SEMPA 360 Faculty
Michael Allison, MD
Critical Care Fellow, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
Michael Allison is a Critical Care Medicine fellow at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has trained in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland. He has interest in point-of-care ultrasound use, especially with regards to procedural guidance, echocardiograpy and thoracic sonography.
Bart Besinger, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Sheridan, IN.
Dr. Bart Besinger is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University. His areas of interest include student , resident, and advanced provider education. He has spoken on a variety of emergency medicine topics nationally and internationally. This is his 3rd time speaking at SEMPA.
Joshua Broder, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor and Emergency Medicine Residency Director, Duke University Medical Center, Cary, NC
Kenneth Butler, DO
Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Associate residency director for the University of Maryland emergency medicine residency program. Dr. Butler teaches a monthly national practical airway management course using cadavers with Rich Levitan at the University of Maryland. Dr. Butler has currently developed a nasoendoscopy course to teach emergency practitioners the use of fiber optic scoping during airway emergencies.
Richard Cantor, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Director of Pediatric Emergency Services, Syracuse, NY
Dr. Cantor is Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, Medical Director for the Central New York Poison Control Center, and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. He is also the Director of the Fellowship Program In Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is nationally known for his work as a researcher and educator in the fields of pediatric emergency medicine and toxicology. He has held multiple leadership positions in the field of pediatric emergency medicine through ACEP and AAP. He currently serves on the following ACEP National Committees: Educational Meetings, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Public Relations, and Publications Advisory Board. He has also served on the editorial and development boards of national curricula including APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource. He received the ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award in 1994 and the ACEP National Education Award in Emergency Medicine in 2002. In 2009, he published a textbook, Neonatal Emergencies, which has received a special commendation award from the 2010 British Medical Association Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Emergency Medicine Joint Sub-board in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cantor is a well known invited International Speaker in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, having spoken in Europe, India, and the Middle East. At Upstate Medical University, he serves as an Advisory Dean, is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee, and is on the Medical Alumni Board of Directors.
Mary Jo Cerepani, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN
Nathan Chin, MD
Chief Resident, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Dr. Nathan Chin is a chief resident in emergency medicine at Maricopa Medical Center located in Phoenix, Arizona. After residency, Dr. Chin will be working at a community hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Robert Dachs, MD
Vice-Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ellis Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ellis Hospital Family Medicine, Schenectady, NY,
Dr. Robert Dachs is the Assistant Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ellis Hospital in Schnectady, NY. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Research at Ellis Hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program. He also has a bi-monthly column in American Family Physician entitled "Journal Club Live". Dr. Dachs has lectured at SEMPA numerous times in the past and is pleased to return again this year.
Sean Fox, MD
Associate Professor Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Dr. Fox completed a combined residency in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland. He completed the American College of Emergency Physicians Teaching Fellowship and was honored with a teaching award by the residents in the Emergency Medicine and Pediatric programs for three consecutive years. He excels at integrating technology into teaching and learning and currently authors three educational websites. Currently he is one of the Assistant Program Directors for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center and focuses on facilitating best practices in efficient bedside teaching.
Kara Geren, MD, MPH
Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
George Higgins, III, MD, FACEP
Academic Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.
Dr. Higgins graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine, is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians, and holds the rank of Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. For many years, he chaired MMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine, where he was privileged to advance the academic mission of the department and to be involved with the establishment of a successful training program in Emergency Medicine. His career path eventually provided him with attractive administrative opportunities, initially as the Associate Vice President of Performance Improvement and then as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs for the institution. Most recently he has returned to his true passion of caring for patients and teaching residents and medical students about the exciting field of Emergency Medicine.
Nicholas Hatch, MD
Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP
Member, Board of Directors, American College of Emergency Physicians; Director Service & Operational Excellence, CEP America, Emeryville, CA.
Dr. Kaplan is Director of Service and Operational Excellence for CEP America and Medical Director of the Studer Group. He is a current member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors and immediate Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kaplan won teaching awards in 1996 and 1999 and in October 2003 was named the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Outstanding Speaker of the Year. In 2007, Studer Group
honored him with the prestigious Physician Fire Starter Award. In January 2011, he was awarded the Grace Humanitarian Award by theThomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kaplan served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine (1985-2001) and as a Medical Staff Officer including Chief of Staff (1992-2001) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. As Chairman of Emergency Services for his health system (1998-2001), he led his system’s emergency departments to the 98th percentile in patient satisfaction and his own emergency department was in the > 90th percentile for 6 years in a row (1996-2001). As a national speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kaplan presents to and coaches hospital leadership teams, emergency departments, medical groups and physicians to the highest levels of clinical quality and service excellence. His approach is tactical and directed toward implementation and not just ideas.
Dr. Kaplan continues to practice clinically because he loves the clinical practice of medicine, and caring for patients helps him remain close to the patients’, the hospital staff’s, and the physicians’ current experience. He lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay area approximately 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridg.
