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NASEMSO 2018 Annual Meeting | May 21-24, 2018| Providence, Rhode Island
Featured Speakers

General Session Speakers | Breakout Session Speakers | Committee Meeting Speakers

General Session Speakers

Federal Partner Roundtable
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

CAPT Risk Niska, MD, MPH
U.S. Public Health Service, Community & Health Systems Team
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

CAPT Rick Niska, US Public Health Service, received his MD from the University of Virginia, and his MPH in epidemiology-biostatistics and tropical health from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in emergency and family medicine. Since January 2017, he has served as the leader of the Community and Health Systems Team (formerly Healthcare Preparedness Activity) of the CDC Division of State and Local Readiness. Learn more.

Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP
Director of the NHTSA Office of EMS
U.S. Department of Transportation

Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, is the Director of the NHTSA Office of EMS in the Department of Transportation. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the ICE Health Service Corps at the Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he was the principal deputy assistant secretary for DHS OHA and DHS deputy chief medical officer. He began serving in that position as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with DHS in September 2006 and served as the acting assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer from August 2008 to August 2009. Learn more.

Eric C. Chaney
Branch Chief, Medical First Responder Branch
Office of Health Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Branch Chief Eric Chaney leads the Medical First Responder Coordination (MFRC) Branch within the Office of Health Affairs. In his current role he serves as a subject matter expert and liaison to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Components, first responders, community groups/organizations, appointed and elected officials, government/regulatory agencies, educational institutions and contractors. Mr. Chaney is a results-driven Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Manager with over 30 years of experience developing and interpreting regulatory requirements, laws, doctrine, policy and program guidance for local, state and federal fire and emergency services (F&ES) agencies. Learn more.

Theresa Morrison-Quinata
Branch Chief, Emergency Medical Services for Children
Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health, Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Theresa “Tee” Morrison-Quinata is the EMS for Children Branch Chief with the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. As the Branch Chief, Tee oversees the EMS for Children Program to include the State Partnership, State Partnership Regionalization of Care, Targeted Issues, and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Tee also oversees the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, the EMSC Data Center, and several interagency agreements, to include the interagency agreement between HRSA EMSC and NHTSA’s OEMS. Learn more.

EMS Lessons Learned from Tragedy - Las Vegas Shooting
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Assistant Chief of EMS on scene will describe the multi-agency response to the nation’s deadliest mass shooting. He will provide an overview of the mass casualty response plan, safety concerns, integration with law enforcement agencies, what worked/what did not work and, finally, how the region's mass casualty plan changed after the tragic event.

D. Troy Tuke, RN NRP
Assistant Fire Chief - EMS
Clark County Fire Department

Chief Tuke’s career with the Clark County Fire Department began in 1996 when he was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic. After eight years of service, he was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2004 and to EMS Coordinator in 2008. Since 2010, Chief Tuke has served as Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Chief Tuke was deployed to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a Medical Specialist for Nevada Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. He currently maintains his RN license, National Registry Paramedic Certification and license, and is an EMS Master Instructor, Clinical Instructor at the UNLV School of Medicine and a Paramedic Preceptor. Learn more.

Sharing a Common Set of Protocols: Good for Patients?
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3:35-4:30 p.m.
What are the benefits in standardizing EMS clinical protocols across a region? Hear from state EMS medical directors who are working toward New England regional protocols. An update on the NASEMSO National Model EMS Guidelines, Version 2, will also be presented.

Carol Cunningham, MD
State Medical Director
Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS
Dr. Carol Cunningham is the State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, a board-certified emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is the co-principal investigator for the National Association of State EMS Officials National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, has served 5 years on the National EMS Advisory Council, and was honored as the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine James Keaney Leadership Award. Learn more.
Richard Kamin, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of EMS
EMS Program Director and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine,
   University of Connecticut Health Center
Dr. Richard Kamin is an actively practicing emergency physician and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he is the EMS Program Director. Dr. Kamin also serves as the Medical Director for the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of EMS. Dr. Kamin received both his Bachelor of Science and medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Kamin subsequently completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kamin is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is proud to be in the second group of physicians board-certified in EMS. Learn more.

