April 6-10, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

SEMPA 360 Faculty


Sanjay Arora, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Research Director/ Research Fellowship Director
Sanjay Arora, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He completed his clinical training at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and joined the faculty at USC where he currently serves as the Associate Research Director in Emergency Medicine. He is also a clinical fellow at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and is a faculty mentor at the USC Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. Additionally he is the Director of the research fellowship at USC, Director of the research education and dissemination fellowship at USC, and Director of the undergraduate/ medical student emergency medicine research program in his department. His research area of interest is utilizing emerging technology to improve the quality and efficacy of emergency care, and to bridge the gap between an emergency department visit and a stable outpatient medical home for low-income, inner city patients with chronic disease. As chronic disease and its impact on the emergency department is a large topic, he has focused his efforts on diabetes and HIV as model diseases on which to evaluate interventions centered largely around improving appointment and medication adherence. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CAL/ACEP Emergency Medicine Research and Education Foundation (EMREF), the McKesson Foundation, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI), Gilead Sciences, the Office of AIDS Programs and Prevention, and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). In 2015 he was named the top section editor by the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine and the received the Required Scholarly Project Mentor of the Year award from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. In addition to conducting research, he is a prominent educator in his field and received the speaker of the year award at both of the largest national conferences in emergency medicine (the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly and the Essentials of Emergency Medicine) in 2011.

Adrienne Azurdia, MD 
PGY3 Resident at Maricopa Medical Center
Dr. Azurdia is a 3rd year emergency medicine resident at Maricopa Medical Center.

Kip Benko, MD, FACEP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Benko is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has spoken on dental emergencies and facial anesthesia for many years at SEMPA and ACEP. Although his family members are all in the dental field and make more money than he does, he considers himself better looking!

Joshua Broder, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Duke University Division of Emergency Medicine
Joshua Broder, MD, FACEP is a nationally recognized authority on emergency imaging.  He has written two books, Critical Images in Emergency Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician, which won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Clinical Medicine.  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.  In 2015, he co-invented a new ultrasound technology, currently in clinical trials.  Dr. Broder has been Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at Duke University since 2011.  He serves on the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria subcommittee for Neurologic Imaging.  Dr. Broder's research focuses on diagnostic imaging in emergency medicine.

Richard Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Emergency Services, Medical Director, Upstate Poison Center, Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse, NY
Dr. Cantor is Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. He is the 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 Connell, MD
Radiologist, Maricopa Medical Center
Dr. Connell is a diagnostic radiologist and sonologist at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. She is an Arizona native and went to Georgetown medical school. She is director of a radiology residency, faculty and clerkship director for the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. Specialty areas include Pediatric radiology and Ultrasound.

Robert Dachs, MD
Vice Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY
Dr. Dachs is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He is also Clinical Associate Professor at the Ellis Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program of Albany Medical College. He has lectured extensively on acute care topics for many years and has been a speaker at SEMPA yearly since its inception.

Krisi H Gindlesperger, MPAS, PA-C
Director of APPs, MEP Health; SEMPA President-Elect
Krisi Gindlesperger, MPAS, PA-C has been practicing Emergency Medicine for 12 years.  She graduated from Gannon University in 2003 with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.  Krisi works for MEP Health and works in the ER at Adventist Healthcare, Shady Grove Medical Center. She has held countless leadership positions within the PA community, including the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA), AAPA, and SEMPA.  She is currently the SEMPA President Elect and the Director of APPs for her company, MEP Health.

Steven Godwin, MD, FACEP
Professor, Chair and Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida COM-Jacksonville
Dr. Godwin is Professor, Chair, and Chief of Service of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville.  Dr. Godwin completed medical school in Charleston, South Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993.  After a one year internship in internal medicine in Charleston, he then completed Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida HSC in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997. He remained on staff as the Assistant Residency Director and Student Clerkship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He assumed the role Director of Medical Education and Residency Program Director in 2000. He has been active in simulation education since that time and was named the Medical Director for Simulation Training at the Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research in 2005. In January 2008 he was named the Assistant Dean for Simulation Education at the University of Florida COM-Jacksonville. Prior to becoming Interim Chair in 2011, Dr. performed as Chief of Service and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Godwin is a long standing member of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Clinical Policies Committee and has been actively involved in authoring and co-authoring numerous polices. He has served as Co-Chair for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Emergency Medicine Simulation Interest Group and is also a panel member for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Simulation Academy Executive Committee. He is also a co-founder of the “SimWars” simulation competition. In addition, Dr. Godwin has been actively involved in emergency critical care education for almost 20 years and is a co-founder and co-director of the national course, Critical Points.  He has been involved for more than 10 years with neurologic studies involving the emergency department and is a primary author on one of the only studies of subclinical status involving emergency department patients.  He is also a member of the Editorial Board for Emergency Medicine Practice. He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters including resources on pediatric and adult procedural sedation and airway management. 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
Emergency Medicine Physician, Banner Healthcare and Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Jason L Grimsman, DO is an attending Emergency Medicine Physician with Banner Healthcare and Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He completed residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts in Massachusetts and went on to complete a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

