Emergency Medicine Conference
11th Annual
Lake Buena Vista, FL
May 3-7, 2015

SEMPA 360 Faculty

Rebecca Bavolek, MD
Faculty, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Rebecca Bavolek, MD graduated AOA from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She then went on to complete her residency training at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital where she served as Chief Resident in her final year of training.Upon completing residency, she joined the faculty at Wash. U. where she finds working clinically with residents and medical students gratifying. Her interests include "flipping the classroom" as a modality for teaching, and she is developing a Team Based Learning curriculum at the Washington University Emergency Medicine residency program. Dr. Bavolek currently serves as an Assistant Program Director and Director of Resident Education. She has been the recipient of several awards for her lecturing and teaching from the medical school and residency program, and won the Rising Star Award from ACEP in 2013.

Kip Benko, MD, FACEP
Clinical Assistant Professor of EM, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Kip Benko is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the university of Pittsburgh. He has been interested in dental emergencies and facial anasthesia for many years and has been teaching on these topics to providers of all levels.

Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Senior Clinical Educator, Dept of Em erg Med, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
A graduate of the George Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Birnbaumer is residency trained and board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Senior Clinical Educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. A lecturer for over 25 years, Dr. Birnbaumer has spoken on a wide variety of emergency medicine topics internationally, nationally and locally. She has received several awards for her teaching,including the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award and the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution to Education Award.

Joshua Broder, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor and Emergency Medicine Residency Director,Duke University Medical Center, Cary, NC
Joshua Broder, MD has been Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at Duke University since 2011. Dr. Broder has received numerous teaching awards including the 2007 ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award and the 2007 Council of Residency Directors (CORD)Faculty Teaching Award. In 2013, he was recognized with the CORD Academy for Scholarship in Education in Emergency Medicine"Distinguished Educator" Award. He has written two books, Critical Images in Emergency Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician, the latter of which won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Clinical Medicine.  Dr. Broder's research focuses on diagnostic imaging in Emergency Medicine.

David Caro, MD
Associate Professor, Program Director, University of Florida - Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Mary Jo Cerepani, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner, Pittsburgh, PA

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.

Dan Deublein, PA-C
Scottsdale Emergency Associates, Scottsdale, AZ

Petra Duran-Gehring, MD
University of Florida - Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Steven A. Godwin, MD, FACEP
Professor & Chair of EM, University of Florida COM Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Dr. Godwin is Professor, Chair and Chief of Service for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida COM Jacksonville.

He completed medical school in Charleston, South Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993. After a year internship in internal medicine in Charleston, he completed Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida HSC in Jacksonville, Florida. Since graduation in 1997, he has served in numerous departmental leadership roles including the Assistant Residency Director, Student Clerkship Director, Residency Program Director, Director for Medical Education, Associate Chair and as Interim Chair. Dr. Godwin also served as the Medical Director for Simulation Training at the Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research and has been the Assistant Dean for Simulation Education since 2008. He has directed over 30 national conferences and produced over 38 publications including books,chapters, refereed and non-refereed publications. Dr. Godwin is along-standing member of the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee. He has served as Co-Chair for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare(SSH) Emergency Medicine Simulation Interest Group and was a founding panel member for the SAEM Simulation Academy Executive Committee. He is also a co-founder of the "Sim Wars" simulation competition. He has lectured extensively on numerous topics with a focus in the areas of difficult airway management, procedural sedation and simulation education. He has been a frequent faculty member for ACEP Scientific Assembly and is a 2005 recipient of the ACEP Faculty Teaching Award. He has been a recipient of the University of Florida Exemplary Teacher award in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

Jason Grimsman, DO
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.

Lisa Jacobson, MD
Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, University of Florida - Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

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.

 Kevin Klauer, DO, FACEP
Director of CEME; Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Medicine Physicians LTD., Canton, OH
Kevin Klauer is the Director of the Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) and the Chief Medical Officer for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd., based in Canton, Ohio.  He also is the Director of EMP PSO (patient safety organization).  He serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   He has received the EMRA Robert Dougherty ACEP/EMF Teaching Fellowship and also the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award. He was most recently recognized by the Ohio Chapter ACEP with the Bill Hall Award for service.  Dr. Klauer serves as Medical Editor-in-Chief of ACEP Now and is the Co-Author of two risk management books: Emergency Medicine Bounce backs: Medical and Legal and Risk Management and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. Dr. Klauer also serves as the ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians)Council Speaker.

