Learn About Our 2019 Speakers



Leading Emergency Medicine Author,
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine

Dr. Tintinalli is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. She is also  an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, as well as in Medical Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She acted as the founding president of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. Currently, she is editor-in-chief of the world’s best-selling Emergency Medicine textbook, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine.


E. Suter

General U.S. Army Reserve, President ACOEP, Former President: ACEP and IFEM

Dr. Suter, a Professor of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern, is the current president for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. He previously served as president of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, as well as president of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association. Dr. Suter completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Brooke Army-Wilford Hall USAF Medical Centers in San Antonio, Texas.

Presently, Dr. Suter is a General in the U.S. Army Reserve and has a long history of service to Emergency Medicine on a state, national, and international level. He was the physician co-chair of the federal project, EMS Agenda for the Future. Dr. Suter’s awards are the highest in the field of Emergency Medicine.


Terrence Mulligan

Secretary, International Federation For Emergency Medicine, Board Of Directors AAEM

Dr. Mulligan is a professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the director of the department’s International Emergency Medicine (IEM Program. From 2006 to 2010, he lived in the Netherlands, where he directed two emergency departments and EM residencies. He is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. He serves as a board member of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM and the immediate past chair of the ACEP Section for IEM).

Dr. Mulligan is also a co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, The African Journal of Emergency Medicine. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Mulligan has initiated and participated in Emergency Medicine and acute care system development programs in over 20 countries.



Emergency Medicine Specialist, Ashoka Fello, Founder of PACE MD,  Social Entrepreneur,  Hero of Emergency Medicine, IFEM Humanitarian Award Recipient, Former Director of the ACEP International Ambassador Program, Telemedicine physician

Dr. Haywood Hall is an Emergency Physician and an Ashoka Fellow. He completed both residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine as well as a Fellow of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, where he has served on various committees. He has chaired ACEP’s International Ambassador Program and is presently the ACEP Representative to Cuba and Mexico. He is an American College of Emergency Physicians “Hero of Emergency Medicine” and an IFEM Humanitarian Award recipient.

He is the founder and president of the PACEMD Program in Mexico and Latin America and has trained over 41,000 medical providers in lifesaving skills and certifications. Dr. Hall and his programs have won many recognitions and prizes for their Social Impact and are well recognized within the impact enterprise ecosystem. Dr. Hall has managed thousands of patients through telemedicine systems is an industry advisor to Telemedicine Magazine and is the Chief Medical Officer of My Telemedicine.



Children’s National Medical Center,
George Washington University

Camilo E. Gutierrez is an internationally recognized Pediatric Emergency Physician, with a broad range of experience as a clinician, educator, and expert in international pediatric emergency care. Recently recruited as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences to lead the Global Health initiatives of the Emergency Medicine Division at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC where he continues his clinical work in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

Dr. Gutierrez is a key opinion leader at the advisory level in the development of acute care systems at the local, country and regional level globally, with emphasis in development of pediatric acute and emergency care systems.

For the prior 10 years, Camilo was Attending Physician in the Pediatric Emergency Division, education director for the clinical rotation of the Harvard & BU Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, liaison to Trauma and Boston EMS programs, and Pediatric Incident Commander for Boston University‘s affiliated hospital, Boston Medical Center. Was recognized by the Department of Public Health Commissioner for his tenure as Chair and Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine for Children’s Advisory Committee for Massachusetts, and by the Massachusetts Chapter of ACEP for his efforts to augment the care for children at the state level as Co-Chair of the MACEP Pediatric EM Section.

At the national level, he is current Councilor for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) International EM Section, and active in the Ambassador Committee as Deputy for Colombia and Lead Ambassador for Costa Rica. He has also occupied leadership roles in the board of the Global Emergency Medicine Academy of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and through the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) International Committee has been involved in collaborating with scientific committees in leading Pediatric EM topics and speakers for their international conferences.

At the international level he is Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (PEMSIG) of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), and member of the Clinical Practice and Education and Curriculum Committees. He is Founding and Board Member of the first Latin American Pediatric EM Society (SLEPE) established in the fall of 2016.

