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Former paramedic chosen as president of ACEP

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 15, 2004

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Robert Suter, DO, was elected president of the American College of Emergency Physicians last month at its annual meeting in San Francisco.

He is the first physician to serve in the role who worked full-time in emergency medical services as an EMT and paramedic.

Dr. Suter is emergency department medical director at Spring Branch Medical Center in Houston, and a partner in Greater Houston Emergency Physicians. He holds appointments as an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas-Southwestern, the Medical College of Georgia and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

He was elected to ACEP's board of directors in 1999 and re-elected in 2002. He also served one year as the board's secretary-treasurer.

"My EMS experience helps provide insight to ACEP's leadership on issues where emergency physicians and the EMS community share common ground, which will enable us to work better together to improve care for our patients," Dr. Suter said in a statement.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/11/15/prbf1115.htm.

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