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Emergency Medicine

David K. Tan, MD

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Chief, EMS Section
Medical Team Director, St. Louis Metro Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce
Medical Director, St. Charles County Sheriff's Department
Medical Director, AMR/Abbott EMS
Medical Director, Clayton Fire Department

Specialty Areas
Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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Patients Seen At
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
400 South Kingshighway, Emergency Department
St. Louis, MO  63110
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8072
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Acute stroke management,  pre-hospital emergency care (EMS), tactical medicine - law enforcement special operations medical support, disaster medicine, EMT and paramedic education and training

Board Certification
Emergency Medicine -- Certified
Emergency Medicine EMS -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts & Sciences, Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1992
Medical Degree: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, 1997
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital


Vice-Chairman, State Advisory Council for Emergency Medical Services, 2003
Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, IHM Academy of EMS
Medical Officer, MO-1 DMAT

Honors and Awards

2011 Physician of the Year, Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association

Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 2000-01


Millin MG, Brown LH, Craven CK, Hawkins SC, Tan DK, Piazza GM, Cone DC,
Sattin RW. “Evolution of the literature identifying physicians’ roles in leadership, clinical
development, and practice of the subspecialty of emergency medical services.” Prehosp
Disast Med 2011;26(1):49–65.

Bledsode BE, Braude D, Eckstein M, Gandy WE, Tan DK, Wang H, Wayne M. “Should
Paramedics Continue to Intubate?” J Emerg Med Serv. Jul 2010:42-58.

Ford AL, Connor LT, Tan DK et al. “Resident-based Acute Stroke Protocol is Expeditious and Safe.” Stroke. 2009 Apr;40(4):1512-4.

Tan DK, Mullins ME. Toxicity, Mercury. eMedicine Journal. Jul 2001;(2)7

Tan DK. Our Noblest Profession. Medical Sentinal. 1997; (2)3:110-11. Reprinted in: Bulletin: Journal of the San Bernardino Medical Society. Sept 1997; 13-14

Invited Lectures

“So, You Want to be a Medical Officer? An EMS Symposium”
Greater St. Louis Area Fire & EMS Officers Association
Kirkwood Community Center
November 2, 2012

“Transport of the Acute Stroke Patient: Ground vs. Air”
Brain Attack! Symposium; Eric P. Newman Education Center
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
October 27, 2012

“EMS is an Official Subspecialty: Preparing for ACGME Accreditation”
17th Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Orlando, FL
February 28, 2011

“Basics of Tactical Medicine”
National Association of EMS Physicians 2010 Annual Scientific Assembly
Pre-conference Workshop, Phoenix, Arizona, January 6, 2010

“EMS Physician Subspecialty Development and Certification”
American Academy of Emergency Medicine 15th Annual Scientific Assembly
Phoenix, AZ, March 2, 2009

Emergency Incident Rehabilitation, Combined Clinical Conference, 2002

Disaster Medicine and the role of MO-1 DMAT, Combined Clinical Conference, 2002

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