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Robert “Bob” Bass, MD, FACEP

Dr. Robert Bass received his undergraduate and medical degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and 1975 respectively. Prior to completing his undergraduate education, he was employed as a police officer in Chapel Hill, NC and served as a volunteer member of the South Orange Rescue Squad. Dr. Bass completed an internship and residency in the United States Navy and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has served as a medical director for emergency medical services systems in Charleston, SC, Houston, TX, Norfolk, VA, and Washington, DC.

From 1994 to 2014, he served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Institute for EMS Systems, the state agency responsible for the oversight of Maryland’s trauma and EMS system.

Dr. Bass is a past-president of the National Association of State EMS Officials, a past-president of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and a past chair of the EMS Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Emergency Care which in 2006 provided a number of recommendations to address the challenges faced by trauma and EMS systems in the United States. From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS, which serves to coordinate emergency medical services among the Federal agencies.

He is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards including the EMS Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (both state and national), the Public Service Award from the US Department of Transportation, the Jeff Clawson Leadership Award from the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch, and the Partnership Award from the American Ambulance Association. He has also been recognized by the American Heart Association as Public Official of the Year for the State of Maryland.