American Heart Association Honors Richard Cummins
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) have named Dr. Richard O. Cummins, professor of medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine, as one of their five 2005 Honorees for Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the 2005 International Conference on Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care in Dallas. The five were selected for their landmark contributions; authorship of books, articles and education and teaching materials; and development of innovative technological and scientific breakthroughs. The awards are given every five years.
Cummins has been active in many aspects of resuscitation science, including evidence-based analysis of resuscitation research and international collaboration in developing common treatment recommendations. He served as co-editor of the International Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and helped found ILCOR. Cummins also was an early advocate of pre-hospital automated external defibrillator (AED) use by trained rescuers. He led development of the AHA's advanced cardiac life-support teaching materials.
UW faculty Leonard Cobb and Mickey Eisenberg are previous winners of this honor.