Brian L. Springer, MD

Emergency Medicine
Professor, Emergency Medicine Vice Chair, Emergency Medicine
2555 University Blvd 110, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Working closely with public safety has given me better insight into the challenges these individuals face in successful completion of their mission, and of the risks they face every day on the streets. Educating public safety and medical personnel on the essentials of tactical medicine is one of the primary mission goals of our Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine. Emergency physicians are often on the front-lines here and abroad, and I make great efforts to teach our residents (and involve them directly in) tactical medical care. I strive to provide the best possible care to all-comers, both in the field and in the emergency department, and expect the same from my residents and students.

In my spare time (what little there is), I am probably relaxing at home or camping with my lovely wife Kim and our pets.

Education History

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1994-1998

Residency: Wright State University School of Medicine, 1998-2001

Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Wright State University/Kettering Medical Center, 2001-2002


Selected Presentations (last 5 years)

“Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid for Law Enforcement” and “Critical Injury First Aid Instructor”, taught biannually at Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, 2012-present


The Adventure Summit, Wright State University/Five Rivers Metroparks

            Wilderness Medicine Lecture Series Coordinator, February 2020

            “Exertional Heat Illness”, February 2018

            “Recognizing, Preventing & Treating Environmental Conditions” & “Backcountry Medicine Q&A”, February 2016


“Law Enforcement and Medicine” Kettering Health Network Grand Rounds, Kettering Medical Center, November 2019


"Tactical EMS & Rescue Task Force" Ohio EMS Medical Directors Conference; Ohio ACEP/Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, Columbus, November 2018


“Active Threat Response: Tactical EMS Lessons for Prehospital Providers” Kettering Health Network 2016 EMS Symposium, Kettering, September 2016


“Preparing for a Mass Casualty: Best Practices”, Ohio Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio May 2018


Daniels D, Springer B. “Firearms Instructor Range Medical Practicals”, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors 36th Annual Training Conference, Mobile, Alabama, May 2016


“Shoot or Don’t Shoot? An Introduction to Tactical EMS” Kettering Health Network 2015 EMS Symposium at Ft. Hamilton Hospital, April 2015

Research Statement

My interests include athletic injuries in tactical operations, health maintenance for EMS and peace officers, sports medicine education for residents and emergency physicians, tactical emergency medicine education for residents, self-defense skills for residents.


Military Service

USMC Reserve, 1988-1994

Deployment, Southwest Asia 1990-1991, 7th Engineers, 1st Marine Division

Honorable Discharge, Sergeant, 1996


Professional Activities

Director, Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine, WSU Department of Emergency Medicine

Tactical Medicine Director, Ohio Tactical Officers Association

Adjunct Instructor, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Medical Director, Kettering Fire Department

Police Officer, Grandview Medical Center Police Department


Selected Publications (last 5 years)

Robinson F, Feufel M, Shalin V, Steele-Johnson D, Springer B (2020) “Rational Adaptation: Contextual Effects in Medical Decision Making” Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, February; 14(2):112-131.


Joyce S, Grow R, Brenneman JL, Springer B (2020) “EMS, Tactical Remote Assessment and Surrogate Care” in StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing, Treasure Island.


Springer B, Brooks A (2019). “Sports-Related Concussion” Emergency Medicine Reports, September; 40(18):205-218.


Springer B, Hanson T, Clouse B, Smith C (2019) “Tactical Emergency Medicine in the Context of a Community-Based Emergency Residency Program: A Five-Year Analysis” poster presentation, Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly, May.


Springer B, Brown J (2019). “Intimate Partner Violence” Trauma Reports, March/April; 20(2):1-12.


Wightman J, Springer B, Pickett J (2018). “Blast Injury Management for Operators and TEMS Providers” The Tactical Edge, Fall; 36(4):74-78.


Springer B, Krysiak A (2018). “Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Intracerebral Hemorrhage” Emergency Medicine Reports, September; 39(18):213-226.


Springer B, Pennington B (2017). “Joint Arthrocentesis in the Emergency Department” Emergency Medicine Reports, October; 38(19):217-231.


Springer B, Verbillion M (2017). “Tactical Emergency Medicine” Trauma Reports, March/April; 18(2):1-12.


Springer B (2016). “Exertional Heat Illness” in Waterbrook A (Ed.) Sports Medicine for the Emergency Physician: A Practical Handbook, Cambridge University Press.


Springer B, Gabler M (2016). “Hyponatremia in the Emergency Department” Emergency Medicine Reports, January; 37(2):13-24.


Springer B, Witte D (2015). “Acute Shoulder Injury” Emergency Medicine Reports, April; 36(8):85-96.


Professional Affiliations/Memberships

Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians


Letter of Appreciation for Emergency Medical Responder Training, Federal Bureau of  Investigation School of Operational Medicine, CIRG-Tactical Section, April 2018


Letter of Appreciation for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey, August 2014


Letter of Recognition for Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Division, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, July 2014


Commander’s Award, Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Curriculum, Class BAS 13-087, February 2014


Academic Award, Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Curriculum, Class BAS 13-087, February 2014


Letter of Recognition for Service, Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born, July 2013


Heroes for Andy, The Andy Nowacki Foundation, Inc., April 2011


Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Citizen’s Service Award, October 2010

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