UPMC Communication Center

UPMC Communication Center

UPMC Emergency Access


The Department of Emergency Medicine provides Board Certified Physician Coverage for a diverse variety of air and ground services with a global reach. The physicians provide dedicated staffing with a focus on transport and critical care medicine.



UPMC Emergency Access

UPMC Emergency Access

STAT-MD Commercial Airline Consultation Services STAT MedEvac
Command Physicians provide consultations for inflight passenger emergencies and pre-flight screening. DEM physicians provide command for the STAT-MedEvac rotor wing Critical Care Transport services.
This busy program operates 17 bases in 3 states and performs approximately 10,000 critical care transports per year.

Client Airlines

The Physicians in the Communication Center provide medical consultation services to twenty national and regional airlines. This consultation service provides UPMC expertise to passengers and travelers all over the globe.

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EMS Command Services

City of Pittsburgh EMS

Ambulance & Chair

Adamsburg Rescue 14 EMS

Baldwin Emergency Medical Services

Clairton VFC/EMS

Cranberry Twp. EMS

Eastern Area Pre-Hospital Services

Elizabeth Twp. Area EMS

Fayette EMS

Fire Dept. of North Versailles

Ford City Ambulance

Foxwall EMS

Guardian Angel Ambulance Services

Hampton EMS

Harmony EMS

Hiller VFC/EMS

Laurel Valley EMS

Lifestat EMS

Lower Valley EMS

McCandless Franklin Park Amb Authority

McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service

Medevac Ambulance

Munhall Area Pre Hospital Services

Murrysville Medic One

Noga Ambulance Service

Northwestern EMS (Beaver Co)

Parkview EMS

Quality Emergency Medical Services

Richland Emergency Medical Service

Ross/West View EMS Authority

Seneca Area Emergency Services

Shaler Area EMS

Steel Valley Ambulance

Sugarcreek Twp. Amb Service


West Deer EMS

White Oak Emergency Medical Services

Woodland Hills EMS

UPMC St. Margaret Paramedic Response Team



Pittsburgh Medic Command

Command Physicians provide Medical Command to the City of Pittsburgh EMS as well as over 40 suburban and rural EMS services.


2013 Communications Center Activity

UPMC Command Physician Consults

Command Physician Consults Count %
PGH EMS Resident Consults 5,881 19.14%
PGH EMS Faculty Physician Consults 438 1.43%
All other EMS Physician Consults 9,839 32.02%
STAT MedEvac Physician Consults 5,372 17.48%
STAT-MD Physician Consults 9,195 29.93%
Total Physician Consults 30,725 100.00%


Research and Peer Review Publications

Outcomes of medical emergencies on commercial airline flights


In-Flight Automated External Defibrilator Use and Consultation Patterns



UPMC Communication Center in the News

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NBC News with Dr. Guyette

WPXI with Dr. Martin-Gill

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article with Dr. Doyle



Fellowship Opportunities Links
EMS fellows Provide Command and Consultation Services as part of the Accredited EMS fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.


Stat MedEvac

UPMC Center for Emergency Medicine


Medical Director



TJ Doyle, MD, MPH



For information regarding Commercial Airline Services please contact:

Greg Tutsock







Suzanne Atkinson, MD

Kip Benko, MD

Christopher Cole MD

Francis X. Guyette, MD, MPH

Alan Hodgdon, MD

Rani Kumar MD

Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH

Vincent N. Mosesso, MD

Paul M. Paris, MD

Ronald N. Roth, MD

Adam Tobias, MD, MPH

Tom Valenza, MD

Jerry Escajeda MD

Lenny Weiss   MD


Rickquel Tripp  MD

Michael Holtz MD