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AHN Saint Vincent’s Dr. Jestin Carlson named Emergency Physician of the Year

Friday, February 21, 2020

AHN Saint Vincent emergency medicine physician, Jestin Carlson, MD, MS, FACEP, has been named the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians (PACEP) 2020 Emergency Physician of the Year.

This award recognizes a PACEP member and emergency clinician of unusual merit who pursues the ideal of emergency medicine, serves as a role model and patient advocate, upholds the highest professional standards, is an active clinician, is active in community service and education and who enhances the public image of emergency medicine.

Dr. Carlson serves as Director of Resident Research for AHN Saint Vincent and vice-chair of the Allegheny Health Network Institutional Review Board.  He focuses on resuscitation research and education and has published over 80 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. He currently sits on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation/American Heart Association First Aid Task Force and the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee. 

“Jestin is internationally renowned as a researcher in resuscitation and emergency airway research,” said Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP, and President of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians and an Allegheny Health Network emergency medicine physician. “As an educator at both Saint Vincent Hospital and for US Acute Care Solutions, and through his work with the community’s PulsePoint program, he exemplifies the professional qualities and dedication to improving public health that PACEP looks for in giving this award.”

The PulsePoint program is a smart phone app that connects those stricken with a heart attack to medical help immediately. For CPR-trained people who sign up for the app, it sends push alerts if someone nearby is having a heart attack; essentially like an Amber alert. The app also shows users where the closest AED defibrillators are located.

Dr. Carlson secured over $50,000 in grant funding from Highmark and PA-based EMS West to support the program. The goal of the app is to improve the outcomes of those who experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive. Currently only 10% of such patients survive, according to the American Heart Association.

“Dr. Carlson is very much deserving of this important recognition by PACEP,” said Saint Vincent President, Chris Clark, DO, MHA. “He regularly demonstrates his passion for saving lives, through his clinical work in our Emergency Department, his research and as a champion of health and wellness in our community. We are extremely proud that Dr. Carlson has received this honor.”

Dr. Carlson earned his medical degree at State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his emergency medicine residency and a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.