Kevin High has been in health care since 1985. He has an extensive background in EMS, emergency nursing, and air medical transport as a clinician, educator, author, and leader.
He began his career at Vanderbilt in 1989 in the Emergency Department and began working as a flight nurse at Vanderbilt LifeFlight in1993 and left the program in 2006 to work with Emergency Medicine.
Kevin functions as the Trauma Program Manager and works with both the myriad EMS and air medical agencies that serve Vanderbilt as a liaison and educator. He serves as faculty member focusing on issues surrounding trauma care, airway management, EMS and air medical transport.
His educational background includes an Associates Degree in Nursing, a Bachelors of Science/Allied Health and a Masters in Public Health.
In 2002 he was awarded Vanderbilt’s Rosamond Gabrielson Staff Nurse of the Year Award. In November of 2003 Kevin was named the Association of Air Medical Service’s Air Medical Crew Member of the Year at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Reno, Nevada.
In September, 2007 Kevin was elected to lead the Air/Surface Transport Nurses Association. The Air/Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) is an international organization of nurses involved in critical care transport. ASTNA consists of more than 1,800 members who transport patients via helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. High will serve a three-year term as president – one year as president-elect, one year as president and then one year as past president.
Kevin speaks regularly to professional groups across the United States and Canada focusing on issues that affect transport, emergency medicine and healthcare organizations.