James V. Dunford, MD, FACEP

Medical Director
City of San Diego Emergency Medical Services
Professor Emeritus
School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
1010 Second Avenue, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619/533-4359

James V. Dunford, MD, FACEP, is professor emeritus of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and has practiced in the Emergency Department since 1980. In 1997 he was appointed the first city EMS medical director, overseeing all out-of-hospital emergency care provided by firefighters and paramedics.

Dr. Dunford has led the development of numerous pioneering systems of care in the San Diego region including Project Heartbeat, the nation’s premier public access to defibrillation program; STEMI (heart attack) and stroke systems; the Serial Inebriate Program, a national model for addressing homeless alcoholics; a resource access program connecting EMS frequent users to community resources; and the San Diego Community Information Exchange (CIE), which will link social services providers to the vulnerable. Dr. Dunford collaborates with the San Diego Beacon Community HIE and is exploring wireless real-time health monitoring and intervention for high-use/high-needs patients. He also serves as the emergency medicine expert at the National Quality Forum in Washington, DC, on the Measure Application Partnership’s Dual Eligible Beneficiaries and Hospital Work Groups, each tasked with providing recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding metrics of performance for federal health care programs.

Dr. Dunford attended Syracuse University and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and he is board-certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine. His professional interests center on pre-hospital resuscitation and the emerging role of EMS in health care reform. Since 1984, he has served as a co-investigator for the National Institutes of Health Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), which conducts the nation’s largest trials of promising treatments for sudden cardiac arrest and major trauma.

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