Name: Dr. Jeff Druck
Title: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Co-Director Office of Professional Excellence
Institution: University of Colorado
Bio: Dr. Jeff Druck grew up in Houston, where he attended college and medical school. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health, he became faculty at Emory University for two years before returning to Colorado, where he has remained since. He is passionate about creating an inclusive equitable environment for learning for trainees and students across the spectrum. Aside from roles as Assistant Dean of student affairs and Co-Director of the Office of professional excellence, he has previously been president of the faculty senate, president of the board for camp Wapiyapi, and associate program director for the Denver Health EM residency; however, his most important roles are as a husband and a father to four children, where he sometimes does admirably and other times comes in under the bar.
Name: Dr. Michael Gisondi
Title: Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Institution: Stanford University
Bio: Dr. Michael Gisondi is the inaugural Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He is a medical education researcher and an expert in the application of social media in medical education. He is a leader in the fields of medical education and emergency medicine, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, as well as the editorial boards of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine, and the international medical education conference, Medutopia. He is an associate editor for the textbook, Emergency Medicine, and conference faculty with the national certification course, EPEC-EM: Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care in Emergency Medicine.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Dr. Gisondi earned his Bachelor of Science with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University, spending an additional year as Chief Resident. While at Stanford, he also completed a fellowship in Faculty Development with the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gisondi was a faculty member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine from 2003 – 2017, where he held several leadership roles including Residency Program Director, Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship Director, and Director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. He was a Junior Fellow of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern and a member of the Northwestern McGaw Graduate Medical Education Committee.
In 2014, Dr. Gisondi was awarded the National Faculty Teaching Award of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was named Alumnus of the Year for recognition of his early career achievements by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Name: Dr. Sheryl Heron
Title: Vice Chair - Administrative Affairs/Assistant Dean
Institution: Emory University
Bio: Dr. Sheryl Heron is a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received several awards including the Partnership against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Woman in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and was named a hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is currently on ACEP's Diversity and Inclusion task force. She is an editor of two textbooks in Emergency Medicine on Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on Wellness/Work-Life Balance, Diversity/Disparities Care in Emergency Medicine as well as the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence.
Name: Dr. Kelly Klein
Title: Associate Professor
Institution: University of Texas Southwestern
Bio: Dr. Klein originally hails from NYC and has lived everywhere from New York to Maine, and Michigan to Texas with brief stints in the UK and the Caribbean. Her career paths have taken her in many directions from sailing on traditional sailboats, teaching environmental and experiential education; to prehospital work in wilderness medicine, search and rescue, flight paramedic and finally after a dare to going to medical school and becoming an emergency medicine physician. She completed her residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Michigan, which was followed by a two year CDC funded fellowship in WMD-Disaster Medicine and EMS where she engaged in hands on disaster courses in radiation, chemical, biological, and decontamination. Aside from academia, she is part of a DMAT, which has allowed her to be deployed to multiple real world disaster events. At present, she is an associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern medical center at Dallas where she is part of the division of Emergency and Disaster Global Health and clinically works at Parkland Hospital. She is an active instructor both nationally and internationally for the National Disaster Life Support Foundation series of courses and has the privilege of being an associate editor for the “purple journal”. She continues to lecture on disaster and EM topics nationally and internationally and is about to embark on an MPH.
Name: Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPE
Title: Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University
Bio: Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in 1986. He completed a residency training program in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1989. Over his thirty years in EM at Jefferson, he has held the roles of Director of Clinical Research, Residency Program Director, and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. His academic interest focused on clinical and translation research in the acute presentation of sickle cell anemia - he is currently a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Addressing Sickle Cell Disease: A Strategic Plan and Blueprint for Action. Since 2013, Dr. Lopez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement in the medical school, providing oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, graduate medical education and medical students. In January 2017, he added the title of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Jefferson University, providing oversight and guidance for the ten colleges that make up the university. Both diversity and inclusion roles also include work in health and education disparities. He served as President of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in EM from 2015-2017.
|Name: Robert Lowe, MD, MPH|
Title: Emeritus Professor
Institution: Oregon Health & Science University
Bio: Health services researcher in Emergency Medicine, focus on access to care for the underserved and social determinants of health
Name: Dr. Patrick Meloy
Title: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine
Bio: Dr. Patrick Meloy joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2013. He serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, and is currently practicing at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospitals. He earned his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He successfully graduated from the Sinai-Grace Hospital/Wayne State University Emergency Medicine residency after serving as chief resident. He is currently a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physician and was named “Teacher of the Year” twice of the Emergency Medicine program at Emory. He has authored several book chapters, and has published multiple clinical and research papers. He currently is the Site Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and is coordinator of the Mock Oral Boards for the residency program. His interests include trauma care, infectious disease preparedness, pediatric emergency care and EKG instruction. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife and two daughters.
