Chicago trauma and burn surgeon publishes book, is featured in pilot reality television series and is the subject of a fictional television show
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.