Wilford Hall ER doctor named "Hero of Emergency Medicine"
By Linda Frost , 59 Medical Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 01, 2008
Lackland AFB, TX -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced it has recognized Maj. (Dr.) James Eadie, vice chair of emergency medicine, medical director and flight commander at Wilford Hall Medical Center, as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine."
The campaign, which is part of ACEP's 40th anniversary, recognizes emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.
"Emergency physicians are on the front lines of America's health care system, providing the essential community service of emergency care," said Dr. Linda L. Lawrence, ACEP President.
"The dedication, passion and commitment Major Eadie has shown embodies the vision of ACEP's founders and the ideals of our specialty."
Major Eadie is medical director of the Air Force's largest and only Level I Trauma Center emergency department, with over 50,000 patient visits annually and 48 military emergency medicine residents. He has served twice in Iraq, logging 19 combat medical missions. He most recently served as medical director of the Air Force Theater Hospital Emergency Department in Balad.
"I feel very surprised and grateful but I also feel there are a tremendous number of people that make a big difference in the military medicine community. The real glory goes out to all the medical teams that work together and provide the best quality care we can for our patients," commented Dr. Eadie.
Passionate about improving medical care in the developing world, Major Eadie has volunteered extensively overseas. He served as director, Guyana Cooperative Education Program, Guyana, South America, where he collaborated with the Guyanese Ministry of Health and local physicians to design need-based educational programs. He also co-founded the Belize Cooperative Health Education Program, Belize. Working with Omni Med, he developed initial plans for the first continuing medical education program for the country of Belize. Major Eadie is president of Government Services ACEP and is co-chair of the ACEP Federal Government Affairs Committee.
"Tens of thousands of lives are saved each year by emergency physicians and 115 million patients are treated in the nation's emergency departments. Emergency physicians are medical specialists who are experts in their field," said Dr. Lawrence.
ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with more than 26,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.