Dr. Gilberto A. Salazar is a board-certified emergency physician and educator who began his clinical career as a high school volunteer at Parkland Hospital. He pursued a pre-med career at Vanderbilt University and worked for a year as a neuro-technologist in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston, then went to Louisiana to complete an emergency medicine residency at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During his residency training, he ventured outside of the emergency department and into an ambulance. Being involved with East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services changed his career direction.
Dr. Salazar moved back to Dallas to continue his training in EMS, spending two years completing a Government Emergency Medical Security Services fellowship for the Division of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). After his fellowship, Dr. Salazar joined the Division of Emergency Medicine as a faculty member. He works as an emergency medicine physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
He is involved with UTSW's Emergency Medicine Education program and serves as the medical director to teach both initial and continuing emergency medicine education for EMTs and paramedics, which trains the majority of EMS providers in Dallas County. He serves as the medical director for the Observation Unit of Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Emergency Department, where patients are admitted who need several hours' of observation.
At Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dr. Salazar serves as medical director for the Dallas/BioTel EMS System, Emergency Medical Services, and the Fire Department and Public Safety Agencies for the cities of Farmers Branch and Richardson. He has served for years as medical manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Texas Task Force, Task Force Strike Team, National Center for Emergency Disaster Response and Preparedness, and as the medical specialist for two Urban Search and Rescue operations.
In recent years, Dr. Salazar has been a leader in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Program Committee to provide didactic, simulation, and practical education for fellows, participate in program improvement, and provide mentorship in education, medical practice, quality assurance and research in emergency medical services.
Dr. Salazar was nominated for Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award at UT Southwestern Medical Center and received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Division of Emergency Medicine. He serves as one of the team physicians for the NHL Dallas Stars, as well as other events requiring medical oversight.