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John Bedolla, M.D., FACEP


University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


General Surgery
Oregon Health Sciences University

Emergency Medicine, Residency
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia School of Medicine


John Bedolla, M.D., is the assistant director of research education and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Dell Medical School. He has been a faculty member since 1998. since He previously served as a affiliate faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and faculty at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Bedolla holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Plan II Honors program at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School and trained in surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University and in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York City.

He is a fellow of the Texas Leadership and Advocacy Program of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Society for Medical Decision Making, the American Stroke Society, the American Society for Health Care Risk Management, and the International Council of Motorsports Sciences.

Bedolla has served in many leadership roles including as medical student clerkship director, hospital chief of staff, morbidity and mortality director, peer review director and physician liaison for a state medical board. He is the director of risk management for Emergency Service Partners, which has about 1.2 million patient visits per year. Bedolla is also creator and director of SafetyCore, an evidence-based medical risk reduction program.

Bedolla’s clinical interests are in general emergency medicine, with a focus on risk reduction through critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making. His interest in evidence-based decision-making has taken him to multiple research areas including Grand Prix motorcycle racing, NIH-sponsored head injury trials, cardiac arrests, cycling injuries, CT utilization, aortic dissections, diagnosis and treatment of hemostatic disorders, and imaging utilization. Bedolla is a reviewer for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and he received the “Reviewer of the Year” award in 2015. He combines his research with filmmaking, writing and directing six medical risk management videos per year. His videos are used in more than 30 hospitals in Texas.

He has served in both academic and community practice for the majority of his career. His academic interests are motorsports, rare catastrophic and unpredictable medical events, terrorist organization medical infrastructure, clinical pathway design and implementation, medical education, film and medicine, narrative medicine. He came to Austin in 1998. He has two children. His hobbies include classical history, filmmaking and outdoor activities. He works one day a week on a ranch in Red Rock, Texas.

Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Chair of National Medical Legal Committee
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, National Education Steering Committee Member
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American Society of Health Care Risk Management
Awards & Honors
  • Editor of the Year, 2015
    Western Journal of Emergency Medicine