Dr. Paris is professor and chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
He is also professor of rehabilitation science and technology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh; chief medical officer of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania; medical director of the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety; medical director of the Emergency Medical Services Institute; and medical director of the Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Foundation.
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Paris has won many prestigious awards and honors. In 1999, he was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Dalhousie University Senate Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other honors include the Walter J. Thomas award for superior accomplishment in EMS from the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council; the Ronald D. Stewart award for contributions to EMS from the National Association of EMS Physicians; and the EMS excellence award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Paris' areas of interest include pre-hospital care, disaster medicine and the evaluation and treatment of acute pain. He oversees training programs for paramedics and first responders in all areas of pre-hospital care and has helped develop the curricula for training used throughout the nation. In addition, he provides medical expertise for the Center for Emergency Medicines STAT Med Evac, a leading air transport provider for both critically ill and injured patients.
Dr. Paris' varied published articles range in topics from the use of music during laceration repair to advanced life support techniques. He has written definitive guidelines for deployment of health care resources in cases of disasters and a number of textbooks, including Diagnostic Testing in Emergency Medicine (1996); Atlas of Emergency Procedures (1994); and Pain Management in Emergency Medicine (1988).
Memberships in professional organizations include the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians, and the World Association for Emergency and Disaster Medicine. In 1992, he served as president of the National Association of EMS Physicians.
Dr. Paris received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1976, he continued his post-graduate medical training with an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, followed by a fellowship in emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as assistant professor in 1981. In 1999, he completed a program for chiefs of clinical service at the Harvard School of Public Health.