Stephen Dowker

Stephen Dowker

Research Area Specialist Intermediate - M-RISE | EPOC


Stephen Dowker is a Research Area Specialist Associate in the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) who focuses on the study of pre-hospital systems of medical care and training. He has previously assisted on projects in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Acute Care Research Unit and in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. His current research in DLHS focuses on the optimization out-of-hospital care for cardiac arrest. 

Stephen became involved in pre-hospital care in 2011 while volunteering for American Red Cross first aid teams at University of Michigan Football games. He has been licensed and nationally certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) since 2015, and, prior to his full-time research career, worked in special event, summer camp health clinic, 911-dispatched ALS/BLS ambulance, and emergency department settings.  Stephen spent four years as a basic life support instructor and worked on special out-of-hospital cardiac arrest-focused telecommunications projects for the Michigan non-profit SaveMIHeart. He has also been a member of the DLHS sponsored Washtenaw/Livingston Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Learning Community since its inception. 

He actively works part-time as a firefighter/EMT at the Green Oak Fire Department in Livingston County, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and cooking in his free-time.

Published Articles or Reviews

Abir M, Dowker SR, Nham W, et al. Strategies for Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest (EPOC). RAND Corporation; 2022.

Dowker SR, Smith G, O’Leary M, et al. Assessment of telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using a standardized tool for audio review. Resuscitation. Published online April 26, 2022. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2022.04.015

Dowker SR, Nallamothu BK. Uberization of Prehospital Communications—Are We Ready? JAMA Cardiology. 2020;5(12):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.2990