Amy Keim, MS, PA-C
Associate Professor, The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington DC
Amy Keim is an Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine with the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine. She served as the Director of International Physician Assistant Development at the GW Department of Emergency Medicine during which time she directed the development of the first physician assistant program in the Middle East in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Amy has been instrumental in multiple international PA education initiatives including a post-graduate emergency medicine degree program for Ghanaian PAs, physician assistant education in West Africa, and the movement towards a civilian physician assistant program in Afghanistan. In addition, she served as Associate Medical Director for International Special Projects at the GW Department of Emergency Medicine for programs throughout the Middle East, Africa, and austere environments around the United States. As an expert in acute and traumatic wound management, Amy has been lecturing and directing workshops worldwide for over a decade.
Brian Kloss, DO, JD
Assistant Professor, Fellowship Director, PA Fellowship in Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Brian Kloss graduated from Gannon University PA Program in 1999 and practiced as a Physician Assistant prior to attending, and graduating from, the UB School of Law in 2007 and the UMDNJ-Osteopathic Medical School in 2008. Having a passion in Emergency Medicine, he completed his EM Residency at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY in 2011. He is now an attending at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. As an advocate for the PA Profession and those PA's interested in Emergency Medicine, he developed a Post-Graduate Fellowship Training Program in Emergency Medicine for Physician Assistants at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Kloss has been lecturing on cutting-edge topics at CME conferences regionally, nationally and internationally for the past ten years. He has a special interest in medical education and likes to use comic book illustration to teach complex medical topics. His first illustrated medical education flashcard set, "Toxicology in a Box" was published by McGraw-Hill in January 2014.
Jason Knight, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Maricopa Medical Center; Vice Chief of Staff, Medical Director, Arizona Heart Hospital; Vice Chief of Staff Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Knight is the medical director at the emergency medicine residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He is also the Vice Chief of Staff at the Arizona Heart Hospital, the Medical Director at the Arizona Heart Hospital, and the Vice Chief of Staff at the Phoenix Baptist Hospital. Dr. Knight has been lecturing and teaching workshops on Eye Emergencies for the last 7 years. Please give a warm welcome to Dr. Knight.
Joseph Lex, Jr., MD, FACEP, FAAEM, MAAEM
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
Joe Lex has been involved in Emergency Medicine for 47 years – as Vietnam combat medic, ER Tech, Certified Emergency Nurse, and Board Certified Emergency Physician. For five years he was Education Chair for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, which renamed its educator-of-the-year award the "Joe Lex Award." After 14 years as a community “pit doc,” he joined the faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he won the “Excellence in Teaching” award after his first year. He has spoken at hundreds of international and national emergency medicine meetings. Although he owns neither cell phone nor television, he is considered a godfather of the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) movement. His website Free Emergency Talks dot net continues to educate motivated learners around the world, and his open-access Global Curriculum project at www.WikEM.org will educate emergency physicians for many years to come.
Haney Mallemat, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Catonsville, MD
CEO, Via Medica International, Washington, DC
Joseph Mattis, CRNP
Andrew Maurano, PA-C
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates, Inc., VA Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Andrew (Drew) Maurano BS, PA-C is an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine for the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. In 2001, he graduated with a BS in Health Sciences and later in 2005 with a degree in Physician Assistant medical studies from James Madison University. Current he is the director of event medicine for the Medical Faculty Associates, inc. and is a national leader in disaster and event management, having served as the Assistant Medical Director and Operational Task Force Leader for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Medical Response Team for the National Capital Region from 2007-2011. Currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Washington DC Disaster Medical Assistance Team under HHS. He has been involved in numerous medical based projects throughout the Washington, DC region including the HHS medical response plan for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, several national triathlons and marathons, numerous local and federal events and rallies, the AT&T National Tiger Woods Golf Tournaments and 2011 USGA's US OPEN.
As a leader in the Physician Assistant community, he currently serves as the Past- President of the District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants. He has spoken on various topics at emergency medicine and trauma based conferences both domestically and internationally. Outside of the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates his development role also includes chairman of Tim’s Fund for Kids, a foundation incorporated by Hope Clinic International, in which he presently serves as a board member.
Maureen McCollough, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Keck USC School of Medicine, LAC & USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Maureen McCollough trained in Emergency Medicine at UCLA-Oliveview and then completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Harbor UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles and has worked her entire career in the "County" health-care system of Los Angeles. Her interests beyond Pediatric Emergency Medicine include frequent flyers to the ED.
Carl Mitchell, MD
Fellow Emergency Ultrasound, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
I am the Emergency Ultrasound Fellow at Maricopa Medical Center. My special interest are Regional Anesthesia and Emergency Ultrasound Work Flow Management.
Sean Nordt, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Director, Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
Sean Patrick Nordt is a board-certified Emergency Physician, dual-boarded Toxicologist, and a Pharmacist. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Director of Section of Toxicology, at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He has over 40 original publications on emergency medicine and toxicology related topics with multiple research studies on snake and spider envenomation. He has authored multiple book chapters and is a monthly contributor to Emergency Medicine Review and Perspective (EMRAP). He lectures throughout the United States and internationally on toxicology topics.
