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Azeemuddin Ahmed, MD, MBA 

Azeemuddin Ahmed, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. He practices and teaches Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Serving as Executive Vice Chair, he works closely with the department chair in all aspects of departmental administration with added focus on faculty recruitment, faculty development, faculty practice plan, faculty compensation, clinical innovation as well as strategic planning.

Dr. Ahmed is board certified in Emergency Medicine and sub-specialty board certified in Emergency Medical Services by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is the founding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship Program Director and serves as the Medical Director for Kinnick Stadium and Carver Hawkeye Arena.

He is an active researcher with projects involving health services, pre-hospital care, and continues to publish case reports, book chapters, research abstracts and manuscripts in a variety of academic media. He presents didactic lectures both locally and nationally and is a member of several professional organizations devoted to the advancement of Emergency Medicine care, education and research.

Dr. Ahmed brings his education, enthusiasm, and real-world experience in conducting negotiations to the “Dynamics of Negotiations” class at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. He has proficiency in negotiating in a variety of situations within the health care system, between organizational units, human resources and business development. He was recognized by the Tippie Executive MBA – Iowa City Classes of 2015, 2018 and 2019 as a GREAT Instructor of the Year. In 2017, Dr. Ahmed was selected by the Tippie Executive MBA – Des Moines cohort as a GREAT Instructor of the Year and they also nominated him for the President and Provost Teaching Award. He is a member of the Academy of Management professional organization.

Dr. Ahmed is originally from Bettendorf, IA and he completed his Bachelor of Arts at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, his Emergency Medicine residency training program at Michigan State University (Grand Rapids, MI) and his Executive MBA at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

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Jane Brice, MD, MPH, is a Tenured Professor and the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Brice is the Immediate Past President of National Association of EMS Physicians. Dr. Brice attended the University of North Carolina for all three of her degrees - undergraduate studies in education, medical school, and a master’s degree in epidemiology within the School of Public Health. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh. She is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Her research addresses prehospital education delivery methods, the care of trauma and stroke patients, and the emergency management of behavioral health patients. She is passionate about baseball, scotch, and surviving her teenagers.

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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). Dr. Brown serves as the senior editor for the Cochrane Acute and Emergency Network and is the President for the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.


Linda Davis-Moon, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, ALC

Linda Davis-Moon, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, ALC is a nationally recognized leader in Emergency Medicine. Following completion of her Master's degree, Linde went on to assume a leadership position as Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. In this role, she collaborated with multiple agencies, including the Robert Wood Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Urgent Matters and Health Research & Education Trust of the American Hospital Association, to design and engineer operational patient flow toolkit, which served as a platform for improving ED flow. Linda completed a six-month certification program in Authentic Leadership focusing on the application of integrity and transparency in nonprofit leadership and program development. Linda is a Past President of the Academy of Academic Administrators in Emergency Medicine. She has been funded by the Methodist Foundation, Verizon Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, Merck In and the Aventis Inc. Together with a grateful patient, who survived a sudden death, Linda is the Chair of the Grace Humanitarian Award, which i given annually to a recipient who demonstrates extraordinary empathy in the care of communities both nationally and internationally. Linda was the inaugural recipient of this award, In 2017 Linde received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Academy of Academic Administrator in Emergency Medicine. Linda completed an Insights in Innovation program in 2015 through IDEOU, a Stanford based program rooted in emerging design models in health. At completion of this program, Linda advanced to co-advise on projects including Drexel University, Jefferson and Philadelphia University and M.I.T. These included testing of smart wearable textiles , community engagement and  healing spaces of architecture. Linda brings seemingly disparate perspectives in the new emergence of human-centered heath with a strong focus on the dignity of wellness and resiliency. She refers to this new creative trajectory as. "Constellational Thinking."

Currently, Linda serves on the 2019 Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Planning Committee; Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Wellness Committee and is Chair of the inaugural AAAEM Wellness Committee. In 2018 Linda became  a certificated Power Yoga Instructor and is teaching yoga here in Puerto Rico! Admitting to being an insatiable traveler, Linda recently returned from visiting the Galapagos Islands, and now has visited six of the world's continents. Married to Jefferson Moon an architect and artist, they share their passion for art, music, and  time with their family in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.


