Clinical Professors

Clinical Professors,Thomas Blackwell, M.D., FACEP at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Thomas Blackwell, M.D., FACEP

Clinical Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Contact: 864-467-7006 or thblackwell@greenvillecounty.org  


Who is Dr. Blackwell?

Thomas Blackwell has been practicing academic medicine for 32 years, specializing in emergency medicine and subspecializing in prehospital care (emergency medical services) and disaster medicine with emphasis on the health consequences of a terrorist attack. He established a counterterrorism response team in Charlotte that included law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel. This team was funded and recognized nationally by the Department of Homeland Security. He currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and was a former Assistant Dean of the school. In January 2019, Dr. Blackwell was asked to serve as the Interim Director for Greenville County’s EMS system and was named the permanent Executive Director in July 2020.

Greenville County EMS is now one of five EMS systems in the United States whose Director is a physician. Dr. Blackwell’s research has centered on EMS response times and outcomes based on those times. He has also been involved in the team approach to cardiac arrest resuscitation. He has worked with Clemson University in developing a Collegiate EMS system, which is a student-run first response system that is affiliated with the Clemson Fire and EMS department. He has assisted in the course instruction and in raising the funds required for a response vehicle and additional medical equipment. The program is now developed, the students are organized in a club, a call room exists at Fike Recreational Center, and the course is now part of the curriculum and is awarded credit. He is also involved with the School of Engineering looking at EMS system design changes that include both basic and advanced levels of care. Dr. Blackwell speaks every semester to premedical students in the Applied Applications Class in the Biology Department.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Blackwell’s research is transforming health care

The Collegiate EMS endeavors that Thomas is involved in with Clemson University will serve a student affairs function and provide a clinical experiential activity that pre-health students could use to their advantage in their future career goals. It also serves as an emergency medical asset when unexpected illnesses or injuries occur and is a service augmentation to public safety response agencies on campus. Much of the work to be accomplished with the Dept. of Engineering will assist EMS agencies across the United States augment their systems to meet the needs of a decreasing workforce.


Key Health Research Interest Areas

Medical Education, Prehospital Care, Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Terrorism