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. Dr. Ahmed serves as the Medical Director for Kinnick Stadium and Carver Hawkeye Arena where he oversees the medical care provided to fans and support services personnel at the venues.

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 provides seminars on negotiation strategies and tactics to a variety of business and health care organizations regionally and nationally. He was recognized by the Tippie Executive MBA – Iowa City Classes of 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 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.

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Gregory M. Archual, MBA


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Rhea Begeman, MS, BSN, RN


Rhea Begeman is Director of Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Emergency Medicine. She is the President of AAAEM and participated on the Executive Committee for the past 4 years. She has worked in Emergency Medicine Administration since 2003 and has been recognized for her contributions and commitment with multiple university and community leadership awards. Her strengths include Clinical Operations, Social Emergency Medicine, Professional Development and Wellness and Development of Innovative Collaborations. 


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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.

Lucia Lucia Cucinotta, MA

Lucia Cucinotta is an Experienced Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (E-RYT) 500 Hour and Certified through the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, she has her M.A. in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and served as a Youth and Development Volunteer in Peace Corps Morocco. Lucia’s experience working with the Fulbright Program, in international and comparative education, and in sustainable development informs her current work as Director of Anjali Power Yoga, a premiere yoga studio in South Jersey. Lucia manages all aspects of Anjali Power Yoga, teaches asana classes, creates and leads international retreats, and facilitates meditation, self inquiry, and leader development programs. Lucia’s work has also brought her to teach asana and meditation programs at the Camden County Youth Detention Center, Camden County Correctional Facility, and Unicorn Therapeutic Riding Center.


Linda J. Davis-Moon, MSN, APRN-BC

Linda Davis-Moon, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, ALC is a nationally recognized leader in Emergency Medicine. Following completion of her Master's degree, Linda 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 Linda 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 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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Michael Granovsky, MD

Dr. Granovsky is the President of Logix Health, a national ED coding and billing company processing over 12,000,000 annual encounters. Following completion of his Emergency Medicine residency, Dr. Granovsky went on to found Greater Washington Emergency Physicians, serving as the Chief Financial Officer. For well over a decade Dr. Granovsky has served as the Director of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Reimbursement course. He is the reimbursement subject matter expert to multiple task forces including quality measure development, episodes of care, alternative payment models, ACEP’s CEDR QCDR, and Out of Network Fair Payment coalition.  A nationally recognized expert Dr. Granovsky has been honored with numerous awards including ACEP Speaker of The Year.

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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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Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH

Dr. Sheryl Heron is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement and Empowerment in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received numerous awards including the Partnership against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Woman in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is currently on ACEP's Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity task force. She is an editor of the first textbook in Emergency Medicine on Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care (2016) and the recently published 2nd edition, Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care – Your Story/Our Story (2019). From her work, she was awarded both the Emory School of Medicine’s inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Award and the Wes Curry Executive Leadership Award in 2018. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on Wellness & Well-Being in medicine, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Medicine as well as the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence.


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Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

Dr. Stephen Klasko is an advocate for a transformation of health care and higher education. He has been a pioneer in using technology to build health assurance and equity – especially as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.

His new books are Un-Healthcare: A Manifesto for Health Assurance, with Hemant Taneja, and Patient No Longer: Why Healthcare Must Deliver the Care Experience that Consumers Want and Expect. His 2018 book is Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America

As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has led one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. 

Under his leadership, Jefferson Health expanded from three hospitals to 14. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes fashion, design, architecture and health. 

Jefferson Health handled the most patients with Covid-19 in the Greater Philadelphia region. Immediate use of universal masking, early exchange of research with Italy, and a history of pandemic planning ensured that Jefferson had a minimal employee infection rate and no transmission to non-Covid in-patients.

In 2020, he was named the first Distinguished Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and co-chairs the WEF Board of Stewards for The Future of the Digital Economy and New Value Creation.

President Klasko has served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health enterprises before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. For three years he has been listed among the Top 100 most influential people by Modern Healthcare - in 2018 he tied for #2.

His work on healthcare in a digital economy includes his 2009 collaboration with Apple Inc on digital media in healthcare, the 2012 building of one of the nation's largest medical simulation centers (CAMLS), and the development at Jefferson of his vision of "healthcare with no address." He is working with several digital health companies on the vision of "health assurance," using new technology to keep people well, instead of waiting to provide sick care.

