Memorial Hermann Life Flight® Announces New Leadership
HOUSTON, TX (July17,
The Red Duke Trauma Institute at
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is proud to announce two new leaders for
the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® program. Lesley Osborn, MD, emergency medicine physician and assistant professor
of emergency medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, has been named
Medical Director of Life Flight, and David Meyer, MD, trauma surgeon and assistant
professor of surgery at McGovern Medical School, has been named the program’s Assistant
are excited to have Drs. Osborn and Meyer join the Life Flight team. Dr.
Osborn’s experience and expertise in emergency medicine make her an ideal
leader to carry the program forward,” said Tom Flanagan, Vice
President of Trauma Service Line and System Integration for Memorial
Hermann Health System. “Drs. Osborn and Meyer will help build upon Life Flight’s
40-year legacy of providing high-quality, pre-hospital care to Greater Houston and
its surrounding areas.”
Flight, the only hospital-based air ambulance service in Houston, retrieves
critically ill and injured patients within a 150-mile radius of Red Duke Trauma
Institute, where patients can receive life-saving care. Since the program was
founded in 1976 by legendary trauma surgeon James H. “Red” Duke Jr., MD, it has
flown more than 140,000 missions. Dr. Duke served as the program’s first and only
medical director until his death in 2015.
Dr. Osborn is Life
Flight’s third medical director. In her
role, she provides clinical oversight for Life Flight’s 21 flight nurses and 18
paramedics and dispatchers by developing and maintaining best practice medical
protocols, reviewing patient records for appropriate application of medical
care and preparing for flight review. In addition, she is responsible for continuing
medical education for the crews and guidance on research, quality improvement
and professional development.
“I am extremely
humbled to lead one of the country’s first hospital-based air ambulance
services and to be part of such a rich history and legacy, working alongside
the paramedics and flight nurses,” Dr. Osborn said. “I am passionate about the
role of pre-hospital care in saving lives and will continue the precedent that
Dr. Duke set for delivering the highest quality care possible to our patients
in the Greater Houston and Southeast Texas areas.”
Osborn earned her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and her medical degree
from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her
residency in emergency medicine at Palmetto Health. In 2016, she served her
fellowship in emergency medical services (EMS) at the Red Duke Trauma Institute
and UTHealth and became a full-time faculty member in 2017. Dr. Osborn is board
certified in emergency medicine and EMS. Dr. Osborn was commissioned as a
captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard in
March 2018 and currently serves in this role as a member of the 169th
Medical Group in McEntire, S.C.
Meyer, a native of Raleigh, N.C., earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees
from East Carolina University. He earned his medical degree from The Ross
University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at
the University of Arizona. Dr. Meyer joined UTHealth and the Red Duke Trauma
Institute in 2015 as a fellow in trauma and surgical critical care. He joined
the UTHealth faculty in 2017.
is a privilege to serve as the new assistant medical director of Life Flight,” Dr.
Meyer said. “I look forward to working alongside Dr. Osborn and the many
experienced, highly-skilled professionals as we provide life-saving support to
Southeast Texas residents.”
more about Memorial
Hermann Life Flight.