Orlando Health's academic chairman named Master of Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Falk, academic chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, earned distinguished honor from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2016) --- The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently awarded Orlando Health’s Jay L. Falk, MD, the title of Master of Critical Care Medicine. This honor was presented at the SCCM 45th Critical Care Congress held in Orlando. Dr. Falk joins only 73 practitioners to receive this distinction.

The designation honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by achieving national and international professional prominence due to personal character, leadership, eminence in clinical practice, outstanding contributions to research and education in critical care medicine, or years of exemplary service to SCCM, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the field of critical care medicine in its broadest sense.

This recognition is the culmination of my career-long efforts to bring the knowledge and tools of critical care medicine to the emergency medicine community, and especially to our own emergency departments,” said Dr. Falk, academic chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Falk joined the organization in 1988 as the program director for the newly created Emergency Medicine Residency Program. During his time at Orlando Health, Dr. Falk has held several positions including chief academic medical officer and vice president, Medical Education.

Board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and critical care medicine, Dr. Falk earned his medical degree from SUNY at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he also completed an internal medicine internship. He completed his internal medicine residency first at Kings County Hospital and then at Albany Medical College, where he also completed his critical care medicine fellowship. He is a professor of emergency medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and holds clinical professor appointments at the Florida State University College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Falk has published more than 85 articles and book chapters in prestigious medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has served on the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine for over 15 years, and he is a peer reviewer for many emergency medicine journals. Dr. Falk is also a popular lecturer covering various topics including sepsis, shock, and medical-legal issues.

Dr. Falk’s professional and community affiliations include the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (president-elect), the Orange County Medical Society, Florida Medical Association, The Maimonides Society, the American College of Emergency Physicians, SSCM, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest multiprofessional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With more than 15,000 members in 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that promote excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy.


About Orlando Health
Orlando Health is a $2.3 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides nearly $235 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at Orlando Health.

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