Chris Fox, MD

A professor and chair of emergency medicine and current director of ultrasound in medical education, Dr. Fox’s clinical research interests lie in emergency ultrasound. He is dedicated to promulgating the use of ultrasound at the point-of-care through research, teaching, leadership and clinical expertise, mirroring UCI's mantra, Discover, Teach, Heal.

Through two consecutive grants from the UniHealth Foundation totaling $1.38M, Dr. Fox developed and published a unique four-year integrated point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for UCI medical students that we use to this day. Through his efforts, UCI was the second medical school in the United States to integrate ultrasound into medical education. The curriculum he developed has been emulated and repurposed at over thirty medical schools throughout the nation.

In addition, Dr. Fox has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to three textbooks, two of them as sole editor. He has been invited to lecture more than 450 times in 49 states and 13 countries, including a TEDx UCI talk titled, “The Point of Care Revolution; Ultrasound,” which he gave in 2015. It has been watched over 10,000 times. Dr. Fox earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He did his residency in emergency medicine at UCI. He also completed a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in emergency ultrasound.

Dr. Fox serves on the board of directors for both the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education and the Catalina Island Medical Center. Dr. Fox joined UCI School of Medicine in 2001. Prior to his role in the Department of Emergency Medicine, he served as assistant dean for Students Affairs at the UCI School of Medicine, and as Director of the ultrasound fellowship in emergency medicine.


Leah Gassett, MBA, MPH

Leah’s experience in GME planning, academic strategy, and programmatic and business plan development has led top healthcare organizations to trust her with their most challenging assignments. Leah works with large, university-based AMCs and their component organizations, as well as with new and existing community teaching hospitals and academic health systems, on issues specifically related to the hospital-based academic enterprise. Her highly detailed knowledge of GME organizational models, program accreditation requirements, and Medicare reimbursement regulations enables her to partner with clients to address the complex and multifaceted challenges confronting the clinical/academic enterprise in a manner that advances strategic goals while accounting for local circumstances.

Since joining ECG’s Academic Healthcare Division in 2006, Leah has facilitated complex strategic planning projects for healthcare associations and membership organizations. She focuses her practice on the integration of academic and clinical strategy, and healthcare executives and physician leaders have come to rely on Leah’s guidance and judgment when making decisions that have significant implications for their clinical and academic missions.

Leah holds both Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University and earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Michael A. Gisondi, MD

Dr. Michael Gisondi is the inaugural Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He is the Principal and Founder of the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (The PEARL) and Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Medical Education at Stanford School of Medicine. He is a medical education researcher and an expert in the application of social media in medical education. Dr. Gisondi is a member of the editorial boards of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine and the Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine. 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. Dr Gisondi previously served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine. 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. He completed the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Chair Development Program and the Stanford Medicine Leadership Academy.

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Richard Hamilton, MD

Dr. Hamilton is Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University College of Medicine. He trained at the San Diego Naval Hospital and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, completed EM Residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center / Albert Einstein and his Toxicology Fellowship at New York City Poison Control Center / NYU Bellevue. Dr. Hamilton's research interests include synthetic cannabinoids, MRSA, pharmacology, toxicology, applying game theory to medicine, and aerospace medicine. He has received awards for his teaching and research and is a widely published author of manuscripts, textbooks, and book chapters and holds several patents. 

Dr. Hamilton is a retired US Navy Captain and Navy Flight Surgeon. He continues to publish in the area of acceleration physiology as well as centrifuge training of aviators, astronauts, and commercial space flight participants. He is the Centrifuge Medical Officer for the NASTAR Center (www.nastarcenter.com). There, he oversaw the training of the Virgin Galactic Founders commercial astronauts and is on the VG Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Hamilton is a former EM Program Director and has been Chair since 2006. He edits the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopeia and the Tarascon Adult Emergency Pocketbook which are sold in 17 countries and have been translated into Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Hamilton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Medical Toxicology, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Hamilton blogs at www.emtoxcast.com and @rjhamiltonmd.

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Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH is Dean of “America’s Medical School” - the Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Before joining USU in 2013, Dr. Kellermann held the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. Prior to that, he was professor of emergency medicine and public health at Emory University, where at various points he served as founding director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Policy in the School of Medicine. He holds a BS degree from Rhodes College, an MD degree from Emory and an MPH degree from the University of Washington.

