Las Vegas Motor Speedway has announced it is naming its infield care center the Carrison Care Center in honor of longtime LVMS Medical Director Dr. Dale Carrison.
The speedway's medical director since it began operating in 1996, Carrison is one of the most accomplished and decorated doctors in Nevada. He currently serves as the Las Vegas Regional Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and is also the professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Carrison has been instrumental in the evolution and development of the LVMS medical program. He and his staff have been dedicated to providing injured racers with the best medical care for years, and Carrison has helped LVMS's medical program and care center become elite.
"Dr. Dale is not only a wonderful doctor, but for many years has been a great friend to Las Vegas Motor Speedway," LVMS President Chris Powell said. "He brings a friendly and professional presence to everything he does and is an elite physician who NASCAR leans on for advice on its medical programs on a regular basis. What he's done for LVMS and Southern Nevada the last two decades has been amazing, and we're honored to have his name on our infield care center."
Carrison's extensive medical background includes being the medical director for the Clark County Fire Department, Mercy Air Aeromedical Transport in Clark County and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, as well as serving as a tactical physician for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's SWAT Team. An FBI agent before he became a doctor, Carrison also was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve as chairman of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission.
A graduate of California State College-Long Beach, Carrison attended medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif., and performed his rotating internship at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Flint, Mich., and his Emergency Medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
Carrison is an editorial board member of the International Trauma, Anesthesia and Critical Care Society and a medical reviewer for Health Insight, the Nevada Peer Review in Las Vegas. In addition, he has been the regional clinical coordinator for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif., and the medical director for Emergency Medical Services for the Lake Mead Recreational Area and National Park Services in Death Valley, Calif.
Also a member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Physicians (FACOEP) and the American Osteopathic Association, Carrison is residency-trained and board-certified in Emergency Medicine. He is also on staff at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson, Nev., and has been with Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) for 24 years.