Mimi Lu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine,University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Lu is the Assistant Residency Program Director and the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Education for the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine. After finishing her residency in emergency medicine, she completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.  She is also a graduate of ACEP's Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Lu lectures locally and nationally on various pediatric emergency medicine topics.

James Marinucci
CEO, Via Medica International, Washington, DC

Joseph Mattis, CRNP
Nurse Practicioner, Pittsburgh, PA
Joseph Mattis is a nurse practitioner in the emergency department of UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.

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 USOPEN.

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-Olive view 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.

Jason McNamee, DO
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ

Rocky Mendiola, DO
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Carl Mitchell, MD
Bakersfield, CA

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.

Andrew Perron, MD, FACEP
Professor and Residency Program Director; Maine Medical Center,Dept of Emergency Medicine, Falmouth, ME
Dr. Perron attended Medical School at Dartmouth, where he graduated with honors in 1992. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina,where he served as Chief Resident his third year.  Following his EM residency, he completed fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.  Dr Perron has been a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center since 2003 and has served as Residency Program Director for the past decade.  He has spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally on neurologic, and orthopedic issues in the Emergency Department, and has published over 175 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews in the emergency medicine and sports medicine literature.

Denise Ramponi, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner, Pittsburgh, PA
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
Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP
Chief Emergency Services Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center,Camden, NJ
Dr. Sacchetti is the Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  A full time clinician, he is also a dedicated researcher and enthusiastic educator with over 100 journal publications and text book chapters to his credit and more than 450 national and international lectures. 

His main clinical areas of research include Sedation and Pain Management, Family Member Presence,Arrhythmias, CHF, and particularly Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Jesse Shriki, DO, MS
Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Shriki is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound for the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network which covers 3 hospitals. He is also an Academic attending in charge of resident education in Evidenced Based Medicine. Dr. Shriki's interests include Ultrasound, Pediatrics and Toxicology.

Kathy Smith, MD
Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

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 .

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.

Robert Vissers, MD, FACEP
COO, Executive Vice President, Boulder Health, Boulder,CO
Dr. Robert Vissers is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President of Boulder Health, a non-profit, independent health system based in Boulder, Colorado, as well a practicing emergency physician. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Instructor in the Division of Management at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Vissers attended the Residency Program in Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital,Vancouver, BC, Canada; was an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School and was the Residency Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for seven years. Prior to his current role, Dr.Vissers was the Chief for Emergency Medicine and Chair of Quality at Emanuel Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Portland,Oregon.

He is a popular speaker at medical conferences, both in the United States and abroad.  Dr.Vissers is a national expert in emergency airway management,quality and patient flow.  He is also an instructor in the OHSU Health Care MBA program. He has authored over 50 book chapters and countless articles on many subjects, with a clinical emphasis on difficult airway management.

Dr. Vissers resides in Boulder with his wife and four children.

Jason Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor, USF Emergency Medicine Residency Program,Tampa, FL
Dr. Wilson is a Board certified emergency medicine physician and serves as an assistant professor and research director for the program. He has an interest in ophthalmologic emergencies and he has taught emergency providers in local, state and national settings how to recognize and evaluate eye emergencies.

Michael Winters, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine,University of Maryland School of Medicine; Co-Director Combined EM/IM/Critical Care, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Winters is an associate professor of emergency medicine and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program, founder and Co-Director of the Combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine/Critical Care Program, and Director of Critical Care Education. Dr. Winters has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards, including the National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Young Educators Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally, authored numerous articles and textbook chapters, and hosts a monthly podcast on the management of critically ill emergency department patients(Critical Care Perspectives in Emergency Medicine, www.ccpem.com).In addition, Dr. Winters is Editor-in-Chief of Emergency Department Resuscitation of the Critically Ill, an immensely popular emergency medicine-critical care textbook published by ACEP.

Todd Wylie, MD
Assistant Professor, Program Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, University of Florida - Jacksonville,Jacksonville, FL


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