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From 2004-2008, Dr. FitzGerald served as Chief Medical Officer for the Protective Medicine Branch within the Federal Protective Service, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity, he provided oversight and medical support for the EMS programs of several federal law enforcement agencies. As a certified Federal officer, he also maintained skills and training in law enforcement operations.
Prior to his time in Federal service, Dr. FitzGerald served in a full-time clinical capacity as Assistant Professor and Staff Physician at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Emergency Department (ED). The ED is part of a Level 1 Trauma Center that cares for approximately 100,000 patients annually. During his time there, Dr. FitzGerald maintained a focus in EMS and the public safety community, including serving as a local police officer and Medical Director for the regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
Denis FitzGerald has received numerous commendations during his career from Federal and local law enforcement agencies for contributions in support of their mission sets. He has deployed nationally and internationally on over 300 missions in support of specialized teams to include many high profile incidents and events. He has also conducted training for medical providers (including Emergency Medical Technicians, paramedics, physicians) who work with law enforcement teams on the Federal, state and local levels through the national Counter-Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) Program. He has provided numerous lectures and training sessions here and abroad for public safety personnel on the tenets of tactical medicine.
Dr. FitzGerald concurrently maintains clinical competency through active clinical practice in Emergency Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his Medical Degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He is Board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), having completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was nominated Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. FitzGerald has also completed both state and Federal law enforcement academies.
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