Tactical Medicine

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Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso's newly formed tactical medicine team is expanding prehospital care into law enforcement operations.  Working with local, state, and federal law enforcement teams, TTUHSC El Paso physicians are able to provide lifesaving care for victims of violent assault at the point of injury, far forward of where traditional EMS can operate.

The tactical medicine team includes:

Dr. Russ Baker, D.O. - Fellowship Program Director

  • Board certified in emergency medicine and EMS, and a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
  • Served on tactical EMS team at University of New Mexico.
  • Current medical director for the El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Police Department, and U.Ss Border Patrol (El Paso and Big Bend sectors).

Robert Root, D.O. - Assistant Program Director, Tactical Medicine Team Leader

  • Board certified in emergency medicine.
  • Active-duty Army emergency medicine physician for seven years, with combat experience in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Ryan Campbell, M.D. - Research Director

  • Board certified in emergency and family medicine.
  • Certified EMT-tactical advanced.

TTUHSC El Paso is also home to the newly formed tactical medicine fellowship, the first of its kind in Texas. The fellowship, designed for emergency medicine residency graduates, will prepare physicians for the growing field of community-oriented tactical medicine.

Areas of focus include on-scene support for high-risk law enforcement operations, improving medical training for law enforcement officers, increasing tactical training for EMTs and other medical personnel, providing leadership for community planning and response to violence, and contributing high quality research to the field.

In sum, the fellowship seeks to prepare physicians with specialized training in law enforcement operations who are ideally situated to serve as a bridge between traditional public safety silos, as well as the broader community.

Details of the fellowship include:

  • 12-month, non-ACGME accredited fellowship for board eligible emergency medicine physician.
  • One fellow per year.
  • PGY-4 position, $61k salary with opportunities for internal moonlighting.
  • 40 clinical hours per month required in the ED, functioning as an attending.
  • Fellow will attend El Paso Community College Basic Peace Officer Course (police academy) to obtain full law enforcement credentials. In addition, fellow will attend CONTOMS EMT-Tactical, EMT-T Advanced, and Tactical Medical Director; Basic SWAT; Advanced Hazmat Life Support; and additional courses such as Advanced SWAT, Breaching, CQB, and Incident Command as available and according to the fellow's interests.
  • After finishing the police academy, Fellow will average working one shift per week in the ED, and otherwise spend their time attending SWAT training with law enforcement agencies one to two days per week, providing primary response to all SWAT callouts, developing medical training programs for law enforcement officers, and working on research projects.


  • BC/BE in emergency medicine.
  • Able to pass criminal background check.
  • Have psychomotor skill and physical fitness to function in austere and dynamic treatment environments.
  • Willingness to directly participate in potentially dangerous law enforcement operations.