SOURCE ALERT: USC emergency medicine experts available to media

April 22, 2013

Contacts: Leslie Ridgeway at (323) 442-2823 or; Alison Trinidad at (323) 442-3941 or

Emergency Medical Care Services
Marc K. Eckstein, M.D., is professor of emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and medical director for the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. He is an expert in emergency medical services, utilization of trauma centers and paramedic response services. He can address emergency medical care services, specifically after disasters and terrorist attacks. “Patients suffering from disasters, like blast injuries, typically must endure multiple surgeries with a very lengthy rehabilitation process once they are over the acute injury period of 24 to 48 hours,” said Eckstein. He can be contacted at (213) 978-3741 or

Trauma Injuries
Demetrios Demetriades, Ph.D., M.D., is professor of surgery and director of the Division of Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an expert in trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care. He can discuss different types of trauma injuries resulting from shootings, terrorism and mass disasters. “Bomb blasts cause injuries by many different mechanisms including shrapnels, an invisible blast wave which causes major damage to the lungs and other organs which contain air, and burns and inhalation injuries, especially if the explosion is in a closed space,” said Demetriades. Contact him at (323) 409-7761 or

Trauma Treatment
Sean Patrick Nordt, M.D., is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chair of the Medication Safety Committee at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is an expert in emergency medicine and toxicology. He can address the treatment options for patients in critical care. “The approach and treatment of patients who have experienced blast injuries depends upon the various components of blast injury physicodynamics as they can cause pressure-related injuries, thermal injuries, and debris-related injuries,” said Nordt. Contact him at (323) 226-6667 or


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