Kaori P. Tanaka DO, MSPH, FACEP

Kaori Tanaka

Kaori P. Tanaka
DO, MSPH, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Emergency Medicine

Contact Information
77 Goodell Street
Suite 340
n/a
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: n/a
Fax: n/a
kaoritan@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

Dr. Tanaka is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and Emergency Medical Services (ABEM), with specialty training in EMS, Critical Care Air Transport Medicine and Tactical Medicine. She completed her residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and received her fellowship training in EMS through SUNY at Buffalo. She currently works as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Buffalo General Hospital and Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Tanaka is also the System Medical Director and a flight physician for Mercy Flight of WNY, covering both ground and air ambulances (rotor and fixed wing).

Dr. Tanaka’s research interests centers around prehospital resuscitation, training prehospital providers, critical care transport medicine and international emergency medicine. She has a passion for international emergency medicine development and has worked in Vietnam through the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine. She serves on national committees with the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Association of EMS Physicians, and the Air Medical Physician Association.

Education and Training:

  • Board Certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine, EMS Subspecialty (2019)
  • Fellowship, Emergency Medical Services, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • DO, Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus (2012)
  • MPH, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Parasitology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (2007)
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Dallas (2004)
  • ABLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, BDLS, ADLS Certified
  • Disaster Medicine, Infectious Disease Response Unit (IDRU), STRAC (Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council)/NETEC (National Ebola Training & Education Center)
  • EMS Provider, National Registry EMT - Basic (NREMT-B)
  • Incident Command Service (ICS)/FEMA
  • Moderate-Complexity Laboratory Director

Employment:

  • Mentorship, NYACEP (2020-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2019-present)
  • Attending Physician, Buffalo General Medical Center (2019-present)
  • Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center (2019-present)
  • System Medical Director, Mercy Flight, Inc. (2019-present)
  • Chief Medical Advisor, Blue Spear Solutions (2016-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) (2018–2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (2016–2019)
  • Associate Program Director - EMS Fellowship, Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2016–2019)
  • Attending Physician, UTHSCSA Emergency Medicine Department (2016–2019)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (2016–2019)
  • Director of Special Operations, Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2016–2019)
  • Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2018)
  • Assistant Advisor, EMS Scholarly Track, Emergency Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2015–2016)
  • Attending Physician, FDR Medical Services, DeGraff Memorial Hospital (2015–2016)
  • Fellow, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2015–2016)
  • Clinical Assistant Instructor, Emergency Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2012–2016)
  • Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2014–2015)
  • Resident, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2012–2015)
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Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (2020)
  • Chief's Award, UT Health San Antonio Police Department (2019)
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors Award - Rising Star Edition (2019)
  • UT Clinical Excellence Award (2019)
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors Award (2018)
  • San Antonio Scene - Best Doctors Award (2017)
  • San Antonio Scene - Rising Star Doctors (2017)
  • GME Quality Improvement Award (2015)
  • PCOM Alumni Association International Fellowship Award (2012)
  • Tulane University SPHTM Ernest Carroll Faust Award (2007)

Research Expertise:

  • Air Medical Services
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Tactical Medicine

Journal Articles:


Professional Memberships:

  • Air Medical Physician Association (2019–present)
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) (2017–present)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (2017–present)
  • Special Operations Medical Association (2016–present)
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Services (2014–present)
  • Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (2012–present)
  • American Medical Association (2012–present)

Presentations:

  • "HEMS Utiliazation: When to call and how to ready your patient" Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo (2022)
  • "International Emergency Medicine in Vietname" Public Health Scholarly Track Meeting, University at Buffalo (2022)
  • "Airway Ventilation Management" Air Medical Physician Association (2021)
  • "Prehospital TXA" Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (2021)
  • "Initial Patient Assessment - Chest Pain and STEMI" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2019)
  • "Prehospital Airway Management: Why, When, and How?" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2019)
  • "Respiratory Distress - Emergent Airway Management" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2019)
  • "EMS Protocol Development: Chest Pain" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2018)
  • "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)" (2018)
  • "End tidal CO2 in EMS: Clinical Signifcance and Tricks of the Trade" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2017)
  • "End tidal CO2 Monitoring: How can we use this in the emergency department?" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2017)
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Protocol Development" Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (2016)
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Service Activities:

  • Flight Physician Committee, Air Medical Physicians Association (AMPA); Chair-elect (2020–present)
  • STEMI Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (2020–present)
  • QI Committee, WREMAC, Western Region, NY; Chair (2020–present)
  • Mercy Flight of Western New York; System Medical Director (2019–present)
  • Buffalo General Hospital; Emergency Medical Services Liaison Back-up (2019–present)
  • University at Buffalo; Emergency Medicine Interest Group (2019–present)
  • Air Medical Section, ACEP; Member (2019–present)
  • Clinical Competency Committee (CCC); Member (2019–present)
  • Program Evaluation Committee; Member (2019–present)
  • University at Buffalo; Preceptor (2019–present)
  • Council of EMS Fellowship Directors; Member (2018–2019)
  • South Texas Regional Advisory Committee (STRAC) Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF-8); Hurricane Harvey Deployment (2017)
  • Operational EMS Committee; Member (2017–present)
  • Asian EMS Council; Member (2017–present)
  • BlueSpear Solutions; Chief Medical Advisor (2016–present)
  • Fellow/Graduate Committee; Member (2016–present)
  • Tactical Emergency Medicine Section, ACEP; Member (2012–present)
  • EMS-Prehospital Section, ACEP; Member (2012–present)
  • Disaster Medical Section, ACEP; Member (2012–present)
  • Young Physicians Section, ACEP; Member (2012–present)
  • International Emergency Medicine Section; Member (2012–present)

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Contact Information

77 Goodell Street
Suite 340
n/a
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: n/a
Fax: n/a
kaoritan@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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