Faculty Profile

Ira Blumen
Section of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Medicine
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Medical Director and Program Director, University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

Academic Interests

Dr. Blumen is an expert in the area of air medical transport and critical care transport with over 38 years of experience. He has authored dozens of publications and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) textbook "Principles and Direction of Air Medical Transport". He was also the lead researcher and author of "A Safety Review and Risk Assessment in Air Medical Transport" and has seen conducting unique Helicopter EMS (HEMS) safety research since 2000.

Clinical Interests

Air medical transport, interfacility transport, EMTALA regulations, pediatric trauma, airway management, high altitude illness and dysbaric Injuries.


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  • MD, 1981, Chicago Medical School
  • Residency, 1984, University of Illinois, Emergency Medicine