Edward M. Racht, MD, is the chief medical officer of American Medical Response, the largest EMS provider in the nation. He has been involved in EMS and healthcare systems for over 20 years. He’s also a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. 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. He serves on multiple national and local committees and advisory boards, and 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.