Dr. Gutierrez is a recognized speaker both locally and in over a dozen countries where he has presented over 90 lectures in the last 7 years and has authored over 30 publications. His interests are education with emphasis on International and Global Health care arenas, development of pediatric acute care systems, pediatric trauma and critical care in the ED, ultrasound, shock, difficult airway management and procedural sedation.



Director, Global Health and International EM Track

Dr. Bean is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is the Global Health Editor for Emergency Physicians Monthly. She is a member of the departmental Division of Ultrasound and the director of the residency track in  Global Health and International Emergency Medicine.

She has given emergency medicine lectures and ultrasound workshops in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, she has participated in numerous medical service trips to Latin America and Haiti. She is also an active member of ACEP’s Ambassadors Committee and SAEM’s International Outreach Task Force. Finally, she serves as a reviewer for The European Journal of Emergency Medicine and The African Journal of Emergency Medicine.



Past Board Member AAFP,
Former ALSO International Director

Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Yakima, Washington. He is a Past Board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Olden is active nationally and internationally in maternity health care and patient safety and serves on the national faculty of the AAFP Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course.

He chaired the international ALSO Advisory Board and has traveled to Moldova, Tajikistan, Mexico, Lithuania, Portugal and the Azores, Qatar, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and most recently Iraq to train other physicians in the ALSO Program.

Dr. Olden has worked with Heart-to-Heart International in Moldova and Tajikistan and has served as U.S. representative to the Hiroshima International Council for Healthcare of the Radiation Exposed. He served as the Director for Physician Quality and Performance Improvement for Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima for 15 years, and now is the Division Chief for Primary Care and Consultative Services. He has faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine and at Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences.



Chief, Neonatology, University of Mississippi, AAP Helping Babies Survive Planning Group

Dr. Savich, professor of Pediatrics, is the Chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where she has served since November 2014. She previously taught as a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. For many years, she served there as Division Chief of Neonatology and as the fellowship program director for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Savich is the former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, representing over 6,000 neonatologists in the U.S.  She is also a member of the editorial board of NeoReviews and a member of the Planning Committee for NeoPrep 2018.

Dr. Savich has extensive involvement in neonatal global health, teaching in China, Mexico,  Ethiopia, and Indonesia. She is on the Board of Directors Committee for Helping Babies Breathe/Helping Babies Survive and has been appointed as the AAP liaison to Ethiopia for the Saving 100K Newborns Initiative.



Professor, President-Elect American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Her degrees include Doctor of Medicine as well as Master of Science in Clinical Research. She is a National Institutes of Health Research Scholar.

Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton was the first woman and the first ethnic minority ever to be elected to the AAEM Executive Board.

At LSU, she serves as Director of Research, Director of Diversity, and Director of HIV Testing and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery at Tulane University. The recipient of several research grants, Dr. Moreno has completed over 250 national and international presentations, 40 journal publications, and six book chapters. Her research interests include HIV, violence prevention and treatment, diversity, and health care disparities.

She also worked on the task force that started the renowned Sexual Assault Response Team in New York City and served as the Associate Director of the Bronx division. She designed and administers a culturally-competent HIV prevention and testing program in New Orleans, which is endorsed by the CDC as a model program.

As a global health consultant and educator, Dr. Morena has served in over 25 countries to support the development of research, violence treatment and prevention, and the elimination of healthcare disparities.


Antonio Nieves Meneses

Specialist Doctor in
Gynecology and Obstetrics


Dr. Rafael Antonio Nieves Meneses is an instructor for the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course, which is endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians. He coordinated and revised the Spanish language manual for the ALSO Supplier Course, which was published in December 2017; the manual has since become a reference manual in much of Latin America.

He is currently ALSO’s Medical Director for PACE MD Mexico. He serves as the physician attached to the Instituto de Salud del Estado de México, where he works in the Sub Directorate of Prevention and Control of Diseases in the area of maternal health. He executes managerial supervisions to municipal, general, maternal and high specialty hospitals, as well as health jurisdictions. He also provides training in High Risk Pregnancy and Obstetric Emergencies. He is a member of the Inter-institutional Committee for the Prevention, Study, and Monitoring of Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality, which advises on matters of maternal deaths in the State of Mexico.

