• Shannon Stephens, Critical Care Paramedic, has worked in EMS for over 25 years. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Director of the Alabama Resuscitation Center. He also serves as a Research Scientist for the UAB Center for Cardiovascular Biology, and formerly with the UAB Center for Disaster Preparedness. He has served as Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine from 1998 - present.

    He has published several manuscripts and presented nationally and internationally on EMS-related topics including cardiac arrest, severe traumatic injury, prehospital research, advanced airway management, disaster medicine, and bioethics. As an EMS field provider, an EMS educator, and an EMS researcher, he has focused his efforts on collaborative clinical trial networks, to build a body of evidence to advance and improve prehospital emergency care. He has served as a Program Director for several NIH and DOD funded clinical trial networks. He actively serves on numerous national, state, and local committees and is a member of the American Heart Association, Project Management Institute, the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2018 Elevated Syndecan-1 after Trauma and Risk of Sepsis: A Secondary Analysis of Patients from the Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) TrialJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  227:587-595. 2018
    2018 Older blood is associated with increased mortality and adverse events in massively transfused trauma patients: secondary analysis of the PROPPR trialAnnals of Emergency Medicine2018
    2018 Effect of a strategy of initial laryngeal tube insertion vs endotracheal intubation on 72-hour survival in adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest a randomized clinical trialJournal of the American Medical Association.  320:769-778. 2018
    2018 Abnormalities of laboratory coagulation tests versus clinically evident coagulopathic bleeding: results from the prehospital resuscitation on helicopters study (PROHS)Surgery.  163:819-826. 2018
    2018 Role of heme in lung bacterial infection after trauma hemorrhage and stored red blood cell transfusion: A preclinical experimental studyPLoS Medicine.  15. 2018
    2018 Older Blood Is Associated With Increased Mortality and Adverse Events in Massively Transfused Trauma Patients: Secondary Analysis of the PROPPR TrialAnnals of Emergency Medicine2018
    2017 Association of neighborhood demographics with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest treatment and outcomes: Where you live may matterJAMA Cardiology.  2:1110-1118. 2017
    2016 Using social media for community consultation and public disclosure in exception from informed consent trialsJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  80:1005-1009. 2016
    2016 Design and implementation of the resuscitation outcomes consortium pragmatic airway resuscitation trial (PART)Resuscitation.  101:57-64. 2016
    2016 Regional incidence and outcome of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest associated with overdoseResuscitation.  99:13-19. 2016
    2015 Trial of continuous or interrupted chest compressions during CPRNew England Journal of Medicine.  373:2203-2214. 2015
    2015 A randomized trial of continuous versus interrupted chest compressions in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Rationale for and design of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Continuous Chest Compressions TrialAmerican Heart Journal.  169:334-341.e5. 2015
    2014 Resuscitation outcomes consortium-amiodarone, lidocaine or placebo study (ROC-ALPS): Rationale and methodology behind an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest antiarrhythmic drug trialAmerican Heart Journal.  167. 2014
    2013 Preliminary experience with social media for community consultation and public disclosure in exception from informed consent trialsCirculation.  128:267-270. 2013
    2012 Comparison of methods for the determination of cardiopulmonary resuscitation chest compression fractionResuscitation.  83:568-571. 2012
    2012 Effect of chest compressions on ventricular activationAmerican Journal of Cardiology.  109:670-674. 2012
    2012 Cardiovascular collapse after return of spontaneous circulation in human out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrestEmergency Medicine Journal.  29:129-132. 2012
    2011 A Trial of an Impedance Threshold Device in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac ArrestNew England Journal of Medicine.  365:798-806. 2011
    2011 Early versus later rhythm analysis in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrestNew England Journal of Medicine.  365:787-797. 2011
    2011 The relationship between out-of-hospital airway management and outcome among trauma patients with glasgow coma scale scores of 8 or lessPrehospital Emergency Care.  15:184-192. 2011
    2011 Variation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation and transport practices in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium: ROC Epistry-Cardiac ArrestResuscitation.  82:277-284. 2011
    2009 Variation in the type, rate, and selection of patients for out-of-hospital airway procedures among injured children and adultsAcademic Emergency Medicine.  16:1269-1276. 2009
    2009 Is the enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities in research in the emergency setting equitable?Resuscitation.  80:644-649. 2009
    2008 Rationale, development and implementation of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Epistry-Cardiac ArrestResuscitation.  78:161-169. 2008
    2008 Protect yourself with 'DOCTOR': training for the biological challenges of respiratory patients.Journal of Emergency Medical Services.  33. 2008
    2007 A descriptive analysis of emergency medical service systems participating in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) networkPrehospital Emergency Care.  11:369-382. 2007
    2007 Measuring survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest: The elusive definitionResuscitation.  62:25-34. 2007
    2005 Implementation of community-based public access defibrillation in the PAD trialAcademic Emergency Medicine.  12:688-697. 2005
    2004 Conducting research using the emergency exception from informed consent: The Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Trial experienceResuscitation.  61:29-36. 2004
    2003 The Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Trial: Study design and rationaleResuscitation.  56:135-147. 2003

    Research Overview

  • Resuscitation Science
    Cardiac Arrest
    Research Ethics
    Research Program Management
  • Education And Training

  • Medical Certificate, 1995
  • Full Name

  • Shannon Stephens