Dr. Gilberto A. Salazar, M.D. is a board certified emergency physician and educator, originally from Dallas, Texas he began his clinical career as a high school volunteer at Parkland.  He pursued a pre-med career at Vanderbilt University and then worked for a year as a neurotechnologist in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Life took him to University of Texas in Houston, where he earned his medical degree, and then went to Louisiana to complete an emergency medicine residency at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  During his residency training in Baton Rouge, he ventured outside of the emergency department and into an ambulance. Being involved with East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was refreshing and revealing to him.  Dr. Salazar decided to continue his training in EMS, and moved back home to Dallas, where he spent two years as a fellow completing his Government Emergency Medical Security Services fellowship for Division of Emergency Medicine, Section on Emergency Medical Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW).

After the fellowship, Dr. Salazar joined the Division of Emergency Medicine as a faculty and works as an emergency medicine physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital, after the position was offered to him by Dr. Paul E. Pepe, which he proudly accepted.  Currently, he is involved with the UTSW Emegency Medicine Education Program and serves as the medical director to teach both initial and continuing the Emergency Medicine Education for emergency medical technician and paramedic, which trains most of the Dallas Fire Rescue personnel and the vast majority for EMS providers in the Dallas County.  In addition, he serves as the medical director for Observation Unit at Parkland augments the care of patients who are admitted and need several hours' observation at emergency department.

While at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dr. Salazar serves as medical director for the Dallas/BioTel EMS Systems, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Department and Public Safety Agencies for the Cities of Farmers Branch and Richardson.  In addition, he has serve for years as medical manager for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Texas Task Force Two Urban Search and Rescue Operations, Task Force Strike Team, National Center for Emergency Disaster Response and Preparedness and the medical specialist for Urban Search and Rescue Operations.  In recent years, Dr. Salazar has been a leader in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Program Committee to provide didactic, simulation, and practical education for the fellows, participate in program improvement, and provide mentorship in education, medical practice, quality assurance and research in Emergency Medical Services.  Dr. Salazar was recently nominated for Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award at UT Southwestern Medical Center and received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Division of Emergency Medicine.  His most recent adventure takes place inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, where he serves as one of the team physicians for the NHL Dallas Stars, as well as other events requiring medical oversight. 


Undergraduate Vanderbilt University (2001)
Medical School University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (2006), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Emergency Medical Services Education


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