The Office of the Medical Director
Boston EMS is at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medical care innovation and advancement. Under the leadership of Medical Director Dr. Sophia Dyer, MD, the Department brings cutting edge pre-hospital care to the streets of Boston. Maintaining one of the best cardiac survival rates in the country, Boston EMS has a national reputation for excellence. Through education, training, and research, the Office of the Medical Director ensures that the men and women of Boston EMS are well-trained and highly skilled. The Office of the Medical Director conducts influential research, manages community outreach and education initiatives, and plays a critical role in preparing physicians for careers in emergency medicine through the Boston EMS Fellowship Program. Boston EMS administrative and operational directors work in concert with the Office of the Medical Director to ensure that the citizens and visitors of Boston receive exceptional pre-hospital emergency medical care.
Sophia Dyer, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Boston EMS, BPD, BFD
Director, Boston EMS RTQI
Dr. Sophia Dyer, MD has been with Boston EMS since 1999. She served as Assistant Medical Director and Associate Medical Director before being named the City’s first female Medical Director in March 2009. In this role, Dr. Dyer is charged with providing medical oversight to Boston EMS, the Boston Police Department, and the Boston Fire Department. As Medical Director, she is also the supervising physician of Boston EMS’ Research, Training, and Quality Improvement (RTQI) team. Dr. Dyer is an active Emergency Medicine physician at Boston Medical Center with a specialty in toxicology and is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. She was also the Co-Medical Director for the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, MD, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, BS, and received a Certificate in Environmental Management from the Tufts University School of Engineering.
She has also been the recipient of many awards, including the EMS Physician of the Year Award, Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council, 2003; the Frommer Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, Boston City Hospital, June 1997; and the Award for Excellence in Academic Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, May 1993. Additionally, Dr. Dyer has authored more than 30 medical publications, some of which are highlighted on the publications page.
Lori L. Harrington, MD
Associate Medical Director, Boston EMS, BPD, BFD
Dr. Lori L. Harrington, MD has been with Boston EMS since 2006. She served as Assistant Medical Director for one year after completing the Boston EMS Fellowship Program in 2008. In July 2009 she was named Associate Medical Director.
Dr. Harrington has a special interest in pre-hospital training and research. Her current research projects include the implementation and success of pre-hospital Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), advanced airway management by Paramedics, and the use of therapeutic hypothermia in the pre-hospital setting.
Dr. Harrington is an Attending Emergency Physician at Boston Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. She is currently matriculated in the Master of Public Health Program at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Harrington is a graduate of the NYU School of Medicine, MD, and Tufts University, BS. She completed her residency training in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center in 2006. A selection of Dr. Harrington’s publications are listed on the publications page.
Ricky C. Kue, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director, Boston EMS, BPD, BFD
Dr. Ricky C. Kue joined Boston EMS as an Associate Medical Director in December 2009. Prior to this role, he served as the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Lifeline Ground & Air Critical Care Transport in Baltimore, MD. At Hopkins, he was also an Attending Emergency Physician and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kue began his career in emergency medicine as a volunteer EMT in Ridgewood, Queens prior to medical school. Originally a New York City native, Dr. Kue attended medical school at The State University of New York in Syracuse and worked as a Paramedic at Rural/Metro Medical Services providing EMS for the City of Syracuse. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kue is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, MPH and of The John Hopkins University, BS.
As a Major in the Unites States Army Reserve, Dr. Kue deployed to Tikrit, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and spent time teaching trauma care and tactical combat casualty care to military residents. He remains a member of DMAT MA-2 in Worcester and has had other formal training in disaster management.
Dr. Kue is currently an Attending Emergency Physician at Boston Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. A selection of Dr. Kue’s publications are listed on the publications page.