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Howard Kirkwood Howard Kirkwood
Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

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Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • BS, University of The State of New Work, 1981
  • MS, Central Michigan University, 1988
  • JD, Rutgers University, Camden, 1990


Mr. Kirkwood has over 40 years experience in emergency medical services, including service as a paramedic, supervisor, manager and executive.  He currently serves as the Director and Chief Paramedic of the Durham County, North Carolina, Department of Emergency Medical Services.  He is a past president (2010-2011) of the National EMS Management Association and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of EMS WORLD magazine.  He is a frequent speaker on the national EMS teaching circuit.


Mr. Kirkwood joined the faculty of George Washington University in 2014.  Previously, he served as Adjunct Instructor of Emergency Health Services in the graduate EHS program at University of Maryland – Baltimore County (1996 – 2013), and as Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University (1992 – 2001).  He will be teaching EHS 6210 EMS System and Analysis.  He is also the chair and master instructor of the Emergency Medical Services Field Training and Evaluation Program (EMS-FTEP) of the National EMS Management Association.


Mr. Kirkwood’s research interests include EMS system development, leadership development in health care and public safety services, and operational analysis.


  • Emergency Medical Services


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