James V. Dunford, MD

City of San Diego EMS Medical Director

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Dr. James Dunford is Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine and the City of San Diego EMS Medical Director. Jim joined the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine in 1980 serving as clinician, flight physician, founding residency director, researcher and mentor. While president of the local American Heart Association, Jim led the development of the region’s systems of care for sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke. In partnership with the San Diego Police Department Jim developed the Serial Inebriate Program (SIP), a national model addressing chronic public intoxication. In 2008 Jim created the Resource Access Program (RAP) a community paramedicine effort coordinating the care of the city’s most frequent 911 users.  In 2011 Jim championed Project 25 to demonstrate the economic and social advantages of “housing first”. Jim supported the creation of the regional health information exchange and co-founded the Community Information Exchange (CIE) to link vulnerable patients with community-based organizations. Jim’s research includes NIH-sponsored trials focusing on acute stroke, cardiac arrest and major trauma. He serves as the principal investigator for a community paramedic pilot project and actively participates in healthcare reform at the National Quality Forum. Jim has received the UCSD Chancellor’s Award, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Research Award, the Michael Copass Award, the Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the AHA Western States Outstanding Physician and Pioneer Awards, the EMS Innovator Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution in EMS Award, the James O. Page Award and the San Diego County Medical Society Top Doc in Emergency Medicine Award.