Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Gary Vilke

Dr. Gary Vilke completed undergraduate education at UC Berkeley with a zoology major and medical school at UCSD. He did his General Surgery Internship and Emergency Medicine Residency at the UCSD Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident during his senior year. Dr. Vilke joined the faculty in July 1996. He is a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine with the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine and is the former Medical Director for the County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Dr. Vilke currently serves as the Director for Custody Services at UCSD, responsible for the care of inmates at all seven San Diego Sheriff’s jails. His administrative roles include being the previous Chairs for the UCSD Medical Risk Management Committee and the UCSD Patient Care and Peer Review Committee, and the former Chief of Staff at UCSD. He currently serves as the Medical Director for Risk Management for the UC San Diego Health System. He also serves as the Director for Clinical Research for the Emergency Department and his research focus has been in the areas of tactical medicine (TASERs, Restraints and Pepper Spray) and prehospital care and has published over 180 original articles and 45 book chapters. He also serves as the Director for Clinical Research for the Emergency Department where he has mentored research for over 100 students and physicians and has published over 180 original medical articles and 46 book chapters including authoring one procedure text book. He is one the editorial board for 4 major medical journals and reviews for 15 other journals. He is also an investigator in several large multi-center clinical trials funded in excess of $5,000,000 dollars by the National Institute of Health and the Department of Justice, including his role as Co-Investigator for San Diego’s Resuscitative Outcomes Consortium (ROC) site, an 10-year ongoing NIH funded study to study out of-hospital cardiac arrest and severe traumatic injury. . Publications