Dr. King is a full-time Associate Professor of Health Care Sciences and Emergency Medicine Education at UT Southwestern, and he is Chief of Quality Management for medical control of the regional emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in the Dallas area.  Dr. King analyses EMS agency and regional trends and outcomes, and he conducts research in emergency and disaster response, including disaster medicine and mental health.  Dr. King is a member of the Dallas Disaster Medical Operations Center (DMOC) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  He has taught in the National Disaster Life Support program including helping to teach first responders using computer-controlled human patient simulators and field disaster simulations.  He was principal investigator on a study funded by the American Heart Association that involved teaching advanced cardiac life support to hospital nurses using human patient simulators.  Dr. King is an adjunct faculty member in the university's simulation center.

Beginning with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. King has participated in the regional disaster response efforts and is part of the team that sets up and operates medical and mental health services in evacuee shelters in Dallas.  Dr. King is co-author of the Dallas County Shelter Medical and Mental Health Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.  He is a volunteer advisory board member of the Caruth Foundation/American Heart Association STEMI project and a member of the Education Committee.  In 2010, Dr. King was awarded the 2010 President's Award for leadership and service from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. King has helped to create numerous funded disaster-responder training programs on subjects that included disaster triage, personal protective equipment, and decontamination, and he helped facilitate national efforts to define the core competencies of disaster responders.  He recently co-authored a training program on "Psychosocial-Behavioral Response to Radiological and Nuclear Disasters."  Dr. King is a member of the regional Disaster Behavioral Health Work Group and also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Formerly, Dr. King was Vice President of Education and Training in the business sector, where he led the planning, design & development, implementation, and evaluation of training and development programs for executives, managers, and employees.  He has worked in several industries including health care, information services, and aviation.  He served in the airline industry for eight years, during which time he helped lead the industry’s transition to increased use of simulation-based training programs for airline maintenance technicians/engineers.


Graduate School University of Illinois Urbana Campus (1988), Education

Research Interest

  • Competency-based education
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational technology
  • EMS education
  • EMS quality management
  • Faculty development


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Honors & Awards

  • Established Investigator Award
    Southwestern School of Health Professions (2011)
  • Alliance for Continuing Medical Education
    President’s Award for Leadership and Service (2010)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (2012)
  • American Society for Training and Development (1995)
  • International Society for Performance Improvement (1995)