The FIU-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport team (FIU-FAST) is an elite team of highly trained and experienced disaster medical professionals. The all-volunteer team is comprised of trained medical and health care professionals who can quickly mobilize and be ready to deploy to disaster areas anywhere in the world. Each 24-person team has the medical training and skills to set up an intensive care unit that is equipped to perform lifesaving surgical procedures and critical care for up to 72 hours. In addition to on-site care, FIU-FAST teams are qualified to transport critical care patients in either civilian and/or military aircraft.
The original team was founded in 2007 at the request of the Florida Department of Health. In 2016, a unique partnership was formed when the original team joined forces with FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Department of Emergency Management. This partnership has enabled FIU-FAST to leverage the resources of a major university resulting in state-of-the-art equipment, training and capabilities to serve those in need when disasters strike.
Our community (and beyond) is better served when public sector and private sector are both active members of the same team. FIU believes in the value of public-private partnership and has worked diligently to build strategic partnerships to augment the FIU-FAST team to ensure that it has the resources to serve the community during times of crisis and need. We like the thank the following corporate sponsors for their leadership and continued support:
About the "Team"
John A. Rock, MD, is Founding Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at Florida International University (FIU).
Steve Williams currently serves as Team Commander for the FIU-FAST Team. Steve has over 30 years of experience as an emergency flight nurse, emergency manager and disaster responder.
Aileen M. Marty, MD, is a professor in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. A world-renown infectious disease specialist, she is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.