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.
Mitka M. Peter J. Safar, MD. JAMA. 2003;289(19):2485-2486. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2485