The Center for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center serves as an expert resource for current EMS systems in their quest to improve outcomes for cardiac arrest, trauma and other emergencies. 

By uniting the efforts of the pre-hospital EMS providers with the hospital-based team at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, the Ohio State Center for EMS has been charged with providing the community the best opportunity for survival and quality of life in emergency situations.

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Center for EMS has made education a significant priority, with the long term goal of improving patient outcomes through enhanced EMS training and expertise. To this end, the center provides ongoing training and education to medical directors, EMS personnel and the community at large. 

For more information or to schedule a training session for your unit, please contact the Center for EMS at 614-293-0532 or by email at

Medical Direction

The Center provides comprehensive medical direction, quality improvement and systems design services for local EMS agencies and the communities they serve. This vital role helps to improve the quality of care patients receive in the pre-hospital setting.

The EMS physicians at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center are board certified emergency physicians with extensive training and EMS experience. Each has completed the requirements set forth by the State of Ohio for the position of medical director and has knowledge and training in the following areas:
  • Medical aspects of care consistent with the mission profile of both ground and air ambulance services
  • Aspects of ground service EMS units, including pertinent regulatory and safety issues, vehicle capabilities, and equipment requirements and performance
  • Operational aspects of communications equipment and dispatch procedures
  • Training in pre-hospital and inter-hospital transport issues and laws
  • Medical control and medical command issues, such as protocols, standing orders, triage and the capabilities of care providers
  • Quality improvement theories and applications

We currently provide medical direction to the following: 
  • Clinton Township Fire Department
  • Columbus State Community College EMS Program
  • MedFlight
  • National Trail Raceway
  • Newark Fire Department
  • Worthington Fire Department
  • Upper Arlington Fire Department
  • Jerome Township Division of Fire
  • Whitehall Division of Fire
  • Delaware County EMS

Online CEU's

The Center for EMS is pleased to offer continuing education courses online for EMS professionals. Check back often for newly released courses.

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Cooking with Fire 

We're proud to partner with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Mobile Education Kitchen for our Cooking with Fire events. The mobile kitchen was purchased through the James Fund for Life’s Celebration for Life program, which supports cancer research at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Each month, we bring nutrition services chefs and nutrition experts to different stations to educate our EMS providers on healthy, cancer-preventive foods and show you quick, easy ways to prepare them.

Interested in having Cooking with Fire at your station? Contact us at 

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The center conducts clinical pre-hospital research, and facilitates interdepartmental research focusing on pre-hospital care, including sudden cardiac arrest and trauma. We also provide opportunities for EMS involvement in clinical laboratories, research and other services throughout Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

We are currently involved in a variety of research projects, including:

Heartmobile Project

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a pioneer in developing Emergency Medical Services. In 1969, Dr. James Warren, a Ohio State physician, initiated the Heartmobile project in cooperation with the Columbus Division of Fire. Warren demonstrated that patients could be successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting. He went on to demonstrate that firefighters could be trained in advanced resuscitation techniques.

The Center for EMS is dedicated to maintaining our tie to this important piece of Columbus and national history and is a major contributor to the Heartmobile project, focused on the restoration of this landmark.

Learn more about the Heartmobile project.

Time Critical Diagnoses (TCD)


The Ohio State Comprehensive Burn Center is the only adult burn center in central Ohio. Our team of specialists treats a variety of burns ranging from minor to severe for more than 700 patients each year. We provide inpatient and outpatient care for burn wounds, complex burn management and serious skin conditions. For more information or non-emergency treatment, call 614-293-BURN (2876).

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The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) houses the nation’s first fully-integrated cancer emergency department. This allows cancer patients with urgent, sometimes life-threatening, issues access to highly skilled teams of oncology and emergency medicine experts. 

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Heart and Vascular

The Heart and Vascular Emergency Program optimizes treatment of emergent, time-critical and life-threatening cardiovascular conditions. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the level 1 program facilitates rapid response to aortic dissection, aortic rupture, limb ischemia, pulmonary embolism and STEMI. Utilizing a protocol for rapid activation of surgical teams and resources, the level 1 system focuses the entire staff in a coordinated response to these time-critical emergencies.

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Ohio State’s emergency team provides rapid assessment and treatment of sepsis and septic shock. Our sepsis alert system allows EMS to activate an alert from the field and expedite life-saving interventions, including administration of antibiotics. This early detection and rapid treatment is critical to saving patients’ lives.


Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) is available at Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital as well as at East Hospital. At either location, a “STEMI alert” from the field will result in immediate activation, around the clock, of the cardiac catheterization lab intervention team. A new program for our EMS providers allows them to obtain CEU credit on-site, in both of our cath labs, for observing a cardiac catheterization procedure.

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At the Ohio State Comprehensive Stroke Center, our physicians, nurses and researchers are at the forefront of stroke care, developing and delivering the most advanced and innovative treatment techniques. A stroke alert is called by paramedics while the patient is in transport to our facilities in order to activate our in-house stroke team, available around-the-clock, to ensure that we are ready to evaluate the patient upon arrival. 

