Conference Speakers

Ben Weston
Ben Weston, MD Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He serves as Director of Medical Services for the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management

Dr. Weston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He serves as Director of Medical Services for the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, overseeing Emergency Medical Services throughout the county. He is the Director of Mass Gathering and Event Medicine, having provided medical direction and oversight for events including NFL, NBA, MLB, Indycar, and USA Triathlon as well as other concerts and competitive sporting events. He is the Assistant Program Director for the ACGME Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Program. He practices clinically in the emergency department at Froedtert Hospital.


Brian J. O’Neil
Brian J. O'Neil, MD FACEP FAHA Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor Wayne State University, School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Specialist In Chief, Detroit Medical Center

Brian J. O’Neil, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.H.A., is the Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine and the Specialist-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine for the Detroit Medical Center. A 1986 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. O’Neil is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of cardiac and cerebral ischemia and cardia resuscitation. Dr. O’Neil is an active researcher who has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed papers to the field of resuscitation. He has been involved with guideline and policy development within the AHA and other specialty organizations. Dr. O’Neil is the past-president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee, previous Chair of the ACLS sub-committee and he also is a current member of the International Liasion Committee on Resuscitation. He was a member of the Writing Committee for the American Heart Association’s 2010 Acute Coronary Syndromes Guidelines and the 2015 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support guidelines.

Dr. O’Neil received the American College of Emergency Physicians 2013 Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, the Emergency Medicine Foundation Fellowship Award and the Career Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. He has been recognized for his outstanding teaching, receiving the Academician of the Year, Sinai-Grace Hospital; Teacher of the Year, St. John Hospital; Lawrence R. Schwartz, Faculty Devotion Award, William Beaumont Hospital; and, the Emergency Medicine Residents Association of Michigan Teacher of the Year Award. He is a member of the Research Committee for the Society of Acadmeic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. O’Neil is a decision editor for the Academic Emegency Medicine College of Cardiology and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Most recently, Dr. O’Neil was awarded Distinguised Alumni Award in 2017. This award is presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes, whose contributions to the health field in the broader sence is outstanding and for service to the WSU School of Medicine.

Brian is a member of the THA Board of Directors.

Charles Deakin
Charles Deakin, MA MD FRCA FRCP FFIC Honorary Professor of Resuscitation and PreHospital Emergency Medicine, Consultant in Cardiac Anaesthesia and Critical Care Department of Anaesthetics University Hospital Southampton

Prof Charles Deakin is consultant in cardiac intensive care at University Hospital Southampton, UK, and Medical Director for South Central Ambulance Service and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. He is Professor of Resuscitation and Prehospital Emergency Medicine at Southampton University where his main academic interests are cardiac arrest and resuscitation.

Charles is a lead author for UK national and European resuscitation guidelines. He co-chaired the ILCOR ALS guidelines in 2005 and 2010 and remains a member of the ALS working Group where he is also the ILCOR domain lead for defibrillation. He was a member of the Trial Management Group for the recently published PARAMEDIC2 study and Trial Steering Committee for the AIRWAYS2 study.

Charles Lick
Charles Lick, MD Allina Health

Charles Lick, MD, is responsible for the care delivered by Allina Health Emergency Medical Service’s personnel. He sets equipment and training standards and service protocols.

Throughout 20-year career, Lick has worked with community, health care and civic organizations to advance the cause of early defibrillation for sudden cardiac arrest. He founded Allina’s Heart Safe Communities program, which was designed to increase the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by placing automated external defibrillators in public places.

Chief Wayne Kewitsch
Chief Wayne Kewitsch, BA, EFO, NREMT-B Executive Director, MNFire

Wayne Kewitsch realizes he’s one of the luckiest guys in the world…he gets paid to do what he loves. He began his fire service career as Paid-On-Call Firefighter in 1995 with the St. Louis Park FD; has served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and Fire Chief for the Richfield Fire Department. He is currently the Executive Director of the Minnesota Firefighter Initiative. Wayne is passionate about firefighter health and wellness along with how resources can be best utilized to provide excellent service to the public. He is a member of multiple fire service organizations and currently holds leadership positions with the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, the Minnesota Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a former board member for MN Task Force 1. Wayne has a B.A. from Northwestern University and has successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

Specialties: Strategic organizational planning, operational planning with extensive operational experience ranging from line firefighter to chief level.

