Dr. Catherine R. Counts is a second generation EMS professional who, after taking an ambulance to show and tell in kindergarten, was hooked. Dr. Counts has since transitioned this interest into a career focused on the patients and providers in the prehospital setting. She also has research interests in domestic healthcare policy, quality and patient safety, and organizational theory and culture. Given the crossover between her background in public health and her expertise in EMS, she specializes in the mechanisms by which providers are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the prehospital setting.

Dr. Counts has worked across the healthcare spectrum from EMS to long term care and is well versed in the systemic issues facing American healthcare. In addition to her work at the University of Washington, she serves as a consultant for a variety of quality improvement and EMS related projects, and contributes as a columnist for a number of trade publications.

She regularly attends a wide variety of conferences and is a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

In her spare time Dr. Counts trains her urban search and rescue dog Bruno.

Speaking Topics

  • Cardiac Emergencies (EKGs, POC Echo, ACS)
  • Research (Methodology, Funding)
  • Health Policy (Injury Prevention, Intimate Partner Violence, Public Health)
  • EMS and Disaster Medicine