Thomas Blackwell, MD

Medical School
Creighton University School of Medicine

Residency Training
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Dr. Blackwell graduated from The Citadel Military College in 1981, worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and entered Creighton University School of Medicine. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, he became a faculty member in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was the EMS Medical Director for the Mecklenburg EMS Agency, and also served as the Medical Director for CMC’s Special Events Team which provided medical care for Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Wells Fargo PGA, and other mass gathering events. In 1998, Dr. Blackwell began developing expertise in the health consequences of disasters, with special attention to terrorism. He established Charlotte’s Advanced Local Emergency Response Team, a multispecialty response cadre of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical responders which achieved national notoriety from the US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. Dr. Blackwell designed and invented the world’s first mobile hospital (operating room, intensive care unit, emergency department) configured on a tractor-trailer. This unit, MED-1, deployed to Waveland and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has responded to many other disasters across the United States. These are now distributed world-wide to improve access to medical care and disaster relief. Dr. Blackwell moved to Greenville to assist in establishing the new medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and the new Department of Emergency Medicine at Prisma Health. He currently serves as a Professor of Emergency Medicine, and is the Assistant Dean for Longitudinal Clinical Education and EMT Program Director at the University. Dr. Blackwell is married to his wife Marty and they have 2 boys, Joey and Alex. In his spare time, he enjoys working on his 1947 Willys CJ-2A Jeep.