Dr. Kellermann has authored or coauthored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications on public health, health policy, emergency care, injury prevention and military health. He holds career achievement awards from two fields – injury control and emergency medicine. He served as Senior Editor for Out of the Crucible: How the U.S. Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan, published by the Army’s Borden Institute and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in December 2017.

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Kellermann has served on NASEM committees and workgroups addressing the prevention and control of violent behavior, the consequences of uninsurance, health promotion, biodefense, immunization policy, the future of emergency care and the healthcare workforce. He is board-certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine.

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Louis J. Ling, MD

Louis J. Ling is Senior Vice-President for Hospital-based Accreditation at the ACGME where he supports the accreditation process for nine specialties and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was Associate Dean for GME at the University of Minnesota and Chief Medical Education Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), both in Minneapolis.

As one of the first medical toxicologists in the country, he directed a poison center for 20 years, has published in medical toxicology and is editor of three toxicology textbooks. He formed a new academic department at the University of Minnesota while serving as its Director of Emergency Medicine. He is an editor of five editions of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine and three editions of Harwood-Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. He was the last Secretary Treasurer for UAEM and the first for SAEM. While President of SAEM, he started the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.

He has chaired the Academic Affairs and GME Committees for ACEP originating the ACEP teaching fellowship and the CPC competition, the Certification Committee of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and was President of the ABEM. He was Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Emergency Medicine, a member of the original Institutional Review Committee and on the ACGME Board of Directors. He planned the Macy Foundation Conference on the Future of Emergency Medicine, was on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Physician Scholars, and the Governing Council for the AMA Section on Medical Schools, where he was ex officio to the Council on Medical Education.

He has been on the emergency medicine faculty of HCMC since 1984, after one year at the University of Illinois under Hal Jayne and completing his residency at the University of Chicago.


Tracy Madsen, MD, ScM

Dr. Madsen is an Assistant Professor, the Associate Director of the Division of Sex and Gender, and the ED Director of Acute Stroke Services within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. After completing both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Boston University, she completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Brown University. She then completed a 2-year research fellowship with a focus on sex and gender differences in acute aspects of disease during which she earned a Master's degree in Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Madsen conducts research in the realm of sex and gender-based medicine as well as women's health and gender disparities in the physician workforce. She is the current President-Elect of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine and started the SAEM Research Equity Taskforce along with colleagues from AACEM, AAAEM, and ADIEM. She is funded by a K23 from the NHLBI to study sex and gender differences in the epidemiology, outcomes, and acute treatment of stroke. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts on topics including disparities in salary and promotion within emergency medicine as well as the impact of sex and gender on stroke and other emergent conditions.


Ashlee M Melendez, MSPH, BSN, CPHE

Ashlee Melendez is the Associate Director and Administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Executive Director of the University of Louisville Physicians, Emergency Medicine. Ashlee has a Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Master of Science in Public Health, and a Certificate in Health Professions Education. Ashlee has been a nurse for over 30 years and has held a leadership role in emergency medicine for the past 20 years. She oversees finance, operations, administration and HR duties in the department. In her tenure she has helped transition the department from a deficit to a financially thriving department with financial reserves.  She has been the Executive Director for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians for the past 19 years and is the current President for the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM). Ashlee serves on numerous university, community, ACEP and AAAEM committees. Her areas of interest are; leadership, advocacy, process improvement, program management and research.


Andrew S. Nugent, MD

Andrew S. Nugent, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and has been the Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Emergency Medicine since 2009. 

A native Iowan, he grew up in Northwest Iowa and graduated from both the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts in 1992 and the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1996. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, TX, before returning to the University of Iowa in 1999.  His accomplishments at UIHC include the development of a residency-training program, a clinical department of Emergency Medicine, and medical directorship of a clinical operation that has grown from 20,000 patient visits per year to 60,000 patients per year. He has served on the AACEM Executive Committee since 2014.

Andy lives in Coralville with his wife Diana and their four children. When not busy with work or family, his interests include golf, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, euchre with friends and playing catch in the backyard with the kids.


Basmah Safdar, MD, MSc

She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale and Director of ED Chest Pain Center. She has previously served as Medical Director off Women’s Heart Program at Yale. She is a leading sex and gender-specific researcher focusing on cardiovascular health in emergency care. Dr. Safdar’s current work focuses on cardio-metabolism and coronary microvascular dysfunction. Dr. Safdar is also Past-President of AWAEM. She is invested in the personal and professional development of women and is leading local, national and international efforts to find systems-based solutions for advancement and retention of women in their careers. She has published extensively on sex and gender disparities in both patient care and physician advancement. She completed her medical degree at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, residency in emergency medicine at Yale where she served as Chief Resident, and a Masters in cardiovascular epidemiology at Harvard.