He also worked as an adjunct professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital General Dr. Gustavo Baz Prada, (endorsed by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México). In 2017, he validated the “Clinical Practice Guide: Prevention, Diagnosis and Timely Management of UTERINE RUPTURE in the Three Levels of Care.” He is the author of the “Clinical Practice Guide: Prevention and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage.


Cruz Silva

Emergency Medical-Surgical Specialist Doctor

Dr. Ricardo Cruz Silva is an Emergency Medical-Surgical Specialist; he also earned a Master’s in Educational Sciences. He has a Diploma in Hospital and Health Entities Administration from the Hospital Consortium of Catalonia. He serves as an AHA faculty members for the BLS and ACLS disciplines.

He served as Director of the Paramedic Career at the Universidad Tecnológica de Aguascalientes. He also served as a CENEVAL Technical Advisor.

Currently, he works as the Head of the Emergency Department at the Centenario Hospital Miguel Hidalgo in the Aguascalientes State. He also acts as Titular Professor of the Specialty of Surgical Medical Emergencies in Aguascalientes. He is an active member of the Committee of Certification of the Consejo Mexicano de Medicina de Urgencias.


del Carmen Cabrera Aguilar

Doctor in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Miriam del Carmen Cabrera Aguilar is a medical surgeon. She graduated from the faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is a specialist in Emergency Medicine (endorsed by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, UAEM, Campus Centro Médico ISSEMYM Ecatepec CMIE). She is the doctor assigned to the emergency area of the Medical Centre ISSEMYM and the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. She is an AHA instructor the courses Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for the PACE Continuous Update Program in Emergencies. Additionally, she is a PACE instructor for the Advanced Medical Life courses from NAEMT.


Josué Pérez Reyes

Critically Ill Adult Nurse Specialist

Alan Josué Pérez Reyes has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Universidad de Guadalajara. Additionally, he is a Critically Ill Adult Nurse Specialist from the Postgraduate Division at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and from the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias “Ismael Cosío Villegas.” He has worked for more than 10 years as an Emergency Medical Technician in the Emergency Medical Service, specializing in the fields of vertical rescue and white-water rescue.

Currently, in the clinical field he is a Head of Service Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital General Acámbaro “Miguel Hidalgo.” In teaching, he is a clinical tutor for the Universidad de Guanajuato (Campus Celaya-Salvatierra) and an adjunct professor in the Asociación Mexicana de Enfermeras Especializadas, specializing in Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine. He also serves as adjunct professor in the Diploma in Critical Respiratory Patient Nursing Care from the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias.

He also serves as an instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA) in the fields of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). He is a NAEMT Instructor from the AMLS Program. He acts as a member of the Mexican review team for the Trauma Nursing Core Course of the Emergency Nurse Association. Finally, he serves as the Operational Coordinator of the Centro Integral de Enseñanza en Salud in Mexico City.


David Martin

Ultrasound Faculty, Highland Hospital

Dr. David Martin is an Ultrasound Fellow at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California and an instructor in the First Ultrasound Diploma at “Dos de Mayo” Hospital in Lima, Peru. He was formerly Chief Resident in the Emergency Medicine Residency at Highland Hospital. He received his medical degree from Columbia University School of Medicine in New York.


David José Reyes Rivas

Specialist Doctor in Surgical Medical Emergencies

Dr. David José Reyes Rivas is a Medical Specialist in Surgical Emergencies, certified by the Consejo Mexicano en Medicina de Urgencias. He is an AHA instructor of the Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (BLS and ACLS) courses. He specializes in Information Technologies Applied to Education (endorsed by the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas).

Formerly, he acted as Coordinator of the Academic Updating and Development Program for the General Practitioner (PRONADAMEG), which is endorsed by the Academia Nacional de Medicina in conjunction with the Academic Unit of Human Medicine and Health Sciences of the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. He collaborated with Zacatecas health services as the State Training Coordinator of the Zacatecas emergency medical network. He also served as the State Capacitation Coordinator for the Escuela de Técnicos en Urgencias Mëdicas Nivel Básico Zacatecas (endorsed by the Escuela Nacional de Técnicos en Urgencias Médicas de Cruz Roja Mexicana).

