Clinical Professors

Clinical Professors, Ronald G. Pirrallo, M.D., M.H.S.A., F.A.C.E.P. at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Ronald G. Pirrallo, M.D., M.H.S.A., F.A.C.E.P.

Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs Department of Emergency Medicine
Greenville Health System
Professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine — Greenville

Contact: 864-455-6211 or

Who is Dr. Pirrallo?

Ronald Pirrallo is an emergency physician and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Greenville Health System (GHS). He also holds an appointment as a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of South Caroline School of Medicine – Greenville. He joined GHS on May 11, 2015. Additionally, he is the Emeritus Director of Medical Services, Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine with the Award of Tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Ronald has served as the Director of Medical Services for the Milwaukee County EMS system for 2 decades and has furthered its reputation as one of the premiere EMS systems in the United States. He provided emergency patient care at Froedtert Hospital, the region’s Level 1 Trauma Center and location of the MCW Emergency Medicine Residency Training program. He joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992 after completing a two-year EMS Fellowship at the William Beaumont and University of Michigan Hospitals including a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As an internationally invited speaker on multiple topics in EMS, he has provided consultation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. He has recently completed his 6th term as a board member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and is a past President.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae

How Dr. Pirrallo's research is transforming health care

Ronald’s past research focused on advancing out-of-hospital resuscitation techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and ways to improve EMS system effectiveness in saving lives of cardiac arrest victims. He is active in the injury control research areas of residential fire safety and reducing motor vehicle fatalities in automobile, race car, motorcycle and ambulance crashes. Most recently he has concentrated on better ways to triage mass casualties and provide Disaster Medicine. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, two textbooks on quality management in EMS and serves on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Prehospital Emergency Care. He brings this past scholarship experience and sound research practices to guide the leadership team, research collaborators and various learners that will advance the science and emergency medical care at GHS. 

News and media related to Dr. Pirrallo’s research

Ronald’s long time involvement and leadership of the National Association of EMS Physicians has led to multiple newsworthy events and position papers. The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. He was a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine EMS Examination Task Force that established the core content of emergency medical services medicine and an inaugural EMS Subspecialty Examination Item Writer.

Key Health Research Interest Areas

Cardiac Arrest, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Resuscitation, Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Mass–Casualty Triage, Injury Control, Residential Fire Safety, Motor Vehicle Crashes