Dr. Clawson Inducted Into EMS Hall of Fame

Journal Staff

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Dr. Jeff Clawson is among the EMS standouts, the emergency medicine doctor recognizing the vital role of emergency dispatchers, the emissary of protocols found round the world, and the last person to toot his own horn about anything he has accomplished.

So, we’re going to do it for him.

EMS World inducted Dr. Clawson into the EMS Hall of Fame as announced in the November 2019 issue of the magazine, and he never even saw it coming.

“It was a total surprise to me that EMS World magazine gave me/us a high honor in their latest edition,” said Dr. Clawson, known to many as "the father of modern emergency dispatch."

And not only is the recognition a plus for Dr. Clawson but, also, further acknowledgment of the dispatch protocol he created 40 years ago.

“The honor goes to all of us in emergency dispatch,” he said. “We are literally the first link, the first, first responders, providing potentially lifesaving pre-arrival instructions in a medical crisis.”

John Erich, Senior Editor, EMS World, developed the idea for an EMS Hall of Fame to commemorate EMS milestones and introduce the people who built the foundation.

“They are a part of history that helps us understand where we are and how we got here,” he said. “It's especially important for people entering the profession. These are the pioneers.”

The EMS World Hall of Fame made its debut in the February 2019 issue, with the inaugural salute going to Frank Pantridge, M.D., inventor of the portable defibrillator, and Peter Safar, M.D., known as the father of CPR. In the November 2019 issue, R. Adams Cowley, M.D., shock trauma pioneer, was honored alongside Dr. Clawson.

Erich said the Hall of Fame is well-received and plans call for inducting new members at least through 2020.

To read a citation, go to EMS World at https://www.emsworld.com/article/1223382/ems-hall-fame-pioneers-prehospital-care-clawson-cowley