Speaker Bios


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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.


Gregory M. Archual, MBA

Greg Archual received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from the University of Akron in 1982 and his MBA from Ashland University in 1987. Greg received his Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Kent State University in 2006. In 2018, he also was a member of the first AAAEM CAEMA graduating class.

Greg’s work history includes both manufacturing and healthcare sectors, working for eleven years as an industrial/management engineer with a focus on process improvement and systems engineering. His work experience also includes thirteen years managing an emergency department of a level one trauma center and eleven years of academic emergency medicine practice management. He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University where he is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational success of the department’s four missions: clinical, education, research, and faculty development. Greg is responsible for all operations of the department, which include: two emergency departments, two after hours clinic operations, hyperbaric medicine, a clinical decision unit, an ultrasound division, and a Physician Advisor Program. He is currently President of AAAEM and has served as President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-large of the AAAEM Executive Committee. He also is faculty for the AAAEM CAEMA program.

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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.

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Theodore A. Christopher, MD

Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP, has served as the Green Family Foundation and John and Patricia Walsh, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University, since 2002. He is Past President of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and has been a Pennsylvania Delegate to the American Medical Association for many years. He serves on the board executive committee of the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, the city’s premier non-profit public health organization serving Philadelphia’s vulnerable populations, is a member of the Governor’s State Opioid Crisis Task Force, and Co-Chairs the Jefferson Health System’s Enterprise Opioid Task Force. He has been Chairman of the University Hospitals’ Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for 17 years. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Christopher attained his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine, of Mount Sinai, New York before completing residencies in Internal Medicine, at Brown University’s Rhode Island Hospital, and in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Christopher has been active in emergency medicine clinical practice, administration, education, and research at Jefferson for 35 years. Under his leadership, Jefferson’s Department of Emergency Medicine has treated millions of patients and has helped establish Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as one of Philadelphia’s premier safety net hospitals. Dr. Christopher has written or co-authored more than 80 peer reviewed articles, published more than 140 abstracts, and lectured, nationally and internationally, on the social determinants of health, cardiac ischemic injury, hospital patient access and flow, and the future of emergency medicine and health care. Under his academic leadership, Jefferson’s Department of Emergency Medicine is nationally ranked in specialty-specific NIH funding.


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.


Deborah B, Diercks, MD, MSc

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 has served as the President of the Society for 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.

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Robert Femia, MD, MBA

Rob Femia, MD, MBA is Chair of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York City, where he provides leadership to a large clinical practice, a robust research division and an innovative education mission.

Rob oversees a diverse clinical service that cares for over 500,000 patients annually in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island. He is responsible for care delivery in a variety of settings including ED’s, short stay units, urgent care centers and virtual platforms.

He is blessed to work with incredibly committed and talented faculty; NYU Langone Emergency Medicine research addresses society’s biggest challenges: homelessness, addiction, end of life care and novel approaches to education and access to care. Rob’s education colleagues are committed to developing the next generation of healthcare leaders and offer 9 fellowship programs, a four year residency and numerous student programs.

A Connecticut native and graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Rob’s work has focused on practice innovation, value optimization and strategy. He has a longstanding interest in developing partnership approaches between the ED, community and vulnerable populations.

He and his wife Sheri have three children and reside in Manhattan.


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.

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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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Shannon Hughen-Giger

I have worked over twelve years at UAMS, starting my career off as the Director of Marketing and Development at the Jones Eye Institute. Through my leadership, our marketing team worked to improve wait times for patients, online appointments through our new website, and condensed new patient packets. Working closely with the JEI founding director, John P. Shock, M.D., we collectively raised over $7 million in 5 years to support ophthalmology education, basic research, outreach, and the completion of our 8th floor that is now the only genetic eye research and clinical care of its kind in Arkansas.

After 7 years at the eye institute I moved within in UAMS to the Primary Care Service Line, working as a project manager. Spending over 2 years there I successfully led 7 clinics to the successful completion of their Patient Centered Medical Home certification with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Each clinic scored a level 3 which is the highest level given by NCQA.

