Meet Our Leaders


AWAEM Officials

President, Tracy Madsen

Dr. Tracy Madsen, the Associate Director of the Division of Sex and Gender and the ED Director of Acute Stroke Services at Brown University, is the current President-Elect of AWAEM. After completing both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Boston University, she completed a residency in Emergency Medicine followed by a 2-year research fellowship during which she earned a Master's degree in Clinical and Translational Research. Currently funded by a NHLBI K23 to study stroke in women, Dr. Madsen conducts research in the realms of sex and gender based medicine, women's health, and gender disparities in the physician workforce. She is a past winner of the AWAEM Early Career Award. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts, speaks regularly at the national level and has established a national presence in the field of sex and gender differences in stroke as well as gender bias in emergency medicine.


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Immediate Past-President, Pooja Agrawal

Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH, is an emergency medicine and global health specialist with a specific focus on refugee health and gender disparities. As an educator, she lectures extensively on gender disparities in medicine, humanitarian assistance, and refugee health. As a researcher, she studies issues specific to forced migration and aims to implement sustainable interventions to affect the challenges displaced populations face. Dr. Agrawal is an assistant professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine. She is a graduate of Cornell University, received her MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Agrawal is a graduate of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds faculty appointments in the Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

President-Elect, Devjani Das

Dr. Devjani Das graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2007 and went on to complete her emergency medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Queens (previously New York Hospital Queens) in Flushing, NY in 2010 and her postgraduate emergency ultrasound fellowship at NY-Presbyterian Queens in 2011. Dr. Das was at Staten Island University Hospital where she was a clinical assistant professor and the Associated Director and Co-Fellowship Director of Emergency Ultrasound for 7 years. She is currently at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she is the Director of Undergraduate Point of Care Ultrasound Education and assistant professor. Dr. Das has an interest in ultrasound education and international emergency ultrasound; she is currently the co-chair of the SAEM Academy of Emergency Ultrasound International Subcomittee. She has been involved AWAEM since 2013 and has served as the co-chair of the E-Communications Subcommittee. Dr. Das has been a contributing author and previous editor of the AWAEM Awareness Newsletter. She was honored at the 2016 SAEM annual meeting with the AWAEM Momentum Award.

Secretary, Valerie Dobiesz

Biography in progress.

Treasurer, Amy Zeidan

Biography in process.

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Biography in progress.





VP Corporate Development, Neha Raukar

Neha Raukar is director of the Division of Sports Medicine within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. The combination of residency training in emergency medicine with further fellowship training in primary care sports medicine offers a unique perspective towards education, clinical medicine, legislation, and research. Dr. Raukar lectures locally and nationally on the diagnosis and treatment of both sports-related and traumatic concussions. As a result of her training, she is also specifically interested in life-threatening illness and mitigating risk of death in athletes. Her clinical role extends beyond the emergency department and she created the Center for Sports Medicine, an outpatient clinic that serves the community. Dr. Raukar has been nationally recognized for her clinical and academic work and was asked to serve on the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine Committee on Concussion in Youth Sports. She is active in medical education for both residents and medical students. Dr. Raukar teaches and mentors residents in both the emergency department and the outpatient settings. She is interested in the development of faculty and has presented workshops and lectured, regionally and nationally.

VP Education, Kat Ogle

Dr. Ogle is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is currently practicing in Washington, DC at the George Washington University Hospital. She is a first generation college graduate from Albuquerque, NM and started her career in medicine with seven years as a registered nurse, most of which were spent as a critical care RN. She then pursed her medical degree, attended the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and stayed at GW to complete her residency training in Emergency Medicine. Following residency, she completed an Emergency Ultrasound fellowship at GW and has been on faculty since 2013. In 2014, she pursed further professional development and educational expertise in the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program at GW.

She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at GW and is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director. Being a typical EM doc, she has multiple areas of interest and intersects with colleagues and learners on varying levels. She cofounded the women's professional development group within the Department of Emergency Medicine called GWEMFEM. She provides mentorship to her colleagues in the Emergency Ultrasound section for their roles in undergraduate and graduate ultrasound education. She is engaged with the Emergency Medicine Residency as the executive chair of the Clinical Competency Committee and is actively involved in recruitment. She directs the Medical Education and Leadership Scholarly Concentration at GW as well as a senior medical student entitled: Teaching and Learning Knowledge and Skills, a course which teaches students the foundations of being a clinician educator. Her passion for teaching has been acknowledged by her students as the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching. She's also been recognized by her peers at GW by receiving the Distinguished Teacher Award.

On a national level, she is the Chair of the Didactics Committee for AWAEM, Co-Chair for the Women's Group Task Force, on the Board of Directors for the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships as a Councilor-at-Large.

VP Membership and Engagement, Alexandra Mannix

Dr. Alexandra “Lexie” Mannix received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida. Following her time at the University of Florida, Dr. Mannix attended medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine, graduating in 2014.

Dr. Mannix completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville in 2017. Following residency, Dr. Mannix completed a Simulation fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. ‚Äč

Dr. Mannix currently serves as an Assistant Professor, Assistant Residency Director, and Assistant Clerkship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the Center for Simulation Education & Safety Research at the University of Florida-Jacksonville. Additionally, she serves as Editor-In-Chief of, an online virtual community of practice for women in medical training. Her professional interests include medical education, simulation, women in medicine, and social media in medical education. 