Wayne is a Survivor and member of the THA Board of Directors.

Daniel P. Davis
Daniel P. Davis, MD

Daniel P. Davis, MD, is the director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a principal investigator with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. He’s a professor of emergency medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and the medical director for Mercy Air Ambulance in Southern California.

David Miramontes
David Miramontes, MD FAEMS FACEP NREMT Medical Director San Antonio Fire Department Associate Clinical Professor University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Emergency Health Sciences Office of the Medical Director

Physician Medical Director for the City of San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) Responsibilities will include: medical oversight of the SAFD system including education, online medical control, quality assurance/performance improvement; teaching in continuing education programs; educational program medical direction for the EHS Department’s EMT and Paramedic Certification Programs; participation in EHS teaching and research; serve on local, regional and national committees; and active participation in field evaluations. He will also have a clinical practice of medicine at the University Hospital Emergency Center.

Demetris Yannopoulos
Demetris Yannopoulos, MD University of Minnesota

Dr. Yannopoulos have published more than 140 articles in the field of resuscitation and many book chapters. He has received funding from the NIH to evaluate methods to improve neurological outcomes after prolonged untreated arrest. He is the recipient of the NIH Director’s transformative research award that evaluates ways to mitigate reperfusion injury after cardiac arrest.

Dr. Yannopoulos is the PI of the ACCESS trial, a phase III, multicenter US trial that assesses the effect of early access to the cardiac catheterization on survival to hospital discharge for patients resuscitated after VF OHCA. He is also the PI of the ARREST trial, an NIH funder randomized trial that will assess the role of ECMO in refractory VF arrest and its effect on improving neurological intact survival.

Dr. Yannopoulos, with the collaboration of the Twin Cities EMS directors, has established the first ECMO-based resuscitation protocol in the US for refractory VF OHCA patients.

Guillaume Debaty
Guillaume Debaty, MD PhD Professor and Chairman Emergency Medical Services – Mobile Intensive Care Unit - SAMU 38 University Hospital of Grenoble Alps

Dr. Guillaume Debaty is a professor of Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Emergency Medical Services – Mobile Intensive Care Unit – SAMU 38 at the University of Grenoble Alps in southeast France. He has a Ph.D. and a habilitation thesis to supervise research in medical and therapeutics engineering. He is a recognized researcher in the field of cardiac resuscitation and emergency medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the French Society of Emergency Medicine (SFMU). His main research focuses on the optimization of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and reperfusion injury protection. He is working in collaboration with several international research groups on cardiac arrest with a particular interest in collaboration with the University of Minnesota to study the head-up position during CPR to improve blood flow to the brain. He is the principal investigator in several multicenter randomized clinical trial related to cardiac arrest in France.

J. Joelle Donofrio
J. Joelle Donofrio, DO Associate Medical Director for SanDiego Fire and Rescue. SHe is also medical director of emergency medical services at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. J. Joelle Donofrio is the Associate Medical Director for SanDiego Fire and Rescue. SHe is also medical director of emergency medical services at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Donofrio’s research interests and publications involve pediatric disaster and prehospital care of both adults and children.

Jane Wigginton
Jane Wigginton, MD Texas SW Medical Center

Jane G. Wigginton, M.D., attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSWMS) in Dallas, Texas and then completed her Emergency Medicine residency at UTSWMS and the affiliated Parkland Health & Hospital System. She joined the faculty in 2000 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Surgery and a Deputy Medical Director for EMS Biotel Services. Dr. Wigginton’s research has addressed controversial resuscitation/ethical issues such as the salvageability of patients with cardiac arrest presenting with pulseless electrical activity and asystole. Other studies have demonstrated counter-intuitive outcomes or unique findings regarding out-of-hospital resuscitation that have challenged conventional wisdom. One recent paper actually demonstrated better outcomes with manual compressions by EMS personnel versus mechanical (Thumper) compressions. Her highly notable study on gender-related differences in the presentation and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, found that, in contrast to women with myocardial infarction and other related coronary artery syndromes, women had a better outcome following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Dr. Wigginton, herself a mother of six, has a strong interest in injury prevention and public access to defibrillation. She recently participated in the CPR and automated defibrillation training of the U.S. Surgeon General and three dozen senior staff members at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. and is now focusing efforts on the use of alternative CPR devices such as the Active Compression-Decompression CPR device.

Jane is a member of the THA Board of Directors.

