John McManus


John McManus


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine


Professor, Augusta University
Adjunct Professor, EM, University College, Cork, Ireland
Fellow, Sports & Exercise Medicine, Royal College of
Dublin, Ireland
Medical Director Southstar EMS and Georgia Region VI
Medical Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Past Speaker, American College of Emergency Physicians

Appointment Date: 2013

COL (ret) John G. McManus retired in 2012 from the United States Army with a combined Federal service record of over 24 years as a Medical Corps Officer and decorated combat veteran. After graduating from North Georgia Senior Military College in 1988 with a B.S. in chemistry on a full National Guard Scholarship, Dr. McManus attended his M.D. training at the Medical College of Georgia, (Augusta University) serving as student government president his final year in 1992. He then completed a 4-year emergency medicine residency in 1999 at Madigan Army Medical Center and University of Washington, an EMS fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a Master Degree in Clinical Research. Furthermore, he received his MBA in July 2012 from Brenau University. Dr. McManus served on active duty in numerous leadership assignments and deployments (Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq) throughout the world. He had the honor to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of the last Combat Support Hospital (47th CSH) in Baghdad Iraq in 2011. His other prior leadership assignments include: Director for the U.S. Army’s EMS Department and also the Director for the Center of Pre-deployment Medicine, at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas (equivalent to Associate Deans). Dr. McManus also founded and served as the inaugural program director for three EMS fellowship programs: the U.S. Army's first emergency medicine subspecialty fellowship, at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (2007-11), the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2010-11) and at Augusta University (2013-20). He also currently serves as a professor in the EMS Fellowship for the Department of emergency medicine at Augusta University and the Region 6 EMS Medical Director. Dr. McManus serves as medical director for Southstar EMS and Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He served as the past- speaker for the national emergency medical society ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians).

COL (ret) McManus is a physician executive that possesses extensive and progressively responsible experience that provided clinical leadership and medical management in both the Department of Defense and civilian medical community. He possesses a thorough understanding of academic and research development practices, clinical training as well as deployment logistics for medical devices and products. His research focus included trauma and combat casualty care research at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on hypoperfusion physiology, active shooter, pre-hospital, disaster and critical care medicine. He is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker with over 500 presentations and accomplished author of over 100 (50 peer) scientific publications to include editor of 5 medical textbooks. He has developed medical educational experiences for 1000’s of medical personnel for the military and ACGME. Just a few of his numerous awards include: the Legion of Merit, the National Emergency Medicine teaching award and the outstanding Army Medical Department LTC of the year by the U.S. Army Surgeon General in 2006.

Specialty Focus: EMS, Trauma and Combat Casualty Care Research, Disaster and Critical Care Medicine

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  • (706) 721-7718
  • AF 2058


  • MD, Medicine Medical College of Georgia, 1992


  • Fellow Sports and Exercise Medicine Royal College of Dublin, 2019

  • State of Texas 2015

  • ABLS Instructor 2013

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) - Instructor ACLS, 2013

  • AHLS - Instructor 2013

  • ATLS - Provider 2013

  • BLS - Instructor 2013

  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) - Instructor PALS, 2013

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care - Instructor 2013

  • Emergency Medical Services Board American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2021

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine 2021

  • PHY GA Composite Medical Board, 1993

Awards & Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

  • Legion of Merit United States Army, 2012

  • Excellence in Emergency Medicine GSACEP, 2011

  • Active Duty Awards United States Army, 2010

  • Order of Military Medical Merit United States Army, 2007

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship
  • MEDI 6110

    Patient Centered Learning 1
  • MEDI 6310

    Patient Centered Learning 3


Selected Recent Publications

  • Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients’ Refusal of EMS Transport , 2020
  • Pandemic influenza and major disease outbreak preparedness in US emergency departments: A survey of medical directors and department chairs , 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Acute Psychiatric Emergencies, 2020
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Burnout management, 2020
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Anticoagulant Reversal Strategies in the EmergencyDepartment Setting: Recommendations of aMultidisciplinary Expert Panel, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • EMS Fellowship Educational Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • EMS Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, EMS Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, Research Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • AU Military Medical Interest Group 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU, ACGME Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU, GMEC Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Public Health Curriculum Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • ACEP Leadership Development Committee for ACEP Council 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • ACEP Diversity National Task Force 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • ACEP High Task Force Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • ACEP Transition Military to Civilian Care Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • BAOJ Medical and Nursing - Open Journal 2018 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member

Public Service

  • CSRA High Threat GBI 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • EMS CSRA EMS Council 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Director 2016 - Present

  • Southstar Ambulance Services Medical Director 2016 - Present