EMS Division

EMS Division

The EMS Division

As of October 1, 2012, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is the newest recognized subspecialty of Emergency Medicine, now boasting over 45 ACGME accredited fellowships. Created in 2014, the mission of the University of Louisville’s Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of EMS is twofold: to provide both service and education to our community.

Currently, medical control services are provided to a variety of ambulance services, fire departments, and police agencies by division members.  Both on-line and off-line medical control services are provided to municipal third-service, rural, and private ground ambulance services, along with air ambulance services, and fire and police first response agencies in Louisville and the surrounding communities.  In addition, several faculty members provide tactical medical support to local law enforcement agencies’ special operations teams such as SWAT, BOMB Team, and Dive/Water Rescue Team.

Educational activities include teaching Emergency Medicine (EM) residents the components of the EM curriculum that overlap with the EMS specialty as well as providing prehospital personnel with high quality instruction via both initial certification programs and continuing medical education classes.


Dr. Price and Dr. Smock pose with their response vehicles.



Timothy Price, MD

EMS Division Chief, University of Louisville Department of Emergency Medicine

Chair, EMS Committee KY ACEP

Medical Director, Anchorage Fire and EMS

Medical Director, Mercy Ambulance

Medical Director, Louisville Int'l Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire


Bill Smock, MD

Medical Director, The Institute of Clinical Forensic Medicine and Nursing

Police Surgeon, Louisville Metro Police Department


Daniel O'Brien, MD

Medical Director, Louisville Fire and Rescue


Raymond Orthober, MD

Medical Director, Louisville Metro EMS/EMA/Metrosafe


Tadd Roberts, MD

Medical Director, Yellow EMS

Team Physician, Louisville Metro Police Underwater Search and Rescue Unit

Chair, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, KY ACEP

Assistant Medical Director,Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Medical Director, JCC/KCTCS Paramedic Program


Robert Pringle, MD

Medical Director, Air Methods Kentucky



Field Experience Opportunities

In the past, volunteer EMS field experiences available to EM residents have included:

  • Kentucky Oaks
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Thunder over Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon
  • Ironman Louisville
  • Urban Bourbon Half Marathon
  • PGA Championship/Tour Events, Valhalla Golf Club
  • NCAA Tournament, Yum! Center
  • Intern Fire Day, Louisville Fire and Rescue



Our EMS Fellowship is fully accredited and we are now accepting applications for fellowship.