Mark Ervin named associate director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site New associate director brings 25-plus years of military leadership and medical expertise

Mark Ervin named associate director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Mark Ervin has been named associate director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site located in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Ervin retired in 2020 as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force where he held numerous leadership and medical positions during his 25-plus year military career, including command surgeon, chief of clinical services and chief of operational medicine.

In his new position at REAC/TS, Ervin will provide management and medical leadership, participate in all aspects of emergency response planning, and manage all professional and technical activities of radiation emergency management at REAC/TS.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Dr. Ervin’s extensive background and proven track record joining REAC/TS,” said REAC/TS Director Carol Iddins. “Both his medical and leadership experience will help REAC/TS continue to serve as a world-renowned, U.S. Department of Energy asset and a leader in emergency medical response to radiological/nuclear incidents, providing emergency response and subject matter expertise on the medical management of radiation incidents for the National Nuclear Security Administration.”

Prior to joining REAC/TS, Ervin was responsible for oversight of 43 U.S. Air Force units that modernize and innovate advanced resuscitative, surgical and critical care wartime solutions for casualty and evacuation care from the point of injury on the battlefield to the care at U.S.-based military medical centers. He also was an Air Force subject matter expert on advancing autonomous patient care, evacuation on unmanned vehicles and severe-injury surgical teams supporting special operations. As a general surgeon, Ervin provided inpatient and outpatient surgical care at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and Brook Army Medical Center.

Ervin’s leadership and clinical experience comprise several headquarters positions in the Air Force and at U.S. European Command and Department of Defense Medical Centers, including a chief position at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he participated in frequent flight missions in Europe and the Middle East, evacuating critically injured casualties.

He also is a founding member of the Air Force Special Operations Surgical and Critical Care Evacuation Teams and has received numerous military awards, decorations and other achievements.

Ervin holds a bachelor degree from Duke University and a doctor of medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. 

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