Brian L. Springer, MD

Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Cox Institute, 3525 Southern Blvd, Kettering, OH 45429-1221

Our post-9/11 world has mandated an ever-increasing role for EMS and law enforcement in issues of homeland security. Medical lessons learned from conflicts overseas can be applied here in the prehospital setting and in the emergency department. 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) law enforcement medical care. I continue working toward a better understanding of fitness demands and athletic injury in the EMS, law-enforcement and special operations communities in an effort to keep them fit for duty. I take these lessons to heart on a regular basis during my interactions with law enforcement and other “tactical athletes.”

In my spare time (what little there is), I am probably relaxing at home 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

“Medical Response of the Athletic Trainer to a Casualty Situation: Introduction to Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the Bridge to Sports Medicine”, National Athletic Trainers Association 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2014

“Medical Response to the Active Shooter/Killer; Medical Skills for Active Shooter/Killer Response”, OSS Health Athletic Trainer Educational Seminar, York College, York, PA, August 2013.

Czarnecki F, McArdle D, Springer B. “Emergency Trauma Care Training Key: What Chiefs Need to Know”, International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Meeting, San Diego, California October 2012.

 “From Emergency Sideline Management to Return-to-Play: Tough Decisions for the Team Physician- Cervical Spine Injuries,” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2011

“Sudden Death in Athletes,” American College of Emergency Physicians Spring Congress Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2006


Research statement: 

Research Interests

Cervical spine injury in athletes, sudden exertional death in athletes, athletic injuries in tactical law enforcement operations, health maintenance for EMS and law enforcement, sports medicine education for residents and emergency physicians, tactical emergency medicine education for residents, self-defense skills for residents.


Funded Research

Bozeman WP (PI), Springer B (Study Site PI), Kleiner DM (2010-2013). Injuries Produced by Law Enforcement Use of Less Lethal Weapons: A Prospective Multi-Center Trial, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, National Institute of Justice.

ACEP Section Grant, 2004-05, to support Sports Medicine CME Lesson for Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine.




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

Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians

Medical Director, Kettering Fire Department

Police Officer, Grandview Medical Center Police Department



Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed:

Springer B, Ahrenholz S (2009). “Knee and Ankle Injuries in Children and Adolescents” Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, Feb;14(2):13-28.

Kabler H, Syska B, Springer B, Singer J (2008). “Ependymoma as a Cause of Low Back Pain in a Young, Healthy Athlete” Pediatric Emergency Care, Oct;24(10):685-687.

Springer B, McCabe K, Prentice O (2007). “Sports Medicine Emergencies: Managing Ill and Injured Athletes in the Emergency Department” Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine, June, 21(10).


Non-Peer Reviewed:

Springer B, Snyder T (2010). “Obstacle Course Training for Tactical Officers” The Tactical Edge, Spring; 28(2):94-97.

Springer B (2009). “Fitness Training for the Tactical Operator: Sorting Through the Options” The Tactical Edge, Winter; 27(1):72-74.


Chapters in Books:

Springer B, Kleiner D, Wightman J (2008). “Medical Support of the Tactical Athlete” in Schwartz R, McManus J, Swienton R (Eds.) Tactical Emergency Medicine, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


Other Textbook Contributions

Chapter Editor of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Challenges in Tactical Medicine” in Campbell J, Heiskell L, Smith J, Wipfler E (2012) ACEP’s Tactical Medicine Essentials, Jones & Bartlett Learning LLC.

Contributor, Specialized Tactics for Operational and Rescue Medicine (2011) University of Georgia: Athens, GA.


Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Springer BMcArdle D, Czarnecki F, Eastman A (2012). “Law Enforcement Medicine: Core Concepts from the IACP Police Physicians Section” The Police Chief, Dec (LXXIX)12:76-77.

Czarnecki F (ed.), Bollard G, McArdle D, Meade J, Pappas P, Springer B, Sztajnkrycer M (2012).   “Training Key #667, 668, 669; Emergency Trauma Care: Parts I-III” International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

Springer B (2010) “Performance Enhancing Drugs: Dietary Supplements and Ergogenic Aids” The Sports Medicine Core Curriculum Lecture Series, American College of Emergency Physicians, electronic publication.


Abstracts (Presenter is underlined)

Keller A, Abraham H, Smith E, Springer B (2013) “Resident and Faculty Involvement in Tactical Emergency Medicine in the Context of a Community Based Emergency             Medicine Residency Program: A Four Year Review”  poster presentation, Special Operations Medical Association Annual Meeting, December.



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

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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