Dr. Jason Persoff
Jason Persoff, MD is an long time, renowned storm chaser, father of three brilliant children, husband to an amazing wife, erstwhile stand-up comedian, and contemporaneous Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, until December, 2011, until returning to the Plains with an appointment at the University of Colorado in January, 2012.
Dr. Persoff was born, raised, reared and eventually left Denver, Colorado, but not without first completing his B.S. in Medical Science and M.D. at the University of Colorado. He moved to the decidedly less-meteorologically-diverse, much less snow-prone, sunny city of Jacksonville where he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic. He was honored by appointment to the Chief Resident position the following year and then was asked to stay on as staff as one of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville’s first hospitalists. He has received myriad teaching awards, including the distinction of Teacher of the Year for the institution, and repeatedly for all the major teaching services at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Persoff’s special areas of research interest include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (he is a Professional Member of the AHA, and pioneer of physician-level ACLS curriculum and training at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville) and looking at effective integration of hospitalists in mass casualty incidents. Each May he spends two weeks scouring the Great Plains using many of the same skills he uses in internal medicine—analyzing and interpreting subtle and system-wide weather physiology—to pursue severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. He has appeared in many TV specials on The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel, and has also appeared in or served as technical director for several books regarding tornadoes and severe weather injuries. He provides consultative services regarding lightning injury treatment and medical aspects of meteorological phenomena. Dramatic pictures and stories can be viewed at http://stormdoctor.com/.
Dr. Persoff runs a storm chaser medical hotline (a free medical advisory service for storm chasers) which is available 24/7. http://home.comcast.net/~persoffj/medicalhotline.htm. In 2011, Dr. Persoff worked with Dr. Robert Balogh to render aid in Joplin and again in Oklahoma during the May tornado outbreaks.