Speaker Bios



Kathleen Acevedo, MBA

Kathleen Acevedo received both her Bachelor of Science and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Kathleen began her career with the Carle Foundation Hospital located in Urbana, Illinois, centering on healthcare finances, academic medical education funding, and general management.  After earning her MBA, she gained experience in human resources and then returned to healthcare management.  Arriving at University of Virginia (UVA), she worked as a financial analysis, gaining experience in both physician coding and financial analysis.  After almost five years with the physician practice plan, she was selected as the Department Administrator for the Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department within the School of Medicine at UVA.  After two years with PM&R, she assumed her current position, in 2000, as the Department Administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Throughout her tenure, her primary focus has been to perpetuate improvement of financial performance and operational efficiencies.  Through the synergy and partnership with physician leadership and coding professionals, departmental patient revenues grown 73% over a five-year period, providing appropriate compensation for their high acuity level one trauma center. 

 In 2007, the UVA Scribe Program was founded by a student, Courtney Terry, who was enrolled in the joint UVA Medical-MBA program.  In partnership with Courtney’s leadership team, Dr. Scott Syverud and Dr. Robert O’Connor, Kathleen navigated the financial and operational terrain to assist with the launching of this highly successful of the program which proved to increase both operational efficiencies and financial performance, along with resident and attending physician morale.

With over 25 years of experience in healthcare administration, Kathleen has been instrumental in the growth and success of her departments with experience with the physician practice plan and the academic healthcare administration.  In addition to her institutional experience, Kathleen has been a part of the AAAEM since inception with service as a member of the Benchmarking Committee, the Communication Committee and as a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee.   

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Bruce Adams, MD, FACEP

Dr. Bruce Adams was selected in 2012 as the founding Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UTHSCSA. He attended the University of California at Davis and then enrolled at the Uniformed Services medical school and joined the Army. After a medicine internship at Walter Reed, he worked as a flight surgeon in Army Special Operations. Dr. Adams subsequently completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center followed by an emergency medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia. His 27-year military career spanned a wide breadth of clinical, academic, combat and leadership positions, culminating as the Deputy Hospital Commander for Fort Bliss Texas. Dr. Adams resides in the San Antonio area with his wife Tina and three children.

Profile Photo - Becker Lance High ResolutionLance Becker, M.D., FAHA

Lance Becker, M.D., FAHA is the Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, North Shore Hospital, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is an international thought leader in the growing science of resuscitation, reanimation, critical care, and emergency cardiac care. His translational research includes studies on disparate rates of cardiac arrest in urban populations, the use of cooling, the biology of reperfusion injury, the role of mitochondria in cell death, and advanced methods to restore patients to life after prolonged periods of near death conditions. Dr. Becker previously served as Founder and Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and he was Founder and Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and helped facilitate the recent IOM report on cardiac arrest and has served as a national chairman on multiple national committees of the American Heart Association. He continues to maintain a basic science laboratory, has authored numerous highly cited publications, and maintains significant active external funding for his ongoing research to advance emergency care.
BegemanRhea Begeman, RN, BSN, MS

Rhea Begeman, RN, BSN, MS is the Director of Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Global Health. She attended Bradley University for her Bachelor Degree in Nursing and Rush University for her Master Degree in Health Systems Management. 

Rhea has worked in Emergency Medicine administration since 2003; prior to 2003 her experience was in Ambulatory & Primary Care administration. She is a well regarded team-leader focused on innovation and growth; in addition to overall department administration of education, research and finance, her organizational strengths include clinical operations, global health, professional development & wellness and fostering innovative collaborations.  

She has served as Member-at-Large and is currently the Treasurer of the AAAEM Executive Committee. She has been recognized for her contributions and commitment with multiple university and community leadership awards and is a key member of the five-year Heart Rescue India project. 

BrighamTimothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD

Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, is the Chief of Staff and Senior Vice-President, Department of Education at the ACGME. Dr. Brigham’s responsibilities, as head of the Department of Education, include the ACGME’s Annual Educational Conference and the development of new educational programs for the ACGME.

