Ben Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA named Chair
We are delighted to announce that Ben Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA has been named Chair of the UTHealth McGovern Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine.
We are grateful to Samuel Luber, MD and Samuel Prater, MD who have served as wonderful interim co-chairs of the Department of Emergency Medicine. On behalf of McGovern Medical School, we want to recognize and thank them for their leadership and dedication to advancing our clinical, teaching, and academic missions. They will both continue in key Emergency Medicine leadership roles.
Dr. Bobrow, recruited from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will join McGovern Medical School on June 1, 2019. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. Bobrow was Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, and Medical Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS and Trauma System. Dr. Bobrow received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his internship and residency training at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Bobrow has focused his career on implementing and rigorously evaluating emergency medical systems of care and mitigating the large and unacceptable disparities in access to high quality care. His work has focused on translational science aimed at improving outcomes for major public health problems such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, acute stroke, traumatic brain injury, and opioid overdose. He has partnered with public health departments, 9-1-1 and EMS agencies, hospitals, university researchers and the public to develop a statewide reporting and educational network for responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This effort resulted in a quadrupling of cardiac arrest survival and most importantly over 4,000 lives saved in Arizona since 2004. He has also helped achieve significant improvements in access to evidence-based acute stroke care and TBI treatment across Arizona. This implementation science has also helped shape international scientific guidelines and has been translated into improved patient outcomes around the world. Dr. Bobrow has led two NIH-funded prehospital studies designed to improve morbidity and mortality from TBI and continues to work with the US Department of Defense in this area. He is past Chairman of the AHA Basic Life Support Subcommittee, co-author of the IOM report on cardiac arrest, and PI of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s CPRLifeLinks Program.
Dr. Bobrow’s professional passion is in mentoring the next generation of clinicians and scientists to work collaboratively to implement and study effective therapies designed for everyone in the community. He also seeks to help trainees flourish in the rapidly evolving field of academic medicine, while being mindful of their personal health and well-being. He is very excited to be joining our community with his wife and two sons.
We are confident that Dr. Bobrow will continue our Emergency Department’s tremendous upward trajectory of growth, culture of collaboration, teaching, clinical and academic excellence.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ben Bobrow and his family to UTHealth and to Houston!