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Edward Panacek, an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis Medical Center, has been named as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The campaign, part of ACEP's 40th anniversary, recognizes emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.

"Emergency physicians are on the front lines of America's health care system, providing the essential community service of emergency care," says ACEP President Linda L. Lawrence. "The dedication, passion and commitment Dr. Panacek has shown embodies the vision of ACEP's founders and the ideals of our specialty."

Panacek was the first director of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine's residency program, which was established by Robert Derlet, former chair of the department. The residency training program has steadily grown into a highly regarded program. Panacek has authored over 150 papers and chapters that have contributed significantly to the foundation of knowledge within the emergency medicine field. He also has fostered the careers of many young emergency medicine practitioners and remains an active educator on both the national and international levels.

"Dr. Panacek has been one of the movers and shakers in emergency medicine who has helped develop this specialty over the past 20 years, we are proud of this honor."
— Robert Derlet, professor of emergency medicine

Keenly interested in developing and educating future researchers within emergency medicine, Panacek initiated, developed and implemented ACEP's highly respected and prescribed program, the Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills course. This course has already borne fruits, as its graduates have gone on to be productive researchers and authors of numerous papers. He has led an exemplary career in emergency medicine with profound dedication and determination.

"Dr. Panacek has been one of the movers and shakers in emergency medicine who has helped develop this specialty over the past 20 years," said Derlet. "We are proud of this honor."

The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating 40 years of advancing emergency care. Tens of thousands of lives are saved each year by emergency physicians and 115 million patients are treated in the nation's emergency departments. Emergency physicians are medical specialists who are experts in their field.

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with more than 25,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

UC Davis Health System is an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 577-bed acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center, and the 800-member physician group known as UC Davis Medical Group.