SEMPA 360 Faculty


Fredrick Abrahamian, DO, FACEP, FIDSA 
Dr. Abrahamian is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Currently, he serves as the President of the Professional Staff Association at Olive View - UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Abrahamian has been involved in numerous infectious disease-related research projects that have resulted in publications in well-known pee-reviewed journals such as the New England Jounral of Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has been honored with a variety of teaching awards, including the prestigious American College of Emergency Physicians Faculty Award and the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors Faculty Teaching Awaard. Dr. Abrahamian's interest include infectious disease, electrocardiograms, and issues realting to risk management and the legal aspects of medicine.

Sanjay Arora, MD
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.

Joshua Broder, MD, FACEP
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.

Kevin Burns, PA-C, EMT-P
Kevin has practiced as an emergency medicine PA for the past 14 years at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. In addition to his clinical role he is also the Co-Director of the YNHH Emergency Medicine PA/NP Residency Program and functions as the hospital EMS Coordinator. He currently serves as the Vice President of SEMPA and also sits on the Postgraduate Committee and Chairs the EMS Section and Website Taskforce. He also represents SEMPA on the EMS Committee of ACEP and on the NAEMSP National Prehospital Evidence-Based Guidelines Strategy Project.

David Caro, MD, FACEP
Associate professor, University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville; Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, UF Health Jacksonville

Robert Dachs, MD
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.

Steven Godwin, MD, FACEP
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.  

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. 

Kenji Inaba, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia 

Amy Keim, MS, PA-C
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.

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP
Dr. Klauer is Chief Medical Officer for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd., based in Canton, Ohio and the Director of the Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME). He also serves on the Board of Directors for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd. and Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the recipient of the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award and the Robert J. Dougherty Teaching Fellowship Award of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association. Dr. Klauer serves as Editor-in-Chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly publication and is the Co-Author of two risk management books: Emergency Medicine Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal and Risk Management and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. Dr. Klauer serves on the ACEP Board of Directors.

Jason Knight, MD, FACEP
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.

Brian Lin, MD, FACEP
Dr. Lin is an ABEM-certified emergency physician. He graduated AOA from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2005. He completed the Standord/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency in 2008, after which he served for one year as the Academic & Administrative Fellow. He is currently in active clinical practice at Kaiser Permanene, San Francisco. He is a volunteer Assistant Professor at UCSF and reguarly lectures to emergency medicine residents at the UCSF/SFGH and Stanford/Kaiser programs. Dr. Lin is also the author of the website "Closing the Gap: Would closure for the Emergency Department". (hosted at This site was originally developed as an "on-the-fly reference for physicians-in-training at his hospital to aid in performing suturing techniques in the ED. This site has grown in to an ongoing blog on up-to-date, evidence based would closure techniques, and continues to serve as a resource for emergency medicine phsicians, physician assistants, residents, and medical students, and nurse practioners who provide acute would care.

Haney Mallemat, MD
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
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.   

Maureen McCollough, MD, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine; Department of Emergency Medicine Oliveview-UCLA Medical Center

Ghazala Sharieff, MD
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.

Corey Slovis, MD
Dr. Slovis is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Slovis has completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and most recently in Emergency Medical Services. He serves as the Medical Director for Metro Nashville's Fire Department and Nashville International Airport. Dr. Slovis has received numerous teaching awards including Outstanding Speaker of the Year by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Hal Jayne Award for Academic Excellence by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Peter Rosen Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for outstanding contributions in the area of academic leadership. He has been named Medical School Best Clinical Professor seven times, and has been awarded the title Master Clinical Teacher by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Slovis has authored more than 100 peer reviewed medical articles and book chapters and has co-authored or been an editor of 3 books.

Semhar Tewelde, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Christian Tomaszewski, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FACMT, FIFEM
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 Winters, MD, FACEP
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, 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
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.

Leslie Zun, MD, FACEP
System Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Sinai Health System Chicago, Illinois; Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois

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