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Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH

Dr. Kuppermann is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. He is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and clinical epidemiologist, and a leader in emergency medical services for children, particularly in multicenter research. Research foci for which he is a leading national investigator include 1) infectious emergencies in children including the laboratory evaluation of young febrile children, 2) the evaluation of children at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis-related cerebral injury, and 3) the laboratory and radiographic evaluation of the pediatric trauma patient. His focus is on clinical trials and clinical prediction rules using large cohorts of acutely ill and injured children. He has published works in all three focus areas in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, and the Lancet. Dr. Kuppermann has received more than $30 million in federal grants and contracts as a PI over the past decade, and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Kuppermann has been a leader in multicenter research in PEM, starting by chairing the first U.S. research network in PEM (the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the AAP) from 1996-2000, and leading several investigations there. He then became one of the founding investigators and founding Chair of the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since it’s inception in 2001 until late in 2008, and remains one of the 7 network PIs. He recently completed a 4-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the (global) Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN), an international consortium of PEM research networks. He has mentored scores of trainees and junior faculty members, most of whom have gone on to academic careers, many of whom have secured federally-funded grants.

Dr. Kuppermann has been recognized nationally for his research and mentorship. In 2009, Dr. Kuppermann received the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, and in 2012 received the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award, from the Section on Emergency Medicine of the AAP for outstanding contributions to Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In 2010 and 2011, he received national research awards from the EMSC program of HRSA, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2015, he was recognized with the American College of American Physicians EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric emergency evidence-based medicine. In 2017 a PEM Scientific Research Mentoring award was named after him by the SAEM, and in 2020 he was awarded the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award from UC Davis Health as well as the UC Davis Faculty Distinguished Research Award from the Academic Senate, UC Davis. In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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After graduating from the State University of New York Upstate Medical School, Dr. Levine did residencies in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Emory University (Grady Memorial Hospital) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine respectively.  In addition, Dr. Levine did a Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine followed by a research Fellowship with Dr. Peter Safar at the International Resuscitation Center, also at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

After spending more than 20 years at Baylor College of Medicine, and The University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Levine relocated to Miami where he currently serves as the Founding Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at the Florida International University.  In addition, Dr. Levine serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and as the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the FIU- Disaster Response Team. 

Dr. Levine takes pride that two of his publications resulted in changes in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols that continue to be practiced worldwide.  Dr. Levine has achieved Fellowship recognition in numerous societies including FACP, FCCM, FACEP, etc.  Of his many professional achievements, he takes greatest pleasure in having been awarded the distinction “Hero of Emergency Medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians. On a personal level, Dr. Levine loves to teach students at all levels and takes great pride in the generations of medical students, residents, and fellows he has trained that, in turn, have gone on to successful academic and patient-centered careers.

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Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD

Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD, is the Senior Medical Scientist for Berry Consultants. He received his PhD in Biophysics in 1986 and his MD in 1987 from Stanford University. He completed clinical training in emergency medicine in 1990 and is currently a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Lewis’s expertise centers on clinical research methodology, including adaptive and Bayesian trial design, and he participates in the design and analysis of numerous laboratory, clinical, and health services research studies. His areas of interest include adaptive and Bayesian clinical trials; platform trials; translational, clinical, health services and outcomes research; emergency department crowding and disaster preparedness, interim data analysis; the role and function of data monitoring committees; and difficulties surrounding informed consent in emergency research studies. Dr. Lewis has served as a research mentor for numerous fellows and junior faculty and frequently lectures on the topics of clinical research design and the statistical analysis of clinical trials.

In 2009, Dr. Lewis was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formally the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies. He is a Past President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Clinical Trials.

Dr. Lewis has served as a grant reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute of France, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and foundations.  He is a former member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Dr. Lewis serves as the chair of data and safety monitoring boards (DSMB) for both federally-funded and industry-sponsored clinical trials.  He is a statistical reviewer for JAMA and a co-editor of the JAMA section entitled "JAMA Guide to Statistics and Methods".  Dr. Lewis has authored or coauthored approximately 250 original research publications, reviews, editorials, and chapters.  He has served as a principal investigator or coinvestigator on numerous research projects funded by a variety of international, federal, state, foundation, and commercial sources.

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Aaron Martin, MD

Aaron Martin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Providence where he leads Digital, Marketing, and Ventures for Providence. Aaron is also Managing General Partner for Providence Ventures where he is responsible for early stage/venture technology and device investments for the $300M Providence Venture fund.   

Aaron has more than 25 years of experience in product, ventures and technology, including leadership of the Amazon teams that transitioned traditional publishing from physical books to Kindle. He has experience as an executive/founder at two venture-backed startups and has held strategy positions at McKinsey & Company. He currently serves on the board of Wildflower Health, Avia, Xealth and Kyruus. He is also a board member of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico. Aaron holds a BS in Economics and Music from Austin College and an MBA in finance and healthcare management from The Wharton School. 


