Who’s Who: Robert De Lorenzo, M.D.

Dr. Robert A. De Lorenzo is a professor of emergency medicine at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) and is the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He holds an additional appointment as an Adjoint Faculty Member in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio & UTHSA. He has been board certified in emergency medicine for nearly 25 years and completed fellowships in research and EMS.  He is the author of two textbooks in emergency medical services and has published over 200 scientific papers, medical articles, and textbook chapters. He is co-inventor on multiple patents. He retired from the US Army with after a career spanning 32 years including two combat tours in Iraq. He is past president of the Government Services Chapter of ACEP and past Chair of the Public health and Injury Prevention Committee. Dr. De Lorenzo has been invited to serve on numerous national-level advisory panels including the US Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, and Department of Transportation. His professional interests include research in airway management technology, acute preoperative management of open fractures, simulation modeling for life saving interventions, and medical device evaluations.

Dr. De Lorenzo is President and co-founder of EmergenceMed, LLC, a university tech startup with a focus on developing airway solutions to solve critical problems in emergency care, trauma and in combat casualties. The company’s first product is a highly portable yet powerful suction device that advances the stat-of-the-art and allows individual EMS and combat medics to provide lifesaving suction in a lightweight powered and disposable device.  Other innovations in the pipeline include an advanced-materials endotracheal tube that will dramatically improve the century-old technology while increasing the speed of intubation and reducing morbidity associated with old-fashioned plastic tubes. The company is also in the early stages of developing a multimodal suction unit that can serve multiple clinical indications in the continuum of care from prehospital phases to damage control surgery and critical care transport.


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