JOSEPH SCIAMMARELLA, MD, FACP, FACEP
Dr. Sciammarella graduated from American University of the Caribbean in June,
1985. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the
American Board of Emergency Medicine and has practiced Emergency Medicine for 19
In addition, he is the Medical Director of the American Heart Association
Training Center at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York. He has
been an American Heart Association Instructor for over 25 years, and has served
the Heart Association as National Faculty for Advanced Cardiac Life Support,
Regional Faculty for ACLS, Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life
Support, and as their regional spokesperson. He has appeared on many television
and radio stations on behalf of the American Heart Association.
From 1989-994 Dr. Sciammarella served as full-time Medical Director of the
Suffolk County, New York EMS System and also as an Assistant Professor of
Clinical Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine, School of
Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook. He co-chaired the EMS
Committee of the New York State Chapter of the American College of Emergency
Physicians, served on the EMS Committee of the Medical Society of the State of
New York, and is the former Chairman of the Suffolk County Regional EMS Council.
In 1990 he was awarded the New York State EMS Council's EMS Educator of
Dr. Sciammarella is recognized as a national authority on Public Access
Defibrillation programs. He has lectured at international Emergency Cardiac Care
conferences on the topic, and served as a member of the Police AED Issues Forum
for the National Center for Early Defibrillation. He is a co-author of the
position paper authored by this group. He is also the author of the chapters on
CPR and Automated External Defibrillators for e-medicine's on-line Family
Medicine textbook. Dr. Sciammarella has lectured extensively across North
America on the topic of rapid defibrillation and, in particular, on AEDs in the
school setting. He was featured in the nationally broadcast PBS documentary
"When Seconds Count" with Larry King in 1994.
He is the author of numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters,
and also authored an Emergency Medicine Board Review CD published by the
American College of Emergency Physicians.
As a direct result of the attack on September 11, 2001, in 2004, at the age
of fifty, Dr. Sciammarella was sworn in as a Major in the Medical Corps of the
United States Army Reserve, and assigned to the 344th Combat Support Hospital at
Fort Dix, New Jersey. In 2006 he was mobilized for active duty and was deployed
to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division as part of Operation Enduring
Freedom. He served as the Senior Battalion Surgeon for the major anti-Taliban
offensive known as Operation Mountain Thrust. Major Sciammarella was awarded the
National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service
Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M"
While in Afghanistan Dr. Sciammarella was awarded the Army Commendation Medal
for saving the life of a critically ill Afghanistan infant at a remote post with
minimal medical supplies. Despite the fact that the infant stopped breathing
several times during a six-hour period while awaiting medical evacuation, the
infant fully recovered and was discharged.