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Angela M. Mills, MD

Angela M. Mills, MD is the J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as Chief of Emergency Services for NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) – Columbia. A national leader and expert in emergency medicine, Dr. Mills graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from Temple University Medical School and completed the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Medicine residency program serving as Chief Resident. As a University of Pennsylvania faculty member, she advanced academically being promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine in 2017 and served in several capacities including Medical Director and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations.

In January 2018, Dr. Mills joined Columbia as the inaugural Chair of the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine leading all academic and operational activities for the four emergency department sites: NYP-Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NYP-Allen Hospital, and NYP-Lawrence Hospital. As Chair, Dr. Mills has worked to successfully advance education, research, clinical care, and diversity and inclusion efforts while building a premier nationally recognized academic department of emergency medicine.

For her accomplishments, Dr. Mills has been honored with a number of prestigious awards including the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award in 2017 from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Mid-Career Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, and the 2020 Chair of the Year Award from the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association. Dr. Mills is an elected member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Board of Directors where she currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer. She has authored over 100 scientific publications, has received federal and industry research funding, and has influenced the careers of numerous faculty and trainees.

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Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD

Dr. Neumar has over 20 years of research experience in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation and traumatic brain injury. His basic science research has been focused on mechanisms of neuronal injury after ischemic and traumatic brain injury, as well as therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes including therapeutic hypothermia. More recently, his laboratory research focus has expanded to studies of ischemic post-conditioning in collaboration with Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos’ research team at the University of Minnesota and studies of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in collaboration with Dr. Robert Bartlett’s research team in the ECLS Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. He is also collaborating to develop a novel extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) device designed to provide goal-directed reperfusion using an automated closed-loop monitoring and control system. A major focus of Dr. Neumar’s laboratory has been to elucidate the role of calpains in post-ischemic neuronal death and has also focused on optimizing post-cardiac arrest hypothermic targeted temperature management (HTTM). The major focus of his clinical research is optimizing the management of post-cardiac arrest syndrome. 


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. 

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

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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 Johns Hopkins Health System Emergency Departments, including both hospital operations and physician practices.

Mr. Scheulen is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Access Line and Johns Hopkins Lifeline critical care transportation service and in his new role as Chief Administrative Officer, he leads efforts to manage hospital capacity for Johns Hopkins.  In this role, Jim leads institutional efforts at inpatient operations improvement and has led the development of a one of a kind, hospital capacity optimization command center.

Jim is a founding member of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine and has served a number of positions on the executive board, including as president during the formative years of the academy.  Jim has worked with the AAAEM Benchmark Committee since it began and works with that team to produce benchmarks for academic emergency departments on an annual basis.

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 hospital and emergency department operations and, of course, emergency department benchmarking.


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.


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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Peter E. 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 President of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.


Ryan Stanton, MD

Ryan Stanton, MD is a physician with Central Emergency Physicians, a single hospital democratic group in Lexington, KY. He is a traveling physician with the AMR/NASCAR Safety Team with NASCAR races throughout the east coast and Chief Medical Contributor for WKYT-TV 27 in Lexington, KY, as well as host of the syndicated weekly health segment, "Doc Is In", which airs in six markets throughout the southeast. Dr. Stanton is the host of two emergency medicine podcasts, "ACEP Frontline" and "Everyday Medicine for Physicians".

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Richard E. Wolfe, MD

Dr. Wolfe graduated from the Faculte de Medecine Necker-Enfants Malades, France, in 1984.  He trained for one year in internal medicine at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and for three years in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital.   In addition to working for six years as an emergency medicine attending, he became Associate Residency Director and then Residency Director for Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital.

Dr. Wolfe arrived in Boston in 1994 as the Residency Director for the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency for Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.  This was the first emergency medicine residency affiliated with Harvard Medical School.  In 1999, Dr. Wolfe became Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Under his leadership, the emergency department at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) has grown into a multi-institutional network seeing more than 300,000 patients a year.  It hosts some of the leading experts in emergency preparedness and an internationally recognized fellowship in disaster medicine.  His department has also become nationally renowned for its innovative uses of information technology to improve emergency care and to allow seamless communication with multiple hospitals and physician groups. He has remained active in global health, overseeing BIDMC's response to the Haitian disaster and personally leading one of the teams providing emergency care to earthquake victims and leading the efforts during the Boston Marathon bombing.  

Dr. Wolfe is a Board member for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a former Chair of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Finance Committee.

Some of Dr. Wolfe's areas of expertise include innovative approaches to the management of shock and sepsis, and emergency management of trauma patients.