New EMS Duty Physician: Dr. Cliff Cutchins

New EMS Duty Physician: Dr. Cliff Cutchins

VBEMS is pleased to announce Cliff Cutchins, MD 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. Cutchins 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. Cutchins 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.


Dr. Cutchins is a life member with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad rising to the level of an EMT-A from 2005 to 2013.  During that time he held various leadership roles including Public Relations Officer and planned large-scale EMS standbys for events such as the Shamrock Marathon, ECSC and the Sand Soccer Tournament together with city officials.  Dr. Cutchins completed his undergraduate and medical schooling at the University of Virginia in 2009 and 2013, respectively.  He then completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida in 2017 and a fellowship in Adult Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at the Texas Heart Institute in 2018.  Dr. Cutchins returned to Virginia Beach in 2018 and is now a staff anesthesiologist with Atlantic Anesthesia, Inc.  He is a diplomate with the American Board of Anesthesiologists as well as the National Board of Echocardiography.  He currently resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Mandi, and their daughter, Emersyn.


Welcome back to Virginia Beach EMS and the Virginia Beach Emergency Response System, Dr. Cutchins!



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