News Release, American Trauma Society, Maryland Division

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the American Trauma Society (ATS) , Maryland Division presentedtheir Distinguished Service Award for 2019in Annapolis. The award recognizesefforts of service to the community, citizens of Maryland,and support of trauma and injury prevention related activities.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Richard L. Alcorta, retired State EMS Medical Director for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) for his work in injury prevention and dedication to Maryland’s Trauma and EMS system.

Dr. Richard L. Alcorta is being recognized for his dedication to serving the citizens of Maryland through his work within the trauma and EMS community. He has trained countless EMS clinicians, hospital personnel, and citizens in emergency care and response. Dr. Alcorta was also instrumental in working with legislation on strong helmet laws over the years. Dr. Alcorta started his EMS career as an Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance (EMT-A) and went on to become a Paramedic in California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at San Diego State University and in 1983, graduated from Howard University School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In 1986, he became a faculty member of the Emergency Department at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He has practiced Emergency Medicine at Suburban Hospital since 1987. From 1992 to 1994, he served as the State EMS Director and in 1995 was appointed as the State EMS Medical Director at MIEMSS. Before his recent retirement, he also served as Co-Acting Executive Director of MIEMSS, with Pat Gainer, the other Co-Acting Executive Director.

The American Trauma Society is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing traumatic injuries and reducing their consequences. The main missions of the ATS are to provide injury prevention information through public education and to serve as leaders in the development, advocacy, and maintenance of trauma systems. This year acknowledges 50 years of commitment by the ATS to saving lives, improving trauma care, and injury prevention.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...