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National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision Project:
Expert Panel

Co-Chairman – State EMS Medical Director
Peter Taillac, MD, FACEP

Dr. Peter Taillac is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Diplomat for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Taillac is a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the State EMS Medical Director at the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health. Peter is also the Medical Director of West Valley City Fire and EMS.

Dr. Taillac’s areas of interest and expertise are in EMS (prehospital emergency care) and military and combat medical care, as well as general emergency medicine, with an emphasis on hemorrhage control, cardiac arrest, time-critical diseases, disaster preparedness, and EMS systems development and performance improvement.

Co-Chairman – Independent Non-regulatory Representative
Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, EMT-P

Dr. Scott Bourn serves as Senior Vice President of Quality Measurement and Improvement at Evolution Health (EvH). Prior to joining EvH in 2015 Dr. Bourn served as Vice President of Clinical Practices and Research at American Medical Response, leading the development of a unified strategy for quality measurement and improvement across AMR’s 40 state footprint. During his ten years of leadership AMR documented strong improvement in pain relief, appropriate care of time-sensitive conditions, and survival from cardiac arrest. Dr. Bourn established and ran the EMS Degree program at the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences of the University of Colorado from 2001-2005. Over his career he has published over 200 articles, columns, and video learning modules, and has delivered lectures throughout North America. His research, writing, and lecture topics focus on defining, measuring, and improving patient outcomes and experience.

Dr. Bourn has held numerous regional and national leadership positions including: Colorado State EMS and Trauma Advisory council for nine years (5 as Chair); National Association of EMS Educators Board 2007-2015 (President 2013-2015); National Association of EMS Physicians Board 2013-2015; Advocates for EMS Board 2010-2013 (President 2012-2013). He and his wife Marilyn live in Colorado.

American Aademy of Pediatrics
Brian Moore, MD, FAAP

Dr. Brian Moore is currently a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is the recent past State EMS Medical Director for New Mexico. Dr. Moore sits on the AAP-Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and represents the AAP on the NASEMSO Model EMS Guidelines project and the Prehospital Guidelines Consortium. Dr. Moore is also the chair of the NAESMP Pediatric Committee.

Dr. Moore’s current academic interests include co-authoring an AAP policy statement on Pediatric PreHospital Readiness in conjunction with ACEP, NAEMSP, ENA, and NAEMT. In his personal life, Dr. Moore is a triathlete and has completed multiple full Ironman Triathlons and continues to train for Ironman races in 2017.

American Ambulance Association
John Russell, MD, FAAP

Dr. John Russell began his career in EMS as an EMT in 1975, moving on to become a paramedic in 1979. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1988, Dr. Russell completed his residency and dual board certification in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in 1992 in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Russell is the President of Cape County Private Ambulance (CCPA), which he and his wife purchased in 1983. CCPA is a charter member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA).

Dr. Russell has been active with the AAA for over three decades, and he currently serves as Vice Chair of the AAA’s Professional Standards Committee. Dr. Russell is the Medical Director and Consultant to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, as well as a board member of the Missouri Ambulance Association. Dr. Russell has served on several ad hoc committees for the Center for Patient Safety, Missouri State EMS Advisory Council, and NHTSA. Dr. Russell’s interests include community health, patient and crew safety, Just Culture, and evidence-based clinical outcome measures.

American College of Emergency Physicians
David Lehrfeld, MD

Dr. David Lehrfeld is currently Medical Director for EMS and Trauma Systems in the state of Oregon. Dr. Lehrfeld has previously served as Medical Director of fire-based and private EMS agencies, as well as serving on police, US Army Reserve, and statewide EMS taskforces. After beginning his career in medicine as an EMT in the Army, Dr. Lehrfeld worked his way through college and medical school as a paramedic.

Dr. Lehrfeld is dual-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Lehrfeld’s areas of interest include regionalized systems of care and using data systems to drive performance improvement programs.

American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma
Mark Gestring, MD, FACS

Dr. Mark Gestring is the Medical Director of the Kessler Trauma Center in Rochester New York. Dr. Gestring is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine.

Dr. Gestring is a member of the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma, where he currently serves as the Chair of the EMS Committee.

International Association of Fire Chiefs
David Becker, MS, LNHA, MA, Paramedic, EFO

Chief David S. Becker currently serves as the Chair of the Emergency Medical Services Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). For the past twenty years, Chief Becker has served on IAFC’s Executive Committee. Chief Becker also works full-time as a Faculty Member for the bachelor’s degree programs in Emergency Medical Services Management and Emergency Medical Services Administration at Columbia Southern University. Prior to this, Chief Becker was an EMS Program Director for Sanford-Brown College in St. Louis. Chief Becker worked for twenty-two years in the fire service, including fifteen years as a Chief Officer. Chief Becker has held a current paramedic license in Missouri since 1977, and is also licensed in Florida.

