Dr. Suter, a Professor of Emergency Medicine at UTSW is past president of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and received his DO and MHA degrees from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Suter did his residency training in emergency medicine at Brooke Army-Wilford Hall USAF Medical Centers in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Suter has a long history of service to emergency medicine on a state, national, and international level. He was president of EMRA in 1991 - 1992, was elected to the Board of the Government Services Chapter, participated in numerous state and national committees, and served as ACEP liaison to several organizations. Immediately following residency, he was the physician co-chair of the federal project EMS Agenda for the Future. In 1998 Dr. Suter was given the Founders Award, EMRA’s highest recognition of service to emergency medicine and emergency medicine residents. He served as a member of the ACEP Council from 1991 through 1999 when he was elected to ACEP Board of Directors. He also served the College as a member of the Board and was the 2004-05 president. In 2006, he served as President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Suter has practiced emergency medicine in a variety of geographic and practice settings for over 15 years. In addition to being involved in academic medicine throughout his career, his practice experiences include being one of 60 partners in Greater Houston Emergency Physicians, a large democratic group, and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has a long-term commitment to clinical excellence, teaching, and research in emergency medicine


Medical School
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery (1989), Medicine
Brooke Army Medical Center (1990), Transitional Year
Brooke Army Medical Center (1993), Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Clinical Guideline for Blunt Trauma
  • Clinical Guideline for Expired CO2
  • Clinical Guideline for Headache
  • Clinical Guideline for PE/DVT
  • Clinical Guideline for Vaginal Bleeding


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Textbook chapter: Communications
Suter RE In: Principles of EMS 2003 3rd ed, Mosby In press
Textbook chapter: History of EMS
Suter RE In: EMS Medical Direction 2001 3rd edition, ACEP
Textbook chapter: Private Practice of Emergency Medicine
Suter RE In: Emergency Medicine in Focus: A Guide for Medical Students and Prospective Residents, EMRA 2000
Textbook chapter: Needlestick Injuries
Suter RE In: eMed, Plantz (ed) for Online Textbook 1999
Chapter: M.A.S.T.
Suter RE In: Prehospital Emergency Care Secrets, Pons/Markovchick (Ed), Mosby 1998

Honors & Awards

  • President, International Federation for Emergency Medicine
    International Body representing over 30 countries (2006)
  • President, American College of Emergency Physicians
    Specialty Society for Energency Physicians with over 26,000 members (2005)
  • Top Consultant
    Annals of Emergency Medicine (2000)
  • Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
    Elected as one of only 100 total NAP members with eligibility through the category of Osteopathic Medicine (1999)
  • Joseph F. Waeckerle MD, Founders Award-Emergency Medicine Residents' Association
    For extraordinary and lasting contributions to the success of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association and the achievement of its goals. (1998)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine