Jose Cabanas, MD, MPH, FACEP, is the Director/Medical Director for Wake County EMS.
As Director of the EMS System, Dr. Cabanas is responsible for the vision, direction and operation of the system as a whole.
As Medical Director he is responsible for guiding, educating and setting protocol for the medical treatment that EMS provides.
Dr. Cabanas is a native of Puerto Rico, where he served nearly a decade in EMS in a wide variety of positions, including:
EMS Communications Specialist
General Operations Supervisor for Puerto Rico 911 Emergency Services
Aeromedical Flight Coordinator
Field provider with First Response EMS
He received his Doctor of Medicine with High Honors at Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Puerto Rico, where he served as Chief Resident.
In 2008, he completed an internship in health policy at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He was awarded the Jean Hollister EMS National Award, given annually to one member of the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association for sustained contributions to the field of EMS through teaching, scholarship and service.
During his final year in residency, he was selected as the EMS Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of this program he was awarded the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Physio Control Research Grant for the purpose of furthering prehospital hypothermia studies. During his fellowship training, he served as the Assistant Medical Director for Wake County EMS and Orange County EMS.
Dr. Cabanas also has a strong interest in clinical research and has published scientific articles on a variety of topics in EMS and Emergency Medicine. He has been a primary author or co-author on several EMS and clinical textbooks.
After finishing his fellowship, he remained as Deputy Medical Director for Wake County EMS and the Special Operations Medical Director for WakeMed Health and Hospitals, until taking a position as Deputy Medical Director for Austin-Travis County EMS.
Dr. Cabanas returned to Wake County as the EMS System Director and Medical Director in November 2015.