Ahamed Idris, M.D.

Ahamed Idris, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine


Ahamed Idris began his career as a combat medic with the US Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service with the 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.

Dr. Idris has been a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at UTSW since 2003 and is active in the clinical practice of emergency medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he instructs medical students and residents in emergency medicine and internal medicine.

He is Director of Emergency Medicine Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine; he assists medical students, fellows, and faculty with research project design and development and provides access to laboratory space and equipment.  He also assists with development of grant proposals. He is the Chair of IRB 4 at UTSW.

He is a Past National Chair of Basic Life Support for the American Heart Association and a member of the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He is a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Special Emphasis Panel and the PULSE group, and an inaugural Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the Integrated Research Team (IRT) Steering Committee for Advanced Capabilities for Combat Medics, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

Dr. Idris served as the Director of the NASA Human Space Flight Rescue Team for the Space Shuttle and continues to serve as a consultant. He was inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2008 for work he did that led to the impedance threshold device becoming an important medical device for treatment of astronauts suffering acute hypotension and autonomic dysfunction. It is now on-board the International Space Station.

He received an American Heart Association National Outstanding service award in 2003, and he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. 

Dr. Idris is the Director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Center for Resuscitation Research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the most productive organization in the North American Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Cook County Hospital (1979-1982), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - Cook County Hospital (1982-1983), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Rush Medical College (1975-1979)
Books & Publications
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Ventilation and acid-base balance in low blood flow states
  • Quality measurement of CPR