Our newest Military EMS Fellow, Captain Antonio Ziherl, D.O., is from Tucson, Arizona where he spent four years on the Golder Ranch Fire department as an EMT-B and firefighter before becoming a paramedic. During paramedic school, his interest in the medical field grew and he decided to go back to school to study medicine.
Receiving a scholarship to College of the Ozarks in Branson Missouri, Captain Ziherl graduated with a biology degree with human emphasis. He also met his wife, Amy. They have now been married five years. Dr. Ziherl attended A.T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona where he spent three of those years working and studying in Oahu at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. During this experience, he had the opportunity to work with the native Hawaiians and further developed his interest in public and global health.
Captain Ziherl commissioned in the Army under the Health Professions Scholarship Program during medical school. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Darnall Army Medical Center in Killeen, Texas. He is currently an EMS and Disaster Medicine fellow in the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC). Captain Ziherl is working on a Master of Public Health in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and Homeland Security Program through the University of South Florida.
The partnership between Cypress Creek EMS and the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) EMS Fellowship began in February of 2019. Two fellows worked with CCEMS during 2019, Dr. John Knight and Dr. Matt Esposito. In 2020, four fellows will rotate in and out of CCEMS as Assistant Medical Directors. Dr. Ziherl is the second third to serve at CCEMS in 2020. The first fellow of 2020 was Captain Chris Hewitt, D.O. who will return later this year as will Dr. Nick Studer who did his first rotation with us in February. Doctor Ziherl is the fifth fellow to serve at CCEMS since the program began.