i Samuel Kordik
Who am I?

I love to find answers to questions and solutions to problems, and to help others do the same. I am an experienced paramedic leader working for one of the best 911 agencies in the country as a leader, educator, data geek, and researcher; I apply computer development tools to create websites, automate reports, and do data science; and I love living life as an adventure. I am married to a wonderful woman; together, we serve as foster parents and love our two oddball dogs. I read a lot and am constantly working on weaknesses and pursuing excellence.

I blog about EMS and research at Evidence Based EMS and occasionally write about productivity, manliness, leadership, and Christianity at Steadfast Warrior


My goal in life is to glorify God by working hard, working well, and making a genuine difference in people's lives. If I can help you through my skill set, please let me know.

Pursuing Excellence

I've never been one to stop learning and growing. I aspire to be a quiet professional: giving my work 100% and letting its excellence speak for itself.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."Robert A. Heinlein


I am the Clinical Manager at Cypress Creek EMS, a busy suburban/urban 911 provider in Northwest Harris County, Texas. We consistently lead the country in clinical excellence, research, STEMI and trauma care, and community outreach. I am responsible for overseeing all of our medical quality of care and education, and lead an amazing team of passionate and talented EMS educators and thinkers. We support our agency's mission through quality improvement, medical protocol development, clinical research, and teaching initial EMT-Basic and Paramedic courses as well as continuing education courses for our staff and CPR/First Aid classes for the public. I still work in the street as a Paramedic and Field Supervisor and am on our nationally recognized Bicycle EMS team.

EMS Education

I've been involved with EMS education since 2010, and currently hold the following credentials:

  • NAEMT AMLS (Advanced Medical Life Support) Affiliate Faculty
  • NAEMT PHTLS (Prehospital Trauma Life Support) Course Coordinator
  • NAEMT TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) Instructor
  • AHA ACLS-EP (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider) Course Director
  • AHA BLS/CPR (Basic Life Support and CPR) Instructor
  • PEPP (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals) Course Coordinator)
  • Texas certified EMS Instructor
  • NAEMSE Level II instructor
  • IPMBA Public Safety Cyclist/EMS Cyclist Instructor
  • NREMT and CoAEMSP Program Director
  • NREMT Advanced Exam Coordinator
Additional Credentials
  • Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic
  • Texas certified EMT-Paramedic
  • ATLS Audit
  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol)
  • IPMBA EMS Cyclist and Bicycle Rapid Response Team (BRRT) certified
  • Basic Structural Firefighter (expired) and HAZWOPPER
  • Extensive technical rescue training and experience
  • SAR training and experience
  • National Association of Police Diving Special Response Diver
  • NIMS ICS 100,200,300,400,700,800
  • TX EMTF Ambulance Strike Team Leader
  • TX EMTF Ambulance Staging Manager
  • TX EMTF Medical Incident Support Team (MIST) Member

Things that Matter

I have "strong opinions, loosely held". Many of these strong opinions relate to how I work and what I find to be most important in EMS. Here's a few of them, in no particular order:

  • Design matters. Details matter.
  • Excellence in what we do and how we live ought to be our goal. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." (Vince Lombardi)
  • The ability to focus deeply and work in flow states produces the best possible output. This ability can be trained and developed. Workspace and mental state should optimize for flow states.
  • Writing clearly and precisely matters.
  • Always evaluate others' actions in the best possible light. Assume the best intentions.
  • Paramedics should be thinkers first, and treatments should be chosen based on specific goals in treating a differential diagnosis with an understanding of pathophysiology and how the treatments work.
  • EMS protocols and treatments should be guided by evidence of what works, not tradition.
  • The primary problem with paramedics intubating is not just the actual skill but the procedures and routines around the skill and a lack of practice and fluidity in mitigating hypoxia, hypotension, and acidosis in a critically ill patient.
  • Whole blood and blood products are a critical part of prehospital hemorrhagic shock management and should be available as early as possible.
  • Point-of-care ultrasound is a useful tool for prehospital care. However, FAST exams have limited utility; much more value is found in understanding pulmonary and hemodynamic functions previously not visible without central line monitoring and chest radiographs.
  • Despite all of the advanced treatments, the most important care a paramedic can provide is being a listening ear and a loving human connection to patients. Meeting emotional needs often (usually?) trumps patients' physical, medical needs.


Places I've Been

I love to explore, to travel the earth and visit new places. I love making memories with those close to me and I think nothing is better than discovering somewhere amazing and living a grand adventure.

Places Visited
2015–2017 2011–2014 2008–2010 2005–2007 2004 and before
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Cedar Hill, TX
  • College Station, TX
  • Galveston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Fredericksburg, TX
  • Alberquerque, NM
  • Dallas, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Broken Bow, OK
  • Denver, CO
  • Dillon, CO
  • Big Bend, TX
  • Mount Magazine, AR
  • Ozark NF, AR
  • Galveston, TX
  • Blanca, CO
  • Canon City, CO
  • Niagara Falls
  • Guadalupe Peak, TX
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Mesa Verde, CO
  • Taos, NM
  • Black Mesa, CO
  • Nashville, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Hesperia, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Winding Stairs, OK
  • McKinney, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Columbia, MO
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Broken Bow, OK
  • Madisonville, TX
  • Hudson, WI
  • Austin, TX
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Washington, DC
  • Flint, MI
  • Mt. Magazine, AR
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • McDonough, GA
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Jasper, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Washington, DC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Harbert, MI
  • Wyalusing, WI
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Souix City, SD
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Watersmeet, MI


Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information about my work. I am available almost always, except when I'm not.

Email: samuel@samuelkordik.com
Phone: 903-705-4572

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