Rodolfo "Rudy" Zaragoza, MD has been a CEP America Partner since July 2004. Dr. Zaragoza came to CEP after completing his military service as a decorated active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Forces from 2000-2004. In 1992, he completed his undergraduate degree in Pre-Professional Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois- College Of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois. In 2000 he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Following his residency, Dr. Zaragoza was stationed at Travis Air Force Base. During his time in the service, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq where he served as Chief of Emergency Services for all three deployment assignments. He has advanced certification in Emergency Ultrasonography, Advanced Trauma medicine and as an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructor. Prior to becoming Regional Director, Dr. Zaragoza served as the ED Medical Director for Rideout Memorial Hospital. As Medical Director at Rideout he was Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Process Improvement Committee (EPIC), and co-Chair of the Hospital Throughput Committee and Hospital Patient Safety Committee. He also worked with the Head of Interventional Cardiology to create and implement the hospitals STEMI program. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and is currently a member of the CEP Credentials and Partnership Affairs Committee.