Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, FAEMS, MCCM, MACP
Medical Director, Dallas County (TX) EMS/Public Safety; Professor of Management, Policy & Community Health, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston (TX); Voluntary Professor of Surgery, University of Miami, FL
For over four decades, Dr. Paul Pepe has pioneered many of the patient care advances in resuscitation medicine commonly used today. As a critical care specialist with interest in resuscitation, Dr. Pepe was asked to serve the Seattle Fire Department in 1970s as an on-scene evaluating “street doctor” which led his own role in creating innovative research and quality performance in the realm of resuscitation medicine, and particularly cardiac arrest.
Later as the EMS Medical Director for Houston (TX), he remained a street denizen and stewarded dramatically-increased survival rates for both cardiac arrest and critical trauma patients through landmark emergency care research. Scientific contributions covered 9-1-1 dispatch functions, highly-choreographed on-scene interventions and receiving facilities’ management of resuscitated patients. Later serving as Commonwealth Emergency Medical Director for Pennsylvania (late 1990s), he became the Chief Medical Director for Dallas County (TX) in 2001. He is also Medical Director for Research, Education & Special Operations for many south Florida public safety agencies in Broward, Palm Beach and Polk counties involved in resuscitative care..
Among, many notable accomplishments, he founded the National Association of EMS Physicians in 1984 and, in 1998, organized the highly-respected Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Global Alliance (aka “Eagles”). He also helped to co-found and organize the National Institutes of Health Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, later helping with study design, evaluation and publication. Having conducted over two-dozen clinicals published in high-profile journals, he has gained unparalleled, invaluable experience in implementing out-of-hospital research and translating those findings into exceptional scientific communications.
As a result of this expertise, Dr, Pepe has routinely served as the sought-after emergency medicine and trauma consultant for many high-profile entities ranging from the White House Medical Unit to the NBA trainers Association. He has published over 500 full-length scientific papers, including many landmark publications such as the “Chain of Survival” treatise, the first description of Auto-PEEP, permissive hypotension in trauma, re-appraisal of mouth-to-mouth breathing in CPR, the Chicago airport AED study, successful on-scene management of pediatric cardiac arrest and the first clinical translation of “heads-up CPR”. Most recently, he has received back-to-back (2020, 2021) Star Research Achievement awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) for his latest ground-breaking investigations in the realm of resuscitation medicine and related neuroscience and, this past fall, he was named the national Medical Director of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.