The MedStar system is governed by the ten members of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (MAEMSA).

The eleven-member board of directors includes nine voting members, four members representing the City of Fort Worth, one member representing the suburban member cites, two physician representatives of the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board (EPAB) and two members of the First Responder Advisory Board (FRAB).  The system Medical Director and the EMS Authority’s CEO serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members of the Board.

EMS Authority Board Meetings are generally held the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 10:00am at MedStar’s HQ facility at 2900 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Board of Directors

Brian Byrd, M.D, Chairman

Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, FACP, MACOI

Raj Gandhi, M.D., PhD, MBA

Paul Harral

Matt Aiken

Chris Bolton, M.D.

Saginaw Fire Chief Doug Spears

Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis

Doug Hooten, MBA, CEO (ex-officio)

Veer Vithalani, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Medical Director (ex-officio)


The Metropolitan Area EMS Authority Board of Directors generally meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the MedStar Headquarters at 2900 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth.

Meeting agendas and supporting materials can be accessed under each meeting date listed below.