City Manager Marc A. Ott announced today, June 10, the appointment of Dr. Mark E. Escott, Health Authority for the Montgomery County Public Health District in Southeast Texas, as the Medical Director for Austin/Travis County.
Escott, who will begin in Austin Sept. 1, began his emergency services career as an EMT, firefighter and paramedic 25 years ago in the Houston area. He currently serves as Director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services/Disaster Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of both the EMS Collaborative Research Group and the EMS Fellowship Program. Dr. Escott recently completed a three-year term as Medical Director of the Montgomery County Hospital District which was recognized in 2013 as the Texas EMS Service of the Year during his tenure.
Escott has served as Medical Director of Rice University’s Emergency Medical Services for the past six years, a program he founded while an undergraduate two decades ago. He also works as Associate Medical Director for Emergency Services District No. 48 in West Harris County.
“Dr. Escott’s experience balances knowledge of innovative academic concepts with practical application of emergency response care,” Ott said. “I look forward to working with him to ensure that our residents receive the best emergency medical care possible.”
Escott is board certified in emergency medicine and was one of the first EMS subspecialty board certified physicians in the United States. He is Chair-Elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Section of EMS-Prehospital Medicine. This association is the largest professional organization of emergency medicine board-certified physicians in the United States.
Escott earned his medical degree from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He also has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University.
He formerly provided oversight for EMS, Fire Departments, and SWAT teams both in the Houston area and in Pennsylvania where he served on the faculty of Penn State until 2010.
He will replace Dr. Mark Ackrell who served as Acting Medical Director since September 2015 after the resignation of Dr. Paul Hinchey.