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Wade R. Gaasch, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Additional Title:

Medical Director, Maryland Express Care; Medical Director, Baltimore City Fire Department


110 S. Paca Street, 6th floor, Suite 200

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-8025


(410) 328-8028

Education and Training

Residency Training:
Henry Ford Hospital -- Emergency Medicine

Medical School:
Northwestern University


In addition to his twenty-seven years of emergency medicine clinical responsibilities, Dr. Gaasch has spent over twenty years concentrating on pre-hospital and out-of-hospital patient care.  As the medical director, he has helped guide the emergency medical services (EMS) of the Baltimore City fire department during a period of tremendous growth and service demands.  The fire departments’ EMS ranks as one of the busiest per capita services in the entire country.  He was instrumental in the development of the State of Maryland’s search and rescue team and as the medical director spent two weeks deployed to the most devastated areas of Louisiana when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast.  Additionally, he has supported Baltimore law enforcement and the United States Marshals Service through the development and on-going support of tactical EMS which provides on-site life-saving care to officers and civilians in austere and dangerous environments.

Dr. Gaasch helped develop and has been the medical director of Maryland ExpressCare since its inception.  Maryland ExpressCare is responsible for the critical care transport of all severely sick or injured patients into the University of Maryland Medical Center.  This allows many patients who otherwise might not survive the out-of-hospital period to access the tertiary and quaternary care available at the medical center.  We serve as a state resource and routinely transfer patients from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  Along with our partners at PHI AirMedical Dr. Gaasch provides medical direction for patients whose condition is so fragile that they require helicopter transport to facilitate rapid transfer for immediate life/limb-saving intervention or whose condition demands minimizing the period of time they are out of hospital and away from direct physician care.

Research Interests

- Prehospital Care
- Aeromedical Medicine

Professional Activity

- Medical Director Baltimore City Fire Dept
- Medical Director Maryland ExpressCare Critical Care Transport - Ground & Aeromedical
- Medical Director Baltimore Police Dept SWAT
- Medical Director Washington County Sherriff's Dept SWAT
- Tactical Physician US Marshals Service