Thomas A. Lardaro

Thomas A. Lardaro, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine


Dr. Lardaro joined the IU School of Medicine (IUSOM) Department of Emergency Medicine as faculty in 2016 and practices emergency medicine at the IU Health Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center in downtown Indianapolis. Outside of his clinical duties, Dr. Lardaro’s work includes service as the medical director for IU Health LifeLine, deputy medical director for the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS), and associate program director for the EMS fellowship at IUSOM. In the spring of 2018, Dr. Lardaro was appointed as a Commissioner to the Indiana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission by the Governor of Indiana to serve a term ending on April 30, 2022.

Dr. Lardaro provides medical oversight for one of the largest critical care and interfacility patient transport agencies in the Midwest, IU Health LifeLine, and the EMS system of Indianapolis, which involves over 100,000 patient contacts annually. His work as a medical director has a strong emphasis on developing sustainable quality improvement/assurance systems that drive informed EMS provider education/training curricula and protocol development to improve patient care and safety in the prehospital and interfacility transport environment. Dr. Lardaro’s work as an EMS medical director also enables him to serve as a liaison for many entities that are integral to the delivery of complex healthcare in the state of Indiana. This provides a unique opportunity for Dr. Lardaro to advocate for improved communications and processes between various healthcare stakeholders such as EMS agencies, tertiary care hospitals, community hospitals, governmental agencies involved in public safety, and regional healthcare systems in order to optimize the delivery of emergency patient care.

Dr. Lardaro’s educational activities include active involvement in the training and education of EMS providers, medical students, resident physicians, and physicians in fellowship through his role as faculty at the IUSOM. In June 2017, Dr. Lardaro was awarded the Kevin G. Rodgers Excellence in Clinical Education Award for IU Health Methodist Hospital through the Department of Emergency Medicine at IUSOM.

Dr. Lardaro grew up in Rhode Island and studied Biological Sciences at the University of Connecticut where he graduated summa cum laude. He worked for two years as a researcher in molecular and cell biology at Harvard Medical School prior to attending medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Dr. Lardaro was selected for the Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program where he gained advanced research training and his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While pursuing his emergency medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he worked as a full crew member for Vanderbilt LifeFlight which was inspired by his strong interest in EMS and population health. Prior to joining the faculty at IUSOM, Dr. Lardaro completed his EMS fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Lardaro is board certified in Emergency Medicine and in the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


Emergency Medicine
Indianapolis, IN


Titles & Appointments

  • Medical Director, IU Health LifeLine
  • Deputy Medical Director, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS
  • Associate Program Director, EMS Fellowship