Prior to joining the ACGME in 2008, Dr. Brigham served since 1989 in several capacities at Jefferson Medical College, including associate dean for graduate medical education and continuing medical education and, most recently, as senior associate dean for organizational development and chief of staff and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Brigham has been involved in physician faculty development, resident education and chief resident and program director development. He is widely sought after as a teacher, speaker, group facilitator, and consultant in a variety of areas including resident stress and well-being; chief resident, program director and chairperson leadership development; medical student, resident and faculty teaching development; and group and team organizational development.

Dr. Brigham holds a PhD in psychological studies in education from Temple University, a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University, and a master’s of divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary.

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David F. M. Brown, MD is Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the MGH Trustees Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. An accomplished clinician, scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, Dr. Brown lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to cardiovascular emergencies and ED process redesign. His innovative work in the latter area has been extensively published, widely cited, and broadly emulated. He is the author of more than 230 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters, has written two popular textbooks related to cardiovascular emergencies, and is the editor-in-chief of the textbook Scientific American: Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized with multiple teaching and mentorship awards from MGH and Harvard and has been nationally honored as well, in 2002 with the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award and in 2011 with the EMRA National Teaching Award.


Michael Brown, MD, Msc

Dr. Brown is the founding chair of the Department of EM 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). He currently serves as a senior associate editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Co-Chair of the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee, Trustee for the SAEM Foundation, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

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Louis E. Burton Sr., MHSM, FACHE

Louis E. Burton Sr., MHSM, FACHE is the Associate Director, Finance and Administration for the Emergency Medicine Department, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. Louis received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo College, FL, graduating cum laude and his Graduate degree in Health Services Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed his fellowship at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. A dual careerist having served 22 years in the Air Force as an Information Manager, Louis has over 17 years of experience in Academic Emergency Medicine starting as a Business Manager to now his current position.

Louis has been with UT Health since August 2014 and has interests in healthcare administration, operations and strategic management. He manages the UT Health Emergency Medicine physician practice that has annual revenues in excess of over $20M and over 134 employees. The hospital affiliates of his department include a Primary Academic EM adult site and recently opened EM Pediatrics and Observation units with annual volume of over 70,000 visits. His department hosts 30 residents (growing by 2 next year), 2 EMS, Ultrasound and Global fellowships. The UT Health DEM is in its fifth year as a Department has under his tenure has experienced a phenomenal revenue collection growth of 91%. At UT Health, he is also a member of the Contracts and Institutional Biosafety Committee. Louis was President of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) for 2016-2017 and currently serves as Past President of AAAEM.

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Esther Choo MD, MPH is an associate professor in the department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR. She is also currently an editor of Academic Emergency Medicine journal. She has held a variety of roles within SAEM including being one of the past presidents of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. She is a frequent tweeter and has particular interests in social media in emergency medicine as well as furthering the roles that women play in the national/international emergency medicine world.
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Michael DeGuzman, MPH is the Division Administrator for Emergency Medicine at Columbia University in New York City. He is in the inaugural class of AAAEM’s Certificate in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration program (CAEMA) and an active member of the Strategic Planning committee. He is also involved in Benchmarking committee activities.
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Dr. Theodore Delbridge is an emergency medicine doctor in Greenville, North Carolina and is affiliated with Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 38 doctors at Vidant Medical Center who specialize in Emergency Medicine.
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Deborah B. Diercks, MD, MSc, FACEP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center where she holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Distinguished Chair in Clinical Care and Research. Dr. Diercks oversees the Emergency Medicine programs at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Parkland Health & Hospital System, which together constitute one of the largest Emergency Medicine programs in the nation. Dr. Diercks has collaborated in studies involving the identification of acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department, including the use of cardiac injury markers and novel electrocardiogram techniques, and evaluated the observation unit care of the chest pain patient. She has participated in therapeutic trials for congestive heart failure and acute coronary syndrome. Dr. Diercks is on the Board of Directors for the ACC Accreditation Services and has served has the President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. Additionally, she is active in several committees of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American College of Emergency Physicians.