Name: Dr. Tiffany Mitchell
Institution: Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center
Bio: Tiffany Mitchell, MD is an Emergency Medicine resident at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Her academic interests include pediatric emergency medicine, sickle cell disease, and psycho-social determinants of care.
Name: Dr. Joel Moll
Title: Residency Program Director, Associate Professor
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Bio: Joel Moll is residency Program Director and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has published multiple articles and textbook chapters, presents internationally and nationally, and serves on many national committees, including being Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Interests include graduate medical education, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, and LGBT healthcare disparities.
Name: Dr. Aasim Padela
Title: Associate Professor Emergency Medicine
Institution: University of Chicago
Bio: Dr. Padela is a clinician-researcher with scholarship foci at the intersections of religious identity, healthcare, and bioethics.
His empirical work focuses on developing tailored community-based interventions tacking Muslim health disparities, and his normative scholarship focused on the ethics of cultural accommodations of provider and patient identities in the halls of medicine. He also studies the impact of discrimination on Muslim patient and providers.
Name: Dr. Ava Pierce
Title: Emergency Medicine Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion
Institution: University of Texas Southwestern
Bio: Ava E. Pierce, MD, completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pierce is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program. She also serves as a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Medical School Admissions Committee, and is a faculty liaison for Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), which focuses on professional development and mentoring for residents and fellows from under-represented groups. Her research interests include medical education, diversity and inclusion, and cardiac resuscitation. She completed the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program and the AAMC s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and is committed to making innovative changes that will enhance diversity and inclusion and improve excellence in health care, thus strengthening a diverse workforce that will provide culturally competent quality medical care to all. She was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Academician Award by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) in recognition of her impact on the academic success of students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. She is the 2018 – 2019 President for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM).
Name: Dr. Tyson Pillow
Title: Vice Chair of Education
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
Bio: Dr. M. Tyson Pillow completed his undergraduate training at Rice University, and his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After three years of Emergency Medicine Residency training at the University of Chicago, he returned to Baylor as faculty in the Section of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Medical Director for Simulation and Standardized Patient Programs for Baylor College of Medicine. During this time, he also completed a Masters in Education program at the University of Houston.
Dr. Pillow’s interests focus on education, including education technology, simulation, standardized patients, feedback and evaluation, and bedside teaching. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the John P. McGovern Teaching Award for the Clinical Sciences (2013, 2017), and the Council of Residency Directors National Faculty Teaching Award (2012). He has also delivered multiple workshops on Education Technology at ACGME annual meeting, AAMC annual meeting, and other national Emergency Medicine academic meetings.
Name: Dr. Lynne Richardson
Title: Professor & System Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP, is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Population Health Science & Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and System Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Mount Sinai Health System. A native New Yorker, she holds Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Life Sciences and Management; and an MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed the Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Richardson became a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1985, launching a remarkable career as a clinician, an educator, a researcher and an advocate. Dr. Richardson is now one of the most accomplished investigators in emergency medicine and one of its most respected research mentors; her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Richardson joined the faculty at Mount Sinai in 1995 to establish the Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency, which, under her leadership, emerged as one of the premiere training programs on the East Coast. In 2002, she left the Program Director position to become Director of the Research Division. She has recruited a cadre of talented clinician investigators and, through a strong emphasis on mentoring and multi-disciplinary collaborations, she has built a research program that currently ranks #2 in the country in NIH funding. She remains involved in physician education at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In addition to teaching emergency medicine, she is a member of the Ethics faculty and teaches in the Masters of Public Health program.
Her research interests include the use of clinical and administrative data to investigate issues of access, quality and equity; developing and assessing the effectiveness of strategies to eliminate health care disparities, particularly through the use of electronic health record (EHR)-embedded clinical decision support tools; and care redesign featuring innovative models of emergency care and emergency department-based care coordination and care transition interventions to support population health initiatives and improve patient outcomes. She is an expert on community engagement and a national thought leader in the ethics of conducting emergency research. Her mixed-methods "Community VOICES" studies have defined best practices for community consultation in exception from informed consent research.