Jason A. Bartos
Jason A. Bartos, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Minnesota, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Associate Director of the Center for Resuscitation Medicine, and the President of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium.

Dr. Jason Bartos was born and raised in Maple Plain, MN. He completed his undergraduate work in Chemistry and Psychology at St. John’s University and went on to earn his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa. He then moved to Stanford University School of Medicine where he earned his MD and completed Internal Medicine residency. He moved to the University of Minnesota in 2012 where he completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine, Critical Care Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Bartos is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, critical care medicine, and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include cardiac critical care, resuscitation, advanced hemodynamic support, pulmonary embolus, and coronary artery disease and intervention. He is the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Bartos’s research interests include resuscitation, advanced hemodynamic support, and recovery from cardiac arrest. He has performed research in the field of ischemia and reperfusion injury for 20 years describing the molecular pathways of injury in models of cerebral ischemia and investigating potential therapies to mitigate the effects of reperfusion injury in heart transplantation, myocardial infarction, and refractory cardiac arrest. Dr. Bartos is the Associate Medical Director of the Center for Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota and the President of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium where he works to improve survival for patients suffering cardiac arrest. This work has resulted in the development of protocols utilizing rapid transport from the field, peripherally placed veno-arterial ECMO, coronary reperfusion, and subsequent cardiac intensive care to improve outcomes for patients with refractory VT/VF cardiac arrest.

Jason Benjamin
Jason Benjamin, Lung Bioengineering


Jeffrey M. Goodloe
Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD FACEP Chief Medical Officer for the EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa.rofessor of Emergency Medicine, EMS Section Chief, and Director of the Oklahoma Center for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, FACEP serves as Chief Medical Officer for the EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He is also Medical Director and a tactical emergency physician for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Dr. Goodloe is Professor of Emergency Medicine, EMS Section Chief, and Director of the Oklahoma Center for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. He works clinically at Hillcrest Medical Center Emergency Center in Tulsa, OK.

Jennifer F. Anders
Jennifer F. Anders, MD Johns Hopkins University and State of Maryland Pediatric Medical Director.

Dr. Jennifer Anders is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Anders serves as the Pediatric Base Station Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She is deeply committed to the education of residents and fellows to supply high-quality practitioners to serve ill and injured children.

Dr. Anders’ areas of research is related to improving emergency care of children, including acute pain assessment and treatment, and procedural sedation.

Her current research studies include prehospital and inter-facility transport of children with cervical spine injury, transcriptional biosignatures of febrile infants, an electronic stethoscope to assess children with respiratory disease, and an electronic intervention to improve care of young women with pelvic inflammatory disease.

Jim Augustine
Jim Augustine, MD FACEP Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University, Medical Director roles with fire services near Atlanta, Georgia; Naples, Florida; and Dayton, Ohio.

James J Augustine, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician and Fire EMS Medical Director, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is Chair of the National Clinical Governance Board for US Acute Care Solutions, based in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Augustine currently serves a Medical Director role with Fire Rescue agencies in Atlanta, Georgia, in Naples, Florida, and in Dayton, Ohio.

Joe E. Holley
Joe E. Holley, MD FACEP FAEMS EMS Medical Director, Memphis Fire, Shelby County Fire, and State of Tennessee

Medical director of the Memphis (Tenn.) and Shelby County Fire Departments, and several municipal and private ambulance services in west Tennessee. He also serves as medical director for the Tennessee Department of EMS and is an associate professor in emergency medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Johanna Moore
Johanna Moore, MD MSc Faculty Physician Department of Emergency Medicine Hennepin Healthcare, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Moore specializes in Emergency Medicine with an emphasis in Emergency Medicine Research, and is the Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. Her primary research interest is in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Johanna is a member of the THA Board of Directors.

Jonathan Jui
Jonathan Jui, MD MPH FACEP Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University

Jonathan Jui, MD, MPH, Professor of Emergency Medicine OHSU. Dr Jui is the EMS Medical Director for Multnomah County (City of Portand, Gresham, Port of Portland) and Medical Director of Oregon State Police, United States Forest Service Region 6 Incident Medical Specialist and Redmond Smokejumpers. He is board-certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, emergency medical services, and infectious disease and has a Masters in Public Health (epidemiology). He has had a long standing interest in population based research, cardiac arrest, and patient safety and has been a co-investigator or site investigator on a number of national scientific investigations including NIH Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Community Trial, Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (Oregon SUDS), and Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) trials.

