Dr. Charles Burnell, M.D., serves as lead medical director over all associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures as well as procedures between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA as well as Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Before becoming medical director in 2011, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome. Dr. Burnell graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biochemistry at Louisiana State University.