Marilea Grider, MS, MT(ASCP)

Marilea Grider, MS, MT(ASCP) is the Executive Administrator for Emergency Medicine and Pathology at Emory University and Emory Healthcare. She has also held interim roles as the senior administrator for Neurology, Psychiatry, and Medicine in recent years. Marilea is a certified medical laboratory scientist and is the founder of Emory Healthcare’s NAACL’s accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist program.

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Azita Hamedani MD, MPH, MBA is founding and endowed Chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. She has overseen the significant growth of all three missions of the newly established academic department, including doubling of clinical volume, initiation and significant expansion of the training programs, and launch of a successful research portfolio. Prior to returning to Wisconsin, she was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and completed a hospital administrative fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hamedani completed her residency/chief residency in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program and is a graduate of Yale College, Yale School of Medicine & Public Health, and the Kellogg School of Management.

Richard Hamilton, MD

Dr. Richard Hamilton is a retired U.S. Navy Captain as well as a former Naval Flight Surgeon. He has been the Department Chair at Drexel University (formerly Medical College of Pennsylvania / Hahnemann) since 2006.

Dr. Richard Hamilton is a Philadelphia native. He was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Hahnemann University.  He started his medical career as a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon, and received his Wings of Gold in 1989. From there he went on to be the Chief of Medical Operations at the Naval Air Development Center, where he was responsible for aeromedical physiology research and the development of ChemBio warfare gear for fighter pilots. He went on to complete his emergency medicine residency at Jacobi/Montefiore Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then went on to his medical toxicology fellowship at New York University/Bellevue.

Dr. Hamilton is the editor of a number of books including the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopeia, numerous peer reviewed publications, and has led a number of successful translational research programs. He is the recipient of Coulter Grants, clinical trial support, and research and educational contracts. In addition, he overseen the development of a Violence Intervention Program, the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, and the EM Simulation Center. In addition to the 45 EM Residents and 4 Medical Toxicology Fellows, he has added fellowships in Medical Simulation and Violence Intervention. He is the Centrifuge Medical Officer for the NASTAR Center (www.nastarcenter.com) and spearheaded the training of a number of astronauts as well as the Virgin Galactic Founders. In 2011, he was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award (Research) from Drexel.

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Cathi A. Harbertson is a Business Services Analyst with the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine. Ms. Harbertson began her work in the department immediately after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2008. She has spent the past five years as business/data analyst and has been an integral part of developing a robust data and reporting structure for the Emergency Departments of Johns Hopkins Medicine. She was responsible for creating operational, research, regulatory, and financial reports for both administrative and clinical staff and leadership at Hopkins. Aside from the significant time devoted to the AAAEM surveys each year, her current work focuses on helping operationalize ED clinical decision-making pathways to improve a variety of challenges in the health system’s emergency departments.

Cathi received her BS degree from Brigham Young University. She is pursuing an MBA through the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She and her husband have three children ages 9, 6, and 3. When time permits, she enjoys cooking, exercising, traveling, and volunteering with her church and community. She also loves learning, listening to books and Podcasts as frequently as she can.

Cathi, who became an official member of AAAEM in 2016, has been an integral part of the ED benchmarking and salary surveys since 2011. She, alongside the AAAEM Benchmarking Committee and Roundtable Analytics, provides substantial support to the deployment and analysis of the survey each year. She is excited to see the data become more broadly published and looks forward to its continual success in future years.


Nick Jouriles, MD

Nick is Professor & Chair, Emergency Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western Reserve University. He trained at Dartmouth and Denver Health. He is President of the ED Benchmarking Alliance. He has served on and led many regional, national and international emergency medicine committees and boards. He has designed emergency medicine education programs and curricula for medical students, residents and post training learners. His publications are focused on education, policy and operations, particularly freestanding emergency departments. His lovely wife and daughter keep him focused on his non-medical interests – food, water sports, roller coasters and travel.

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Dr. Kelen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, with 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’s 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 in JAMA, NEJM, CID and Lancet). 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, the 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 AACEM, Chair of the Medical Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and President of STEM/SAEM. He has testified before five U.S. congressional subcommittees related to his research and the role of emergency medicine in U.S. 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. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) of the National Academies of Science in 2005.
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Christopher King, MD

Dr. Christopher King is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical College. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Yale Medical School. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For most of his career, he divided his clinical time equally between adult and pediatric hospitals. He served for six years as a representative of the American Board of Emergency Medicine on the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Subboard including a two-year term as chair. He currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Association for Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine (AACEM). His primary research interest is preclinical models of traumatic brain injury. 


