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Chief Clinical Consultant for
Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Barbara McLaurin, MD
Emergency Department

Phoenix Indian Medical Center
4212 Norht 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-263-1200
barbara.mclaurin@ihs.gov

Links of Interest

Dr. David Boyd, IHS Trauma Services

Dr. Jim Upchurch, EMS Medical Direction

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medical Services ( EMS)

  • National Native American EMS Association (NNAEMSA)
    Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The Board of the NNAEMSA provides national tribal EMS leadership, and the organization hosts a week-long annual educational meeting for tribal EMS programs. The website for NNAEMSA is maintained at MPHC.

Injury Prevention

EMS Medical Direction

Jim UpchurchJim Upchurch MD, MA, NREMTP practices in Montana and is board certified in Family Practice with added qualification in Geriatrics. He has a master’s degree in education and human development and is licensed as a paramedic. Dr. Upchurch is a ‘Legacy’ member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Since 1985 his practice has been with the Indian Health Service and has focused on emergency medicine and EMS while providing the full spectrum of care required in a rural/frontier environment. He provides medical direction for BLS and ALS EMS systems, including a critical care interfacility transport service. He also provides medical direction for the Incident Medical Specialist Program, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region and the Northern Rockies Smokejumper Program. Dr. Upchurch has served as American Heart Association ACLS Regional and National faculty for Montana and currently represents Montana on the Council of State EMS Medical Directors of the National Association of State EMS Officials.

Contact Dr. Jim Upchurch in Crow Agency, Montana. With NAEMSP and the Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation, he has developed a web-based core content educational module for new rural EMS medical directors, a Guide for Preparing Medical Directors.

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