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David E. Persse, MD, FACEP

David E. Persse, MD, FACEP, started his career in medicine with 10 ten years' experience as a field paramedic and paramedic instructor in Buffalo, N.Y., and upstate New Jersey. After studying pre-med at Columbia University in New York, he attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then completed an emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. He later completed a resuscitation research fellowship at Ohio State University and was then awarded a grant from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine to complete fellowship training in EMS and resuscitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Emergency Medical Services program.

Following his EMS fellowship, Dr. Persse became the assistant medical director for the EMS System of Houston, overseeing field operations and clinical research trials. He then moved to California to become the medical director of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute, and the assistant medical director of the Los Angeles County EMS Agency. In 1996 Dr. Persse returned to Houston to assume the role of the Director of EMS for Houston.

Dr. Persse now serves as a Board Member for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He is also an editorial reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Emergency Care and Academic Emergency Medicine. He regularly participates in the Texas State legislative process for EMS activities and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians for which he served as chairman of the colleges’ EMS committee and was the founding president of the EMS Physicians of Texas. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the South East Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Dr. Persse has been a member of the College of Fellows of the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch. In 2004 Dr. Persse was confirmed by the mayor and City Council as the public health authority for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Since that time he has been awarded the Michael K. Copass Award by the U.S. Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors (2009), the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award by the National Association of EMS Physicians (2007) and the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the Greater Houston EMS Council (2005).

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The Value of CPAP

Recent data from the Houston Fire Department suggests that about half the time paramedics use CPAP, they ultimately avoid an intubation.


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