Naomi Habib, MD
MD resident
Naomi Habib is a physician and former ICU nurse who was trained under Teresa Wu with Ultrasound. Currently she is applying for internal medicine residency. Her research interests include critical care ultrasound, healthcare quality in critical care, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. 

Mel Herbert, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine
Dr. Herbert is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Keck School of Medicine, Producer of EM:RAP and Producer of a series of free education podcasts "SHABAM" science for kids; "This Won't Hurt a Bit" a lay person medical show; "Talking Tests" renewable energy show.

George Higgins, III, MD, FACEP
Emergency Medicine Academic Faculty, Maine Medical Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
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, midlevel providers and medical students about the exciting field of Emergency Medicine. 

Tarina Kang, MD, FACEP|
Director, Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County Medical Center and The University of Southern California
Dr. Tarina Kang, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and is the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Division in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kang is a graduate of The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency medicine program in Boston, MA, and completed her emergency ultrasound fellowship at UMASS Worcester. Her research interests include successful methods of ultrasound implementation into existing curriculums and new innovations in ultrasound education.

Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP
President-Elect, American College of Emergency Physicians (however at the time of the conference, Dr. Kaplan will be ACEP President)
Dr. Kaplan is President-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians and national faculty for ACEP. He is Medical Director of the Studer Group and Director of the Patient Experience for CEP America. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kaplan was named ACEP’s’ Outstanding Speaker of the Year in 2003, and in 2007 Studer Group honored him with their Physician Fire Starter Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Grace Humanitarian Award by the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, and in 2014, the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine honored him with an award for Outstanding Leadership in 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 an international speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kaplan presents to and coaches hospital and physician leaders, medical groups, emergency departments, and individual physicians. His approach is tactical and directed toward improved outcomes, and he emphasizes the importance of teamwork. 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.

Barbara Katz
President, The Katz Company EMC, Inc.
Barbara Katz has been working exclusively with Emergency Medicine physicians since 1991.  Prior to founding The Katz Company in July of 2001, Barb Katz spent 10 years as the Executive Director of the Emergency Medicine Division of The Cambridge Group in both Connecticut and Virginia.  Barb went on to open The Katz Company with the purpose of providing expert recruitment and consulting services to the Emergency Medicine arena, as well as affording extensive educational opportunities to the specialty’s national population of residents. Well known for her informative, and often provocative monthly column “Career Source” running in Emergency Medicine News from January of 2006 to December, 2012, she began her writing career with “The Katz Report” column that ran in Emergency Physicians’ Monthly for 10 years.  Starting in January of 2013, Barb has been contributing to ACEP NOW and its predecessor ACEP News. Barb is the nationally recognized expert in the Emergency Medicine job marketplace.   Barb’s commitment to delivering effective job searching education to Emergency Physicians, both experienced and graduating resident, continue with new efforts.  Barb has been faculty for ACEP Scientific Assembly, teaching a class on CV development since 2008.   She has also been faculty for the Resident’s Section of AAEM at their Scientific Assembly in 2009 and 2010, and presented an additional program for the Young Physicians’ Section in 2010 to more rave reviews.   She addressed the Resident’s Section of ACOEP for the first time in April of 2012, and presented two programs at the VA ACEP Leadership Conference in Williamsburg in May of 2012. Barb was asked to join the Workforce and Career Sections of ACEP, and presented the keynote address to Workforce in 2014.

Amy Keim, MS, PA-C
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine
Amy Keim is an Associate Clinical 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 Saudi Arabia. Amy has been instrumental in multiple international PA education initiatives including a post-graduate  emergency medicine degree program for Ghanaian PAs and physician assistant education in West Africa. 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 consulting, lecturing and directing workshops worldwide for over a decade. She is currently the Director of Acute Wound Care Education and Training Programs at the GW Department of Emergency Medicine.

