Drew Harrell, MD

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services Academy

Associate Professor

Emergency Medicine


Undergraduate: BA, Classical Studies, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA, 1994

Medical School: MD, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC, 2007

Residency: EM residency, Univ. of New Mexico SOM, Albuquerque, NM, 2007-2010

Fellowship: EMS Fellowship, Univ. of New Mexico SOM, Albuquerque, NM, 2010-2011


A former paramedic and firefighter, Dr. Harrell made a crazy decision to return to school in his early 30s to pursue a career as an EM physician, and it was the best decision of his life. He received his EM training here at UNM and was fortunate to be able to stay for his EMS/Disaster/Tactical Fellowship and landed a great faculty appointment here as well.  He says, “UNM has a great EMS group within the Department of Emergency Medicine, and I get to still practice in the street and the ED as part of clinical practice responsibilities.”

Teaching Interests

  • Pre-hospital education
  • Law Enforcement/TEMS medical care
  • National Park Service (NPS) EMS education/care

Research Interests

  • EMS operations
  • TEMS care
  • EMS physician practice

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • EMS Consortium
  • EMS Academy
  • ABQ Fire Paramedic program
  • CoAEMSP Board of Directors
  • National Park Service EMS