Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine

Edward Fieg, D.O., Director

Dr. Brian SpringerMission Ready


Brian L. Springer, M.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine


Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1994-1998
Residency: Wright State University School of Medicine, 1998-2001
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Wright State University/Kettering Medical Center, 2001-2002

Research Interests

Cervical spine injury in athletes, sudden exertional death in athletes, athletic injuries in tactical law enforcement operations, health maintenance for EMS and law enforcement, sports medicine education for residents and emergency physicians, tactical emergency medicine education for residents, self-defense skills for residents.

Professional Activities

Director, Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine, WSU Department of Emergency Medicine
Sports Medicine Director, WSU Department of Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Instructor, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
Associate Medical Director, Tactical Medics International, Jacksonville, Fla.
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians

Funded Research

Bozeman WP (PI), Springer B (Study Site PI), Kleiner DM (2010-present). Injuries Produced by Law Enforcement Use of Less Lethal Weapons: A Prospective Multi-Center Trial, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, National Institute of Justice.

ACEP Section Grant, 2004-05, to support Sports Medicine CME Lesson for Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed:

Springer B, Ahrenholz S (2009). “Knee and Ankle Injuries in Children and Adolescents” Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, Feb;14(2):13-28.

Kabler H, Syska B, Springer B, Singer J (2008). “Ependymoma as a Cause of Low Back Pain in a Young, Healthy Athlete” Pediatric Emergency Care, Oct;24(10):685-687.

Springer B, McCabe K, Prentice O (2007). “Sports Medicine Emergencies: Managing Ill and Injured Athletes in the Emergency Department” Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine, June, 21(10).

Non-Peer Reviewed:

Springer B, Snyder T (2010). “Obstacle Course Training for Tactical Officers” The Tactical Edge, Spring; 28(2):94-97.

Springer B (2009). “Fitness Training for the Tactical Operator: Sorting Through the Options” The Tactical Edge, Winter; 27(1):72-74.

Chapters in Books:

Springer B, Kleiner D, Wightman J (2008). “Medical Support of the Tactical Athlete” in Schwartz R, McManus J, Swienton R (Eds.) Tactical Emergency Medicine, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Springer B, Janz T (2006). “Hemoptysis” Cardinal Presentation Chapter in Marx-Hockberger- Walls et al (eds.): Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, Concepts and Clinical Practice, ed. 6. Mosby.

Other Textbook Contributions

Chapter Editor of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Challenges in Tactical Medicine” in Campbell J, Heiskell L, Smith J, Wipfler E (2012) ACEP’s Tactical Medicine Essentials, Jones & Bartlett Learning LLC.

Contributor, Specialized Tactics for Operational and Rescue Medicine (2011) University of Georgia: Athens, GA.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Springer B (2010) “Performance Enhancing Drugs: Dietary Supplements and Ergogenic Aids” The Sports Medicine Core Curriculum Lecture Series, American College of Emergency Physicians, electronic publication.

Selected Presentations

“From Emergency Sideline Management to Return-to-Play: Tough Decisions for the Team Physician- Cervical Spine Injuries,” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2011

“Sudden Death in Athletes,” American College of Emergency Physicians Spring Congress 2006

Kettering Medical Center Critical Thinking in EMS Symposium, 2003-Present

WSU Wilderness Medicine Expo/Five Rivers Metroparks Adventure Summit 2001-present


Heroes for Andy, The Andy Nowacki Foundation, Inc., April 2011

Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Citizen’s Service Award, October 2010

Personal Information

Our post-9/11 world has mandated an ever-increasing role for EMS and law enforcement in issues of homeland security. Medical lessons learned from conflicts overseas can be applied here in the prehospital setting and in the emergency department. Working closely with public safety has given me better insight into the challenges these individuals face in successful completion of their mission, and of the risks they face every day on the streets. Teaching prehospital providers and law enforcement officers the essentials of tactical medicine is one of the primary mission goals of our Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine. Emergency physicians are often on the front-lines here and abroad, and I make great efforts to teach our residents (and involve them directly in) law enforcement medical care. I continue working toward a better understanding of fitness demands and athletic injury in the EMS, law-enforcement and special operations communities in an effort to keep them fit for duty. I take these lessons to heart on a regular basis during my interactions with SWAT and other “tactical athletes.”

In my spare time (what little there is), if I am not hiking, cycling, shooting or practicing martial arts, I am probably relaxing at home with my lovely wife Kim and our pets.

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Dr. Springer and his wife Kim in Utah (above) and Hocking Hills (below).

Dr. SPringer and wife in Hocking Hills