David Shatz, a trauma surgeon at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected as the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
The award will be presented at the annual California Emergency Medical Services Awards Program on Dec. 2 in San Francisco.
The EMS Authority’s Awards Program is intended to honor special advocacy meritorious acts, innovations or new approaches to improve EMS in the state, or other unique and/or significant contributions by EMS personnel. The EMS Medical Director of the Year Award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, online or offline, and who has served with distinction.
Shatz serves as the medical director for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, and is chair of the Northern California Regional Trauma Coordinating Committee and the San Joaquin County Trauma Adult Committee. Dan Burch, administrator of the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, nominated Shatz for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
“Dr. Shatz has dedicated countless hours providing insight and advice on trauma cases for the San Joaquin County Trauma Audit Committee,” Burch wrote. “His invaluable mentorship of the Trauma Audit Committee has contributed greatly to the successful implementation of San Joaquin County’s trauma system. Dr. Shatz’ leadership of the trauma quality improvement process has set a high standard for case review accountability in San Joaquin County.”
The EMS Authority cited Shatz' efforts to standardize trauma protocols across Northern California as part of the basis for his selection for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
Shatz is a professor in the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel.