North Port Fire Rescue utilizes the services of two physicians who specialize in emergency medicine for medical direction.
Steven R. Newman, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
The North Port Fire Rescue District EMS Medical Director is Steven R. Newman, MD who is responsible for the quality of medical care delivered by North Port Fire Rescue medics. The Medical Director is responsible for drafting protocols, policies and procedures and quality improvement benchmarks for the department.
After graduating Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, Dr. Newman studied biology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He worked as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service (Six Rivers National Forest, Mad River Ranger Station) during the summer. Most fires in Six Rivers were caused by lightening strikes, and it was not unusual for a crew to spend several days packing into a fire, controlling it and then packing back out. On several occasions, Dr. Newman traveled with his crew to Southern California to fight wildfires fanned by the infamous Santa Ana winds. The typical scenario was to be dropped onto a ridge by helicopter, work a double shift building fire line, then hike back to fire camp. Upon completion of his B.A. degree at Humboldt in 1971, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Georgia Pacific Lumber Company. At this point, he became interested in medicine and volunteered at a free clinic in Arcata. He married his wife Debbie in 1974, the same year he started medical school.
Dr. Newman attended Chicago Medical School, graduating with the M.D. degree in 1978. After a year of internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he entered the Kern Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency in Bakersfield, California. This trauma-oriented program is affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles. He completed his residency in 1981 and was certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). He successfully completed his ABEM recertification exams in 1990, 1999 and 2009.
Dr. Newman moved his family to Sarasota in 1983 to join the emergency physician group staffing Sarasota Memorial Hospital. In 1984, Dr. Newman was selected to serve as Medical Director. The providers of the EMS system in 1984 included the Paramedic and EMT training program at Sarasota County Vocational Technical Institute (presently SCTI), South Trail Fire Control District, Fruitville Area Fire Control District, Northeast Fire Control District, South County Ambulance Service District, North Port Fire and Rescue District, Longboat Key Fire Rescue and City of Sarasota Fire Rescue. These organizations later became consolidated into Sarasota County Technical Institute, Sarasota County Fire Department, North Port Fire Rescue District and Longboat Key Fire Rescue.
Dr. Newman has been active on the Medical Staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital as Medical Staff Secretary, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Credentials Committee Chairman, Code C Committee and Disaster Committee. He chaired the Bylaws Revision Committee for many years, during which time a complete bylaws revision was completed. Professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Sarasota County Medical Society, American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Medical Services Section of ACEP, Florida Association of EMS Medical Directors and National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians. He has long been an American Heart Association ACLS Instructor.
Mark C. Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
Dr. Johnson grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Riverview High School in 1981. Dr. Johnson completed his undergraduate training at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Emergency Medical Care in 1987. He earned his National Registry Paramedic Certification and was employed by Greenville County EMS in South Carolina. He was a SWAT Medic and member of the Mountain Rescue Team. In 1988, he was named Paramedic of the Year by JEMS magazine for the rescue of a sick infant from a snow-covered mountain inaccessible by motor vehicles. In 1989, he placed 3rd in the South Carolina Paramedic Competition. He began medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1989, and was awarded Doctor of Medicine in 1993. He attained the rank of Captain in the Medical Corps, South Carolina Army National Guard, serving from 1991-2001.
Dr. Johnson completed his residency in emergency medicine at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 1996. He was certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and has since dedicated himself to the practice of emergency medicine. He became an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina in 1996. He practiced there until moving his family to Sarasota in 2005. That year, he joined the practice at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He currently works at the main campus in Sarasota, the North Port Emergency Care Center and occasionally in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Walk-in Clinics.
Dr. Johnson has served Sarasota County EMS as Associate Medical Director since 2009. In that capacity he has done teaching, skills assessment, protocol development, scene response and online medical control. He is an instructor in ACLS and PALS, and also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Sciences for Florida State University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Johnson resides in Sarasota with his wife, Trisha, and their five children. His pastimes include boating, watersports and hiking in the mountains of Tennessee. He is an accomplished distance runner, having completed 29 marathons.