He graduated as an Emergency Medical Technician from the School of Emergency Medical Technicians with 19 years of experience in the prehospital area.

He currently works as an Emergency Physician in the Unidad Especializada de Emergencias Médicas (UNEME – Urgencias) of the Health Services of Zacatecas as well as the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. He performs a wide variety of teaching duties, including advising undergraduate students and medical interns and teaching the academic unit of Human Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. He also teaches Medical Practice for med students. Finally, he serves as an external advisor of the Open and Distance University, training higher university technicians in medical emergencies (endorsed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública).


Erik Ramírez Guardian

Emergency Medical-Surgical Specialist Physician

Erik Ramírez Guardian is an Emergency Medical-Surgical Specialist. He completed postgraduate work in Health Services Administration and Clinical Research at Miami University. He is an American Heart Association Instructor for Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support for the PACE MD training center. He is a founding professor of the Specialty in Emergency Medicine at the Universidad de Guanajuato. He is the next outgoing president of the Colegio Médico de Urgencias of the State of Guanajuato. He serves as the subdirector of the Hospital General Salamanca ISAPEG.


Gary Gaddis

Research in Low-Resource Settings, Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr Gaddis was a long time Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine who practiced at St Luke’s. He was the inaugural Missouri/St Luke’s Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine and was intimately involved with research and clinical care. He worked with multiple EM residents on scholarly products and taught statistics and study design to our residents. He presently is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. The International Federation of Emergency Medicine Awards the Order of the IFEM (FIFEM) to an “individual who is a member of an IFEM member organization who has demonstrated an extensive and continuous commitment to the specialty of Emergency Medicine in their own country and has made significant contributions to supporting the development/advancement of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.” Doctor and Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Luke’s, Missouri. He was a speaker at an international congress to improve Emergency Medicine in East Asia. He has researched and presented the issues of how to review manuscripts and abstracts, as well as clinical decision making in an emergency department. His research focuses on criteria for early diagnosis of sepsis in the emergency department and drug-related problems, including interactions that are critical emergencies.


Monica Gaddis

Research Director, Assistant Teaching Professor -University of Missouri, Kansas City-

Dr. Gaddis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, both at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She received my PhD in Human Performance/Physiology from Indiana University-Bloomington and completed a 3 year post-doctoral Cardiovascular Physiology fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University School of Medicine-Indianapolis. Dr. Gaddis has presented research workshops for developing research with little resources, internationally, and actively oversees and participates in research for emergency medicine specific issues including sepsis and EMS using large secondary data sets.


Angel Braña

Health Informaticist, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist

Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Subspecialized in Medical Informatics. He is a Senior Executive Physician with experience in the design, planning, operation, and evaluation of primary health care systems. He retired as a Public Health Service Captain in the U.S. for more than 28 years of service in clinically underserved areas.

Jeff Solheim

2018 ENA President, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur

Jeff Solheim is a Registered Nurse from Portland Oregon.  He has served as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nursing administrator, flight nurse, nursing educator and nurse entrepreneur in his career, mainly in the emergency and trauma setting.  Jeff is also the founder and emeritus executive director of Project Helping Hands, a not-for-profit medical organization that deploys medical teams to underserviced areas of the world.  Jeff speaks on a variety of motivational and clinical topics all over the world and has authored over 25 books on various emergency and trauma related topics.


Portia Jones

MD, MPH, Family Physician, Faculty CWFMR, University of Washington

Dr. Portia Jones is a family medicine doctor in Yakima, Washington, with Private practice and faculty at Albany Medical College Faculty at CWFM residency. She received her medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a Residency in Family Medicine and OB Fellowship. She has been in practice for more than 31 years. Her specialties include Obstetrical Care, Reproductive Health, Adolescent Medicine and International Medicine.


Lisa Adams

PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, Director of Emergency Nursing Research at the ENA

Dr. Lisa Adams Wolf has worked with healthcare systems, academic institutions, and nursing professional organizations for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Director of Emergency Nursing Research at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA); her work focuses on the emergency department workplace environment and its effect on clinical decision making and nursing practice. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and has presented and published extensively, both nationally and internationally, on clinical decision making, nurse orientation education and credentialing, and evaluation of training and education programs for emergency care providers. She maintains a clinical practice in an emergency department in Western Massachusetts.


