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Ira Blumen MD

Professor of Medicine Medical Director of The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)
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Biographical Info

Dr. Blumen is an expert in the area of air medical transport and critical care transport with over 30 years of experience. He has authored numerous publications and has served as co-editor for the Air Medical Physician Handbook since 1993 and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Fourth Edition. He was also the lead researcher and author of “A Safety Review and Risk Assessment in Air Medical Transport.”


  • MD, 1981, Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Internship/Transitional Year, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Residency, 1984, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/UIC
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards and Past Accolades:

  • Aeromedical safety- 2004 recipient of the AAMS Charlson Award for significant contributions to aviation safety within the air medical transport community
  • Consultant for TV shows such as “ER” & “Chicago Med” as well as movies, including “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Contagion,” “The Lake House”, etc.

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Air-Medical Transport
  • EMTALA Regulations
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • High altitude illness
  • Dysbaric injuries
  • Transport Medicine
  • Airway management

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Past President, Air Medical Physician Association
  • Chair, Forum of Air Medical Associations

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