EMRA’s Cocktails with Chairs, in collaboration with SAEM RAMS

Ever wonder what it takes to be an EM department chair? What path can you start now to poise you to lead an efficient emergency department where physicians thrive? Join EMRA for an informal discussion with chairs to give insight into your career goals.

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New Board - Hannah HughesHannah Hughes, MD, MBA - EMRA President

Dr. Hughes is an incoming Chief Resident at the University of Cincinnati and currently serves as President of EMRA. She was born and raised in California, attending UCLA for medical and business school. But pay attention to her accent as it's starting to acquire a midwest twang the longer she stays in Ohio.

NehalNaik_Headshot[1]Nehal Naik, MD - SAEM RAMS President

Nehal Naik (@NehalSN) is a 3rd year resident at the George Washington University in Washington DC. An immigrant to the United States and a Californian at heart. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MD from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Naik began his service to SAEM on the inaugural Resident and Medical Students (RAMS) board from 2017-2018, creating a home for trainees in SAEM and as chair of the RAMS research committee. He continued as the RAMS president from 2019-2020, and currently serves as the Immediate Past-President of RAMS. He has led RAMS to become a preeminent organization to advance the future of Emergency Medicine through the development of resident and medical students into academic leaders. He also served as the Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA) Resident representative from 2019-2020.

His academic interests include global emergency medicine development in pre-hospital systems and medical education, along with innovative practice in emergency medicine.

Breakout Moderators:

CotareloAdrianAdrian Cotarelo, MD, MHS

Adrian Cotarelo (@AdrianCotarelo) is a PGY-1 at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY and RAMS board member-at-large. He graduated from Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and attended Johns Hopkins University for both his undergraduate degree, and master’s degree in Epidemiology. His academic interests include Medical Education, EMS, and Research. Outside of medicine, he enjoys Escape Rooms, cooking, and hiking.


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Dr. Nicholas Cozzi is an MBA trained, Chief Emergency Medicine Resident at Spectrum Health / Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Chair-Elect of the Spectrum Health House Staff Council (Grand Rapids). Nicholas is grateful to EMRA for providing such meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth which include being the Chair-Elect of the EMRA Administration and Operations Committee and EMRA Representative to the ACEP EM Practice Committee and ACEP Practice Management and Health Policy Section. Additionally, Nicholas serves as the EMRA Scholar on the EDPMA Federal Health Policy Committee as well as the Education and Fellowship Sub-Committee.

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Jared Ditkowsky, MD

Jared Ditkowsky is currently a Pgy3 incoming Chief Resident at The Mount Sinai Hospital/Elmhurst Hospital Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine. After attaining his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, he pursued his medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. Subsequently, he began his residency in Emergency Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital. While enrolled in medical school, he developed a research interest in cost-effective analysis of public health programs, which he recently merged with a career interest in ED-operations. This year he was chosen as an Assistant Vice Chair on EMRA’s Administration and Operations Committee, a role he hopes will allow him to expand his research and career interests both personally, and to other residents.

WendysunWendy Sun, MD



Wendy Sun is a PGY-1 at Yale - New Haven Health and SAEM RAMS board member-at-large. Her interests include Diversity and Inclusion, Mentorship, and Wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and participating in hackathons. 

Twitter @WSunED.


Andra Blomkalns HeadshotAndra Blomkalns, MD, MBA - Stanford University School of Medicine

Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA serves as Chair of Emergency Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Andra was at UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX as Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Business Development. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati where she was Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Education. Her research has spanned clinical cardiovascular research as well as basic science research on obesity and the gut microbiome. As a past-President of SAEM (2016), Andra continues as the SAEM Wellness Committee Chair. In her personal time, Andra enjoys spending time with her dog, Sansa, as a Neocaridina hobbyist, and attempting to garden.

