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Ahamed Idris began his career as a combat medic with the US Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service with the 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.

Dr. Idris has been a tenured Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine at UTSW since 2003 and is active in the clinical practice of emergency medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he attends patients and instructs medical students and residents in emergency medicine and internal medicine.

He is Director of Emergency Medicine Research in the Division of Emergency Medicine; he assists medical students, fellows, and faculty with research project design and development and provides access to laboratory space and equipment.  He also assists with development of grant proposals. He is the Chair of IRB 4 at UTSW.

He is a Past National Chair of Basic Life Support for the American Heart Association and a member of the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He is a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Special Emphasis Panel and the PULSE group, and an inaugural Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the Integrated Research Team (IRT) Steering Committee for Advanced Capabilities for Combat Medics, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

Dr. Idris served as the Director of the NASA Human Space Flight Rescue Team for the Space Shuttle and continues to serve as a consultant. He was inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2008 for work he did that led to the impedance threshold device becoming an important medical device for treatment of astronauts suffering acute hypotension and autonomic dysfunction. It is now on-board the International Space Station.

He received an American Heart Association National Outstanding service award in 2003, and he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. 

Dr. Idris is the Director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Center for Resuscitation Research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the most productive organization in the North American Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.


Medical School Rush Medical College of Rush University (1979)
Residency Cook County Hospital (1982), Internal Medicine
Residency Cook County Hospital (1983), Internal Medicine


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Optimizing the respiratory pump: harnessing inspiratory resistance to treat systemic hypotension.
Convertino VA, Ryan KL, Rickards CA, Glorsky SL, Idris AH, Yannopoulos D, Metzger A, Lurie KG Respir Care 2011 Jun 56 6 846-57
A randomized controlled trial comparing traditional training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to self-directed CPR learning in first year medical students: The two-person CPR study.
Roppolo LP, Heymann R, Pepe P, Wagner J, Commons B, Miller R, Allen E, Horne L, Wainscott MP, Idris AH Resuscitation 2011 Mar 82 3 319-25
Aromatase is increased in astrocytes in the presence of elevated pressure.
Gatson JW, Simpkins JW, Yi KD, Idris AH, Minei JP, Wigginton JG Endocrinology 2011 Jan 152 1 207-13
Part 3: ethics: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.
Morrison LJ, Kierzek G, Diekema DS, Sayre MR, Silvers SM, Idris AH, Mancini ME Circulation 2010 Nov 122 18 Suppl 3 S665-75
Rationale for routine and immediate administration of intravenous estrogen for all critically ill and injured patients.
Wigginton JG, Pepe PE, Idris AH Crit. Care Med. 2010 Oct 38 10 Suppl S620-9
Burn serum causes a CD14-dependent mitochondrial damage in primary cardiomyocytes.
Zang QS, Maass DL, Wigginton JG, Barber RC, Martinez B, Idris AH, Horton JW, Nwariaku FE Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 2010 Jun 298 6 H1951-8
Receiving hospital characteristics associated with survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Callaway CW, Schmicker R, Kampmeyer M, Powell J, Rea TD, Daya MR, Aufderheide TP, Davis DP, Rittenberger JC, Idris AH, Nichol G Resuscitation 2010 May 81 5 524-9
Sex, drugs and R&R (resuscitation & reanimation).
Wigginton JG, Pepe PE, Idris AH JEMS 2010 Jan 35 1 S21-3
Dispatcher assessments for agonal breathing improve detection of cardiac arrest.
Roppolo LP, Westfall A, Pepe PE, Nobel LL, Cowan J, Kay JJ, Idris AH Resuscitation 2009 Jul 80 7 769-72
The random dialing survey as a tool for community consultation for research involving the emergency medicine exception from informed consent.
Bulger EM, Schmidt TA, Cook AJ, Brasel KJ, Griffiths DE, Kudenchuk PJ, Davis D, Bardarson B, Idris AH, Aufderheide TP Ann Emerg Med 2009 Mar 53 3 341-50, 350.e1-2