Patricia Kunz Howard

PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, is the 2019 President of the Emergency Nurses Association

Howard is the Enterprise Director for Emergency Services at University of Kentucky Healthcare. She oversees the clinical and business operations for emergency services at an academic medical center verified as an adult and pediatric trauma center, the UK Chandler Hospital and Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, UKHC Emergency Communications and Ground Transport, and the UK Good Samaritan Emergency Department. In her 18 years at UKHC, she has held several positions including operations manager for emergency Services and emergency services staff development specialist at the UK Chandler Hospital. She concurrently held the position of EMS training coordinator for Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services since 1990.

Howard has been actively involved in ENA at the local, state and national level since 1990. She was President of the Bluegrass Chapter and the Kentucky ENA State Council. Howard spent more than two decades as a TNCC and ENPC faculty member because she believes it is essential for emergency nurses to have the knowledge needed to provide excellent care. She remains committed to ensuring that emergency nurses have the resources they need to provide care for every patient

Howard served on the ENA Board of Directors from 2000-06, and was ENA’s 34th president in 2005. She also has been a trustee and chairperson of the ENA Foundation. She played key roles on several national committees: The American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee from 2010-13; the Emergency Nurses Association Future of Nursing Committee in 2011-12, and as the 2013-14 ENA Trauma Committee chairperson. Howard is passionate about emergency nursing and the care of patients and families, and she is a strong advocate for family presence during resuscitation and pediatric injury prevention.

In 2008, Howard was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing. She received the 2011 Judith C. Kelleher Award from ENA for consistently demonstrating excellence in emergency nursing, making significant contributions to the profession of nursing, and to the specialty of emergency nursing. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the 50 most distinguished alumni by the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. In 2012, Howard was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Howard earned her ADN from Salem College in West Virginia, and her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in nursing from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests focus on injury prevention initiatives and emergency department pain management. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, and the American Heart Association.


Darryl Macias

Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico. Former director of the international section of ACEP

Dr. Darryl Macias has extensive experience working in limited-resource environments. After participating in Himalayan expeditions, he developed a wilderness medicine rotation at the University of New Mexico, which has turned into the International Mountain Medicine Center (IMMC), where a dedicated cadre of emergency physicians and paramedics teach various wilderness medicine courses. He has also taught medical care to mountain guides in the Himalayas. He also works as a mountain guide. He is the co-founder of PACE in Mexico, and has worked in Latin America to help develop emergency medicine in Argentina and France, having been ACEP ambassador to these countries. He served as chair to the International Section, and has been recognized by ACEP with the “Augustine D’Orta” award, several section awards, and the “Hero of Emergency Medicine award.” He often lectures nationally and internationally on wilderness and disaster medicine, emergency ultrasound in the backcountry, and stress desensitization. He currently hosts the popular “Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Live!” podcast.


Tania Ahluwalia

MD Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine – Associate Director, Global Health Programs – Division of Emergency and Transport Services – Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC


Dr. Tania Ahluwalia is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine attending and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. She is the Associate Director of Global Health Programs at Children’s National Health System. She trained in Pediatrics at University of Illinois and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Tania’s research interests include pediatric trauma and medical education through simulation.


Simone Lawson

MD FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine – Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC

Dr. Simone Lawson is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  After finishing her undergraduate studies and medical school at UNC Chapel Hill, she completed her Pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.  She worked as a children’s ED provider for two years before returning to her hometown to complete Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.  After PEM fellowship, she completed a one year Pediatric Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. 


Frederick Blum

Professor Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University Health Sciences

Dr. Blum is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He has been a member of ACEP since 1985 and a Fellow of the College since 1992, and has dedicated his career to training a new generation of emergency physicians and midlevel providers.

Thanks to Dr. Blum’s efforts as ACEP President in 2005-2006, NEMPAC nearly doubled its contributions and today is the fourth largest medical specialty PAC. Dr. Blum was president during the first ACEP Report Card, the ACEP Rally at the U.S. Capitol, and the Institute of Medicine report on the state of emergency care in the United States.

