EMS Faculty

Our faculty include physicians nationally recognized as leaders in the field of EMS:

 Michael Sayre, MD

Professor, Emergency Medicine
EMS Fellowship Director
Medical Director, Seattle Fire Department

Dr. Sayre came to UW via Ohio, where he was the Research Director for the Center for EMS at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Sayre is also a former chairman of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.  Upon arriving in Seattle in 2012, Dr. Sayre became the Associate Medical Director for Operations for the Seattle Fire Department.  He also began work to create our EMS Fellowship. In 2014, following Dr. Copass's retirement, he became the Medical Director for the Seattle Fire Department. Dr. Sayre's mission is to build the best EMS Fellowship training in the country.

 Tom Rea, MD, MPH

Professor, General Internal Medicine,
Medical Director South King County Medic One

Dr. Rea's professional focus on factors contributing to the risks of and repercussions from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest spurred his involvement with Medic One.  He is an active researcher, leading clinical trials and analyzing Medic One process and outcomes data collected thru the years. He completed his IM residency at the University of Washington and is the recipient of several King County EMS and Medic One awards.  Dr. Rea is the Medical Director for South King County Medic One.

 Mickey Eisenberg, MD, Ph.D

Professor, Emergency Medicine
Medical Program Director for King County

For over 30 years, Dr. Eisenberg's research in the areas of cardiac arrest, defibrillation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation has guided the direction of EMS in the Seattle and King County area.  Recently, Dr. Eisenberg has worked to share the approach to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest developed in Seattle and King County with other cities.  His book, "Resuscitate: How Your Community Can Improve Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest", is now in its second edition.  Dr. Eisenberg is the medical leader of prehospital emergency care for King County, Washington State’s most populous county.

 David Carlbom, MD

Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Program Director for UW/Harborview Medical Center Paramedic Training Program

As a teenager, Dr. Carlbom began his EMS career as a volunteer with the Bainbridge Island, WA EMS. He became an EMT and then attended medical school at the University of Washington.  A gifted educator, his expertise in trauma and prehospital critical care led to a long-term teaching relationship with paramedic students.  In 2012, he was named Medical and Program Director for UW/HMC paramedic training program.  Dr. Carlbom completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado and his pulmonary critical care fellowship at the University of Washington.

 Richard Utarnachitt, MD

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Medical Director for Airlift Northwest

Dr. Utarnachitt completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He moved west to join the faculty of emergency medicine at UW and the Harborview ED.  He quickly became known as an enthusiastic and engaging educator, plus an advocate for medical student and resident education.  His involvement in medical student clinical and curriculum development led to an appointment as co-director for the medical student clerkship.  This background in education, coupled with a strong interest in medical aviation, led to his selection as Medical Director for Airlift Northwest in 2011.