Debra G. Perina, MD

portrait of Dr. Debra PerinaProfessor of Emergency Medicine
Division Director, Pre-hospital Care
Director, Emergency Medical Services Fellowship
Department Quality Liaison

P.O. Box 800699
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0699
Phone: (434) 924-8485
Fax: (434) 924-2877



  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Richland Memorial Hospital/USC SOM (1987)
  • MD, West Virginia University (1983)
  • BA, Biology, West Virginia University (1979)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Prehospital care
  • Educational concepts/enhancements
  • Wellness issues
  • Faculty development and mentoring

National Involvement

  • President, American Board of Emergency Medicine 2009-2010
  • Chair, Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education 2010-2011
  • Board Member, American College of Emergency Physicians 2013-present
  • Chair, ABEM EMS Examination Committee 2011-present
  • Peer reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine


  • Morgan MM, Perina DG, Acquisto NM, et al. Ketamine Use in Prehospital and Hospital Treatment of the Acute Trauma Patient: A Joint Position Statement [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 27]. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2020;1-5. doi:10.1080/10903127.2020.1801920
  • Dale Woolridge MD, PhD  James (Jim) Homme MD  Christopher S. Amato MD  Denis Pauze MD  Emily Rose MD  Jon Valente MD  Paul Ishimine MD  Phillip Friesen DO  Steve Baldwin MD  Madeline Joseph MD  Mohsen Saidinejad MD, MBA  Debra Perina MD  Jeffrey M. Goodloe MD. Optimizing the workforce: a proposal to improve regionalization of care and emergency preparedness by broader integration of pediatric emergency physicians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. JACEP Open 2020;1–7. DOI: 10.1002/emp2.12114
  • Delbridge TR, Dyer S, Goodloe JM, Mosesso VN, Perina DG, Sahni R, Pons PT, Rinnert KJ, Isakov AP, Kupas DF, Gausche-Hill M, Joldersma KB, Keehbauch JN. The 2019 Core Content of Emergency Medical Services Medicine. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2020 Jan-Feb;24(1):32-45. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1603560. Epub 2019 May 15. PMID: 31091135
  • Bulger EM, Perina DG, Qasim Z, Beldowicz B, Brenner M, Guyette F, Rowe D, Kang CS, Gurney J, DuBose J, Joseph B, Lyon R, Kaups K, Friedman VE, Eastridge B, Stewart R. Clinical use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in civilian trauma systems in the USA, 2019: a joint statement from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.  Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019 Sep 20;4(1):e000376. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2019-000376. eCollection 2019.PMID: 31673635
  • Remick K, Gausche-Hill M, Joseph MM, Brown K, Snow SK, Wright JL; AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Section on Surgery; AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee; EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION, Pediatric Committee; Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department; POLICY STATEMENT; Organizational Principles to Guide and Define the Child Health Care System and/or Improve the Health of All Children. Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department. J Emerg Nurs. 2019 Jan;45(1):e3-e18. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Nov 1. PMID: 30392719
  • Fischer PE, Perina DG, Delbridge TR, Fallat ME, Salomone JP, Dodd J, Bulger EM, Gestring ML. Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2018 Nov-Dec;22(6):659-661. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2018.1481476. Epub 2018 Aug 9. PMID: 30091939

Books and/or Chapters

  • Sudhir, A, Perina D, Mechanical Low Back Pain, Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice, Marx J, Hockberger R, Walls R, Ed, 9th ed. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2018, p 569-576
  • Braithwaite S, Perina D, Dyspnea, Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice, Marx J, Hockberger R, Walls R, Ed, 9th ed. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2018, p 195-203