Dr. Michael Barnum is well known in the Las Vegas EMS community. In addition to his role as the assistant Emergency Room Director for Valley Hospital, he is the Medical Director for AMR Las Vegas.
Whether teaching new Paramedics at our training center, lecturing medical students, mentoring EMS students in the ER, or coordinating with Paramedics bringing patients into his hospital, Dr. Barnum is the “go-to guy” for all things EMS. Dr. Barnum maintains multiple certifications ranging from Swift Water Rescue and Vertical Rescue to Firefighter and Paramedic. He is also an Eagle Scout and a pilot.
On the night of the Route 91 shooting, Dr. Barnum rushed into work in his EMS capacity to help care for patients and reduce the burden on Las Vegas’s overstressed system. He loaded multiple patients on a bus with a fellow AMR Critical Care Paramedic, then rushed to the hospital. His actions not only made a difference on scene, but also positively impacted the receiving hospitals and trauma centers.
As with other Stars, Dr. Barnum does not consider himself a hero: instead, he was doing what needed to be done.