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Medical Directors Council and serves on Ohio’s State Medical Coordination Committee. Dr. Cunningham received her medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. She has seven years of experience as a flight physician, eleven years of experience as a tactical EMS medical director, and is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cunningham completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s James Keaney Leadership Award.

Dr. Cunningham was appointed to the EMS Examination Task Force by the American Board of Emergency Medicine as an item writer for the EMS subspecialty examination in addition to her continued duties as an oral board examiner. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of EMS (JEMS), a contributing editor for the EMS Insider, and an ad hoc member of the Department of Health and Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Care Technology and Decision Science panel. Dr. Cunningham is the NASEMSO physician representative working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the National EMS Education Standards Implementation Team and was a member of the Education and Workforce Committee of the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). She also serves on the EMS Program Steering Committee of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group, and the EMS Support Team of the Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Integration Center Strategic Resource Group.

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