Keith Lurie
Keith Lurie, MD Professor of internal and emergency medicine at University of MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota

Keith Lurie, MD, is a cardiac electro-physiologist and a world-renowned expert in the field of CPR.  He is co-inventor of the impedance threshold device (ITD)(ResQPOD), active compression decompression (ACD) CPR (ResQPump), and HeadUpCPR devices. Dr Lurie maintains a part-time clinical practice and federally funded research lab. He has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1991, and is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Co-Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center.

Dr. Lurie has received multiple grant awards from the National Institute of Health and Defense Department and is an inventor of several different technologies. He served on the American Heart Association Basic Life Support subcommittee from 1998-2007. He co-founded Take Heart America in 2005.

Kenneth A. Scheppke
Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD State EMS Medical Director for the Florida Department of Health as well as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for seven fire-rescue agencies across Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Kenneth A Scheppke, MD is a dual board-certified specialist in the fields of emergency medicine and the subspecialty of EMS. He serves as the State EMS Medical Director for the Florida Department of Health as well as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for seven fire-rescue agencies across Palm Beach and Martin Counties. He also serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Broward Sheriff’s Office and additionally as Medical Director for one of the largest multistate public access to defibrillation programs in the country. Dr. Scheppke is a productive scientific investigator and educator in the fields of stroke care, cardiac arrest, prehospital use of ketamine, spinal motion restriction and successful approaches to address the opioid epidemic.

In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Scheppke is an instrument-rated private pilot and volunteers his skills as a pilot to fly animals at risk for euthanasia to safe foster homes and non-kill shelters to await adoption. He also volunteers to fly in times of natural disasters, such as hurricanes Irma, Michael and Dorian, delivering necessary relief supplies when ground transportation is not available.

Kerry Bachista
Kerry Bachista, MD Chief Medical Officer, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine University of Florida Health Science Center - Jacksonville

Kerry Bachista, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, NREMT-P

Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director

St. Johns County Fire Rescue

First Coast Technical College EMS Programs

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine University of Florida Health Science Center – Jacksonville

Dr. Kerry Bachista is board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services and is the medical director for St. Johns County Fire Rescue in Jacksonville, Florida. He is affiliated with Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and UF Health Jacksonville.

Lauren Emmanuelson
Lauren Emmanuelson, MLS RN BSN CCEMTP Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse at Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) in Peoria, Illinois

Lauren began her career in EMS over 11 years ago as an EMT in Peru, Illinois and is now a Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse and Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation trainer at Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) in Peoria, Illinois. AMT receives approximately 65,000 calls for service and completes approximately 57,000 transports per year, responding to an average of 250 cardiac arrests per year. In 2017, Lauren was promoted to the Director of Resuscitation overseeing Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance activities, training and education for both BLS and ALS field providers as well as collaboration with the office of the Medical Director, first responder agencies, and hospital partners. Lauren is a member of the American Ambulance Association’s Professional Standards Committee where she shares her knowledge to set best practices for the industry.

Marc Conterato
Marc Conterato, MD

Dr. Conterato currently serves as a Unit Physician for Minnesota Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue unit.

Mark Piehl
Mark Piehl, MD Clinical associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Piehl is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric intensivist who served as medical director of WakeMed Children’s Hospital from 2009 to 2015.  He is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. Dr. Piehl is certified in pediatrics, with a subspecialty certification in pediatric critical care. He also holds certifications in pediatric advanced life support, which he instructs, as well as advanced trauma life support.

Marv Wayne
Marv Wayne, MD FACEP, FAAEM,FAHA Clinical Associate Professor Department of Emergency Medicine University of Washington. EMS Medical Program Director, Whatcom County Washington

Medical program director for Whatcom County EMS systems. Attending physician in the ED at St. Joseph Medical Center, and associate clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. He is most proud of is his dedication to furthering medicine and emergency medical care in Israel.

