Dr. Joseph P. Ornato

Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Virginia


Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Joseph P. Ornato is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Medical Director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Fire and EMS, and Henrico County Fire & EMS.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he graduated from Boston University Medical School magna cum laude and completed his training in Internal Medicine at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital and in Cardiology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He is triple board certified (Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine).

Dr. Ornato is an active researcher in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Ornato is an Editor of the journal Resuscitation. He is past Chairman of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee and served as the AHA’s national representative to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Heart Attack Alert Program's Coordinating Committee and Chairman of its Science Base Subcommittee. Dr. Ornato served as a Special Consultant to the Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration. He chaired the National Steering Committee on the joint-sponsored NIH/AHA/Industry Public Access Defibrillation Trial and as Principal Investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bioterrorism Training grant. He served as Cardiac Co-Chairman of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) and as Principal Investigator for VCU on the NIH-sponsored Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials (NETT) Network. Dr. Ornato is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).

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