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Carol Cunningham, MD, FAAEM

Dr. Carol Cunningham was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS in July 2004. She is a board-certified emergency physician at Akron General Medical Center, and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She received her medical degree, completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and is a fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Cunningham completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, as well as the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s James Keaney Leadership Award.

Dr. Cunningham is the co-principal investigator for the NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project and is the EMS Medical Director representative on the National EMS Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine EMS Executive Committee, and an oral board examiner. She serves on the DHS Science & Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group, the EMS Support Team of the DHS/FEMA National Integration Center Strategic Resource Group, and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care’s Board of Advisors.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of EMS, a contributing editor for the EMS Insider, and has served on several committees and panels at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.