Jeffrey Edler, MD

Co-Director, EMS and Disaster Medicine

LSU Emergency Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Elder is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and serves as the Co-Director of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at University Medical Center in New Orleans and EMS Medical Director for St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 (Slidell Fire). He previously served as the Director and Medical Director of New Orleans EMS, Medical Director of the New Orleans Fire Department, and as a Police Surgeon with the New Orleans Police Department.

Dr. Elder has extensive experience in public health and emergency management, having served as the Chief Medical Officer for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and as the Interim Director of Health for the City of New Orleans. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Louisiana EMS Certification Commission.

A graduate of LSU School of Medicine, Dr. Elder began his career in EMS while training as a resident in Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. While working with some of the best paramedics in the country, he learned how advances in prehospital medicine can drive in-hospital emergency medical care. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. His interests include advanced airway techniques and training, prehospital time sensitive illness, and prehospital cardiac arrest survival.


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