Plano Fire-Rescue’s EMS Medical Director, Dr. Mark Gamber, was selected as the 2015 EMS Medical Director of the Year by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The award was presented to Dr. Gamber at this year’s Texas EMS Conference held in Dallas at the end of November.

Each year, the Texas Department of State Health Services presents the EMS Director Award to a physician who has served as a medical director for an EMS organization and who continually demonstrates a commitment to excellent patient care.

A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dr. Gamber has practiced Emergency Medicine in North Texas for 12 years and has served as Plano Fire-Rescue’s EMS Medical Director since October 2007. He has led the department in several innovative programs including several to increase the survival of cardiac arrest patients. Programs such as induced hypothermia, Hands-Only CPR training, AED placement and training, and several cardiac prehospital trial studies have increased Plano’s cardiac arrest survival rate to better than double the national average. Dr. Gamber is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. In 2010, Dr. Gamber became the first physician to obtain the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Chief EMS Officer designation. In addition to Plano Fire-Rescue, Dr. Gamber serves as the Medical Director for the cities of Frisco, Rowlett and Murphy.

“Dr. Gamber works tirelessly to ensure the citizens of Plano receive the best possible care,” said Fire Chief Sam Greif. “We consider our department extremely fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and dedicated to excellence as Dr. Gamber is serving our community. He is constantly looking forward in his quest to keep Plano Fire-Rescue on the forefront of innovative and quality pre-hospital care.”

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