Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

Jonathan Wasserberger, M.D.’71

Jonathan Wasserberger, M.D.’71, FACEP, FAAEM, FACMT, received his Master of Science in Miami in 1969. He served in the very first internship offered in emergency medicine in the country in 1972, and completed the first fellowship in emergency medicine in 1978. As an academician, he held the positions of Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine and became the first full professor of emergency medicine in the Level 1 Trauma Center at the King-Drew Medical Center, where he served as the Director of 911 operations for the County of Los Angeles for 20 years, and as the interim acting chairman of the department for three years.

He was honored as the Faculty of the Year by his residents, for the first two years of his academic career. He became a Founding Member and Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and a Fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Toxicology.

He has written 40 peer-reviewed research articles, and has published four textbooks. Three of the books were the original work on the new science of advanced paramedic procedures. He was senior editor of Medical Toxicology, the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning – the standard textbook in its field. He served as the Senior Medical Toxicologist at Henry Mayo Newhall Medical Center until his retirement in 2006.