Since leaving his position on the ACEP Board of Directors, Dr. Blum has focused his efforts internationally, speaking around the world as secretary general and president of the International Federation of Emergency Physicians.


Alfonso Carrera Riva Palacio

Medical Director Marie Stopes México

Dr. Alfonso Carrera currently serves as the Medical Director of the NGO Marie Stopes Mexico and oversees medical operation of 11 care centers in Mexico City and in Chiapas, implementing strategies that guarantee the quality of the procedures.

Dr. Carrera is a member of the Mexican College of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as well as of the Mexican Association of Reproductive Medicine; in addition to being certified by the Mexican Council of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Since 2007 Dr. Carrera is a founding member of Global Doctors for Choice where he participates internationally as coordinator in Mexico. He has published articles and has presented works in international and national congresses. He has also directed and collaborated in numerous postgraduate theses in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medicine and Behavioral Medicine. He has been a consultant for different National and International Non-Governmental Organizations.

In 1998 he served as Chief of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the General Hospital of Atizapán in the Institute of Health of the State of Mexico and as deputy medical director of the same hospital. During his stay in this unit, he was the founder of the center for victims of domestic and sexual violence of the same Institute. He also founded the technical committee on maternal morbidity and mortality of the Health Institute of the State of Mexico, where he has participated since 2000.

Professor of undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México for 8 years. Adjunct Professor at the School of Medicine of the Universidad Anháuac, Justo Sierra and Tominaga Nakamoto.

He studied a master’s degree and a doctorate in medical sciences at UNAM. Postdoctoral Fellow in Reproductive Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Rockefeller Foundation Fellow from 1992 to 1994. Diploma in Hospital Administration by the Institute of Public Administration of the State of Mexico (IAPEM), as well as diploma in teaching by the UNAM. Certified in Advance Trauma Life Support, as well as in Advance Life Support in Obstetrics where he served as instructor and course director.

He graduated in Medicine from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1985. He studied the specialty of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital de Gineco-Obstetricia No. 3 of La Raza Medical Center from 1986 to 1989. Since his graduation he worked for 19 years as a gynecologist at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. He was a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA from 1992 to 1994. He worked at the National Institute of Perinatology as a Senior Researcher from 1995 to 1998.

Orlando Rafael Bustamante Morales


Volunteer at the Mexican Red Cross in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Medical Emergency Technician, specializing in Vehicle Rescue and Vertical Rescue. Technician in Medical Emergencies for the Emergency System of the State of Guanajuato, S.U.E.G., where he is as a paramedic. He has a diploma in Aeromedicine and Critical Patient Transfer. He is an element of the USAR-GTO Group, with which he participated in the rescue work in the earthquake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017.


Jesús Noguez Vega


Dr. Noguez is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Resident for the Mexican Social Security Institute in Boca del Rio, Mexico. He is an ACOEM member and is the Medical Director of the training department at the Mexican Red Cross Station in San Juan del Rio, Mexico. he is also a certified EMT and has more than 5 years of experience as certified instructor of multiple life support disciplines. He participated as speaker at the “Global Summit of Health Technology and Education” in Atlanta, GA in 2015; received the “Orgullo Uni” Award for trajectory from the University of Celaya in 2016, and the “AMFEM-PFIZER Academic Excellence” Award in 2017, as well as the ACOEM International Section Award at the American Occupational Health Congress in Anaheim CA in 2019 where he also participated as a speaker.


Carlos Daniel Molina Ordoñez

Emergency Medicine Resident

Surgeon graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Second year resident of the specialty of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, with headquarters in the General Hospital of Querétaro. Instructor for the International Automobile Federation, endorsed by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in the Diploma in Sports Automobile Medicine. He is instructor and facultative of the AHA for the disciplines BLS and Support ACLS.


Emily MacNeill

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center

Dr. Emily Champe Macneill is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated with honors from Indiana University School Of Medicine in 2002. Having more than 17 years of diverse experiences, especially in EMERGENCY MEDICINE, PEDIATRIC MEDICINE.