Opioid Epidemic: Responding to a National Crisis
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
The speakers (Rhode Island Governor’s Overdose and Intervention Task Force invited)will share their experiences in responding to the opioid crisis. Tim Seplaki will describe how New Jersey’s bilateral sharing of law enforcement and EMS data on naloxone administration allows real-time monitoring of suspected drug overdoses and identifies surges through “hot spots” geo-mapping. EMS is working with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to create reference material for EMS providers to educate/direct patients to recovery and prevention resources. This is particularly critical to assist patients that refuse transport to the hospital after being treated with naloxone.

Tim Seplaki, Data Coordinator
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Tim Seplaki currently serves as the Data Manager for the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). His responsibilities include the implementation, coordination, and oversight of the electronic Patient Care Reporting and EMS data collection system for New Jersey. Tim also serves as a member of the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Data Managers Council and works regularly with the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS). Tim also works closely with the New Jersey State Police Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI); overseeing and coordinating EMS bio-surveillance data of suspected opioid overdose and Naloxone administration. Additionally, Tim presents regularly throughout the state with members of the DMI on the opioid epidemic and the DMI initiative. Learn more.

National Defense Authorization Act: Impact on Trauma Care
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:45-3:40 p.m.
A provision of the NDAA (FY 2017) establishes a Joint Trauma Education and Training Directorate, intended to ensure trauma providers in the Armed Forces maintain a state of readiness. Partnerships with civilian academic medical centers and teaching hospitals with Level I civilian trauma centers, will provide military trauma teams with continuous exposure to critically injured patients. Hear from surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center how this new military-civilian partnership is getting off the ground and what it means for the future of trauma care.

Jeffrey Bailey, MD, FACS, Colonel, USAF, MC, FS
Director for Surgery
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Colonel Jeffrey Bailey serves as the Director for Surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the tertiary academic medical center of the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market of the Military Health System. Colonel Bailey is a Professor in the Uniformed Services University Walter Reed Department of Surgery. He is responsible for the operation and direction of all aspects of subspecialty and perioperative surgical care, education, research, and readiness for the Surgical Directorate. This includes oversight of six Departments (Surgery, Anesthesia, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perioperative Services, and Rehabilitation), 1365 personnel, and an annual operating budget of $140 million. Learn more.

Breakout Session Speakers

As Promised, FirstNet Is Here! Now What Do We Do with It?
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:30-9:25 a.m.
The session will focus on some of the early successes of FirstNet, the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders. All 56 states and US territories have opted in, but they may sitll have some choices to make.

Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Service Chief (Ret.)
Communications Technology Advisor for Five National EMS Associations
Program Manager for Public Safety Communications, Rural EMS,
    and Community Paramedicine, NASEMSO

Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Service Chief (Ret.) has been an EMS system builder since 1974. He is the communications technology advisor for five national EMS associations, and program manager for public safety communications, rural EMS and community paramedicine for the National Association of State EMS Officials. He is the past Chairman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SafeCom Program and continues to serve on its Executive Committee. Kevin is on the Governing Board of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council and was bestowed its top honor, the Richard DeMello Award, in 2017. Kevin has been an energetic promoter of the nationwide public safety broadband network since 2006. In August, 2015, he was named by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a second three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors. In 2018, Kevin received the Journal of EMS “Top Ten Innovator Award” for his FirstNet work. Learn more.

Air Medical Update
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:30-9:25 a.m.
Speakers from two national air medical associations (Association of Air Medical Services and Association of Crtical Care Transport) will provide an overview of the complex issues facing air medical providers.

Greg Hildenbrand
Executive Director
Life Star of Kansas

Greg Hildenbrand has been the Executive Director for Life Star of Kansas since 1991. He is a founder and current Board member for the Association for Critical Care Transport (ACCT) and chairs their Policy Committee. Greg is also a former Board member for the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and chaired their Government Relations committee. Learn more.


