Dr. Linda Quan Vice-Chair of Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, Thursday, January 31, 2013 — The American Red Cross has announced that Linda Quan, M.D., has been named vice-chair of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Council. In this role, Quan will help to guide the Council’s research priorities, develop its strategic plan and assist in identifying candidates for Council membership and leadership of its Sub-Councils.

The Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council is a fifty-member panel of nationally recognized experts drawn from a wide variety of scientific, medical and academic disciplines. These experts are volunteers and provide the Red Cross with authoritative guidance on emergency treatment, rescue technique, aquatics, emergency preparedness, disaster health, nursing and emergency training. The Council’s guidance ensures that Red Cross practices, recommendations and training align with the latest evidence-based knowledge in science and medicine.

“Across the board, the pace of growth in scientific and medical information is extraordinary today,” said David Markenson, M.D., chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. “It’s important that the Council maintain a high degree of awareness and understanding across a very wide range of study. I am delighted that Dr. Quan will be directing her considerable talent and energy to assisting in the work of the overall Council, helping us to stay at the forefront of emergency practice and technique.”

In addition to her duties as vice-chair, Quan will continue to play an active role in the group’s Aquatics Sub-Council. The Sub-Council reviews ways to keep people safe in and around the water including lifeguarding techniques; swimming instruction; causes, recognition and prevention of water emergencies; and victim rescue, resuscitation and transport.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to review and digest the science used to guide Red Cross recommendations and programs,” said Quan.

Quan is a pediatric emergency physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she served as Chief of Emergency Services and President of the Medical Staff. In addition to her clinical work, she is also Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Quan has served on numerous national committees for American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Emergency Medical Services for Children Agency and the Centers for Disease Control Injury Prevention Center. Her own research has focused on the study of drowning, developing better means of drowning prevention, and understanding and preventing pediatric cardiac arrest. Quan received her BA from Smith College, her BMS from Dartmouth Medical School, and her MD and Pediatric Residency from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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