JANE G. WIGGINTON, M.D., attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSWMS) in Dallas, Texas and then completed her Emergency Medicine residency at UTSWMS and the affiliated Parkland Health & Hospital System. She joined the faculty in 2000 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery and a Deputy Medical Director for EMS Biotel Services. Dr. Wigginton┬┐s research has addressed controversial resuscitation/ethical issues such as the salvageability of patients with cardiac arrest presenting with pulseless electrical activity and asystole. Other studies have demonstrated counter-intuitive outcomes or unique findings regarding out-of-hospital resuscitation that have challenged conventional wisdom. One recent paper actually demonstrated better outcomes with manual compressions by EMS personnel versus mechanical (Thumper) compressions. Her highly notable study on gender-related differences in the presentation and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, found that, in contrast to women with myocardial infarction and other related coronary artery syndromes, women had a better outcome following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Dr. Wigginton, herself a mother of six, has a strong interest in injury prevention and public access to defibrillation. She recently participated in the CPR and automated defibrillation training of the U.S. Surgeon General and three dozen senior staff members at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. and is now focusing efforts on the use of alternative CPR devices such as the Active Compression-Decompression CPR device.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1997)
UT Southwestern Medical School (1998), Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical School (2000), Emergency Medicine


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Paramedic reluctance to terminate resuscitation efforts for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients: Potential factors affecting paramedics' comfort level with a proposed new field termination protocol.
Hall WL, Marcucci JF, Pepe PE, DeTamble LA, Wigginton JG Prehosp Emerg Care 2002 6 151-152
Prospective decade-long population-based study of pediatric drowning-related incidents
Pepe PE, Wigginton JG, Mann DM, Persse DE, Sirbaugh PE, Berg RA Acad Emerg Med 2002 9 516-517
Population-based, prospective study of gender-related difference in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Wigginton JG, Bedolla JP, Pepe PE, DeTamble LA, Atkins JM Acad Emerg Med 2000 7 437
Manual versus mechanical compressions during EMS CPR: Manual compressions are associated with a significantly higher rate or survival to hospital admission
Bedolla JP, Wigginton JG, Zachariah BS Ann Emerg Med 1998 32 s11
Cardiac arrest presenting with pulseless electrical activity or asystole: information available during the out-of-hospital phase does not predict outcome
Bedolla JP, Wigginton JG, Zachariah BS Acad Emerg Med 1998 5 389

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Resident
    UTSWMS Parkland Memorial Hospital 1999-2000 (1999)
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians' Award for Outstanding Medical Student in Emergency Medicine
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1997)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians
  • Texas Department of Health Regional Advisory Council on Trauma Care