CHARLOTTE, NC – Benjamin J. Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, has been awarded the 2018 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Benjamin J. Lawner is recognized as an emergency medicine advocate focusing on clinical and educational excellence. Dr. Lawner is currently the Medical Director of Prehospital Services for Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His academic and operational responsibilities include oversight for EMS agencies, a critical care transport program, and graduate medical education in emergency medical services.
Dr. Lawner’s educational background includes completion of EMT training, paramedic school, Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and is in the process of securing official approval for an EMS fellowship program. During and in between his years in school and trainings Lawner was always been deeply involved in the education of EMS providers from college and university-level EMS programs.
Lawner has helped lead the way in developing a greater scope of practice for advanced providers. He helped to formulate evidence-based protocols regarding spinal protection and the use of Ketamine in the prehospital setting. In 1995 he helped start the University of Florida’s first basic life support squad. Later at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he supervised a dedicated medical student elective in EMS and provided medical direction for various mass gathering events. In 2009 he began serving as the Deputy Medical Director for the Baltimore City Fire Department. During his time in Maryland, he focused on mental health treatment, and advocating for the development of “sobering centers” for those under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and allowing these patients having a safe place to be monitored while lessening the burden on the EMS system.
Founded in July 1995, the mission of the Street Medicine Society (SMS) is to provide an informal forum for the growing group of physicians who got their start as EMS professionals, providing inspiration and expertise for the industry and to serve as advocates and mentors for the modern EMS professional.
John P. Pryor, MD, FACS, an EMS physician, was killed on Dec. 25, 2008, while serving in Iraq. Dr. Pryor posthumously received the first award in his name at the 2009 EMS Today Conference. Each year the SMS awards a physician who has come up through the ranks as an EMS provider and constantly demonstrates a sincere and ongoing dedication to the betterment of EMS through clinical excellence or educational, logistical and/or humanitarian initiatives.
JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) seeks to improve patient care in the prehospital setting and promote positive change in EMS by delivering information and education from industry leaders, change makers and emerging voices. With a rich tradition of editorial excellence and an unparalleled consortium of subject matter experts and state-of-the-science content, JEMS fulfills its commitment to EMS providers, instructors and administrators through all media channels including online and print.
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