EMS Medical Program Director transition

  • Thu Aug 1st, 2019 11:23am
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Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council.

Dr. Michael Sullivan, EMS Medical Program Director for San Juan County has resigned from his position effective July 31.

Dr. Sullivan served as the MPD for more than a decade. The San Juan County EMS and Trauma Council extends our appreciation for his years of service to our communities in this capacity.

The MPD is appointed, certified and contracted by the Washington State Department of Health to perform the duties prescribed in WAC 246-976-920, which include overseeing EMS personnel and developing patient care protocols for the county. Visit https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-976-920 for the full list of duties.

After an intensive recruitment process, in partnership with the DOH, the council identified several very qualified candidates to fill this position.

The San Juan County EMS Council recommended to the DOH that Dr. Joshua Corsa be appointed as Dr. Sullivan’s successor. The Department of Health has approved the local council recommendation, appointing Dr. Corsa to be the MPD effective Aug.1.

Dr. Corsa began his medical career as an EMT in 1997 in a small island community on the East Coast before becoming a paramedic. He attended medical school at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

He is currently a trauma and acute care surgeon at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. He is an assistant professor at Washington State University and provides medical oversight for Snohomish County Region One SWAT team and Snohomish County Search and Rescue.

He is active in additional roles within the larger emergency medical community including the U.S military, wilderness EMS and air medical organizations.

We are working on arrangements with Dr. Corsa to meet with the DOH, San Juan County EMS and medical community stakeholders in the near future to kick off his tenure as MPD.