Dr. Harrell is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS in the Division of EMS, Disaster, and Austere Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services practice and has been a practicing EMS physician in New Mexico for over 10 years. He started in EMS in 1991 when he first took a Wilderness EMT class and, in a prior career, worked as both a nationally-registered paramedic and wildland firefighter throughout the western US.
He currently provides EMS Physician field response and medical direction through the UNM EMS Medical Direction Consortium program in Albuquerque. Drew currently serves as the operational EMS Medical Director for the following agencies: Grand Canyon National Park Emergency Services, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, and the New Mexico State Police. Additionally he provides operational TEMS medical support as a Reserve Deputy with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Drew is also the educational program Medical Director for the US Air Force Pararescue paramedic training program through the UNM EMS Academy.
His areas of interest include pre-hospital EMS practice and education, tactical and austere medical care, and EMS medical direction.
Outside of medicine Drew and his wife Andrea raise a small menagerie of animals and crops outside of Albuquerque!