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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 Organizations 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.

Aside from departmental leadership activities, Dr. Ahmed focuses on Emergency Medicine education as he is heavily involved in the training of the Emergency Medicine fellow physicians, resident physicians as well as medical students to include didactic and clinical learning as well as professional development. 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 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 Negotiationsclass 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 and 2018 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, Iowa and he completed his Bachelor of Arts at Augustana College (Rock Island, Il), his Doctorate 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.


Andra Blomkalns, MD

Dr. Andra Blomkalns is a national leader and an innovation advocate who believes the best patient-centered programs depend upon clinical practice innovation, continuous data driven improvement, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Andra currently serves as the inaugural chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford since September of 2018. Andra completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati where she went on to serve as Residency Program Director and later the Vice Chair for Education. From there, she served at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Business Development. Reflecting her dual passions for patient care and innovation, she also served on the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee and as the clinical liaison to the Office for Technology Development. While at UTSW, Andra received an MBA at University of Texas at Dallas, specializing in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  

As President for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) from 2016-2017, she worked to improve the member experience through leveraging technology to increase the size of SAEM’s digital footprint. Together with the SAEM Board of Directors and the SAEM staff concentrated on member benefits, networking, annual meeting sophistication and attendee interaction. 

Andra has a long-standing history of scholarship and publication on cardiovascular emergencies, point-of-care testing, innate immunity, and obesity. She has authored or contributed to manuscripts and chapters on topics influential to administration and organization, clinical best practices, and scientific exploration. Her grant portfolio reflects her diverse, collaborative approach and includes institutional, investigator-initiated industry, and federal funding.

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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. She is the Associate Medical Director for Orange (NC) County EMS, the Program Director for the UNC EMS Fellowship and works clinically in the Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Brice is the Immediate Past President of National Association of EMS Physicians. She has a strong interest in prehospital education delivery methods, the care of trauma and stroke patients, the emergency management of behavioral health patients.

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 board certified in Emergency Medicine.

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

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Dr. Chudnofsky is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Chief of Emergency Services at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1985 and did his emergency medicine training at the University of Cincinnati, where he was Chief Resident from 1988-1989. Dr. Chudnofsky is also on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine where he serves as an Item Writer for the Qualifying Examination, Editor and Chief Examiner for the Oral Examination, and Vice Chair of the Test Administration Committee. Dr. Chudnofsky’s administrative passion lies in ED operations and his research interest has been focused on improving procedural sedation in the ED. 

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Franklin has been with the UNC Health Care System and then the UNC School of Medicine since 2001 and is the Associate Chair for Administration for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Elon University in 2008. He began his career in UNC hospital labs and then held positions in the Quality Department as a Six Sigma Black Belt before managing five of the health care system’s hospital based clinics.   

Currently as Associate Chair, Franklin has a diverse range of responsibilities that ensure the Emergency Department continues to meet and expand their clinical, education and research goals. In addition to his Emergency Medicine responsibilities, Franklin has taught courses in Quality and Analytics in the Health Policy and Management program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2009.

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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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Amy Jameson, MD

Amy Jameson has worked in Emergency Medicine for ten years. She oversees a Department that has almost doubled in size since 2008.  She is responsible for the business activities and administration of an academic Department that includes two adult and one pediatric Emergency Departments. She has initiated processes that are key to supporting over 90 faculty and all missions within the Department. She has fostered a culture of teamwork and accountability among the staff. Measurements of her success include balanced budgets, increasing revenues and low staff turnover. She views her role as a partner to the Chair and, as such, investigates and develops creative solutions for the Department to be a leader in a complex organization.  

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Nick is Professor & Chair, Emergency Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western Reserve University. He trained at Dartmouth and Denver Health. He has served on and led many regional, national and international emergency medicine committees and boards, including current president of the ED Benchmarking Alliance. He has designed emergency medicine education programs and curricula for medical students, residents and post training learners nationally and internationally. His publications are in education, policy and operations. He has been an AACEM member since 2010.


Amal Khalil, MD

Amal Khalil has spent the last 20 years at UCI, all of which were spent at the Department of Emergency Medicine. She moved from Egypt, to the United States of America in the summer of 1995. Amal earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1987, and her MBA in 2010. She enjoys helping underprivileged, and children at her church, and above all, her highest achievement are her two kids.

