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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 (1979)
Cook County Hospital (1982), Internal Medicine
Cook County Hospital (1983), Internal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Quality measurement of CPR
  • Ventilation and acid-base balance in low blood flow states


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The need to resume chest compressions immediately after defibrillation attempts: An analysis of post-shock rhythms and duration of pulselessness following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Pierce AE, Roppolo LP, Owens P, Pepe PE, Idris AH Resuscitation 2015 Jan
Chest Compression Rates and Survival Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest.
Idris AH, Guffey D, Pepe PP, Brown SP, Brooks SC, Callaway CW, Christenson J, Davis DP, Daya MR, Gray R, Kudenchuk PJ, Larsen J, Lin S, Menegazzi JJ, Sheehan K, Sopko G, Stiell I, Nichol G, Aufderheide TP Crit. Care Med. 2015 Jan
Quantitative relationship between end-tidal carbon dioxide and CPR quality during both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Sheak KR, Wiebe DJ, Leary M, Babaeizadeh S, Yuen TC, Zive D, Owens PC, Edelson DP, Daya MR, Idris AH, Abella BS Resuscitation 2015 Jan 89C 149-154
What is the Optimal Chest Compression Depth During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation of Adult Patients?
Stiell IG, Brown SP, Nichol G, Cheskes S, Vaillancourt C, Callaway CW, Morrison LJ, Christenson J, Aufderheide TP, Davis DP, Free C, Hostler D, Stouffer JA, Idris AH Circulation 2014 Sep
Early coronary angiography and induced hypothermia are associated with survival and functional recovery after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Callaway CW, Schmicker RH, Brown SP, Albrich JM, Andrusiek DL, Aufderheide TP, Christenson J, Daya MR, Falconer D, Husa RD, Idris AH, Ornato JP, Rac VE, Rea TD, Rittenberger JC, Sears G, Stiell IG Resuscitation 2014 Jan
The sweet spot: Chest compressions between 100-120/minute optimize successful resuscitation from cardiac rest.
Idris AH JEMS 2012 Sep 37 9 4-9
Endotracheal intubation versus supraglottic airway insertion in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Wang HE, Szydlo D, Stouffer JA, Lin S, Carlson JN, Vaillancourt C, Sears G, Verbeek RP, Fowler R, Idris AH, Koenig K, Christenson J, Minokadeh A, Brandt J, Rea T Resuscitation 2012 Sep 83 9 1061-6
Relationship between chest compression rates and outcomes from cardiac arrest.
Idris AH, Guffey D, Aufderheide TP, Brown S, Morrison LJ, Nichols P, Powell J, Daya M, Bigham BL, Atkins DL, Berg R, Davis D, Stiell I, Sopko G, Nichol G Circulation 2012 Jun 125 24 3004-12
A trial of an impedance threshold device in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Aufderheide TP, Nichol G, Rea TD, Brown SP, Leroux BG, Pepe PE, Kudenchuk PJ, Christenson J, Daya MR, Dorian P, Callaway CW, Idris AH, Andrusiek D, Stephens SW, Hostler D, Davis DP, Dunford JV, Pirrallo RG, Stiell IG, Clement CM, Craig A, Van Ottingham L, Schmidt TA, Wang HE, Weisfeldt ML, Ornato JP, Sopko G N. Engl. J. Med. 2011 Sep 365 9 798-806
Early versus later rhythm analysis in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Stiell IG, Nichol G, Leroux BG, Rea TD, Ornato JP, Powell J, Christenson J, Callaway CW, Kudenchuk PJ, Aufderheide TP, Idris AH, Daya MR, Wang HE, Morrison LJ, Davis D, Andrusiek D, Stephens S, Cheskes S, Schmicker RH, Fowler R, Vaillancourt C, Hostler D, Zive D, Pirrallo RG, Vilke GM, Sopko G, Weisfeldt M N. Engl. J. Med. 2011 Sep 365 9 787-97