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S. Craig Broome, M.D., has quite an array of titles under his belt: president of the Escambia County Medical Society, medical director of the Pensacola Naval Hospital Emergency Department (ED) and member of the Florida-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). Hes been on DMAT for the past 10 years, and although hed never admit it, his recent work has elevated him to the status of modern American hero.
As part of DMAT, Dr. Broome spent 11 days at ground zero after the World Trade Center attack. "It was a humbling experience in many ways," Dr. Broome said in an editorial written after his return from New York. "When so many Americans are wondering what they can do to help, I felt it was a rare privilege to have been in the position to serve."
Through DMAT, Dr. Broome has responded to other national and international tragedies, such as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Marilyn in 1995.
He is a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine and says he has many fond memories of the Health Science Center. "I met my wife Kathi there. She was a lab assistant who helped set up lab experiments for our physiology class. I first practiced drawing blood on her," he said.
Dr. Broome currently practices medicine in Florida, where he said his position as medical director of the ED enables him to balance clinical work with his new administrative title.