Dan Spaite, M.D., (79) was named the Distinguished Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The chair is an endowed, distinguished professorship given for accomplishments in research and will support Spaite’s ongoing research in emergency medical services systems, cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury, and resuscitation.
Spaite is a tenured professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and has made significant contributions to the emergency medicine field. His research program has published more than 100 articles in the areas of trauma outcomes analysis, emergency medical services system modeling, and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. His research grants total more than $15 million. In 2010, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians awarded him the prestigious Ronald Stewart Career Achievement Award.
Spaite served as the director of emergency services at the university medical center for six years and as medical director of the LifeNet Emergency Helicopter Program for 18 years. His book, Timebomb in the Church: Defusing Pastoral Burnout, published by Beacon Hill Press, explores health and wellness in pastors, an area of particular interest to Spaite.