Section of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine

The cumulative expertise of the Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine members is exemplary, bringing in-depth knowledge of patient care, design and operation of EMS systems, dispatch protocols and communications, education of future EMS physicians, federal and state EMS laws and regulations, mass casualty and disaster preparation, and sound administrative and business practices.


To be a national leader in the education and development of the next generation of EMS physicians; to discover and translate new knowledge in the science and medicine of EMS to provide cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and compassionate clinical care of the highest quality; to improve the health of the communities we serve and beyond.


To be a worldwide Leader in EMS medicine.



MCW to provide medical oversight of MFD community paramedic pilot program

MCW LogoApril 29, 2015 MCW News - The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) is launching a Mobile Integrated Health Care/Community Paramedic Pilot Program on Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m. The new program is a collaboration between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), MFD, Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Nursing.

MCW will provide medical oversight of the new program, which is based on a national curriculum. M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine and medical director of Milwaukee county emergency medical services, will lead the oversight.

Mobile integrated healthcare is the provision of healthcare using mobile resources in an out-of-hospital environment. This can include services such as chronic disease management, post-discharge follow-up visits and preventive care. The approach will be enhanced to address several pressing issues in Milwaukee including infant mortality and asthma.

For nearly 35 years, the MCW Department of Emergency Medicine has partnered with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services to deliver scientifically-based, advanced emergency medical care to the citizens and visitors of Milwaukee County.


Tanzanian EMS leaders receive guidance from Emergency Medicine faculty

May 6, 2015 MCW News - Tanzanian doctors Peter Dattania (Head Trauma Services, Tumbi Hospital) and Christopher Mzava (Head Emergency Services, Amana Hospital) spent two weeks in April receiving advice and guidance from the EMS and disaster medicine section of the MCW Department of Emergency Medicine and from Milwaukee County EMS. Their goal is to advance emergency medical and trauma systems in Tanzania, where road traffic deaths disproportionately impact their country.

The visit was organized in coordination with the MCW Office of Global Health.

According to the World Health Organization data published in April 2011, Tanzania ranks #34 in road traffic crash deaths globally.

“Our goal is to create a pilot model emergency response system for urban and highway settings that can be cost effective, sustainable in the limited resource environment of Tanzania, and scaled up to be a national emergency response system for all of Tanzania,” stated Dr. Dattani. Model EMS programming in Milwaukee County is helping them shape their pilot.

“Our section is uniquely positioned to provide EMS and public health tools to partner with Drs. Dattania and Mzava in advancing emergency medical services for Tanzania” stated M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, section chief for EMS and disaster medicine and associate professor of emergency medicine.

“This collaboration is also mutually beneficial for EMS providers and educators in Milwaukee County,” said Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, associate dean of global health and chair of emergency medicine at MCW. “We are learning from each other about the many ways to strengthen the education of EMS providers and systems and to find the best ways to maximize patient outcomes from Milwaukee to Dar es Salaam.”

Kenneth Sternig, director of the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, Division of EMS, agreed.

“We benefit from our interactions with international health care providers in a number of ways,” he said. “Fire department EMS providers are exposed to other methods of delivering prehospital care, which helps our paramedics evaluate the care they provide within the Milwaukee County EMS system. The leadership at Milwaukee County EMS goes through a self-evaluation process each time we collaborate with international health care providers to share the services we provide for our EMS system. As a result of this process, we look closer at the services we provide to determine if they are best-practices. Working with international health care providers clearly benefits the Milwaukee County EMS system."

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