UC Davis Fire Welcomes Its First Medical Director

EMS jacket and stethoscope.

Today Dr. Lisa Mills starts a new adventure serving as the Medical Director of the UC Davis Fire Department. Dr. Mills is a Northern California native with strong family ties to the Sacramento Valley. She is excited to Boldly Go with UC Davis Fire Department to the next level of emergency services beginning with community-focused fire, medical, and emergency care. 

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Mills as part of our UC Davis Fire family," said Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht. "Providing pre-hospital medical care is a significant part of our mission and she brings a level of expertise and experience that will unquestionably help us to take our service delivery to the next level."

UC Davis Fire Department Medical Director, Dr. Lisa Mills
UC Davis Fire Department Medical Director,
Dr. Lisa Mills

Dr. Mills is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. She works in both the UC Davis Emergency Department and the UC Davis Pediatric Emergency Department. 

Mills has worked with emergency services and in disaster settings at notable times in her career. During her training at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, she was awarded the “Outstanding Service and Dedication Award, Dallas EMS” for her work with the Biotel EMS system in Dallas, Texas. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and her own hospital, she worked with the Army’s 82nd airborne to perform search and rescue. She continued her work in her own community through work with the Army in medical army surgical hospitals in New Orleans during the post-hurricane recovery.

"How we deliver health care in the field is changing rapidly," according to Chief Trauernicht. "She will help us explore alternative methods of providing medical services to the community that enable us to better serve needs now and into the future."

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