EMS Physician Assistant
David Wright, MS, PA-C, NRP. is an EMS Physician Assistant at Washington University in St Louis. He has an extensive EMS background, having initially worked as a firefighter/EMT, paramedic for a busy urban 911 response service, in-hospital paramedic, and flight paramedic. After graduating from PA school, he completed the EMS fellowship at Washington University in St Louis. He currently holds certifications as a Physician Assistant, Nationally Registered (and state licensed) Paramedic, Firefighter I & II, Fire and EMS Instructor, Clinical Simulation Instructor and Hazmat Operations, with additional training in Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) and Tactical Medicine. He is a well experienced instructor leading the Washington University EMS American Heart Association/National Association of EMT (AHA/NAEMT) training division, providing Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) instruction to local EMS providers, while also providing frequent initial EMS education at the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Program. He serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Des Peres Public Safety. David is an active member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, eligible for FAEMS this year, and is currently the Chair of the NAEMSP EMS PA/NP Task Force. By the end of the year, he also plans to graduate with his Doctoral Degree in Health Professional Education from Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. His passions include EMS education for all EMS clinicians, clinical simulation and advancing the EMS profession in the new age of multifaceted EMS response.