2014 Speakers

Eric M. Bean, RN, BSN is a Regional Educator for Air Evac Lifeteam. A former Base Supervisor and Clinical lead, he was also a Staff nurse at Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado. He has spoken throughout the Midwest on a broad range of topics ranging from trauma to burns and cardiac emergencies.


Erica Carney, MD is currently an EMS fellow at Washington University School of Medicine. She graduated from UMKC School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at UMKC – Kansas City, Missouri in 2014 where she served as a Chief Resident. She has taught ACLS for UMKC and Truman Medical Center as well as teaching AEMT courses for the Kansas City Fire Department.


Kelsie Cochran, CCEMT-P is the Clinical Education Manager for Abbott EMS, which includes locations in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. She started her fire and EMS career in 2003 while concurrently attending Saint Louis University. Since that time, she has worked for several EMS agencies and fire departments in the metro area. After spending the last three years teaching paramedic education with IHM Academy of EMS, Kelsey transitioned to her new position in February where she works on clinical initiatives, protocol review, and continuous quality improvement strategies.


Richard Dandridge, EMT-P is the Pre-Hospital Outreach Coordinator for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. A graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, he completed his Paramedic training at Christian Hospital’s Paramedic training program and has over 10 years of experience in training and educating hospital providers, working in the Emergency Room at Crossroads Regional Medical Center and as a Paramedic and Training officer with the Warren County Ambulance District.


Brian R. Froelke, MD, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He attended the University of Cincinnati Medical School and continued his training at Barnes Jewish Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. He assisted with the construction of an EMS Fellowship Program in which he was the inaugural fellow in Emergency Medical Services. He is the EMS medical director for Christian Hospital EMS in Saint Louis as well as a number of local emergency response agencies. He is the Chief Medical Officer for the Missouri Disaster Response System and the Chair of Missouri’s Regional Medical Director Committee. He is President of the Interstate Disaster Medical Collaborative and most recently has been appointed as the EMS Medical Director for the State of Missouri.


W. Scott Gilmore, MD, EMT-P, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Program Director for the EMS Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He started his career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance and continues to maintain his license as a paramedic. He graduated from Southern Illinois University where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine. He completed an Emergency Medicine residency and EMS fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He is active in the prehospital setting serving as the Medical Director for St. Louis Fire Department, Board Member for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of EMS Physicians.


Laura E. Heitsch, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to complete an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati, working in part as a helicopter flight physician for the last 3 years of her training. She then undertook two year fellowship in Neurovascular Emergencies at the same institution before joining the faculty at Washington University. Dr. Heisch has been involved in multiple stroke-related areas and quality improvement projects for the acute care of stroke patients at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She has also served on regional and national committees for the AHA/ASA as well as SAEM. In addition, she has begun a research program in the genetics of acute recovery for ischemic stroke patients and has been awarded grants by both the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the American Heart Association for her ongoing research.


Jacob B. Keeperman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. He graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and competed his Emergency Medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. After residency he completed fellowships in Multi-disciplinary Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He is the Medical Director for Air Evac EMS. He is frequently an invited lecturer locally, nationally, and internationally on Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Emergency Medical Services. He has special interests in out-of-hospital management of critically ill patients, emergency management of LVADs, out-of-hospital vasopressor use, and utilization of air medical resources.


Cindy Lefton, RN, PhD has combined her extensive experience as a Registered Nurse, Paramedic, and Organizational Psychologist to develop strategies aimed at helping hospitals across the country positively impact their communication and collaboration. As the Manager and Researcher, Patient Experience, Emergency Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cindy utilizes a variety of evidence and resources to guide patient care areas in creating and sustaining evidence based healthy work environments that promote safe quality care. Dr. Lefton has published articles on communication, collaboration and meaningful recognition and has presented these topics at various national conferences. She also serves as the Team Leader for The DAISY Award Impact Research Project.


Mark D. Levine, MD, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Course Director at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the MetroHealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic program in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as a Flight Physician for Metro Life Flight. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He was the former Medical Director of the St. Louis Fire Department, and now serves as the Assistant Medical Director. He has lectured locally and internationally on Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Medicine and is a reviewer for Emergency Medical Services Magazine and a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).


Stephen Liang, MD is an instructor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine residencies at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore Maryland, where he served as a Chief Resident. He completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Washington University. He is a recipient of multiple distinguished teaching and professionalism awards as well as being the author of multiple research papers. He has an interest in infection prevention and emerging infectious diseases in emergency care settings. He also serves as a medical team manager for Missouri Task Force 1.


Craig Manifold, DO, FACEP, FAAEM serves as the EMS Medical Director for EMS agencies in the San Antonio area and Bexar County Texas, including San Antonio AirLIFE and Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continued his training in Emergency Medicine with his Internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas and his Residency with the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency in San Antonio, Texas. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Manifold is presently serving on several committees of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee and Southwest Texas Trauma Advisory Committee. He is the Joint Surgeon for the Texas National Guard and currently serves as the Chair of the ACEP EMS Committee. Dr Manifold started his EMS career as an EMT-B /Firefighter with Eureka Volunteer Fire Company, Stewartstown Pa. He serves as Principal Investigator for several clinical trials. He is a paid consultant for Advanced Circulatory®.