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Michael K. Levy
Michael K. Levy, MD FAEMS FACP FACEP Medical DirectorState of Alaska Emergency Programs Chief Medical Officer Anchorage Areawide EMS President National Association of EMS Physician Affiliate Associate Prof University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health WWAMI School of Medical Education

Michael Levy M.D is an EMS physician and emergency medicine physician practicing in Anchorage, Alaska with a specific practice focus on improving community outcomes in life-threatening time-critical emergences. He is the Medical Director and for the Anchorage Fire Department and for Anchorage Area-wide EMS, a position he has held since 1995. He is the Medical Director for Emergency Programs for the State of Alaska and serves as the medical director for a number of other Alaska EMS agencies as well, including being the EMS Medical Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Fairweather LLC, Anchorage Service Patrol among others. He is the President of the National Association of EMS Physicians, the Alaska PI for the Heart Rescue Project and the president of the Loren Marshall Foundation, a 501(c)3. He is the Chief Medical Advisor for Stryker Emergency Care. He is the Medical Director for Global Medical Response’s International Motorsports Association medical program. Dr Levy is a faculty member of the Seattle Resuscitation Academy and serves as a senior consultant for the Academy. His goal in EMS is to enable providers to improve the outcome of their patients through personal empowerment via education, training and evidence-based practice.

Micheal C. Kurz
Micheal C. Kurz, MD MS Professor and Vice-Chair for Research Director, UAB Post-Cardiac Arrest Service; University of Alabama Birmingham

Dr. Michael Kurz is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds joint appointments with the Department of Surgery and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. In addition, Dr. Kurz is the Director of the UAB Post-Cardiac Arrest Service providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for cardiac arrest victims throughout Alabama.

Dr. Kurz serves as Immediate-Past Chair of the AHA Emergency Cardiac Care Subcommittee on Systems of Care and has contributed to the AHA ECC guidelines since 2010. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in resuscitation science and regularly reviews for JAMA, Circulation, Resuscitation, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Kurz’s research interests are focused upon resuscitation systems of care including upon intra- and post-arrest care, coagulation dysfunction, optimizing hemodynamic support, and rehabilitation for survivors.

Officer Bryan Platz
Officer Bryan Platz, Patrol Officer / D.A.R.E. Officer, Director of Coon Rapids MN Heart Safe

Patrol Officer / D.A.R.E. Officer, Director of Coon Rapids MN Heart Safe.

Take Heart America Science and Industry Advisory Board.

Paul Pepe
Paul Pepe, MD MPH FAEMS MACP Professor of Surgery, University of Miami Miller Medical School, Miami FL; Professor of Management, Policy and Community Health, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX Medical Director, Dallas County EMS/Public Safety, Dallas, TX

Dr Pepe is the creator, program director and perennial moderator for the world-renowned EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles conferences. He is also coordinator of the Metropolitan EMS (9-1-1 system) Medical Directors global alliance, he actively leads a de facto physician coalition consisting of the medical final decision-makers for medical preparedness, training and patient care protocols for the 50 or so largest U.S. cities, their European metropolitan counterparts (e.g., London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, etc.). and those of several other nations worldwide as well as the medical directors from key federal agencies. With this alliance, he has not only helped to establish local contacts and medical advance plans for major events and other special operations, but, most importantly, he has facilitated real-time communications and more rapid changes in best practices for stroke, cardiac and trauma resuscitation worldwide as well as just-in-time directives and training for national crises (such as the U.S. Ebola and post-Katrina landfall events).

Simultaneously, he has fostered the development of civilian tactical medical response and even imbedded S.W.A.T. doctors being incorporated in law enforcement tactical response and the development of toxicological, environmental and travel medicine expertise for mass gathering care providers.

Dr. Pepe has held key leadership support roles in major U.S. disasters including hurricane Katrina, the Dallas police ambush shootings and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school tragedy in Parkland, Florida, for which he had been serving as medical director for special operations for both the Broward Sheriff’s Office (S.W.A.T.) and the Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Rescue Department (EMS) components. He has recently helped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services develop a now-published update (“Mass Casualty Trauma Triage: Paradigms and Pitfalls”) regarding recommended triage strategies for mass casualty and active assailant events.

Over the past several years, his vanguard research efforts in Florida have helped to introduce ground-breaking research that has helped to immediately double survival chances for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (e.g., in Palm Beach County) and also helped to establish one of the highest reported survival rates for children with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (e.g., in Polk County) and now has helped with a vanguard project to bring whole blood to the field for trauma patients in critical life-threatening conditions.

Paul R. Banerjee
Paul R. Banerjee, DO Medical Director, Polk County Fire Rescue; Assistant professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine

Paul R. Banerjee, DO, is medical director for Polk County (Fla.) Fire Rescue, SWAT team medical director for Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, associate medical director for Osceola Regional Medical Center, medical director for Lake Technical College EMS Program, and associate assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He’s a member of the JEMS Editorial Board and winner of a 2017 EMS10: Innovator’s in EMS award.