Jason Knight, MD, FACEP
Regional Medical Director for TeamHealth Houston, TX
Dr. Jason Knight is the Regional Medical Director for TeamHealth in Houston, TX.  He currently oversees about 550,000 emergency department patient visits per year.  He has several hundred NPs, PAs and physicians working in the Memorial Hermann system. Prior to his current position, Dr. Knight spent the last 10 years in academics as the Medical Director at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.  He was also the medical director for the Arizona Heart Hospital for 10 years.  Dr. Knight also worked for the New York Giants for several years.

Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine
Joe Lex, MD, FACEP, MAAEM is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and a Visiting Professor at Hué University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Hué, Vietnam.  He has been involved in Emergency Medicine for more than 49 years – as a Viet Nam combat medic, Emergency Technician, Certified Emergency Nurse, and then 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 only recently was forced to acquire a cell phone, he is considered a godfather of the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) movement and has more than 5500 followers on Twitter.  His website www.FreeEmergencyTalks.net educates motivated learners around the world, and has been accessed nearly 1,000,000 times.  He is currently working with organizations in Viet Nam, Myanmar, Poland, and Argentina to improve Emergency Medical Education.

Hannah Malashock, MD
PGY3 Resident at Maricopa Medical Center
Hannah Malashock is a senior resident in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Malashock’s professional interests include bedside ultrasound and education, in addition to research and clinical practice relating to medical toxicology. 

Haney Mallemat, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Haney Mallemat completed a combined Emergency and Internal Medicine residency at Kings County Hospital Center / SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. During his final year he served as chief resident for the EM/IM program. He continued on to complete a two-year Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He dedicated a significant portion of his training to Critical Care ultrasound and Echocardiography. He completed both his critical care and echocardiography boards in 2010. As of 2010, he an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine dividing his time between the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and has contributed to several Emergency Medicine and Critical Care podcasts. He was awarded the Department of Emergency Medicine “Outstanding Teaching Award” in 2012, in 2013 and in 2015. 

Evie G. Marcolini MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology, Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology. Medical Director, SkyHealth Critical Care, Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Marcolini is an Assistant Professor in emergency medicine and critical care at Yale University School of Medicine.  She completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and now divides her clinical time at Yale between the emergency department and neurosurgical intensive care unit.  She is the Medical Director of SkyHealth, a critical care helicopter transport service shared by Yale New Haven Hospital and Long Island Jewish/North Shore Hospital.  Evie was awarded the National Junior Faculty Award by American College of Emergency Physicians in 2014, and has been active internationally, teaching and lecturing in Egypt, India, Vietnam, Argentina and Europe.  She is also active in wilderness medicine, teaching for Wilderness Medical Associates International.   

James Marinucci
CEO, Via Medica International
James Marinucci assumed the post of CEO, Via Medica International, in 2013.  Previously, he served as Director of both International Special Projects and Emergency Medical Education Training Programs at The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine, GW Medical Faculty Associates.  During his 24-year tenure at GWU, GWU Hospital, and finally with the GW MFA, he held a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. He has been involved in Emergency Medical Education and International Medical Operations for over 25 years. He has developed successful business lines in the areas of domestic and international clinical medical operations, telemedicine, academic medical program development, and large-scale training projects throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has organized and taught multiple seminars in trauma, acute and chronic wound management, corporate and personal emergency preparedness and pre-hospital emergency medical response for both medical and non-medical personnel. He has participated in various medical missions throughout South Asia, Bosnia, Croatia, Ethiopia, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. For more than two decades he has directed the Trauma Technology and Wound Management Program and has participated in a clinical capacity on the Trauma Team. He has also served as Interim Executive Director for the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University. He continues to maintain strong relationships throughout the US and international public/private healthcare sectors, among key US defense contractors and international business entities, foreign and domestic educational institutions, and within US and foreign militaries.

Andrew Maurano, PA-C
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates
Andrew (Drew) Maurano, BS, PA-C is an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine for the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. He graduated with a BS in 2001 and later with a degree in Physician Assistant medical studies in 2005 from James Madison University. He is a national leader in disaster and event medicine, 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. He also served as the Chief Medical Office for the Washington DC Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) under HHS and now serves as a medical officer on the Maryland DMAT. Within the District of Columbia he is the Director of the GW Medical Reserve Corp and the GW MFA Director of Event and Operational Medicine. He has been involved in numerous medical based projects throughout the Washington, DC region including the medical response plan for the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations, several national security events, national triathlons and marathons and numerous local and federal events including the AT&T Tiger Woods Golf Tournaments and the 2011 USGA's US OPEN. As a leader in the Physician Assistant community, he currently serves as the Past-President of the DCAPA and member of the HOD for the AAPA. 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, Drew serves as the founder and chairman of Tim's Fund for Kids, a foundation incorporated by Hope Clinic International, which operates a pediatric and women's health clinic in Esteli, Nicaragua and coordinates bi-annual mission trips throughout the same region.

