Medical News and Perspectives
May 21, 2003

Peter J. Safar, MD

JAMA. 2003;289(19):2485-2486. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2485

Peter J. Safar, MD, has spent his career giving life to people. Known as the "Father of CPR," Safar is credited with helping create the first US intensive care unit and the first paramedic emergency service. His latest research focuses on developing "suspended animation for delayed resuscitation," which is finding a way to protect the brain and heart of trauma patients in the field through therapeutic hypothermia.

His innovative work in cardiopulmonary-cerebral resuscitation alone would assure Safar an honored place in the annals of medicine. But his life-giving talents are not limited to medical practice and medical research. In his long career, his humanity and respect for people have enriched students, colleagues, and friends; he is a man whose caring soul is perhaps best reflected in his love of music.

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