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Jeffrey Kline, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Kline received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and then did an emergency medicine residency followed by a research fellowship the Carolinas Medical Center. He now serves as Vice Chair of Research in emergency medicine and a professor of physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the present Editor In Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine. His research interest focuses on blood clots, the people who have them, and the people who diagnose and treat them.

In the area of diagnosis, Kline’s main interests are in intuitive decision making, pretest probability to reduce medical imaging. His human treatment research includes mechanisms of resistance to fibrinolysis, use of the cyclic guanosine monophosphate signaling pathway to overcome pulmonary vasospasm and platelet hyperactivation during PE. His laboratory work focuses on mechanisms and treatment of acute pulmonary hypertension and platelet hyperactivation from pulmonary embolism. He is the cofounder of Indiana Lysis Technologies LLC, a company that seeks to translate nanoparticle-delivered plasmin for clot lysis into clinical use. 

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Nadim Lalani, MD, FRCPC

Nadim is an ER physician in Calgary who works primarily out of the South Health Campus. He wears several different hats – human being, dad, clinician educator, professional coach and innovator. The challenges, mistakes, failures and successes he experienced inspired him to share them by mentoring, blogging and tweeting. Nadim is an editor, advisor and contributor to the CANADIEM blog

Nadim is passionate about building people into the best versions of themselves. He has a strong medical education background as the former Co-founder and Assistant Program Director of the University of Saskatchewan FRCPC emergency medicine residency program. More recently he has made the transition into the world of performance coaching. He is actively trying to use coaching as a vehicle to change the culture of medicine, end burnout and improve patient care. 

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Eddy Lang is the Academic and Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine in the Calgary Zone. He is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation. Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels. He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a monthly column for the Calgary Herald on EBM as it relates to the public.

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Stephen Maxwell is the Chief Department Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine within the Medical School at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Maxwell received his bachelors degree from Michigan State University and a masters degree from Troy University. Prior to entering the healthcare field Mr. Maxwell worked in banking, and budgeting and strategic planning for the US Air Force. Mr. Maxwell’s healthcare experience includes progressively responsible positions within academic medical centers, multihospital systems and community hospitals in Michigan, Florida and Texas.

Mr. Maxwell’s professional interests include working with physician and operational leadership to develop strategic vision and implement measurable organizational improvement. He specializes in partnering with clinicians to assist them in better understanding practice patterns and their impact on the institutional financial structure. 

Mr. Maxwell is married and has three children and when he is not working he enjoys scuba diving. 

James McCarthyJames J. McCarthy, MD

Dr. McCarthy currently is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Memorial Hermann’s longstanding academic partner. Dr. McCarthy also serves as Chief of Emergency Medical Services at Memorial Hermann’s flagship facility, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC). IN 2016 Dr. McCarthy was honored with the prestigious Memorial Hermann Physician Leadership Award.

Dr. McCarthy completed his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty of McGovern Medical School in 2001, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

Under Dr. McCarthy’s leadership the department of Emergency Medicine has doubled in size and now incorporates internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist programs. These programs are linked into an Acute Care Service Line to smooth out transitions of care and improve efficiency.

As an emergency medicine leader in a gulf coast State Dr. McCarthy has overseen the emergency response and recovery for multiple hurricanes most notably Ike in 2008 and Harvey in 2017.

On March 19th, 2018 Dr. McCarthy will be stepping down as chair and assuming a new position as Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive for the Memorial Hermann Health Care System.

While Dr. McCarthy enjoys the challenge of balancing administrative and academic duties while still maintaining an active clinical practice he’d still rather be fishing.


Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN

Ashlee Melendez is the Associate Director/Department Administrator at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. She also received a Master of Science of Public Health, and a Certificate in Health Professions Education from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Ashlee has been a nurse for over 30 years and has worked in a leadership role in emergency medicine for the past 20 years. She is involved in the daily administrative duties of the department as well as coordinates and oversees the faculty and resident scholarly activities. Ashlee has been the Executive Director for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians for the past 18 years. She has served as the Treasurer of AAAEM and sits on the Planning Committee for AAAEM. Ashlee serves on numerous university and community committees. Her areas of interest are; leadership, process improvement, program management, research, and positive work environment/team building.

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Keith Neal, MBA, MHL, CHFP

Keith is Vice President of Finance at University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF), the academic emergency medicine practice plan of the Depart of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

As Vice President of Finance, Keith is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the financial strategy of the Foundation. He leads the accounting, finance, and revenue cycle functions, and assists in managing the corporate governance aspects of the Foundation.

Prior to UEMF, Keith worked for a Fortune 200 technology company in a variety of leadership roles.  He is a 6-sigma Greenbelt, a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional, has an MBA from Clark University, and a Master of Healthcare Leadership from Brown University, where he focused on the development of quality based payment programs and alternative payment models.

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Joey Nicholson, MLIS MPH is the Education and Curriculum Librarian and Coordinator for Systematic Review Services at NYU School of Medicine. In his role, he collaborates with researchers, students, and physicians across the medical center to conduct and publish systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He also helps mentor and guide other librarians in offering systematic review support, including help negotiating with researchers, determination if projects will actually succeed, search strategy peer review, and small group instruction. In addition to his work on systematic reviews, he lectures and provides general assistance regarding scientific writing, selecting journals for publication, and working through the publication process.
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Robert E. O'Connor, M.D., MPH

Robert E. O'Connor, M.D., MPH is Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. O’Connor was born in Pittsburgh, PA, attended secondary school in Philadelphia, and received his baccalaureate degree from Haverford College. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and completed emergency medicine residency training at the Medical Center of Delaware. He has worked as a Clinician for over 30 years, and has served as a State EMS Medical Director, Department Research Director, Medical Student Clerkship Director, EMS Fellowship Director and Residency Program Director. Dr. O’Connor has served as principal or co-investigator on over 50 extramural and multi-center funded projects, and has presented more than 400 research papers and lectures at local, national, and international meetings. He has over 150 published manuscripts, has co-authored six books and served as editor-in-chief of three textbooks. He has served as a peer-reviewer for over 20 journals, and is a past President of the National Association of EMS Physicians and Advocates for EMS. He is a past Chair of their Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Committee and served on both the Scientific Advisory Council and the Manuscript Oversight Committee for the American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians from 2010 through 2016. He also serves on the 3CPR Council for the American Heart Association. His primary research and professional interests are in resuscitation, pre-hospital care and EMS systems. He is a member of a number of academic societies and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He enjoys active clinical practice and is a member of the medical staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA. Dr. O’Connor, of Charlottesville, Va., is professor, chair and physician-in-chief of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. He is currently the Marcus L. Martin Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine at UVA.


Arthur M. Pancioli, MD

Dr. Pancioli completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in 1987, receiving a degree in computer science. He continued at the University of Michigan, receiving his MD in 1991. He attended the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Cincinnati where he served as Chief Resident during his 4th year, graduating in 1995.

Dr. Pancioli joined the faculty as the Associate Residency Director and Assistant Professor. He subsequently assumed the role of Vice Chairman in 2000. He currently serves as the Richard C. Levy Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chairman of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Pancioli’s primary research is in the arena of acute ischemic stroke therapy. His Principal Investigator grants have included the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network-Cincinnati Hub, The CLEAR Trial series, and Emergency Department Management of TIA. Dr. Pancioli has been a member of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team since 1995.

Within UC Health Dr. Pancioli has multiple roles. He is a member of the UC Health System Board of Directors. He is one of the 9 voting members on the system’s finance committee. He Co-chairs the medical campus master planning committee. He is the chairman of the conflict of interest committee. 


Steven T. Petrovic, MBA

Steve Petrovic has spent his whole working career in healthcare at UC Health. He began working for an Internal Medicine practice, working as an analyst in corporate revenue cycle and worked with Nursing Administration at University of Cincinnati Medical Center as there financial lead. Steve started his association with Emergency Medicine in 2014 replacing Bill Fussinger as the second ever Department Administrator for Cincinnati.

