Indianapolis EMS Announces New Chief Medical Director

INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Dan O’Donnell MD was appointed chief medical director of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) late yesterday. The appointment comes as former Chief Medical Director, Dr. Michael Olinger MD was appointed to the recently created position of Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for the State of Indiana. The official transition took place on Sunday, September 28th 2014.

Dr. O’Donnell earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. O’Donnell then completed his emergency medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and was one of the first to graduate from the Emergency Medical Service, Medical Director Fellow program offered by the Indiana University School of Medicine. The program is one of the few offered in the nation and seeks to develop and prepare emergency medicine physicians for the unique role of directing pre-hospital care performed by emergency medical technicians and paramedics. He has been the Deputy Medical Director for Indianapolis for over seven years now and is an integral part of the local first response system. Also, O’Donnell is currently on the faculty at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and is the medical director for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team as well as a medical specialist with Indiana Task Force 1.

Dr. Charles Miramonti MD, chief of IEMS said, “Dr. O’Donnell is an outstanding physician and medical director. He is an active participant in all facets of emergency care, from the streets to the emergency department. There is no better choice for the future of Indianapolis pre-hospital care.” The transition of medical direction in Indianapolis will be seamless as Dr. O’Donnell has been such an active part of the systems operational model.

Dr. Michael Olinger MD moves from a local role, to a statewide setting, to help set the pace for emergency medical service agencies across Indiana in his new position as state emergency medical services medical director. He will be working with Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in the Emergency Medical Services Section of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

“We are excited to have Dr. Olinger in this new position,” said State Fire Marshal Greeson. “His experience and knowledge will be a great advantage to the State of Indiana, and will increase the quality of our Emergency Medical Services statewide.”

“What a great asset for the advancement of emergency medical service delivery in Indiana and the region.” Miramonti said also adding that “Dr. Olinger has been a solid leader and mentor to the Indianapolis area and central Indiana EMT’s, paramedics, and physicians for over 20 years.”


IEMS is the largest provider of emergency pre-hospital medical care in the state, responding to nearly 100,000 911 calls each year. A division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, IEMS is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, with Eskenazi Health as the supervising health system. IEMS strives to provide the best pre-hospital medical services to the community through the endless pursuit of excellence in patient-centered care, education, efficiency, efficacy, safety and quality of service. IEMS serves the community not only through emergency care, but also through unique outreach programs and educational opportunities.

Our mission: Right care. Every patient. Every time.

To learn more about IEMS, visit www.IndianapolisEMS.org. You can also follow IEMS on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IndianapolisEMS), Twitter (http://twitter.com/IndianapolisEMS) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/IndianapolisEMS).

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