Andrew Perron, MD, FACEP
Professor and residency program director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center
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 came to Maine Medical Center in June, of 2003, where he currently serves as Residency Program Director.  He has spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally on cardiac, 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. 

Emily Rose, MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. LA County + USC Medical Center
Dr. Rose is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine training and was chief resident at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center and her Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC at LAC+USC Medical Center. Passionate about education, she directs the PEM education of the EM and Pediatric residencies at LAC+USC, the Peds EM medical student clerkship and regularly lectures nationally. She was awarded he Emergency Medicine "Faculty of the Year" by both the Emergency Medicine Residency and by the Keck SOM student group in 2014. Her real accomplishment, however, is recently surviving having three kids in diapers.

Lynn Scherer, PA-C, MS
SEMPA President (however at time of conference will be Immediate Past President); Einstein Healthcare Network EMPA Clinical Director; Einstein Healthcare Network EMPA Residency Program Director. Pennsylvania State ACEP Chapter - SEMPA Liaison and member of ACEP Academic Affairs Committee
Lynn is an EMPA with 15 years of experience at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA, a multihospital system with an annual ED volume of 175K that includes an urban, academic, Level 1 Trauma Center. As the EMPA Clinical Director, she manages 24+ FTEs, including interviewing, hiring, and orientation of new EMPA staff; creating and managing schedules for all locations; collaborating with ED leadership to develop staffing models and operating budgets; as well as providing continuing education.  Partnered with hospital and departmental leadership to create, develop, and implement the EMPA Residency Program at Einstein, the first of its kind in the Philadelphia region and one of only 3 in the country at its inception, she currently serves as the Program Director and is responsible for managing all aspects of the program.  On the educational front she also guest lectures at local PA programs, as well as precepts and mentors students from various programs. As President of the Board of Directors for the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), Lynn been instrumental in creating and implementing national EMPA postgraduate training program standards, developing SEMPA's Advocacy Program, and engaging membership to become more involved.  She is passionate about leadership and the PA profession in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.  She works to create seats at the table of important discussions that affect EMPA practice nationally and strives to engage EMPAs into relevant conversations.

Ghazala Sharieff, MD
Corporate Director, Physician Outreach and Medical Management, Scripps Health San Diego. Clinical Professor, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Sharieff serves as Corporate Director, Physician Outreach and Medical Management, Scripps Health, San Diego. She is also a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr Sharieff is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on topics including physician integration into the patient experience, pediatric emergency medicine, conflict management and team building. She has been awarded several regional and national teaching awards.  She has served on many national committees including:  Past Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee; Past Chair of the ACEP Pediatric Section; the ACEP Public Relations Committee;  the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Board of Directors; and was also the Co-Chair of the AAEM Education Committee. She is well published and has authored multiple research articles, book chapters and review articles.

Zachary Shinar, MD
M.D. Sharp Memorial Hospital, Co-Director of EDECMO program
Zack works full time at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California as a board certified emergency physician.  He speaks extensively on resuscitation.  He has published research in ECMO and LVAD use.  He co-leads the EDECMO podcast.   He is also part-time faculty for the University of California at San Diego's Emergency Medicine Residency.  He graduated as chief resident from Los Angeles County/USC Emergency Medicine Program.  He studied bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate.

Kathleen M. Smith, MD, FACEP
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Washington
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Washington who has completed fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound.

Ryan Strauss, MPAS, MPH, PA-C
Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, The George Washington University, Department of Emergency Medicine
Ryan Strauss, MPH, MSHS, PA-C is an emergency medicine physician assistant and is the Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians in the GW Department of Emergency Medicine.  He is also a part-time 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.

