Gregory J. (“Joe”) Beirne, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, is a 1997 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a 2001 graduate of Des Peres Hospital Emergency Medicine residency program. While there, he served as Core Faculty in its emergency medicine residency from 2001 through 2003. Since 2003, he has worked as an attending physician in the emergency department at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is the director of EMS Education. Dr. Beirne is also medical director of two EMS agencies in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and is medical director of Respond Right EMS Academy since 2009, and past medical director of St. Louis Community College from 2003-2018.
Dr. Beirne was certified in emergency medicine by AOBEM in 2003 and has been awarded fellowship by both ACEP (2004) and ACOEP (2005), and ACOEP Distinguished Fellow (2018). He has been a member of the Emergency Medical Service Committee since 2004, chair of the committee from 2009-2015. He has been a frequent lecturer on EMS topics to the Resident and Student Chapters. Dr. Beirne has also provided several lectures on EMS topics and airway management for the Student Lecture Series, as well as the skills and airway labs for the RSO beginning in 2012. He has also lectured at the ACOEP spring conference as well. Dr. Beirne has been a member of the ACOEP board of directors since 2015, and is currently Secretary, serving in this role since 2017.
In his career, he has served in many roles within the EMS arena, including his pre-medical career as a paramedic and shift supervisor for a hospital-based EMS system in suburban St. Louis. He continues to be active in emergency medical services in the St. Louis area and has experience as a frequent lecturer with research interests that include Prehospital Cardiocerebral Resuscitation, Prehospital Therapeutic Hypothermia and Prehospital Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.
I appreciate the opportunity to speak to all the members of our fine college and ask for your support as I seek reelection to the ACOEP Board of Directors. My goal is to represent the interests of all of you, attending, resident and student members. In addition to my EMS background, I am involved at several levels supporting emergency medicine as not only the “safety net” of our healthcare system, but working to demonstrate to the public, as well as our government, that ED physicians truly are the vital link in any healthcare model. Our voices must be heard in order for the system to succeed and survive. Lastly, our student and resident members are the future of our organization. Each and every one of these young physicians are potential leaders and my goal as a board member is to help cultivate an environment of mentorship with them as they begin their professional careers.