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Ian B. K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A.

Ian B. K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A. is System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert and MCW health network. Before this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.  

Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann School of Medicine and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore—where he also served as Chief Resident.  

Dr. Martin has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care internationally—with emphasis on East Africa—through program development, investigative research, and direct clinical care. 

Dr. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for Emergency Department-based HIV and hepatitis C testing, host-response to acute infections, and acute care disease burden epidemiology in developing countries. His research and other Global Health-related initiatives have culminated in a host of publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Martin has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions. 

Recognized for his leadership, Dr. Martin was recently elected President-Elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)—the premier association representing researchers and educators in Emergency Medicine. Before that, he completed a one-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. Dr. Martin is also the founder and a Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy.  He is the 2018 recipient of the Marcus L. Martin, M.D., Leadership Award—a prestigious award given by SAEM’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  

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Angela M. Mills, MD is the J. E. Beaumont Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as the Chief of Emergency Services for the west campus of NewYork-Presbyterian. A national leader and expert in emergency medicine, Dr. Mills graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College and attended Temple University Medical School where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction. 

Dr. Mills is a graduate and former Chief Resident of the Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a faculty member immediately thereafter at Penn in 2003 and advanced academically being promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine in 2017. At Penn, Dr. Mills served in several capacities including Medical Director and as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She joined Columbia in February 2018 as the inaugural Chair of the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine. 

Dr. Mills has maintained an active research career where she has focused on emergency diagnostic imaging, clinical operations in emergency services, and the evaluation of undifferentiated abdominal pain. She has authored over 95 scientific publications and has received research funding from both federal agencies and industry. 

Dr. Mills is strongly committed to education, and her teaching has spanned undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers. Dedicated to combining scholarship with mentoring, Dr. Mills has influenced the careers of numerous junior faculty and trainees. She is strongly committed to education with a teaching style that allows for growth and pursuit of individual research interest. In addition, Dr. Mills has been invited to deliver lectures and grand rounds at various national venues. 

Dr. Mills has been honored with two prestigious awards: the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Mid-Career Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mills is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. 


Lewis S. Nelson, MD

Dr. Nelson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and a Past-President of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He is actively involved with CDC, FDA, DHS, and with several professional medical organizations. His areas of specific interest include the consequences of opioids, alternative pain management strategies, emerging substances of abuse, and medication safety.  


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 and is the current President of the organization.

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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Robert E. O'Connor, M.D., MPH

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


David T. Overton MD, MBA

David Overton, MD is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. He additionally serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. 

Dr. Overton attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati.  He is board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, and holds an MBA from Michigan State University. 

Dr. Overton has received numerous research and service awards, has been published in a wide variety of professional journals and textbooks, and has served as a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals. 

He is active in a number of professional societies, including ACEP, SAEM, the ACGME and the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, which he has served as President.


Steven T. Petrovic, MBA

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

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

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

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

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Scott Poland, MD

Scott Poland is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his first two years of residency at Summa Health Systems and graduated from Akron General's emergency medicine residency program. He currently serves as Core Faculty and Emergency Ultrasound Director at Summa Health Systems. His outside interests include walking his dog, exploring parks, spending time with his wife, Cross-fit, scuba diving, and preparing for his soon-to-be-born first child.


Maria Ramos-Fernandez, MD, MSc

Maria Ramos-Fernandez is a Board Certified Emergency Physician who is currently Program Director of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)residency program . She completed a Masters in Clinical Research from UPR and the Hospice and Palliative Medicine subspecialty from Emory University. Currently she combines clinical research with academia.


Linda Regan, MD

Dr. Linda Regan is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She serves as the Program Director for the EM residency program, the new combined EM-Anesthesia residency program, as well as the Medical Education Fellowship. Dr. Regan is well known at Johns Hopkins for her work as an educational program builder, and is well known for the Focused Advanced Specialty Track, or FAST, program within the residency program, a unique program that allows residents to develop a focused niche during their final year of residency. 

