Our Texas Medical Director, Dr. Emily Kidd, earned well-deserved accolades by being named the 2018 Texas Medical Director of the Year at the Texas EMS Conference held in Fort Worth in November. The award honors a physician who has served as a medical director, online or offline, for an EMS organization, and continually demonstrates a commitment to excellent patient care.

While Dr. Kidd, who has been with Acadian since 2016, was officially honored for her commitment to excellent patient care, her contributions far exceed that description. “She has built strong relationships with our crews, who know she is always available for help, guidance or advice. She has also taken a leading role in a number of initiatives, including the Biotel program in North Texas, that have raised Acadian’s profile in the state,” said Acadian Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag.

Most notable was her work during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, when Acadian truly benefited from her years of disaster-response experience and leadership at the state and national levels. “Dr. Kidd was available to our medics 24/7 during and after the storm, providing medical direction and helping develop care plans for patients when we had no way and nowhere to transport them,” said Acadian Ambulance President Jerry Romero.

As a special token of honor, Dr. Kidd was presented with a plaque at Acadian’s 2019 Medic of the Year banquet in Austin, Texas.

Prior to joining Acadian, Dr. Kidd served as San Antonio Fire Department’s assistant medical director, then interim medical director, and was the assistant medical director for the Houston Fire Department EMS. Additionally, she is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center’s Department of Emergency Health Sciences, and previously worked at Christus Santa Rosa City Center and Methodist Hospitals.

She is board certified in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She is also a member of FEMA’s National Advisory Council.

Dr. Kidd earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, then served her internship and residency at East Carolina University.