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2 LA BioMed researchers named Heroes of Emergency Medicine

TORRANCE (May 21, 2008) The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced it has recognized Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D., FACEP, and Robert Hockberger, M.D., FACEP, as Heroes of Emergency Medicine, an honor the organization bestows upon emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.

The honor is part of ACEPs 40th anniversary celebration. Dr. Gausche-Hill is the Emergency Medical Services director and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hockberger is the chair of the department of emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Both are investigators at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed).

Emergency physicians are on the front lines of Americas health care system, providing the essential community service of emergency care, said ACEP President Linda L. Lawrence, M.D.

She said the dedication, passion and commitment of Drs. Gausche-Hill and Hockberger embody the vision of ACEPs founders and the ideals of our specialty.

Dr. Gausche-Hill is the first emergency physician to complete a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in the U.S. and is a recognized leader in the field. As a LA BioMed investigator, she has published important research that has set the standard for pediatric airway management in the pre-hospital setting. In addition, Dr. Gausche-Hill has served as the editor for APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, as well as seven other textbooks in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.

Dr. Gausche-Hill has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the ACEP Outstanding Contributions to Education Award in 2004, the Martha Bushore-Fallis APLS Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2005 and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Heroes Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007.

Dr. Hockberger is a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His greatest accomplishment has been attracting outstanding faculty, fellows and residents committed to providing high-quality health care to the underserved public hospital population while contributing to the development of emergency medicine as an academic discipline. He is an active ACEP member, serving on the Public Relations and Academic Affairs Committees, as well as being a member of the National Spokespersons Bureau.

Dr. Hockberger is a past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He served as chair of the task force that developed the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine and is a senior editor for the textbook Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to emergency medicine, including the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award from California ACEP in 1992 and from National ACEP in 1995. He also received the Political Leadership Award from California ACEP in 2004.

The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating 40 years of advancing emergency care, and the nations emergency physicians are dedicated to saving even more lives and to improving emergency care for the next 40 years, said Dr. Lawrence. Tens of thousands of lives are saved each year by emergency physicians and 115 million patients are treated in the nations emergency departments. Emergency physicians are medical specialists who are experts in their field.


Contact: Laura Mecoy
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)

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