In 2016 I joined the Internal Medicine and split my time, as an administrator, between General Internal and Hospital Medicine, a newly created division when I started. We grew our hospitalist division in 2 years from 3 doctors to 20, covering 5 services, 3 more from when I started. Between the two divisions I was responsible for 45 providers, whom covered 6 clinics and 7 inpatient services. My responsibilities included expense budget management, patient satisfaction monitoring, oversight and support of hiring, onboarding, training schedules, compliancy, termination processions, and annual evaluations. In charge of facilitation of capital improvements, inventory/equipment tracking and ordering, vendor relations, contract management, and provider scheduling and template management.

A wonderful opportunity arose for me in 2018 when the previous EM Administrator was set to retire, and after several interviews, I was selected. In my short time here I have help recruit/hire 5 new EM doctors, growing our current faculty from 26 to 31, 18% growth. We have developed new department scorecards, guidelines and policies, scheduling system, and have most recently been working on expansion of OBS and an APP Fellowship.

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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.



Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell is the chief administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. He has administrative responsibility for the research, education and clinical missions for Emergency Medicine including the Survival Flight Program. Steve leads a team of more than 700 staff, 100 faculty and 60 residents.

He joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2014 after previously serving in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and as the administrator for the Section of General Surgery.

Among his achievements, he played a role in developing the research infrastructure to support the #1 NIH ranking 3 of the last 5 years for departments of Emergency Medicine including a 24% NIH market share last year, coordinating the administrative support to execute the $7 million Massey Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program; was instrumental in opening the Emergency Critical Care Center in University Hospital; and spearheaded the acquisition of a new patient transport jet and three helicopters for the Survival Flight Program.


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.

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James R. Miner, MD

Dr. Miner is the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Professor and Department Head of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Miner earned his medical degree in 1996 from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at HCMC in 1999, and then joined the HCMC Emergency Department faculty. He was the research director of the Department of Emergency Medicine from 2005-2013, the Associate Medical Director for Physician Development of HCMC from 2011-2013, and has been the Chair of Emergency Medicine there since 2014. He also became the Department Head of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2019. Dr. Miner is the Senior Associate Editor for Electronic Publications of Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Miner has conducted research in the areas of agitation management, airway management, pain management and procedural sedation in the Emergency Department. He has edited a textbook on pain management and sedation (Emergency Pain and Sedation, Cambridge University Press, 2008) and has authored chapters about pain management and sedation in several other textbooks. He also conducts research in the effects of poverty on patients seen in the Emergency Department.


Jennifer Muir, MBA

Jennifer Muir is the Administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Jennifer has a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management, Master of Business Administration, and is currently working on her doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

Jennifer has worked in higher education for over 13 years in various administrative roles, to include, the Director of Employment in Human Resources and the Executive Director of Business and Administrative Affairs in the College of Nursing. She has been in her current position in the Department of Emergency Medicine for the past 3 years. In her administrative roles she has been heavily involved in strategic planning, program development, financial management, human resources management, and policy development.

Jennifer is the Past President of the North Carolina Chapter of the College and University Professional Association of Human Resources and serves on various committees within AAAEM and on her campus.

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Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD

Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Neumar received his BS degree in 1985 from Juniata College and his MD degree in 1990 from the University of Pittsburg. He received his PhD in Physiology in 1996 from Wayne State University. He was a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2012, where he served as Associate Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science. He became chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2012.

Dr. Neumar’s basic science research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of brain injury caused by cardiac arrest, and therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes. More recently, his laboratory and clinical studies have expanded to investigate the use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) for refractory cardiac arrest. He is also PI of the AHA-Funded Strategically Focused Research Network Center entitled Michigan Resuscitation Innovation and Science enterprise (M-RISE), which focused on developing, testing and implementing neuroprotective therapies in cardiac arrest. Dr. Neumar has a 25-year track record of NIH funding and has mentored numerous NIH K-awardees. He is currently Co-PI of the NHLBI-funded K12 Career Development program in Emergency Critical Care.

Dr. Neumar has long been an strong advocate for increased federal funding for emergency care research. He previously Co-Chaired with Roger Lewis the inaugural ACEP/SAEM Task Force on Emergency Care Research. This task force was instrumental in the 2009 NIH Roundtables on Emergency Care Research, establishment of the first NIH K12 program focused on emergency care research in 2011, and creation of the NIH office of Emergency Care Research in 2011.


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.