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With more than 20 hospital partners, Ohio State’s Telestroke Collaborative program enhances quality and efficiency of stroke care, around the clock, to patients, allowing immediate access to board certified vascular neurologists who provide real-time consultation to hospitals across Ohio.


Designated as a level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, Ohio State is widely recognized for its expertise in the care of trauma patients, with on-site physicians in more than 40 medical specialties. We offer specialized care services, including the only emergency department in central Ohio with hyperbaric medicine facilities specifically for emergency care. A one-call referral hotline, 614-366-8111, facilitates rapid activation of appropriate surgical teams and resources.

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Our Team

Michael Dick

Michael Dick, MD

Medical Director, Ohio State Center for EMS; Medical Director, Emergency Department - East Hospital; Medical Director, Upper Arlington Fire Department

Dr. Dick started his career as a medic and is a long-standing leader in the regional EMS community, serving previously as medical director for the Upper Arlington Fire Department. Over the course of his career, Dr. Dick has served on multiple Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) committees, including the Emergency Services Advisory Board, the stroke committee and the STEMI committee. Dr. Dick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado prior to completing a master’s degree in anatomic pathology at The Ohio State University. He then earned his MD and completed both his emergency medicine residency and critical care fellowship at Ohio State.
Tyler Tumberg, MBA, MHA

Tyler Tumberg, MBA, MHA

Manager, Emergency Department Business & Operations – University Hospital; Administrator, Center for EMS

Prior to starting his role at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Tyler was the administrative fellow in the two-year joint administrative fellowship program between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. During his fellowship, he led a number of operational and strategic initiatives while reporting to each organization’s leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton where he earned a bachelor of science degree, and of Saint Louis University where he earned master’s degrees in Business and in Health Administration.

Travis Webb

Outreach Coordinator - Education and Communications

Prior to joining Ohio State, Travis served as communications specialist and transport coordinator for MedFlight of Ohio, and also served as an intermediate emergency medical technician. He is a graduate of Columbus State Community College and is currently studying biology as a pre-medicine major at The Ohio State University.

Our Faculty

Jeffrey Caterino MD

Jeffrey Caterino, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Caterino, who joined Ohio State in 2004, is also professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, associate dean for Research in the College of Medicine, vice chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine and a member of the college’s Compensation Committee.

An accomplished clinician-scientist, Dr. Caterino has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, serves as a national leader in research and is a strong supporter of women and people underrepresented in medicine (URM).

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Eric J. Adkins, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Adkins is the medical director of the Emergency Department at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on main campus. He completed his medical degree at West Virginia University in 2002, followed by a five-year residency program for both emergency medicine and internal medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, where he served as chief resident in his final year of training. In 2010 he completed a three-year fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, having served as chief fellow.

Ashley Larrimore, MD

Co-Medical Director, MedFlight of Ohio: Medical Director, Newark Fire Department; Medical Director, Whitehall Division of Fire; Asst. Medical Director, Clinton Township Fire Department

Dr. Larrimore completed her emergency medicine residency at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her fellowship in emergency medical services at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Fire Department/UC Aircare and Mobile Care. Larrimore is particularly interested in air medical transport and paramedic education.

Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., MD, FACC, FSCAI

Medical Director, Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital

Dr. Mazzaferri is a high-volume interventional cardiologist who specializes in radial catheterization. An active participant in the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program at Ohio State, he implanted the first ventricular partitioning device (VPD) in the United States in March 2008. Mazzaferri also is chair for the Central Ohio Mission Lifeline STEMI Accelerator Program, served a term on the American Heart Association’s STEMI Science Advisory Task Force and for many years chaired the Mission Lifeline: Ohio Hospital Working group.

Ashish Panchal, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Delaware County EMS; Assistant Medical Director, Worthington Division of Fire and EMS

Dr. Panchal began his career as a researcher, completing a PhD at Case Western Reserve University. Following this, he went to The Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, then completed a residency in emergency medicine and was elected chief resident. A board certified emergency physician, Dr. Panchal practiced at the University of Arizona prior to joining Ohio State. His interests include undergraduate medical education, emergency ultrasonography and cardiovascular research on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Craig Key

Craig Key, MD

Medical Director, Clinton Township Fire Department; Medical Director, National Trail Raceway; Medical Director; Ohio Fire Academy

Douglas Rund

Douglas Rund, MD

Professor Emeritus; Medical Director, City of Worthington Division of Fire and EMS; Medical Director, Columbus State Community College - Emergency Medical Services

Dr. Rund is the founder of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. A graduate of Yale University and Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Rund served as chief of Emergency Medicine from 1978-2011. He has served as president of the OSU Physicians and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the OSU Hospital System and Board of Directors of the OSU Health Plan. He is a fellow of the National Association of EMS Physicians and a member of the editorial board of Prehospital Emergency Care, the official journal of NAEMSP.
James Ryan

James Ryan, MD

Medical Director, Memorial Tournament/Muirfield

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Leo Boggs, MD

Medical Director, Jerome Township Division of Fire

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