Dr. Mannix is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She provides bedside education and patient care at UF Health and UF Health North in Jacksonville, FL.


Committee Leaders

Administration / Operations

Chair, Laura Walker

Dr. Laura Walker is an Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic.  She has worked within the Mayo Clinic Health System as ED Medical Director, Quality Chair and is currently a Hospital Practice Chair for the Southeast Minnesota Region.  She is an Assistant Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency.  Professional and research interests include: palliative medicine, equity in healthcare leadership, quality improvement, hospital systems and network science.  She completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2012, and her medical degree from Tulane University in 2008. She is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a member of the ACEP Quality and Patient Safety Committee and the SAEM Faculty Development Committee.


Co-Chair, Sharon Chekijian

Biography in process.

Co-Chair, Ynhi Thomas

Biography in progress.


Co-Chair, SAEM, Angela Jarman

Biography in progress.


Co-Chair, SAEM, Jennifer Love

Biography in progress.


Co-Chair, AAEM, Katie Dolbec

Biography in progress.


MarcoliniCo-Chair, AAEM,  Evie Marcolini

Evie Marcolini, MD is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and critical care at Yale University. She has clinical appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Neurology. Dr. Marcolini has board certifications in emergency medicine and neurocritical care, and is fellowship-trained in surgical critical care from the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Marcolini is the medical director for the new SkyHealth Critical Care helicopter transport service. She is an elected member to the Neurosciences Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and has earned a fellowship in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Marcolini has been awarded the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Junior Faculty Teaching Award. She has a special academic interest in critical care and end of life issues and is a member of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Marcolini has represented Yale through invited lectures at national and international emergency cedicine conferences in the United States, Argentina, Vietnam, Greece, and Italy. She is chair of the Critical Care Section of ACEP and subcommittee chair of the Critical Care Curriculum Objective for the ACEP Academic Affairs Committee.  She is a member of the American College of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee, and teaches an ethics seminar annually for the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics. She has been active as faculty for Wilderness Medical Associates International since 1992, and teaches wilderness medical courses to medical students, residents, faculty and allied health professionals nationally and internationally.  Dr. Marcolini is the faculty advisor to the Yale University School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and Medical Outdoor Orientation Trip.

Co-Chair, ACEP, Judy Linden

Biography in progress.

Co-Chair, CORD, Sarah Dubbs

Biography in progress.

Co-Chair, CORD, Katja Goldflam

Biography in progress.

Global Health

Co-Chair, Abena Akomeah

Biography in progress.

Co-Chair, Mindi Guptill

Dr. Guptill has a passion for global emergency medicine, women in emergency medicine and medical education. She has served as medical director of a hospital in the Republic of Niger and as faculty for Rwanda's first emergency medicine residency.  She continues to support and mentor her Rwandan residents/colleagues. For the last 7 years, she has been the associate program director for emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Health. She recently became the associate global health fellowship director where she coordinates and supervises the global health trips from her department.  In her spare time, she is especially adept at wrangling children and making lunches. Because she wants her children to be globally conscious, she drags them around the world with her.  Currently her big project is developing a faculty development seminar for a new school of medicine in Rwanda. 


Co-Chair, Leah Bright

Biography in process.

Co-Chair, Katja Goldflam

Biography in process.


Chair, Amy Hildreth

Dr. Amy Hildreth is an emergency medicine physician at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She is an Assistant Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniform Sciences University of the Health Sciences. She graduated from the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences in 2013 and went on to complete her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is passionate about simulation and medical education.


Co-Chair, Megan Henn

Biography in process.

Co-Chair, Shivani Mody

Biography in progress.


PermanCo-Chair, Sarah Perman

Dr. Perman obtained her medical degree from Temple University in 2007, and completed her general emergency medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.  She then completed a Resuscitation Research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Resuscitation Science in 2013, while also obtaining her Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology.  Dr. Perman is currently on faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Perman’s research is focused on cardiac arrest outcomes, specifically therapeutic hypothermia implementation, neuroprognostication and sex/gender differences in post-cardiac arrest care and outcomes.  Dr. Perman is a faculty researcher in the Center for Women’s Health Research at CU and receives research funding from the NIH and the Doris Duke Fund.  

Co-Chair, Maggie Samuels-Kalow

Biography in process.

Social Media

WestaferChair, Lauren Westafer

Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH is an emergency physician and research fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center. She is a clinical instructor at University of Massachusetts Medical School and adjunct toxicology faculty at Western New England University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Westafer's academic niches include knowledge translation, statistical literacy of physicians, and use of social media in medical education. She is a co-founder of an Emergency Medicine podcast, FOAMcast, blogs at, and tweets for @AWAEM.


ChangChair, Wendy Chang

Wendy Chang, MD, graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Chang's interest in neurological emergencies led her to pursue a neurocritical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before she took a faculty position at University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2013. She currently splits her clinical time between the emergency department and the Neuro ICU, while spending her non-clinical time on education and research. In her spare time, Dr. Chang enjoys checking out new restaurants, dancing, going to the theatre, and traveling. She learned about AWAEM at the University of Maryland, where there is a robust women’s group (UMEMWomen) that provides an environment of mentorship, collaboration, professional and personal development, and support. She is honored to work with such inspirational women in EM.


Co-Chair, Jenny Castillo

Biography in process.

Co-Chair, Melissa Parsons

Biography in process.


AWAEM Liaisons

SAEM Board Liaison, Jim Holmes
Biography in progress.