Dr. Peter Taillac is a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT. For the last 10 years, he has served as the State EMS Medical Director for the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health. In this position, Dr. Taillac chairs multiple statewide committees, including stroke, cardiac, and trauma registry and performance improvement, state EMS protocol guidelines, and others. He is a member of the Utah Crisis Standards of Care Committee and helped develop the State’s emergency response guidelines for disasters.
Dr. Taillac serves as the EMS Medical Director representative on the National EMS Advisory Council for the National Highway Traffic Administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the immediate past-chair of the Medical Directors Council for the National Association of State EMS Officials. He has been involved in the development of multiple national prehospital clinical guidelines, including leading the trauma section of the NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, the American College of Surgeons hemorrhage control guidelines, the PEGASUS pediatric clinical guidelines project, and the recently-completed naloxone prehospital guideline project. In addition, he co-chaired the 2019 National Model Scope of Practice Update Subject Matter Expert Panel.
Dr. Taillac recently retired after 38 years of military service as an Army physician, serving on Active Duty, Reserve, and the National Guard, with the rank of Colonel. He served as the State Surgeon for the Utah Army National Guard for 12 years and provided combat medical care during tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Taillac is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. His academic and professional areas of interest are in prehospital and combat medical care, hemorrhage control, cardiac arrest, stroke, disaster medical preparedness, and EMS systems of care. He has extensive experience in teaching emergency skills and EMS development overseas, particularly in India and Morocco.