Sky Ridge Medical Center Names David Markenson, MD as Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. David Markenson, CMO, Sky Ridge Medical Center

May 28, 2012: Lone Tree, CO – Sky Ridge Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has named David Markenson, MD as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

"The addition of this position at Sky Ridge meshes with our vision to be a destination facility with superior clinical outcomes and exceptional service," says Maureen Tarrant, CEO. "Dr. Markenson brings a depth of clinical background that will further enhance our focus on safety, quality and creating centers of excellence. With our $117 million expansion slated to kick off in the coming weeks, Sky Ridge is poised to be the largest Women’s Center in the state. Dr. Markenson’s exceptional background in pediatric and emergency medicine will enable us to advance our pediatrics program with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, providing world-class care for children…close to home."

About Dr. Markenson

Dr. Markenson is a board-certified Pediatrician with Fellowship training in both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care. Prior to joining Sky Ridge, he was the Vice President and Medical Director of Regional Emergency Services and Disaster Medicine at the Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, having been promoted from his former position, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. While at Westchester Medical Center (NY), Dr. Markenson also directed multiple quality and patient safety programs including its "Partnership for Patients" and "Surviving Sepsis" initiatives. At the affiliated medical school, New York Medical College, he was the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, an applied research center and academic training program in emergency preparedness at the graduate level.

Dr. Markenson has been actively involved with the American Red Cross for more than 20 years and currently serves at the National Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. In this role he oversees and directs the scientific and technical aspects of all programs and products in the areas of CPR, First Aid, Aquatics, Nursing and Caregiving, Preparedness, Disaster Health and Mental Health, including their development, implementation and research. He is an active member and has served in leadership positions of multiple professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Physician Executives and the National Association of EMS Physicians.

Prior to coming to Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College he was the Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and was also the Director of the Program for Pediatric Preparedness of the National Center, a program dedicated to improving the care children receive in times of disasters or acts of terrorism.

His career has been dedicated to improving the approach to pediatric care, disaster medicine, EMS and emergency medicine. He served on the FEMA National Advisory Council representing hospital providers. In addition, he is the Principal Investigator on several federal grants related to Pediatric Disaster Medicine, including Model Pediatric Component for State Disaster Plans and National Consensus Conference on The Needs of Children in Disasters. He has also addressed the needs of other special and vulnerable populations and directed a federal grant to develop the first and only national guidelines for emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities. Dr. Markenson also has extensive involvement with EMS issues, including serving as an adjunct author for the revisions of the National EMS Curricula and conducting several multi-agency research projects. He also directed the project that created the first National Model Pediatric Protocols.

He is a frequent presenter and lecturer at medical conferences across the country and internationally, serves in editorial roles for multiple professional scientific journals including deputy editor-in-chief for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and has authored numerous articles and books on pediatric care, disaster medicine and prehospital medicine. He is the author of the text Pediatric Prehospital Care and Healthcare Emergency Preparedness. He also served as the deputy editor of the American Medical Association’s Basic Disaster Life Support Program. Dr. Markenson is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

"I am pleased to join the Sky Ridge team and am impressed by the incredible commitment to service, quality and safety that this hospital represents," said Dr. Markenson. "My goals are to further enhance evidence-based clinical care, launch an effective teaching program with Rocky Vista University and bring even greater focus to the superior clinical outcomes that Sky Ridge and its medical staff bring to this community."