Physician Profile: Onier Villarreal, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2015
Physician Profile: Onier Villarreal, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

EmCare will regularly recognize some of the outstanding clinicians who are helping us make healthcare work better.

Motivator. Positive Attitude. Committed. These are just some of the words his colleagues at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point use to describe Onier Villarreal, MD, FACEP, FAAEM.
Dr. Villarreal has served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at the Hudson, Fla.-based medical center since 2014. In that short time, Dr. Villarreal has created a culture of teamwork, accountability and trust that is attracting high-caliber clinicians with a renewed focus on patient care. His colleagues say he has a “Can Do Attitude” and never asks of his team what he hasn’t or wouldn’t do himself.

He works with nursing staff and members of the medical staff to develop strong, positive working relationships that not only improve the work environment in the ED for staff, but also has led to improved throughput metrics and patient satisfaction scores.

To help educate other providers, Dr. Villarreal and his team welcomes internal medicine residents and physician assistant and nurse practitioner students during their ED rotations. They also work closely with the community’s EMS teams to promote safe pre-hospital patient care.

Outside of Bayonet Point’s ED, Dr. Villarreal is a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, where he serves as Major and Flight Surgeon for the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron. He is a 2nd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15779, Trinity, Fla., and serves as an educational counselor for the MIT Club of Tampa Bay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s local alumni organization.

Dr. Villarreal holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in Rio Piedras. He completed his emergency medicine residency at University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, and completed a trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore. During residency, Dr. Villarreal chaired the Emergency Medicine Residency Association’s national Critical Care Committee.

Named Rookie Medical Director of the Year for EmCare’s Alliance Division in 2014, Dr. Villarreal also has held leadership positions at Medical Center or Trinity (Fla.); Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital; and Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. He serves as chairman of the Physician Advisory Group for HCA’s West Florida Division.

Dr. Villarreal is board-certified in emergency medicine and critical care medicine and is certified in neurocritical care by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He is a lifetime member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Physician Executives and Aerospace Medical Association.

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