September 28, 2022

James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award - Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP


Dr. Hunt currently serves as Senior Medical Advisor for National Healthcare Preparedness Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health & Human Services, where he is developing a course on the medical response to overwhelming no-notice trauma events and supports the response to high consequence infectious diseases. 

Dr. Hunt served as Director for Medical Preparedness and Response Policy on the National Security Council Staff, The White House from 2013 to 2015. At the White House, he led the development and launch of Stop the Bleed and played a critical role in the response to the Ebola crisis. He represented the National Security Council’s interests in the National Academies report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths after Injury. 

Dr. Hunt was Distinguished Consultant and Director of the Division of Injury Response at CDC’s Injury Center where he led medical preparedness initiatives for terrorist bombings including the guidance, In a Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings, and the Tale of Our Cities conferences. He led CDC’s National Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients. Prior to federal service he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. 

Dr. Hunt served as Chair of ACEP's Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee and was ACEP's first liaison to the America served as Chair of its Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee, and was ACEP’s first liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is a Past President of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and was Vice Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. Dr. Hunt is board certified in emergency medicine, holds a Master of Science degree, and is an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. 

About This Award

The James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award is presented to an active, life, or honorary member for significant contributions to emergency medicine. This award is named after the late James D. Mills, Jr, MD, the second president of the College. Dr. Mills practiced emergency medicine in Alexandria, Virginia, for many years, and is commonly referred to as a designer of the "Alexandria Plan" for staffing emergency facilities with full-time practitioners of emergency medicine.

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