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David R. Boyd papers
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Biographical/Historical Note

David R. Boyd, MDCM, has been a leader in the field of emergency medical services systems (EMSS) in the United States since the 1960s. As a surgical resident, he held the first Shock Trauma fellowship at the Maryland Institute for EMSS, and went on to become the first resident director of the fledgling trauma unit at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. In 1970, Boyd developed a statewide EMSS plan that categorized all of county's state hospitals in a three-tier system (regional, area-wide, and local). Subsequently, as Emergency Medical Director and Disaster Officer for Illinois he implemented the EMSS plan state-wide and added new categories of essential personnel, new training opportunities, new ambulance standards, and a pioneering helicopter program. His MERCI (Medical Emergency Radio Communications of Illinois) system linked communication capabilities between fire, police, emergency and disaster agencies. In 1972, Boyd and his colleagues won a Federal contract to expand the Illinois system beyond trauma care This led to the EMS Systems Act of 1973 (PL 93-154). In 1974, President Ford appointed Boyd as National Director of Emergency Medical Services Systems. This agency provided grants, technical assistance, and a uniform operations structure for EMSS in a comprehensive national program. In 1983, Boyd left the federal government and ran a private EMSS consulting firm. In 1991 he returned to clinical practice and became the General Surgeon for the Blackfeet Nation. From 2006 to 2012, Boyd served as the National Trauma Systems Coordinator in the Indian Health Service.