Pete Antevy
Pete Antevy, MD Pediatric emergency medicine physician at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in South Florida, Founder of Pediatric Emergency Standards Inc., Medical director for Coral Springs Fire Department, Davie Fire Rescue, Southwest Ranches Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Peter M. Antevy, MD is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (EM) physician practicing in-hospital emergency medical care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a level I trauma and tertiary care center in South Florida. Board-certified in pediatrics, emergency medicine and the complex subspecialty of EMS, he is also the founder and chief medical officer of Handtevy – Pediatric Emergency Standards, Inc., and he serves as the Medical Director for Davie Fire-Rescue, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Rescue, Southwest Ranches Fire Rescue and MCT Express, all in South Florida. Dr. Antevy also serves as Associate Medical Director for several other agencies including Palm Beach County, Florida and he is also the longstanding medical director for two highly-regarded paramedic training programs as well as several mobile integrated healthcare (MIHC) programs in greater Broward County, Florida. Dr. Antevy was recently appointed to serve as the lead pediatric EMS specialist/consultant for the highly-influential Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Coalition.

Innovator of the Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System.

Take Heart America Science and Industry Advisory Board.

Ralph J. Frascone
Ralph J. Frascone, MD FACEP FAEMS Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine

Dr. Frascone is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine. He is boarded in both Emergency Medicine and EMS. His research interests revolve around resuscitation including, CPR, airway management and vascular access. He is the medical director of 28 agencies including the St. Paul Fire Department and Life Link III which operates 10 helicopters in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Raymond Fowler
Raymond Fowler, MD FACEP FAEMS

Dr. Ray Fowler is Professor and Chief, Division of EMS, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The “First Eagle”, Dr. Fowler, was present at the original Gathering of Eagles and has been present and helped to host all of  its international gatherings over the past quarter century.

Dr. Fowler was a member of the working group that founded the National Association of EMS Physicians, having served as its second nationally elected President. He was also the original international program director for BTLS, now known as International Trauma Life Support.

Dr. Fowler is a globally recognized leader in EMS and has helped to found numerous educational advances in the field, including the MAEMSP National EMS Med Dir practicum and workshop, as well as the Eagles innovative annual conferences.

Remle P. Crowe
Remle P. Crowe, PhD Research Scientist & Performance Improvement Manager ESO Austin, TX

Dr. Remle Crowe is an expert in using data to power quality improvement and research initiatives in EMS. Remle’s career in EMS began as a volunteer EMT and instructor in Mexico City with the Red Cross.

Dr. Crowe has shown how improvement science and sound research methodology work to solve problems across any field. As an EMT with a passion for advancing EMS, Remle earned her PhD in Epidemiology and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Now, as a research scientist and performance improvement manager at ESO, Dr. Crowe routinely uses data to improve community health and safety.


Scott T. Youngquist
Scott T. Youngquist, MD MS FACEP FAHA s Medical Director for the Salt Lake City Fire Dept., Faculty of the Utah Resuscitation Academy and a member of the Major Metropolitan Medical Directors Coalition

Scott Youngquist is Chief Medical Officer for the Salt Lake City Fire Department, 911 dispatch, and the Salt Lake International Airport. He is a board member of the Take Heart America Foundation.

Dr. Youngquist is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He is author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications. His research focus is on the prehospital treatment of cardiac arrest. Along with Drs. Joe Tonna and Stephen McKellar, he initiated the University of Utah’s ED ECMO program for cardiac arrest victims in 2015.

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Steve Dunn
Steve Dunn, PhD MBA Executive Director Take Heart America; Professor, University of Wisconsin

Steve was recently appointed Executive Director of Take Heart America. Take Heart is a leading proponent for application of the best possible technologies and protocols for sudden cardiac arrest survival.

Dr. Dunn is also Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he serves as academic director for the MS Sustainability Management and MS Applied Biotechnology online degree programs which are offered through the UW Extended Campuses. His research has focused on sustainability and supply chain strategy, as well as employee well being and the use of mindfulness. Dr. Dunn was a co-founder of the Professional Athlete Transition Institute, which provided consulting, education, and training services to current and former professional athletes.

SCA Survivor