It is with great excitement that we announce that Richard M. Pescatore II, DO, has been named the chair of the editorial board of Emergency Medicine News.
Rick has already worn many hats in the 10 years since he first joined EMN as a blogger while he was a medical student. (You can still read those posts at https://bit.ly/EMNLittleWhiteCoats.) That then became his column, “What to D.O.,” in the print edition. He was also the voice of our EMN Live podcast for several years. Now he will be taking over InFocus, in a bit of inspiring and heartwarming continuity: James R. Roberts, MD, took over InFocus when he replaced Jerris Hedges, MD, as our board chair 40 years ago.
Rick's bona fides are beyond impressive: a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2009, a medical degree in 2014 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, chief resident in the Cooper University Healthcare Emergency Medicine Residency in Camden, NJ, from which he graduated in 2017, and now clinical faculty and an attending emergency physician at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.
But those credentials are not entirely why Rick was chosen for this position. From my first contact with him, I knew he had something special, something exceptional. He has always gone above and beyond when I asked him for advice about an article or project, and many times he has come to me with ideas for making EMN better.
If you've ever heard him speak, you would know that for certain. He brings intelligence and enthusiasm to everything he touches. He recently told me that he was getting more excited by the day to take on this post. “I know EMN is your baby,” he said. “I'm truly honored.” (We don't want him to get a big head, so don't tell him, but we're the ones who are honored.)
Please join me in welcoming Richard M. Pescatore II, DO, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Emergency Medicine News.
Ms. Hoffmanis the managing editor of Emergency Medicine News. Write to her at[email protected].