Michael Brown 2019Michael Brown, MD, MSc - Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Dr. Brown is the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After graduating from medical school in 1986, he completed his EM residency training at Butterworth Hospital where he subsequently joined the faculty. It was during this period when he developed a passion for summarizing evidence in a form that is useful to clinicians. This interest led to a MSc degree in Epidemiology with a focus on evidence synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis). Dr. Brown serves as Senior Editor for two Cochrane Networks: Acute and Emergency Care and Circulation and Breathing. He also serves as immediate past president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

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Bo Burns, DO - Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine

Dr. Burns is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Emergency Medicine as the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa Oklahoma. He is privileged to serve as a Member at Large for the CORD Board of Directors and is fortunate enough to work with the EMRA leadership on a regular basis. He has been the Chair at OU for five years now. In addition, he is born and raised in the great state of Oklahoma and is in no way related to the Tiger King.

kelen-gabeGabe Kelen, MD - The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Kelen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also Senior Professional Staff (tenure) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition, he is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response.

Dr. Kelen career has had an indelible effect on the development of emergency medicine for the last 35 years, particularly as it relates to academia. Dr. Kelen became world renown for seminal work on emerging infections and blood borne pathogens—influencing national public health policy and political agendas. More recently he developed scientific methods to advance the fledgling study of disaster science. Dr. Kelen has authored nearly 250 peer-review publications (including publications JAMA, NEJM, CID and Lancet), as well as several leading textbooks. He has been awarded $75 million in 50 research grants during his career, including from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, DHS and EMF.

Dr. Kelen has pioneered a number of education innovations, including a unique 4-year residency format that embeds 12 possible fellowships. The Hopkins residency and fellowships have produced about 400 graduates, a strong majority have attained leadership positions. Under Dr. Kelen’s tutelage, department has produced no less than six chairs of academic departments (five currently serving in that role).

Dr. Kelen has held a number of important leadership positions including as President of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Medical Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and President of STEM/SAEM. He has testified before five US congressional subcommittees related to his research and the role of emergency medicine in US healthcare. Dr. Kelen’s many contributions have been recognized through numerous awards including from the SAEM Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award, SAEM Leadership Award, and the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution to Research Award. AACEM recently awarded bestowed the Distinguished Service Award. He was elected to the National Academies of Science, National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 2005.

Angela Mills HeadshotAngela Mills, MD - Columbia University

Angela M. Mills, MD is the J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as the Chief of Emergency Services for NewYork-Presbyterian – Columbia. A national leader and expert in emergency medicine, Dr. Mills graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College and attended Temple University Medical School where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction.

Dr. Mills is a graduate and former Chief Resident of the Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a faculty member immediately thereafter at Penn in 2003 and advanced academically being promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine in 2017. At Penn, Dr. Mills served in several capacities including Medical Director and as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She joined Columbia in February 2018 as the inaugural Chair of the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Mills has maintained an active research career where she has focused on emergency diagnostic imaging, undifferentiated abdominal pain, and clinical operations. She has authored over 100 scientific publications and has received research funding from both federal agencies and industry.

Dedicated to combining scholarship with mentoring, Dr. Mills has influenced the careers of numerous faculty and trainees. She is strongly committed to education with a teaching style that allows for growth and pursuit of individual research interest. Dr. Mills has been invited to deliver lectures and grand rounds at various national venues and serves on numerous national and local committees and task forces. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Dr. Mills has been honored with two prestigious awards: the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from SAEM and the Mid-Career Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mills is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Mills also received the first-ever EMRA EM Chair of the Year Award in 2020.

Ian Martin_Academic ProfileIan B.K. Martin, MD, MBA - Medical College of Wisconsin

Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MBA, is System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert and MCW health network. Before this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.

Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann School of Medicine and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore—where he also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Martin has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care internationally—with emphasis on East Africa—through program development, investigative research, and direct clinical care.

Dr. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for Emergency Department-based HIV and hepatitis C testing, host-response to acute infections, and acute care disease burden epidemiology in developing countries. His research and other Global Health-related initiatives have culminated in a host of publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Martin has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions.

Recognized for his leadership, Dr. Martin was recently elected President-Elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)—the premier association representing researchers and educators in Emergency Medicine. Before that, he completed a one-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. Dr. Martin is also the founder and a Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy. He is the 2018 recipient of the Marcus L. Martin, M.D., Leadership Award—a prestigious award given by SAEM’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.