Debra G. Perina, MD

Professor 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




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

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

Most Recent Publications

Fischer PE, Bulger EM, Perina DG, Delbridge TD, et al, Guidance Document for the use of Tranexamic Acid in Injured Patients, Prehosp Emerg Care, Apr 2016

Lippman JM, Chapman Smith SN, McMurry TL, Sutton ZG, Gunnell BS, Cote J, Perina DG, Cattell-Gordon DC, Rheuban KS, Solenski NJ, Worrall BB, Southerland AM, Mobile Telestroke During Ambulance Transport Is Feasible in a Rural EMS Setting: The iTREAT Study. 2015 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Solberg R, Edwards BL, Chidester J, Perina DG, Williams MD, The Prehospital and  Hospital Costs of  Emergency Care for Frequent ED Patients, Amer J of Emerg Med,  1052-9, 2015 Dec 4

Chapman Smith S, Govindarajan P, Perina DG, Southerland AM, et al, A low-cost, tablet-based option for prehospital neurological assessment: the iTREAT Study, Neurology, 2016 In Press

National PresentationsMyers J, Perina DG, The Changing Standard of Care for spinal immobilization, Emergency Medicine, 153-157, April 2016

Perina D, Burns D, Controlled Substance Programs, EMS Medicine, Section 2 Medical oversight, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, Cooney, ed, p 51-56

Perina D, Training and Board Certification, EMS Medicine, Section 1 Physician Scope of Practice, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, Cooney, ed, p 14-18

Boyd TS, Perina D, Cardiac Arrest, EMS Medicine, McGraw-Hill, New York,    NY, Cooney, ed, p 221-227

Austin E, * Perina D, Young J,  Tranexamic Acid: Timing and outcomes of pre-hospital administration, NAEMSP Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2016

Solberg R, Edwards BL, Chidester J, Williams MD, Brady WJ, Perina, DG, The pre-hospital and hospital costs of emergency care for frequent Emergency Department patients, American Public Health Association annual meeting, Chicago Ill, November 2 2015

Grand Rounds: Head and Neck Disorders, University of California, Irvine, December 8th, 2015 11am-noon.

Occupational Medicine for the EMS medical director, NAEMSP annual meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2016