Dr. Richardson has made highly influential contributions to eliminating healthcare disparities in both the research and policy arenas. She is a member of the New York City Board of Health, the first emergency physician ever to serve in that Board's more than one hundred and fifty year history. She serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the Centers for Disease Control and is the current Chair of the ACD Health Disparities Subcommittee. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, exceptional leadership, and outstanding teaching from various academic institutions, professional organizations and community groups. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Name: Dr. Jason Rotoli
Title: Assistant Residency Director
Institution: University of Rochester
Bio: Dr. Rotoli is the Assistant Residency Director of the Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Rochester. Through local and national experiential didactics, simulation, and formal assessment, he seeks to improve provider cultural awareness by increasing awareness of the needs of vulnerable populations (especially the culturally Deaf community). Recently, Dr. Rotoli has become the Director of the Deaf Health Pathways, a medical student elective at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Through this role, he hopes to have a positive influence on students early in their careers in caring for Deaf ASL users, who are a linguistic and cultural minority. He hopes to continue to improve Deaf patient health care delivery and medical knowledge through providing direct access and communication to an ASL fluent physician while working clinically in the emergency department at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Name: Dr. Bisan Salhi
Title: Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine
Bio: Dr. Salhi is dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Anthropology, having completed a PhD examining homeless super-utilizers at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focuses on underserved populations, social determinants of health, and housing deprivation in the Emergency Department.
Name: Dr. Leon Sanchez
Title: Vice Chair Operations
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bio: Dr. Sanchez was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he lived until finishing high school. He moved to Boston for college and then to New York City for all of his medical training. He moved back to Boston after training was complete and has been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2001. He does clinical research in operations and has collaborated with many other institutions while involving residents in may projects.
Name: Dr. Breena Taira
Title: Director, Section of International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL), UCLA
Institution: Olive-View UCLA Medical Center
Bio: Dr. Taira is an emergency physician and the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Olive View- UCLA Medical Center. In 2016, she became director of the Section of International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL) for the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine whose mission is to define and promote the role that academic emergency medicine can play in the promotion of health equity and elimination of health disparities locally, nationally and globally. (www.idheal.org) Her research focuses on improving quality of care and health outcomes for patients with limited English proficiency. She speaks locally and nationally on language justice and communication in health care.
Name: Dr. Vicken Totten
Title: Faculty, Institutional Research Director
Institution: Kaweah Delta Hospital District
Bio: Raised in many parts of the country in a profoundly academic family; Dr. Totten studied Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Southern California. After a year at Waseda University in Japan, she added Pre-Med and matriculated to Loyola U School of Medicine in 1975. An internship in Tennessee and two years in the US Public Health Service later, she returned to CA for a family medicine residency in Merced and grandfathered into EM in 1986. For 10 years she worked in small rural (and under-resourced) EDs all around the Central Valley while raising three children alone. After a year in Sweden as an emergency physician, she moved to Brooklyn to start the academic portion of my career.
Raised in a gender-fluid family, Dr. Totten was co-president of USC's Gay Student Alliance at USC during 1971-2 academic year. she was interested in how language shapes thought, and studied much of the early gay, lesbian, and transgender literature. Her academic work included circadian disruption, teaching methods, and adult learning. Other areas of interest are international development of emergency medicine the specialty; mentoring the young in research methods, and global EM. She is a member of SAEM, ACEP, AAEM, IFEM, and founding member of GEMA. Currently advocating for appropriate medical treatment of transgendered etc persons in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, she has partnered with Horizons activist Nicolas Calvo-Rosenstone to educate physicians on the medical needs of non-gender conforming persons.
After 40 years on the front line, Dr. Totten is retiring from the active practice of clinical medicine and will devote herself to teaching what she is asked to teach, if it is in her repertoire.
Name: Dr. Larissa Velez
Title: Vice Chair of Education and Program Director
Institution: University of Texas Southwestern
Bio: Dr. Velez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she studied emergency Medicine before moving to Dallas for a tox fellowship and have been affiliated with UTSW since then. She has been the PD since 2011 and vice chair for education in the last three years. Passionate about education, cultural competency, and anything tox.