EMS and the Coast Guard
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:45-10:35 a.m.
The USCG has been improving its response to challenges with training, fatigue, equipment location, unexpected circumstances and teamwork for years. This talk reviews some of the small boat station missions and capabilities, and then focuses on lessons EMS can learn from the USCG regarding training, crew readiness, rest, standardization and emergency situations.

Kenneth Williams, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Consulting Medical Director
Rhode Island Department of Health Center for EMS

Kenneth A. Williams, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He was Medical Director for UMASS Life Flight for 10 years before moving to Brown in 1997. From 1999 until the project ended, Dr. Williams was Medical Director and Principal Investigator for the Rhode Island Disaster Initiative, the federally funded disaster research project that founded Rhode Island Hospital's Lifeguard EMS Critical Care transport program, now LifePACT. Learn more.

Repeat Users of EMS in Idaho, 2013–2016
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:45-11:40 a.m.
The Idaho Bureau of EMS & Preparedness will share results of its study to identify demographic, clinical, and geographic factors associated with repeat EMS users. This study was designed to identify types of patients who could benefit from community-based, prevention-focused EMS programs.

Dr. Bozena Morawski
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) EIS Officer
currently on two-year assignment to Idaho Division of Public Health

In 2017, Dr. Bozena Morawski joined the staff at the Idaho Division of Public Health for a two-year assignment as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. Dr. Morawski earned her PhD with a major in epidemiology and a minor in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota. The focus of her dissertation was the impact of gastrointestinal health on HIV disease progression, with particular emphasis on helminth infections. She received her Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles; her thesis was a study of maternal and child health indicators in Odobéré, Senegal. Learn more.

On the Scene in Charlottesville
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:45-11:40 a.m.
Dr. Lindbeck will share his experience in planning for and responding to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August. Learn how Fire and EMS providers dealt with a variety of challenges, some expected and some surprising, and how to apply those lessons in the future.

George Lindbeck, MD
Emergency Physician, State EMS Medical Director
Virginia State EMS and Trauma Systems

Dr. George Lindbeck is a practicing emergency medicine and EMS physician in central Virginia. He currently practices as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia, and serves as medical director for several fire and EMS agencies throughout central Virginia. He is currently the Virginia State EMS and Trauma Systems Medical Director and has worked on a variety of projects at the state, regional and national level. Learn more.

Data-Driven EMS Performance Improvement
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:45-11:40 a.m.
This session will focus on utilizing data for decision-making and performance improvement. An overview of performance measurement will be provided and EMS Compass performance measures will be reviewed. A review of the structure of research abstracts will be provided to assist attendees in presenting their work.

Antonio Fernandez, Ph.D.
Research Director, EMS Performance Improvement Center
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine,
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Antonio R. Fernandez, Ph.D, is currently the Research Director at the EMS Performance Improvement Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has been a nationally certified paramedic since 2005 and completed the EMS Research Fellowship at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Learn more.

NASEMSO Committee Meeting Speakers

Highway Incident & Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 3:15-5:00 p.m.
In "Lights and Siren Use in EMS: Above All, Do No Harm," Dr. Doug Kupas will present the NHTSA monograph that comprehensively reviews the literature and evidence related to best practices in the use of lights and sirens and makes recommendations for safety.

Douglas Kupas, MD, FAEMS, FACEP
EMS Physician and Emergency Physician
Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania

Dr. Doug Kupas is an EMS physician and emergency physician at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where he is the Associate Chief Academic Officer for Simulation and Medical Education. Dr. Kupas is a professor of emergency medicine at Lewis Katz Medical School at Temple University. Dr. Kupas is a paramedic, and has been a practicing EMS provider for over 35 years. Dr. Kupas’ academic and research interests have included EMS provider and patient safety, EMS airway care, trauma triage, cardiac arrest outcomes, and EMS end-of-life care. Learn more.