McCarthy named term chair of emergency medicine at UTHealth

HOUSTON – (June 24, 2013) – James McCarthy, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named term chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

As part of his position, he was also named chief of service for Emergency Medicine at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

McCarthy leads a department with one of the largest emergency medicine residency programs in the country, training 18 residents a year. In addition, UTHealth has emergency medicine fellowships in ultrasound, emergency medical services, administration, international medicine and informatics.

“With our outstanding faculty, departmental infrastructure and robust training sites we have the capacity to educate a large number of residents and fellows,” said McCarthy, referring to Memorial Hermann-TMC, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. “We are also recruiting a critical care fellow in partnership with the Department of Internal Medicine and we are launching a wilderness fellowship in the Division of Global Medicine.”

The wilderness fellowship, he said, will provide training for emergency medicine in austere environments in remote areas, the kind of place where, “If it’s not in your backpack, it’s not there,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy joined the Medical School in July 2001 as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.  He received his medical degree from Loyola University, Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago.

McCarthy has agreed to serve as term chair until a permanent chair is named following a national search.

Deborah Mann Lake
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