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Jeremiah (Jay) Schuur, MD, MHS

Jeremiah (Jay) Schuur, MD, MHS, is the Frances Weeden-Gibson – Edward A. Iannuccilli, MD Professor & Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Physician-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, The Miriam and Newport Hospitals; and President of Brown Emergency Medicine. Dr. Schuur is a practicing emergency physician. Dr. Schuur received his MD from New York University (NYU), and did his emergency medicine residency at Brown Medical School/Rhode Island Hospital, where he was a Chief Resident. He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program at Yale. Prior to becoming the EM Chair at Brown, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and served as the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and founding Chief of the Division of Health Policy Translation for the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schuur’s scholarly interests focus on quality of care and patient safety in emergency medicine and the intersection of emergency care and health policy. He has been funded by governmental agencies and foundations including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He co-led ACEP’s 4-year $4 million E-QUAL network, a national quality network funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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Travis W. Schmitz, PhD, MBA

Travis Schmitz is the department administrator for Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Travis also serves as the director of operations for the Office of the Chief Medical Officer for the healthcare system. In his six years at Northwestern, he has integrated two community emergency rooms and eight immediate care centers. In his role with the Office of the CMO, he provides leadership to areas including the Medical Staff Office, Credentials Verification Office, and Graduate Medical Education. Before coming to Northwestern, Travis spent over eight years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, working as a finance administrator/practice operations director for the Department of Medicine and the department administrator for the Department of Anesthesiology. Travis received his bachelor degree in business administration from Mississippi College and his MBA from Millsaps College. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013.


Tim Sullivan, MHA

Tim Sullivan, MHA, FACHE has served as the Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health since 2015.  During Sullivan’s tenure, Emergency Medicine at Jefferson has experienced significant growth across its missions, including the development and expansion of new clinical service lines in urgent care, observation medicine and virtual on-demand telehealth as well as the development of diverse new academic programs, both educational and clinical.  

Prior to joining Jefferson, Sullivan worked in progressive leadership roles in Pediatrics in Dallas, TX and Milwaukee, WI.  Tim initially joined the Emergency Medicine family as Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011.  

A proud veteran, Tim started his healthcare administrator career in the United States Navy.  After completing Officer Indoctrination School, Sullivan commissioned as a Lieutenant (junior grade) and stationed at Naval Hospital, Pensacola (NHP).  He deployed in support of Operational Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Brigade Surgeon of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2007 - 2008. Sullivan is the recipient of a Joint Services Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.  

He earned an MHA from The Ohio State University following his BA in economics from Hiram College and obtained Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Vincent P. Verdile, MD

Vincent P. Verdile, MD, is the The Lynne and Mark Groban, MD ’67 Distinguished Dean of Albany Medical College, a position he has held since 2001, and Senior Executive Vice President for System Care Delivery at Albany Medical Center. He is also a professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Verdile, one of the longest tenured deans of a United States medical college, oversees the operations of Albany Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest private medical schools. Under his leadership, the College has greatly expanded its academic programs. He is responsible for four biomedical research centers, which are helping to bring the latest medical treatments to patients, while advancing knowledge of diseases. Under his direction, these research facilities have received more funding from the prestigious National Institutes of Health than any other university or college in northeastern New York. He also manages the College’s more than 450-member physician practice, one of the largest groups of multi-specialty physicians in the region.

In his role as leader of system care delivery, Dr. Verdile oversees all patient care delivery processes, including those of the 766-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, nursing, the Faculty Physicians, and affiliated community physicians.

A Troy native and 1984 graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Verdile held a number of academic and clinical appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he completed his residency training in emergency medicine. In 1993, he returned to Albany as an attending emergency medicine physician and shortly thereafter was named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Verdile is the author of more than 60 academic publications and has served on several editorial boards. He has served on numerous state and national committees, and is a past president of the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

He is a recipient of the William S. McEllroy Award from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, he received the national John Marx Leadership Award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and in 2015 he received the Academic Laureate Award from the University of Albany Foundation.