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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2008

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine professors named "Heroes of Emergency Medicine"

Three faculty members selected for prestigious honor by the American College of Emergency Physicians

DAYTON, Ohio-The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has selected three physicians and educators affiliated with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine to be honored as "Heroes of Emergency Medicine."

Glenn Hamilton M.D., M.S.M., Joan Kolodzik, M.D., FACEP, and Jonathan Singer, M.D., FACEP, all faculty members within the school's Department of Emergency Medicine, were nominated by colleagues and members and recognized for their significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.

The "Heroes of Emergency Medicine" program is part of a yearlong celebration of ACEP's 40th anniversary. With 12 honorees selected from medical schools, hospitals and other health care organizations throughout Ohio, the three WSU faculty members represent 25 percent of the state's "heroes" and the highest number affiliated with any single institution.

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

Dr. Hamilton is professor and chair of emergency medicine and serves as board chair of the school's National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR), an innovative training center he co-founded to pioneer new approaches to civil medical readiness. Dr. Hamilton has served as department chair since joining the university in 1981. Under his leadership, the medical school's emergency medicine residency program has graduated nearly 300 emergency physicians, many of whom have prominent roles in federal and state government, academics and local communities. He has also served in numerous roles with the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), which recognized him with its two highest awards: the Hal Jane Academic Excellence Award and the Academic Leadership Award.

Dr. Kolodzik is assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine; director of education/EMS for Premier Health Care Services and attending emergency physician at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. She coordinates annual continuing medical education (CME) programs and activities for approximately 600 practitioners across the Premier network and has helped EMS providers and squads throughout Ohio to earn more than 2,400 hours of CME credit in the last two years. She is also a past president of the Ohio ACEP chapter and received the Bill Hall Award for service to the chapter in 2007. Dr. Kolodzik graduated from the medical school and the school's emergency medicine residency program.

Dr. Singer is associate program director and director of scholarly works for the medical school's emergency medicine residency program and is one of the first professors in the country to specialize in pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Singer's compassion, excellent communication skills and commitment to patient care have inspired many residents to pursue the emerging subspecialty he is helping to pioneer. He is also a prolific creative author, with numerous works of fiction, poetry, and autobiography, as well as a stage musical, both published and forthcoming.

"The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating 40 years of advancing emergency care, and the nation's emergency physicians are dedicated to saving even more lives and to improving emergency care for the next 40 years," said Lawrence. "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."

Editor's note: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Phillip Neal, Marketing and Communications, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, (937) 775-4587 or phillip.neal@wright.edu.

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine and includes more than 26,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and, within a Government Services Chapter, emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.