Emergency Medical Services

One of the largest academic EMS programs in the country

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an integral part of the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine and the broader community. 

Program highlights include:

  • ACGME EMS fellowship
  • Training for residents, medical students, undergraduates, and first responders
  • Serving as medical directors for nine fire districts and two counties
  • Partnering closely with LifeFlight, the only academic hospital-­based flight program in California
  • Working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to craft a web of support
  • Participation on national and international disaster and humanitarian missions
  • Training for Stanford Emergency Medical Service (StEMS) student group
  • Advancing the field of Wilderness medicine through research and training
  • Providing medical support for large-scale sporting and entertainment events
  • Building and strengthening EMS systems internationally


John Moon, retired Assistant Chief of Pittsburgh EMS and former Freedom House paramedic will deliver Grand Rounds on August 14.

Faculty member William Mulkerin, MD recently received the EMS Distinguished Service Medal by the California EMS Authority. Read more

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EMS Fellowship

We are one of the largest academic-based EMS programs in the country and provide training, pre-hospital care, research, and leadership throughout the peninsula.

Stanford provides real-time consultation with EMS in the field throughout San Mateo County.

Stanford also provides medical direction and education to fire departments in San Jose, Santa Clara City, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, Campbell, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Moffitt, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and NASA Ames Fire and Emergency Services (Moffett Field).

Our fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that involves prehospital emergency patient care, including initial patient stabilization, treatment, and transport to hospitals in specially equipped ambulances or helicopters.


Stanford also provides mandatory and optional EMS rotations for residents, as well as undergraduate education and EMT training.

Benefitting from our location in Silicon Valley, considered ground-zero for innovation, our faculty and fellows conduct research on topics ranging from High Performance CPR to Disaster Preparedness and Stroke.


Our collaboration with organizations and local EMS agencies throughout the surrounding communities is critical to creating a network of pre-hospital support. We also partner with local fire departments, first responders, student EMTs, and LifeFlight.

Our community extends throughout the region and around the globe through legislative and international efforts.


Building the EMT Pipeline

California, like many states, is experiencing a shortage of trained EMT providers. Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine is actively working to address the shortage by defining best practices in EMT training. Faculty are conducting site visits to training programs around the country, and working with medical educators to further develop EMT training opportunities at Stanford.


Multiple EMS division faculty are Board-certified in EMS, and several have been trained in additional areas of specialty, such as tactical EMS.

Marc Gautreau
Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine
Prasanthi Govindarajan
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
William Mulkerin
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Eli Carrillo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Eric Marxmiller
Lecturer, Emergency Medicine
Alfredo Urdaneta
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Peter D'Souza
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Martha Meredith Masters
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine