Military EMS Fellow, Captain Antonio Ziherl, D.O. is back at Cypress Creek for his second rotation. He did his first one in March.
Dr. Ziherl is one of four Military EMS Fellows in the program this year. The others, Dr. Nicholas Studer; Dr. Rachel Ely; and Dr. Chris Hewitt will be back later this year. 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.
The military trauma doctors have brought advanced battlefield medicine to the streets of Cypress Creek’s territory. One example is the save of a gunshot victim due to a technique that is rarely used outside of hospitals. You can read more about that here. Another example is our whole blood program which also came from the military. CCEMS was the first civilian EMS in the country to use whole blood in the field on a trauma patient. Read more about that here. Cypress Creek’s relationship with the brass at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) was a direct result of our Tactical Medic training program. In 1992, CCEMS formed one of the first Tactical Medic Teams in the country and we began offering training in 2000. The training program draws professionals from all over the world.
Military medical advances eventually find their way into civilian EMS, but the Fellowship program speeds up that lifesaving process.
Captain Ziherl is from originally 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 for 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 Army, Air Force, and Navy doctors who are part of EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship also rotate in and out of San Antonio Fire/EMS and Austin Travis County EMS.