James Phillips

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine – Fellowship Director and Chief ,Disaster and Operational Medicine

Currently, Dr. Phillips is an Assistant Professor at GWUH and Chief of Disaster and Operational Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, he is the Chief Medical Officer for SOSi (SOS International LLC) and serve as the medical director for Camp Taji near Baghdad, Iraq. His areas of research and lecturing include Healthcare Workplace Violence, Disaster Medicine, Tactical Medicine, and the role of medicine in counterterrorism. In January 2017 Dr. James was chosen as a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. His focus includes response, recovery, mitigation, and planning for all types of natural disasters, man-made disasters, and terrorist events. He trained in trauma surgery, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine prior to his Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. Dr. James Phillips is a CONTOMS graduate and have served as a Tactical Physician. His research on Healthcare Workplace Violence was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and he provide grand rounds lectures on the topic in addition to serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving his areas of expertise.

Dr. Phillips completed the BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellowship, now associated with the Harvard Humanitarian Iniative. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Illinois Chicago in December of 2012, and he previously trained at the University of Michigan in Plastic Surgery for 4 years.

His academic interests include Healthcare Workplace Violence, IEDs, active shooter incidents, emergency medicine, critical care, CBRNE, Mass Gathering Medicine, and Tactical/Operational Medicine and Counter-Terrorism.

His interests also include medical consulting for film and television, media medical expertise, athletics, music, and guitar.


Samantha Noll

Disaster & Operational Medicine Fellow & Research Instructor – Master of Science in Engineering Management specializing in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management – Department of Emergency Medicine – George Washington University, Washington DC


Dr. Samantha Noll, MD is an emergency medicine physician and research instructor at George Washington University. She is completing a disaster and operational medicine fellowship and obtaining a master of science in engineering management specializing in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management. She is a local subject matter expert in highly infectious diseases and medical countermeasures. She has provided medical direction for various Washington, DC events including national special security events. She has provided medical triage and care during a mass casualty shooting incident in the emergency department. She has been involved with hospital emergency management including conducting hazard vulnerability analysis, examining surge capacity and resource utilization, and planning and executing full-scale exercises. She is internal medicine board certified and was chief resident during her residency training.


Timur Alptunaer

Disaster & Operational Medicine Fellow – Master of science in Engineering Management specializing in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management – Department of Emergency Medicine – George Washington University, Washington DC


Dr. Alptunaer is an Emergency Medicine physician and is a current Disaster and Operational Medicine Fellow at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Stony Brook where he was Resident Director of Medical Student Education and is completing a Masters Degree in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management at GWU. He serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserves and also obtained his nursing degree prior to entering medical school. He recently deployed to Mozambique as a member of Team Rubicon to provide disaster relief following Cyclone Idai.


Alejandro Lopez Magallon

Senior Cardiologist
Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, Telemedicine
Children’s National Medical Center

Alejandro Lopez, MD is a Pediatric Cardiologist currently working at the Division of Cardiac Critical Care and as Associate Medical Director of Telemedicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He joined Children’s National coming from Pittsburgh where he conducted daily operations an International Telemedicine program in pediatric Cardiac Critical Care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his medical degree in 1986 from Escuela Medico Militar and he completed his pediatric residency at the Hospital Central Militar in Mexico in 1992. He did his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston from 1994 to 1997. He then returned to Mexico, where he served as Medical Director of the PICU and Pediatric Internal Medicine Departments at Hospital Central Militar, and as a pediatric cardiologist and Medical Director of the Echocardiography Lab at the Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Lopez is an integral part of the development and expansion of the telemedicine
program at Children’s National Medical Center.


David Farcy


David A. Farcy, MD FCCM FAAEM, is Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of Emergency Medicine Critical Care, and an Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Attending at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Dr. Farcy’s interest in medicine began as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and drove him to pursue a career in emergency medicine and critical care. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Dr. Farcy attended Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara where he obtained his medical degree and completed his emergency medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Farcy also participated in an emergency medicine/critical care fellowship at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD.