Denise Ramponi, DNP, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP
Denise Ramponi, DNP, ENP-BC FAEN has been an Nurse Practitioner working in emergency settings for over 25 years. She is a frequent lecturer at regional and national conferences. She is the owner of Practitioner Education Associates, LLC which provides specialty "Hands on" Skills Workshop Conferences.
Pedro Roque, MD
Michael Scott, MD
Fellow, EM/IM/CC University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Michael Scott is a fellow int he combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine/Critical Care program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. His special interests include sepsis, resuscitation, hemodynamics and the use of bedside ultrasound to guide fluid therapy.
Lynn Scherer, PA-C
Lynn is the President Elect for SEMPA.
Jesse Shriki, DO, MS, RDMS
Dr. Jesse Shriki did his residency and served as chief resident at Maricopa Medical Center where he also later served as the Director of Emergency Ultrasound. Dr. Shriki is trained in Emergency Ultrasound and hold RDMS credentials from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Currently he is Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Scottsdale Healthcare for all three Emergency Departments. He has lectured Nationally on many different areas of Emergency Ultrasound and has published articles in the area as well.
Corey Slovis, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Slovis completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia. He is a lifelong educator and has be awarded numerous teaching honors including ACEP's Outstanding Teacher of the Year, SAEM's Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award and has been selected as Best Clinical Professor by seven medical school graduating classes. Dr. Slovis also has two educator awards named after him. His areas of expertise include electrolyte emergencies, acid base, EMS and cardiovascular emergencies, along with playing with dogs.
Ryan Strauss, MPAS, MPH, PA-C
Assistant Clinical Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Ryan Strauss, MPH, MSHS, PA-C is an emergency medicine physician assistant and is the Administrative Director of Physician Assistants in the GW Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the GW Department of Physician Assistant Studies involved in multiple aspects of the PA program including being the Director of the Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum .
Shana Tarter, WEMT, EMT-I, FAWMP
Assistant Director, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Lander, WY
Shana is the Assistant Director of the non-profit NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI). She has been practicing and teaching wilderness medicine for two decades. Her background includes managing a large university outdoor program, leading remote wilderness expeditions and teaching in SE Asia for a year. She has been involved with the development and instruction of WMI’s Instructor Training Course since its inception. In addition to her role with WMI, she has been actively engaged in oversight and design of the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference. She is an EMT Intermediate and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
Greg Thomas, PA, MPH
Director of External Relations, NCCPA, Georgia
Greg Thomas currently serves in a consultative role with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) on topics related to education and maintenance of certification. He also works on a part-time basis with the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) focusing on strategic alliance development. Previously, he worked for nearly 20 years for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), most recently as Senior Vice President of education, membership, and resource development.
Thomas received his PA education at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a masters degree in public health with focus on health care administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX.
Michael Weinstock, MD
Associate Professor, The Ohio State University; Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s, Columbus, OH.
Michael is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University and Chairman of the Emergency department at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s in Columbus Ohio. In 2011, he became the medical director of the Physician Assistant studies program at Ohio Dominican University, the first PA program in Columbus, Ohio. He has authored two Bouncebacks books; the first in 2006, Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED returns, and the second Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal in 2011. He has also authored The Resident's Guide to Ambulatory Care, a 500 page handbook of management strategies for common ambulatory conditions, to be released in it’s 7th edition fall, 2013.
Michael comes from a long line of physicians; his father is an ophthalmologist, both grandfathers were surgeons, and his great grandfather was a barber-surgeon in Russia. He was raised in Canton Ohio, received a BA degree in economics from Northwestern University, his medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed his residency at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He brings and international flare to his practice after spending time working in Papua New Guinea, Nepal, and the West Indies.
He has lectured extensively on medical topics as well as risk management issues including the development of a unique risk management tool: The 2 step approach to improving patient safety. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and a biannual column to the Emergency Medicine Resident Association newsletter. He is an avid traveler, skier, and blues guitar and harmonica player, currently the leader of a foot-stompin, harmonica playing group; Mike Weinstock's Big Rockin' Blues Band.
Andrew Windsor, MD
Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Windsor trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he also has served as a Chief Resident. He is a clinical instructor for the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an Emergency Ultrasound Fellow. He has taught bedside ultrasound at several national and regional conferences and has a particular interest in the utilization and understanding of emergency radiology by ED providers.
Teresa Wu, MD
Director, EM Ultrasound Program & Fellowship, Maricopa Medical Center; Associate Professor, EM, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Teresa Wu is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Stanford University. She completed both ultrasound and administrative/simulation fellowships at Stanford University following completion of her residency training. She is currently the Director for the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Program and Fellowship, and the Associate Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also the Co- Director for Simulation Based Training for the Maricopa-Banner integrated simulation program, and an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix. Dr. Wu has served as the keynote speaker for numerous international educational conferences and her innovative research has lead to advances in both medical simulation and emergency ultrasound.