David Talan, MD, FACEP
Faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Professor of Medicine in Residence (Emeritus) at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Talan received his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical College in Chicago. He completed his residencies in Internal and Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and its associated medical centers. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Infectious Diseases. From 1993 to 2014, Dr. Talan was Chairman of the Olive View-UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine. He is currently faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He is Professor of Medicine in Residence (Emeritus) at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Talan serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine News, and Pediatric Emergency Care and is a reviewer for many journals including Clinical Infectious Diseases, JAMA, and The Medical Letter.  Dr. Talan is considered an authority in the area of acute infections that result in severe morbidity and death. His research focuses on emergency department-based surveillance and epidemiological research of emerging infections and clinical investigations of acute infectious diseases. He has investigated skin and soft tissue infections, animal and human bites, rabies, tetanus, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, meningitis, and sepsis. Dr. Talan has several publications in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine, including the seminal research on the emergence of community associated-MRSA in patients with skin and soft tissue infections. He edited and authored the Infectious Diseases Clinics of North America edition on infectious disease emergencies. He is principal investigator of a CDC-supported emergency department-based national sentinel network for research on emerging infectious diseases in the United States called EMERGEncy ID NET, which was established in 1995. He is also principal investigator of an NIH contract to study off-patent antibiotics to treat skin and soft tissue infections caused by community-associated MRSA called STOP MRSA, and an NIH R21 grant to study non-operative management of acute uncomplicated appendicitis.  Dr. Talan has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on infectious disease emergencies, and emergency department surveillance and research."

Greg Thomas, PA, MPH
Director of External Relations, NCCPA
A PA for more than 35 years, Greg Thomas currently serves in a consultative role as Director of External Relations with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) on topics related to education and certification maintenance. Previously, he worked for nearly 20 years with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), most recently as Senior Vice President of education, membership, and resource development. Mr. Thomas received his PA education at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a master’s degree in public health with focus on health care administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX.

Christian Tomaszewski, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FACMT, FIFEM
Medical Director, Emergency Departments, University of California San Diego
Chris is triple boarded in emergency medicine, medical toxicology and hyperbaric medicine.  He is medical director of the emergency departments at the University of California San Diego.  

Michael Weinstock
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Adjunct, Ohio State University; Chair, Emergency Department, Mt. Carmel St Ann's; Medical Director,  Ohio Dominican University PA program
Michael comes from a long line of physicians; his father is an ophthalmologist, both his grandfathers were general surgeons, and his great grandfather was a barber-surgeon in Russia (the guy you didn’t want to be referred to!) Michael obtained his bachelor’s degree with a major in economics from Northwestern University and his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Michael is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, adjunct, in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University, Chairman and Director of Medical Education in the Emergency Department at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s, and Medical director in The Ohio Dominican University PA studies program. He is editor-in-chief for Urgent Care Reviews and Perspectives (UC RAP) and risk management section editor of Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives (EM RAP), a CME program with international circulation to over 18,000 physicians. He has lectured nationally on issues such as risk management and patient safety and has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals. In 2006 he authored Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns and in 2011 Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal with reviews in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Archives of Emergency Medicine and JAMA. In 2014 he authored The Resident’s Guide to Ambulatory Care, 7th edition, a book started while in residency, now with sales of almost 35,000 copies. In 2015 he authored Bouncebacks! Pediatrics. He is also active in clinical research, most recently as the principle investigator in an original study, Risk for Clinically Relevant Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients With Chest Pain at Hospital Admission, published in JAMA internal Medicine on May 18, 2015. In March 2014 he received an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Emergency Medicine from the University of Maryland Emergency Medicine residency program. He has practiced medicine on both a local and global scale, including volunteer medical work in Papua New Guinea, Nepal, and the West Indies. Michael is married to Beth, a family physician and they have a growing family including four energetic children; Olivia (16), Eli (15), Theo (11), and Annie (8). In addition to medicine, other passions include skiing, backpacking, traveling and writing. He is a singer/song writer, guitar and harmonica player and leader of The Big Rockin’ Blues Band. 

Michael Winters, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Co-Director, Combined EM/IM/Critical Care
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), the Young Educators Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the 2014-2015 Honorable Mention Outstanding Speaker of the Year from ACEP. 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, a popular emergency medicine-critical care textbook published by ACEP. 

Teresa Wu, MD, FACEP
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Program & Fellowships, Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix; Associate Professor, U of A COM-Phoenix
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 Simulation Curriculum Director and an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix.  Dr. Wu also works as an emergency medicine physician and is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound for the Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix.  Over her career, Dr. Wu has developed and directed multiple ultrasound and simulation fellowships across the country, and she has served as an honored keynote speaker for numerous international conferences.  Dr. Wu’s innovative research and publications have led to advances in medical simulation, education, and emergency ultrasound.

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