VBEMS is pleased to announce Dr. Amir Louka has completed his field facilitation program and has now been released to general supervision in our EMS Duty Physician (EDP) program. The EDP program provides an opportunity for direct physician involvement in the full range of minute-to-minute pre-hospital operations. EDPs are licensed physicians who possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to also function as EMS providers. They bring the full depth of a medical school education, a residency, and a comprehensive set of professional experience to the scene. As a Duty Physician, Dr. Louka will be assigned to an ALS Intercept Vehicle and will get dispatched to the most serious or complex call categories. When the unit is staffed, our pre-hospital personnel may request his response to other calls, and Dr. Louka may exercise the initiative to respond to any EMS call. He may render direct patient care (sometimes riding to the hospital with the patient) and/or provide on-scene and in-transport medical control or clinical guidance. Between calls, the Duty Physician may provide radio consultations for remote EMS personnel. He may participate in registered Quality Management Projects, such as trials of advanced, or novel, field treatment modalities. The call-sign of the EMS Duty Physician is “MD-2”, and the unit will be listed as “MD02” in the CAD.
Amir Louka began his medical career as an EMT with Princess Anne Courthouse VRS in 2009 and received his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine (EM) and a sub-specialty EMS fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in 2018. He continues to serve as an EM attending and EMS faculty in the VCU Department of Emergency Medicine and as an assistant professor in the School of Medicine. He serves as Operational Medical Director of James City County Fire Department, Associate Medical Director of VCU Critical Care Transport, and as a flight physician with VCU LifeEvac. His clinical and research interests include pre-hospital critical care, advanced airway management, ultrasound guided resuscitation and development of effective CQI programs. He has lectured on these topics and others locally, nationally and internationally. In his free time he enjoys travel with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Evie.
Welcome back to Virginia Beach EMS and the Virginia Beach Emergency Response System, Dr. Louka!
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