Karl wins prestigious National Heroes Award

Karl wins prestigious National Heroes Award
The Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota is proud to announce that Stephen Karl, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Surgery in Sioux Falls, was named the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program's 2006 recipient of the National Heroes Award in Provider Leadership.

The EMSC Provider Leadership Award recognizes a clinically based health professional who has dedicated his or her time, talent, and energy to achieve the highest level of care for children in the community.�This individual has helped assure the best possible care for ill and injured kids, and provides leadership in addressing priority EMSC issues.

Dr. Karl's passion for providing the highest level of care is evident in the personal commitment and sacrifice he makes for his patients. From 1992 to 2004, he was South Dakota's only pediatric surgeon. Despite the hectic schedule of being on call at all times, he always was willing to donate the time needed to provide pediatric education for pre-hospital providers, nurses, and physicians. He has traveled the state, the region, and beyond to offer his pediatric expertise to others.


Dr. Karl has devoted countless hours to the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as a representative to its Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Professions, as a representative to its Advanced Pediatric Life Support Steering Committee, and as chair for the South Dakota's American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

In addition, he is a member of the State Trauma/EMS Stakeholders Group, and currently serves as the medical director for the Avera McKennan School of EMS, South Dakota's only accredited paramedic education program.

Dr. Karl has served as the principal investigator for the New Hampshire and South Dakota EMSC programs. He was instrumental in the development of the Heartland EMS for Children Council. Currently, he is working with American Samoa as a mentor to their EMSC program and has provided technical assistance to Health Resources and Services Administration and the federal EMSC program.

The EMSC Program is a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Medical personnel, parents and volunteers, community groups and businesses, and national organizations and foundations all contribute to the effort.

The EMSC Program honors members of its community for their accomplishments in EMSC outreach, education, research, and service. Since 1998, the EMSC Program has taken the opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in emergency medical services for children. The National Heroes Award categories provide an opportunity to honor individuals, state teams, and organizations dedicated to advancing the EMSC Program.

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