Name: Dr. Theodore Harrison
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: eing elected to a second two-year term as president of the Maryland Chapter of the College of Emergency Room Physicians
Residence; hometown: Millersville; grew up all over United States
Education: 1971 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in biology; 1975 graduate of the Washington University Medical School; completed his internship at the University of Southern California Medical Center in 1976; completed his residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1978
Family: Wife: Dr. Louise Andrew, employed as an emergency room physician; children: Galen, 13, and Molly, 1
Activities/hobbies: Employed as an emergency room physician at Carroll County General Hospital and Franklin Square Hospital; works with computers, which is probably reflective of his initial decision to major in electrical engineering at Washington University; international activities, such as coordinating exchanges of professional people between the United States and other countries; works with a group of medical professionals in cruise medicine as a sideline, providing medical staff for cruise ships; a director of the Society for the International Advancement of Emergency Medical Care; member of the American Medical Informatics Association; member of the Society for Critical Care Medicine; member of the American College of Emergency Physicians; member of Med Chi in Maryland
Accomplishments: Setting up communication between health care providers in the former Soviet Union and the United States via a computer message network
Recipient's comments: "I was very glad to have the opportunity to continue what I've been doing the past two years. I had only had a chance to get started and learn the ropes, and now I have two years to finish what I had started. Our organization is concerned with legislation. We've just gotten into getting bills drafted, submitting them and lobbying for them. We had some initial successes, just beginner's luck probably, but we'd like to build on those. There are two big issues, the availability and importance of quality care is one. People don't have the insurance, so they don't want to generate bills. So then they stay home until it's too late, or almost too late, and then they are sicker and the bills are higher. Also, we're working on the recognition of emergency medicine as a specialty. People think of it as some thing interns have to do or less experienced doctors, and that's not true."
Nominations: Call 876-8771, 857-0550 or (800) 829-8000, Ext. 6595, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays; you also can FAX your information to 876-0233.