Professor Emeritus Leonard Cobb was honored for his pioneering work in prehospital care in the July issue of the journal Resuscitation. Mickey Eisenberg, professor of medicine and director of UW Medical Center Emergency Services, wrote the article in the journal as part of a series entitled "The Resuscitation Greats."
Cobb became the director of cardiology at Harborview in 1963 and a professor of medicine in 1971. At that time he also worked in collaboration with then-Seattle Fire Chief Gordon Vickery and others to establish the first paramedic-staffed mobile intensive care unit (known as Medic One) in Seattle. The program was initially funded by the Washington/Alaska Regional Medical Program and was one of the first of its type in the nation.
The Eisenberg article details the genesis of the innovative "tiered-response" system of Seattles Medic One program as well as Cobbs personal contributions to medicine and cardiac arrest management. Among these contributions is the development of citizen CPR training. Seattle currently has the highest percentage of population trained in CPR of any city in the world. Seattle is also recognized as having the highest survival rate from cardiac arrest of any city.