James J. Scheulen, PA, MBA

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 active in the leadership of pre-hospital EMS and Emergency Preparedness for Hopkins and the State of Maryland and was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board, which oversees the operation of all EMS activity in the state.

Mr. Scheulen has over 30 peer reviewed publications on topics including: care of the burn patient, Emergency Department operations and crowding, disaster preparedness and, most recently, the use of simulation modeling in designing emergency departments and in hospital and emergency department operations.


Peter Sokolove, MD

Peter Sokolove is professor and chair in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the quality of emergency care through education, research and health policy development.

Sokolove served as a 2012-2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow through the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he worked as health policy staff for the United States Senate Committee on Finance (Senator Max Baucus – Chairman). His work focused on Medicare physician payment system reform and nationwide implementation of electronic health records.

Prior to joining UCSF, Sokolove was a professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the department of emergency medicine at University of California Davis, where he served as the residency program director for more than 10 years. He has lectured widely on a range of topics, and has been recognized with multiple national educational awards for his commitment to excellence in academic emergency medicine.

Sokolove has authored publications in the areas of clinical care, medical education, and health policy. He is past Chair of the Faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine and serves on the Editorial Board of Academic Emergency Medicine. Sokolove has served in various leadership positions within emergency medicine organizations at the state and national levels. He is Past President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine.

Sokolove received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Sokolove is board certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He and his wife, Eva, have two daughters and reside in Mill Valley, CA.

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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.


David C. Seaberg, MD, CPE

Dr. David C. Seaberg is the Executive Vice President of Academic Emergency Departments at US Acute Care Solutions and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio. Prior to this, he served as the Inaugural Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus and also served as Senior Vice President of Physician Integration at the Erlanger Health System. He also was a tenured Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Seaberg has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the preeminent Emergency Medicine specialty society that represents over 37,000 emergency physicians.

Dr. Seaberg attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and did his Emergency Medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He has over 175 publications, book chapters and abstracts and has received numerous teaching and research awards.


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.

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Joseph Adrian Tyndall, MD, MPH

Dr. Tyndall assumed the role of the interim Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine on July 31st 2018. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and has been the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine since 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Maryland. In addition, he received his Master’s Degree in Health Services Management and Health Policy from Columbia University, NY. Prior to his recruitment to UF, Dr. Tyndall held academic appointments at Cornell and SUNY Downstate and served as a residency program director for emergency medicine. At UF, he has served on the board of governing directors of UF Health Shands academic Health Center at the University of Florida since 2010 and is Chair of the Board of the University of Florida Proton Beam Institute in Jacksonville Florida. He was the Chair of the Dean’s council for diversity, inclusion and equity at the University of Florida from 2010-2018 and currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Clinical Practice Association. He was also the senior medical school representative to the Council for Faculty and Societies at the Association of American Medical Colleges from 2013-2018. He was also named a 2018-2019 fellow of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Immediate Past President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation. He has been inducted in both the Alpha Omega Alpha as well as the Gold Humanism honor societies.


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.

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David W. Wright, MD

Dr. Wright, is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at Emory affiliated hospitals and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center. He is actively involved in both the preclinical and clinical assessments of traumatic brain injury, stroke and other acute neurological conditions. He was the PI of the ProTECT III multicenter clinical trial of progesterone for acute traumatic brain injury and serves as the southeastern Hub PI of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials network, Co-PI of the Georgia StrokeNet network, and Hub PI for the newly funded Strategies To Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN). He has extensive clinical trial leadership and operational experience. He holds Adjunct appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rollins School of Public Health, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.


Jill A. Zaheer, MPH

Jill is a successful senior executive leader with over 35 years of achievements in academic health center administration, including both the hospital and school’s administration of the Emergency Department. She is one of the co-founding members of the national Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) holding roles of President, Vice President, Member at Large and chaired various committees including the Communications committee and membership committee. Ms Zaheer was a member of the administrative team who created the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1994 with the newly recruited Chairman. Her management expertise includes the turnaround profitability of 7 NY hospital Departments of Emergency Medicine and is currently System Vice Chair for Administration and Finance for the merged Emergency Departments of Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Brooklyn, (formerly all within Continuum), Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Express Care and Mount Sinai Queens to create a single Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Service Line in New York City.