Michael Spigner, MD, NRP

Credentials: Assistant Professor (CHS)

Pronouns: Division of Prehospital Medicine

Administrative Support:
Sara Schils (sschils@medicine.wisc.edu)


Director, Prehospital Medicine Informatics
Chair, EMS Quality & Patient Safety Committee
Medical Director, Belleville Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Medical Director, Brooklyn Fire & EMS

Clinical information Publications


Undergraduate: CUNY Queens College
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Fellowship: University of New Mexico Health System – EMS

Dr. Michael Spigner has been continually involved in EMS since 2009. Over the course of seven years, he served multiple roles including as a firefighter, EMT-Critical Care, and President of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Ambulance Unit. During this time, he developed a successful and transformative EMS Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement program, earning him runner-up recognition for the Nassau County EMS Leadership Award in 2014.

Dr. Spigner maintained a strong interest in prehospital medicine throughout his residency training at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and served as the Assistant Medical Director for several agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area, including Evendale Fire Department, Reading Fire Department, and Colerain Township Fire Department, which was awarded Ohio EMS Agency of the Year in 2018. While at UC, he practiced as a flight physician, served as the Assistant Medical Director of UC Air Care & Mobile Care, and was a team physician for Cincinnati Police Department SWAT. He served multiple national leadership roles with the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) over five years and chaired EMRA’s Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Division from 2017-2018. He completed EMS fellowship training at the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 2020-2021, during which time he served as Assistant Medical Director with the UNM EMS Consortium, which provides medical direction for more than 30 agencies, including Albuquerque Fire-Rescue and numerous rural, tribal, National Park Service, and law enforcement partners.

Dr. Spigner continues to feel a kindred connection with the prehospital environment and seeks to support prehospital providers while elevating the practice of prehospital medicine through an evidence-based approach.


• EMS Medicine Early Career Medical Director Award, National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) & Stryker Emergency Care (2024)
• Best Speaker, NAEMSP Annual Meeting New Speaker Series (2023)


ED-LEAD: Emergency Departments Leading the Transformation of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Source: National Institute on Aging/NIH
Type: U19
Role: Investigator