Steve has been active with Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) since accepting his current position and serves on the membership committee and communications committee.

Steve received both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Xavier University.

Steve’s outside interests are golf, hiking, and boating. He is an avid supporter of the Xavier Musketeers and the Cleveland Browns. Steve and his wife Claire have three children, 13, 3, & 1.

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Susan B. Promes, MD, MBA is a tenured Professor at Penn State University College of Medicine where she has served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine since 2014. Prior to 2014, Susan spent seven years at the University of California San Francisco where she was the Vice Chair for Education, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and Director of Curricular Affairs for UCSF. Her scholarly work has centered around topics germane to emergency medicine medical education and clinical guidelines for practicing emergency physicians. In addition to multiple peer review publications she has been the editor of multiple board review books to prepare physicians for the emergency medicine board exam. She is an internationally recognized leader in academic emergency medicine. She is the course director for the ACEP Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Promes was recently chosen by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine to be the editor of their new journal entitled Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training

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Megan Ranney MD, MPH is currently an associate professor and Director of Special Projects in the department of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has had a number of roles in SAEM, including currently serving as a Board Member of SAEM; she is also an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. Megan's primary research foci are in violence prevention and digital innovations in the emergency department.
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Kirsten Rounds RN, MS is the Senior Vice President of Administration for UEMF and the department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has had a number of roles in AAAEM including currently chairing the Strategic Planning committee and being the Course Director for the Certificate in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration program (CAEMA). Previously she served on the AAAEM executive and membership committees, chaired the retreat planning committee and was one of the academies past presidents. She is also an active member of the SAEM program and external collaborations committees.
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James J. Scheulen, MBA, PA

Jim Scheulen is the Chief Administrative Officer for Emergency Medicine and Capacity Management for Johns Hopkins Medicine.  He is responsible for the operations of the 5 Johns Hopkins Health System Emergency Departments which together manage nearly 300,000 patient visits per year. Mr. Scheulen is considered to be an expert in hospital and emergency department operations and is a leader in applying system engineering concepts to health care management.

Mr. Scheulen is the founder and director of the Hopkins Access Line and Johns Hopkins Lifeline critical care transportation service and now, as Chief Administrative Officer, leads efforts to manage hospital capacity for Johns Hopkins.  In this role, Jim leads institutional efforts at process improvement and has operationalized a one of a kind, hospital capacity optimization command center.

Mr. Scheulen is active in the leadership of pre-hospital EMS and Emergency Preparedness for Hopkins and the State of Maryland having served on the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (SEMSAC) since 2002.  With the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mr. Scheulen is responsible for the creation and ongoing operations of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), an office designed to assure a coordinated response to critical events across the entire Johns Hopkins Enterprise. 

Mr. Scheulen has over 25 peer reviewed publications on topics including:  care of the burn patient, Emergency Department operations and crowding, disaster preparedness and response and, most recently, the use of simulation modeling in designing emergency departments and emergency department operations.  


Travis Schmitz, PhD, MBA

Travis Schmitz, PhD, MBA, has been the Department Administrator for Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital since January 2013. Prior to his tenure at Northwestern, Travis spent nine years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology/Critical Care. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and an MBA from Millsaps College. 


David Schriger, MD

David Schriger has been on faculty at UCLA since 1989. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of the Emergency Department. He currently has two primary area of research  The first is methods for making the medical literature more transparent and less biased. The second is understanding how patients and physicians approach low probability-high risk conditions such as  "r/o pulmonary embolism," and how behavior can be modified to produce more cost-effective strategies for dealing with such problems. He has written or co-written over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Schriger has served as a methodologist to clinical guideline development panels for AHCPR (now AHRQ), NHLBI, AAOS and ACOEM, though he now has considerable reservations about how the guideline movement has developed. He serves on the panel which develops and revises the reporting guideline CONSORT. He is a Deputy Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Editor at JAMA.