Mary Alice McCubbins, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC is the Trauma Nurse Practitioner at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She directly manages and coordinates multiservice and rehabilitative care from admission to discharge for polytrauma patients and provides direct care to patients in the Pediatric Ambulatory Wound Clinic (PAWS) where both inpatients and outpatients are seen for burn and other wound management. Mary Alice actively served in the US military for 22 years and retired from the Air Force in 2008. Mary Alice obtained extensive pediatric primary care experience while managing base pediatric clinics and providing direct care to thousands of military children, which has proved invaluable in Mary Alice’s current role not only as she collaborates with primary care providers to transition victims of trauma back to their healthcare home but also to help take a holistic approach to the pediatric trauma patient instead of just addressing the traumatic injuries.


Julie K. McManemy, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor University College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. She graduated medical school from the Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and subsequently completed a residency in Pediatrics. She then became a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. A top-notch educator and researcher, she has won multiple teaching awards and the respect of her colleagues for her expertise and professionalism in educating future physicians and her outstanding care of patients.


Kim McKenna, RN, EMT-P is the Director of Education for the St. Charles County Ambulance District and an Adjunct Instructor for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She formerly served as Chief Medical Officer for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. Kim is a paramedic, registered nurse, educator, EMS author and editor. She has been involved in emergency care and EMS education for more than 25 years. Kim served as the Emergency Medical Responder Project Level leader on the National EMS Education Standards Task force. She is presently a Board of Director for the National Association of EMS Educators and Chairs the Research Committee.


Bhavin Mehta, EMT-P is the current Public Relations Officer for Survival Flight, Inc. He received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations from Saint Louis University. He has been an active paramedic in the Saint Louis area for the past ten years. He has worked in both the private sector EMS, for Survival Flight and Abbott EMS, and in the public sector as a paramedic for the Saint Louis Fire Department.


H. Philip Moy, MD is an Instructor of Emergency Medicine and core faculty for the EMS fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago in 2008 and he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Washington University where he served as Chief Resident in 2012-13. He completed his fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at the University of North Carolina and returned to St. Louis where he is currently in charge of research for the EMS fellowship at Washington University and is an Assistant Medical Director for the Saint Louis Fire Department.


Claudia Myers, RN, CEN, EMT-B is a Clinical Educator, Flight Nurse and Base Nurse Supervisor for Air Evac Lifeteam. A former Director of Nursing for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, she has won multiple awards for her skills in nursing as well as having multiple publications to her name and being an AHA instructor and Affiliate Faculty.


J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP began his emergency medicine career as a 16-year-old emergency department technician at Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, NC. He completed his EMT education during his freshman year at UNC-Chapel Hill. For the next 3 years, he served as an EMT and crew chief for the Orange County Rescue Squad in Hillsborough, NC. After completing medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Emergency Medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center, he became the first EMS Fellow at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He assumed the role of Medical Director of the Wake County EMS System in 2002 and became Director of the Department of EMS in 2008. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the national Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and works clinically as an emergency physician with Wake Emergency Physicians, PA.


Nicholas D. Rathert, MD, EMT-T is an Emergency Physician at Bay Medical Center in Panama City Beach, FL. A graduate of Southern Illinois School of Medicine, he completed Emergency Medicine residency and EMS fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and EMS. Beginning in August he will be assuming the role of Associate Chief of the Division of EMS at Albany Medical Center in Albany NY as well as Associate Medical Director for Operations with Albany Fire Department and Schenectady Fire Department. He has served as an item writer for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and is a member of the EMS Milestone Project Working Group for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Jay H. Reich, MD, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS Section Chief for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UMKC-School of Medicine. He is also the EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City Fire Department. Dr. Reich received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed an emergency medicine residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center prior to his Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Reich is also actively involved in disaster medicine serving the National Disaster Medical System as a Supervisory Medical Officer with both a Disaster Medical Assistance Team and a Mobile Acute Care Strike Team.


Bridgette B. Svancarek, MD is an Instructor of Emergency Medicine and core faculty for the EMS Fellowship at Washington University. She graduated from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. Following residency, she completed the EMS Fellowship at Washington University. She is actively involved in EMS education at the local, state, and national levels, serving as the Medical Director for the Education Subcommittee of the Missouri State Advisory Council on EMS and as a Board Member of the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs.


Evan S. Schwarz, MD, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Program Director for the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas before matriculating to Washington University for his residency in Emergency Medicine. After finishing his residency in Emergency Medicine, he completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine. He is active in the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and serves as the chair of the Recent Graduate Section. In addition to authoring several manuscripts, textbook chapters, and abstracts, he was recently named the ACMT liaison to the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, region 7.


David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM is the EMS Section Chief in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He also serves as Medical Director of Washington University EMS. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine and personally serves as medical director for the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, Abbott EMS, Clayton Fire Department, St. Louis US&R System, and several first responder and AED programs. He is Vice-chair of the Missouri State Advisory Council on EMS and serves on the National Association of EMS Physicians Board of Directors.


Brian Zinanni, EMT-P is a Paramedic-Firefighter and began his career 30 years ago running rural EMS in his hometown of Rock Falls, Illinois, where he completed his EMT Paramedic program through OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois. The past 12 years Brian has served with the City of Clayton, Missouri Fire Department and currently serves as one of the departments Medical Officers. Brian is a graduate of the Camden County College, NJ and is currently completing his education in Emergency Management through the Eastern New Mexico University. Brian currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Greater St. Louis Area EMS Officers Association. Brian has also dedicated much of his time serving family members and departments of fallen public safety officers, where he developed the Missouri Fire Fighters Funeral Team concept, and serves as the state coordinator.

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