Dr. Regan’s interests lay mainly in curriculum development and evaluation, resident evaluation and feedback, as well as new applications of adult learning theory to post graduate education. She has extensive interest and experience in resident remediation, in particular for professionalism and communication skills, and is a frequent lecturer on this topic. She is also in charge of faculty development in her department and runs a robust longitudinal program in her department. Her clinical interests involve special population topics.  In addition to her scholarly work, she has received multiple teaching awards from the residents she teaches, is a 2012 ACEP Faculty Teaching Award winner, as well as the 2016 national recipient of the Emergency Medicine Residency Associations (EMRA) Residency Director of the Year award.  

Dr. Regan served on the program committee for the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) for many years, including three years as a track chair for the Best Practices track. She served for four years as a member of the CORD Board of Directors and is a current member of the RRC in Emergency Medicine.

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James J. Scheulen, MBA, PA

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

Mr. Scheulen is 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.

Travis Schmitz, PhD, MBA

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

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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.

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Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Rahul Sharma is the inaugural Chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Physician-in Chief at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine. He oversees all academic and operational activities for the Department of Emergency Medicine and for the NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Departments. 

Dr. Sharma received a combined MD/MBA degree in Health Management from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, where he served as chief resident.  Dr. Sharma is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award, the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) National Leadership Award and the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award.

Dr. Sharma has devised and led several innovative initiatives and educational programs, which have significantly improved patient and clinician experience, core quality measures and overall operational efficiency.  He is a national leader in the fields of emergency medicine, healthcare operations, telemedicine and virtual healthcare. Dr. Sharma’s accomplishments been featured in several national journals and media platforms including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NEJM Catalyst and JAMA, and he has been an invited guest speaker at several national and international programs, including the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee and the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, and is an oral boards examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Sharma also currently serves as vice president of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Medical Board Executive Committee and is a member of the New York State Board for Medicine. He is the recipient of the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award at the 2017 ACEP Scientific Assembly and the 2018 Intelligent Healthcare Association (IHA) Patient Care and Health Delivery Award.


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.


Tim Sullivan, MHA, FACHE

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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Benjamin “Ben” Sun is Perelman Professor, Chair of Emergency Medicine, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, all at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a health services researcher and has served as the principal investigator on 15 grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and private foundations with total funding of $11 million. Dr. Sun leads a broad research portfolio on topics such as ED crowding, chest pain, syncope, and prescription opioids.

Dr. Sun earned his undergraduate degree, his master’s degree in Public Policy, and his medical degree from Harvard University. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, and he completed a fellowship in Health Services Research through the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Prior to his current role, he served on faculty at UCLA and Oregon Health & Science University.


Thomas E. Terndrup, MD

Dr. Terndrup is an Emergency Medicine specialist with over 36 years of clinical, educational, administrative, and research experience in the provision of emergency medical care, with venues ranging from remote rural, to suburban community, and large urban and academic hospital facilities. Starting as an ED director fresh out of a rotating internship serving as a US Public Health Service officer at Lee County Community Hospital with one physician partner, he expanded the strictly after hours practice from a single room “ER” to a 6 bed ED with 24/7 coverage, prior to going back to EM residency training 3 years later. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in pediatric EM, and stayed on as the director of the SUNY Syracuse Children’s ER, prior to becoming interim chair and then leaving for the founding chair position in Birmingham, Alabama, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999. During his time at UAB, he developed an interest in emergency preparedness and assisted in the development of a foundation course for multiple disciplines at the former Fort McClellan Hospital outside Anniston, Alabama. He founded a multidisciplinary research and service entity, the Center for Emerging Infections and Disaster Preparedness (CEIEP) in order to address issues associated with emerging infections and disaster preparedness. Subsequently, as Associate Dean for Clinical Research, he received support from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and created a multi-county network of 17 hospitals in south central Pennsylvania while at Penn State. This PA network will serve as the basis for providing some answers to preparing your hospital/ED for a pandemic influenza outbreak.  

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Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH is the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University and the Lavine Family Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  

Dr. VanRooyen founded and directs the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), an interfaculty initiative at Harvard University. He has worked as an emergency physician with numerous relief organizations in over thirty countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Sudan, Chad and the DRC. He has worked in the field as a relief expert with several non-governmental organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam, and Physicians for Human Rights.  

Dr. VanRooyen teaches courses at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Public Health on humanitarian operations in war and disaster. In 2012, he founded the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. He has authored the textbook “Emergent Field Medicine” and his most recent book, “The World’s Emergency Room” describes the evolution of modern humanitarian aid and the threats to healthcare workers in conflict.