The Office of Medical Affairs is pleased to announce the official start of Jose G. Cabanas, MD as the Deputy Medical Director for our System. Most of you have already met Dr. Cabanas, either on calls, through continuing education sessions, or maybe even on trips to the UNC Emergency Department.
He is a native of Puerto Rico, where he served nearly a decade in EMS. Jose worked in the 911 center and in rural and urban EMS ground and air operations as a Paramedic before entering medical school. He graduated from the MD program at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica West Indies before his residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident in 2008. Dr. Cabanas was awarded the Jean Hollister EMS National Award, given annually to one member of the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association for sustained contributions to the field of EMS through teaching, scholarship and service. He was then selected as the EMS Fellow for UNC, the program through which Dr. Myers and Dr. Hinchey also completed their EMS fellowships. Dr. Cabanas was awarded the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Physio Control Research Grant, the most coveted recurring EMS fellowship grant, for the purpose of furthering pre-hospital hypothermia studies. Through the past year he has been actively researching the subset of our cardiac arrest patients for whom hypothermia was actually initiated and is close to preparing his first draft of the work. During his fellowship, Jose also became board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
In addition to his work as Deputy Medical Director for our EMS System, Dr. Cabanas will serve as an attending physician with Wake Emergency Physicians. Additionally, he will serve as the Research Medical Director for the Emergency Services Institute at WakeMed Health and Hospitals. This unique combination of scholarly and clinical activities, coupled with his EMS background and on-going field response activities, should add valuable breadth and depth to the capabilities of the Office of the Medical Affairs.
His contact information will soon be available and a plan for integrating Dr. Cabanas for on-line medical control orders will also be announced. He has been issued a response vehicle and you may see him in the field as early as today! His radio designation is MD-2.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Cabanas both to our System and to your scenes!
Brent Myers, MD MPH
Wake County Department of Emergency Medical Services