Mark Merlin, DO, Honored as
New Jersey’s EMS Physician of the Year
NEW BRUNSWICK — Mark Merlin, DO, was named EMS Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Council and the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Merlin, of Livingston, NJ, is assistant professor of emergency medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Emergency Medical Services and Critical Care Transport Medical Director at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The award was presented to Dr. Merlin earlier this month at the annual Statewide Conference on EMS by David Gruber, senior assistant commissioner of Health, Dr. Joseph Truncarico, assistant commissioner of Health, Karen Halupke, RN, MEd, director, Office of Emergency Medical Services, and Jennifer Waxler, DO, chairperson, New Jersey EMS Council at the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Dr. Merlin is trained in internal medical and emergency medicine and serves as chair of the New Jersey MICU Advisory Board for the Department of Health and Senior Services, providing oversight and direction of all paramedic units in New Jersey. He has authored multiple chapters in the current pre-hospital care textbook, used nationwide by paramedics and paramedic students, and is involved in multiple research and grant projects. Dr. Merlin was recently awarded a $124,997 grant by the American Heart Association to investigate the correlation of students’ scores on written exams with skills performance in advanced cardiovascular life support courses at zero, three and six-month intervals. The one-year grant is the first extramural grant for the newly created Emergency Medicine department at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Prior to arriving at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Merlin was named the Attending of the Year for the Emergency Departments at Morristown Memorial Hospital and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He has been involved in pre-hospital care for more than 20 years and currently is the medical director of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship and New Jersey Physician Response Program.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,700 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.