SibertTom Sibert, MD, MBA

Dr. Sibert has spent most of his 30-year career as an academic physician executive focusing on integration of healthcare systems, the pursuit of world class quality and efficiency in hospitals and physician groups, and the establishment of cost-cutting reforms in Medicaid and other risk platforms. In pursuing those goals, Dr. Sibert has led strategic and business development, academic hospital-physician alignment and integration, as well as large scale operations improvement.

Dr. Sibert began his career at Duke University School of Medicine as a faculty physician in psychiatry. After filling several posts in academic administrative medicine and obtaining his MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business he became Co-director of the University of North Carolina’s Health Care System, finishing his time at UNC as head of their Physician faculty practice group and as EVP of Clinical Services. He went on to UCLA Health Sciences, joining a team created to integrate UCLA’s medical services as President of the Faculty Practice Group and Associate Vice Chancellor. The last phase of his career was at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, moving from President of the Faculty practice and Chief Medical Officer to President and COO of the Wake Health system.

He is now working on institutional Boards and consulting engagements from his home in Friday Harbor, Washington with continuing interests in clinical quality reforms and academic system integration.

SimonErin Simon, DO, FACEP

Dr. Simon is an attending physician and Emergency Medicine Research Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She staffs a Level I trauma tertiary care emergency department as well as three freestanding emergency departments. She is Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bath freestanding emergency department. Her research focus is on freestanding emergency department operations, access to care and the quality of care they provide. She serves as Secretary for the American College of Emergency Physicians Freestanding Emergency Centers Section. Dr. Simon is actively involved in teaching undergraduates, medical students and residents and is Associate Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She serves as the Emergency Medicine Summer Research Fellowship Director and Journal Club Director. She is an ABEM National Oral Board Examiner and a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

SklarDavid Sklar, MD

Dr. David Sklar is a Professor in the College of Health Solutions and Advisor to the Provost at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief of Academic Medicine. He is also Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at University of New Mexico where he was a Chair of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean and DIO for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Sklar received his medical degree at Stanford University and did an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico and an emergency medicine Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. He was on the faculty of the school of medicine at the University of New Mexico for 37 years teaching, providing patient care and doing research.

His main areas of interest in research have concerned injury prevention, medical education, health policy and ethics. He is particularly interested in how medical education can transform the health care delivery system to provide better health and lower costs. He has published over 200 hundred articles in the medical literature as author or co-author. 

He served in the Senate Finance Committee as part of an RWJF Health Policy Fellowship in 2011 and 2012 and worked on the Affordable Care Act, physician payment and graduate medical education. Upon completion of the fellowship, he was chosen as Editor in Chief of Academic Medicine, the leading journal in health professions education. He has been editor for Academic Medicine since 2012.

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Terry Vanden Hoek, MD

Terry Vanden Hoek, MD is Professor & Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Professor of Physiology & Biophysics; Professor of Pharmacology; Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director, Program for Emergency Cardiovascular Care Centers for Cardiovascular Research and Global Health at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

He received his MD from University of Chicago and Residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians has served as a physician-scientist in Emergency Medicine and a volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA)for over 15 years, dedicated to translational science and physician-scientist training that improves sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival. In the community, his work with the AHA and many other partners has helped translate existing understandings about sudden cardiac arrest into care guidelines for improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality and post-cardiac arrest care. He is the PI on both the Illinois & India Heart Rescue Projects in which he has helped lead efforts to build a network of hospitals that partner with their emergency medical services and surrounding communities to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival and improve heart health in most at-risk neighborhoods. The goal of his laboratory work is to develop new medications for CPR delivery & biologic agents that mimic critical mechanisms of action by active cooling to improve cardiac arrest survival.

ZinkBrian J. Zink, MD

Brian J. Zink, MD is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zink’s primary areas of focus are mentoring, faculty and leadership development, medical humanities, and the history of emergency medicine. Dr. Zink wrote the first comprehensive history of US emergency medicine – Anyone, Anything, Anytime (2006). He was the inaugural Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital (2006-2018). Dr. Zink has served as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (2000-01) and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (2012-13) and founded and is Director of the SAEM/AACEM Chair Development Program. Dr. Zink has received the Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award and John Marx Leadership Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Distinguished Service Award from AACEM.