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Chicago (Sept. 25, 2012): Leading Chicago trauma and burn surgeon Dr. Andrew Dennis, who is also a sworn police officer and SWAT team member, is releasing his first book and is the subject of two television series.

Dr. Dennis is on the front lines facing trauma every day at Chicago's Cook County Hospital - one of the busiest urban trauma centers in the country. He grew up in the 1970s watching Emergency, S.W.A.T. and Adam 12 - hit television shows that featured paramedics, police officers and an intrepid SWAT team. Today, Dr. Dennis lives all three of those shows.

He is a sworn police officer and member and medical director of two Chicago regional SWAT teams. He founded Medical Tactics, a company that teaches life saving tactics to law enforcement officers, educators and corporate leaders. He invented Trans Abdominal Wall Traction (TAWT), a device and technique that allows surgeons to close what once were believed to be non-closeable open abdomens.  As a clinical researcher Dr. Dennis has focused on electronic control weapons such as TASERS, and responses to disaster in and out of the hospital.

In October Dr. Dennis's first book, “Officer Down - A Practical Tactical Guide to Surviving Injury in the Street” will be published by Kendall Hunt.  The book focuses on the importance of perception and how it impacts one’s decisions and action when faced with injury.  Dr. Dennis empowers individuals to harness their fear, fortify their mindset and control their physiological reactions and to apply simple yet effective life-saving countermeasures.

In September the National Geographic channel released the pilot of  "Chicago Trauma," a one-hour docu-series based on the lives of Dr. Dennis and his colleagues at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Dennis is also exploring with Tricon films  the possibility of a scripted fictional television show based on his life story.

"I have the greatest job in the world.  I am able to marry my world of medicine to my world of law enforcement and emergency medical services. It is a unique honor and privilege to do so,” Dr. Dennis says.

About Dr. Dennis

As a trauma surgeon and law enforcement officer Dr. Dennis is unique in his ability to handle life threatening situations in the hospital and in the field. Through Medical Tactics, he has developed an educational program to teach individuals to handle traumatic situations - whether that involves workplace violence or a distraught teenager intent on shooting up a school. He is widely quoted in the media as an expert who speaks about law enforcement and trauma care. He is also available to speak to law enforcement organizations, schools and businesses about reacting to trauma in a way that can save lives. Dr. Dennis chairs the Department of Surgery at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Ill., and is faculty at Rush University College of Medicine in Chicago. He and his wife Melissa, also a physician, have two children.

Written by Medical Tactics — September 25, 2012