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Brownsburg Physician Chosen as new State EMS Medical Director
Updated February 12, 2018 9:25 AM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) today announced that Dr. Michael Kaufmann will serve as the agency's new medical director for its Emergency Medical Services Division.

In this new role, Dr. Kaufmann will provide specialized medical oversight and consultation in the development and administration of EMS policy development, certification support and regulation. "Dr. Kaufmann is an outstanding physician and medical director," said IDHS Executive Director Bryan J. Langley. "He is an active participant in all facets of emergency care and his knowledge and experience in this area will be a driving force in the advancement and improvement of emergency medical services in Indiana."

Starting his medical career in 1992 as a certified Emergency Medical Technician for then Bloomington Hospital, Dr. Kaufmann went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. He continued his training in emergency medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Metro Health program in Cleveland, Ohio where he also flew as a flight physician for more than three years. In 2013, Dr. Kaufmann was one of the first physicians in the country to become board certified in the newly established medical specialty of Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Kaufmann also serves as the EMS Medical Director for St. Vincent Health where he has been a board-certified emergency physician for nearly seventeen years. In that time, Dr. Kaufmann has been the EMS medical director for several public safety agencies throughout the state including the Carmel, Decatur, Fishers, Pike Township, Whitestown and Zionsville Fire Departments to name a few. Dr. Kaufmann has also served as the medical director for the St. Vincent Critical Care Transport program, which includes neonatal, pediatric and maternal-fetal specialty care transport, as well as the St. Vincent StatFlight helicopter transport program. In his free time, he is the medical director for the Hope Free Clinic in Cicero, Indiana. He is a founding member and president of the National Association of EMS Physicians Indiana Chapter. Kaufmann was named the Indiana Fire Chief's Association EMS Medical Director of the year in both 2009 and 2015.

Dr. Kaufmann will oversee all pre-hospital aspects of the statewide EMS system, establish model guidelines and best practices to ensure delivery of medical care consistent with professionally recognized standards and assist IDHS Executive Director Langley in consulting with other EMS medical directors and the Indiana EMS Commission, among other duties. Dr. Kaufmann is dedicated to improving the delivery and quality of EMS care throughout the state of Indiana and IDHS is excited to welcome him in his new role.

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