Since joining Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, Dr. Farcy became immediately active in the Florida Chapter of AAEM, eventually serving on the FLAAEM Board as President for two terms, as well as Past President and creator of the Scientific Assembly for the chapter. Dr. Farcy was then elected to the national board of directors for AAEM where he served as President-Elect and currently serves as President. Dr. Farcy’s passion for patient safety, emergency physician wellness, education, and his ongoing effort to constantly improve patient care is his driving force. When not working, Dr. Farcy enjoys traveling, music, a great bottle of red wine, and prides himself in holding a purple belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.


Jerrilyn Jones

MD Emergency Medicine 

Dr. Jerrilyn Jones is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical sciences and the Medical Director for the Preparedness and Response Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health. In addition to her experience in emergency medicine, Dr. Jones has extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) having worked as medical director for both a paramedic training program and a private ambulance service where she was charged with ensuring the competence and readiness of Nationally Registered EMS personnel. Her practical expertise includes working at the finish line as a first responder during the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 and also as a first receiver during the civil unrest in Baltimore in 2015. It also includes serving as a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force, where she honed her skills in caring for patients in austere conditions while developing an interest in disaster preparedness and community resilience. While deployed to Afghanistan, she served as the sole physician responsible for 1300 Air Force and civilian personnel and published a weekly medical newsletter distributed to all of Bagram Air Base in order to prevent illness through education. Her passion lies in responding to real disasters and emergencies as well as educating medical students, residents, paramedics, and the community at large. Dr. Jones has given numerous lectures to various audiences regarding medical care in the prehospital environment. Dr. Jones is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Biology from Howard University and earned her Medical Doctorate from Harvard Medical School. She also obtained her Masters of Public Health while a fellow at Boston EMS. Dr. Jones and her husband, Dr. Christopher Jones, have three daughters and live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Matthew Dwyer

BSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN Registered Nurse II Children’s National Health System Emergency Medical Trauma Center

Matthew Dwyer is a pediatric emergency and trauma nurse in Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. He has certifications in Disaster Life Support, Hospital Emergency Response, Mass Casualty and Decontamination. He is the co-chair of the Disaster Preparedness Committee and a disaster educator at Children’s National. He has deployed on healthcare disaster response missions to San Juan Puerto Rico and St. Thomas and served as a healthcare volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in Vanuatu.


Susan Patricia Torrey


Dr. Susan P. Torrey graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine and initially completed a residency in Internal Medicine. She has been a practicing emergency physician for 30 years and involved in resident education for the majority of that time. Her special interest is in cardiology and particularly EKG interpretation. In the last ten years Dr. Torrey have enjoyed forays into international emergency medicine education with travel from Myanmar to the Mediterranean, Argentina and Vietnam.

Logan Plaster

Editor-in-Chief and Media Director of StartUp Health

Journalist by training, designer by necessity. I swoon over storytelling and “the journalism of empathy” but at the end of the day, I’m a producer, and get seriously amped about logistics – magazine design/production, content strategy and all types of distribution. I’ve had the great pleasure of building three magazines from the ground up as greenfield projects, in the sectors of health technology and global health. Editorial work has appeared in Quartz, The Atlantic’s CityLab and Runner’s World, and has been recognized with a Sidney Award, given by the New York Times for long-form journalism. As the Editor in Chief and Media Director at StartUp Health, I’m working to tell the inspiring stories of the women and men reimagining health around the world.

Andrea Dreyfuss


Dr. Andrea Rivas Dreyfuss is Global Health Director and faculty for the Emergency Department at Highland Hospital, and serves as ACEP Ambassador to Peru. Her international work is focused throughout Latin America, where she created the first emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship in her native country of Peru. Dr. Dreyfuss trains residents as an attending at Highland Hospital and serves there as the residency program’s representative for diversity. Her scholarly work includes publications on triage systems in low-resource settings, ultrasound-guided procedures and international emergency education. Dr. Dreyfuss received her MD from Stanford School of Medicine, an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and did her residency and fellowship at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California .

The PACEMD program is an award-winning social impact program which strives to improve emergency and general medical care in Latin America through community-based training in Skills, Knowledge & Ability as well as to improve medical care in the US and Latino populations through MedSpanish’s language and cultural literacy training. PACEMD is an ex-oficio member of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and has aligned itself with IFEM’s new Global Health efforts

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