In 2006, Chief Becker was appointed to work on the Educational Standards Project as the Core Content Leader for Operations through a project for NHSTA. Chief Becker currently serves on three other national committees including CoAEMSP, CAAHEP and EMS Management Degree Curriculum Development for FESHE at the National Fire Academy. Chief Becker holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Management. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Missouri, and a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

International Association of Fire Fighters
Robert McClintock, NRP

Mr. Robert McClintock is the Fire-Based EMS Specialist for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in Washington, DC, representing the workforce as a primary stakeholder for EMS on the international level. Prior to starting his career with the IAFF, Mr. McClintock retired as a Captain after a 25-year career with the City of Hackensack Fire Department. Over the course of his career with the fire department, Mr. McClintock implemented a very successful Medical First Responder Program, Community CPR/AED program, and a school CPR/AED program for Hackensack, NJ. Mr. McClintock also worked at MONOC, a paramedic agency in NJ, serving a 17-year career as an EMT, paramedic, 9-1-1 dispatcher, Communications Coordinator, and finally as the Operations Coordinator for the agency’s South Division.

Mr. McClintock has a baccalaureate degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, is an emergency medical dispatch instructor for Priority Dispatch, and is a former CPR and EMR instructor. Mr. McClintock remains highly motivated and committed to improving the field of EMS and assisting the EMS community to gain a higher recognition on the national level. He remains humbled and honored to be serving on the panel for the EMS Scope of Practice Model.

National Association of EMS Educators
Mike Miller, EdD, RN, NRP

Dr. Mike Miller is an assistant professor and director of Creighton's Emergency Medical Services Education Program. Dr. Miller, who has over thirty years of experience in EMS, joined the Creighton University EMS Program in 2002. Dr. Miller has practiced as a paramedic and registered nurse, and worked as a field paramedic, paramedic shift supervisor, quality improvement coordinator, EMS system program director, emergency department RN, and trauma program coordinator.
Other professional activities include Site Visitor for the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs (CoAEMSP), member of the Nebraska Board of EMS and former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of EMS Educators and the CoAEMSP Board of Directors.

Dr. Miller has served as a contributing author and as a reviewer for numerous EMS publications. Dr. Miller has worked on numerous projects with the National Registry of EMTs, including as an item writer for NREMT examinations, development of the NCCP, paramedic portfolio project, and development of the Integrated Out-of-Hospital Scenario Psychomotor Examination station. Dr. Miller has facilitated numerous conference presentations and workshops, focusing on clinical, leadership, and educational topics. Dr. Miller’s educational accomplishments include Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Bachelor of Science in EMS, and a Master of Science Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, all from Creighton University.

National Association of EMS Physicians
John Gallagher, MD

Dr. John Gallagher is an Emergency Physician and the EMS System Medical Director for Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kansas. He completed medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and residency in Emergency Medicine at Geisinger Health System, where he also worked as a Flight Physician for LifeFlight Air Ambulance. Before moving to Kansas, Dr. Gallagher practiced community emergency medicine and rural EMS in southeast Minnesota.

Dr. Gallagher has special interest in EMS system design, credentialing of EMS providers, and implementation of evidence-based national standards at the local level. Dr. Gallagher has served at the state level as a chapter board member for ACEP, and currently serves at the national level as the NAEMSP Chairman for Standards and Practice.

National Association of EMTs
Dennis Rowe, EMT-P

Mr. Dennis Rowe, Paramedic, is director of new business integration for Priority Ambulance Corporation in Knoxville, Tenn. After serving as the company’s Director of Operations, Mr. Rowe is now part of a start-up team to design and implement integration plans for new ambulance companies into the Priority Ambulance portfolio. Mr. Rowe’s responsibilities include analysis of potential acquisitions, strategic plan development, and outcomes measurement.
Mr. Rowe spent 17 years at Rural-Metro Corporation, providing oversight of basic life support (BLS), advanced life support (ALS) and critical care ambulance transports for Knox County, Tennessee. Previously, Mr. Rowe was the Trauma Coordinator for the Level One Trauma Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Mr. Rowe was actively involved in research publications, Trauma Center financial analysis, and day-to-day operations. Before moving to the surgery department, Mr. Rowe was part of the UT LIFESTAR helicopter program startup team.

Mr. Rowe is an instructor and has participated in medical research projects in the Knox County/East Tennessee area. Mr. Rowe has served as President of the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association and on the Tennessee EMS Divisions Clinical Issues Committee. Mr. Rowe is a longtime member of NAEMT, and has served on the Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, NAEMT Bylaws Committee and on numerous other committees and appointed liaison positions.

National Association of State EMS Officials
Kyle Thornton, MS

Mr. Kyle Thornton has served as the Emergency Medical Systems Bureau Chief for the State of New Mexico DOH since 2007, overseeing the state’s Emergency Medical Services, Trauma, Stroke, and STEMI programs. Mr. Thornton is the President Elect of the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO), and also is a member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). Mr. Thornton has been involved in EMS for over 30 years, obtaining his New Mexico Basic EMT license in 1984 and his New Mexico Paramedic license in 1987.

Mr. Thornton obtained patient care experience with several services over the years, including Albuquerque Ambulance Service, Lifeguard Air Medical Service, and the Sandoval County Fire Department, where he was the Deputy Chief and EMS Chief from November 2004 until 2007. Mr. Thornton has been active in EMS Education since 1990, and spent nine years at the UNM School of Medicine’s EMS Academy, eventually serving as the BLS/ILS Program Director. Mr. Thornton earned a Master of Science from Creighton University in 2016. Mr. Kyle Thornton is married to Carol, who is also a Paramedic, and has two sons, 21-year-old Collin and 14-year-old Connor.

International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics
Aaron W. Byrd, DHSc(c), MPA, NRP, FP-C

Mr. Aaron W. Byrd presently serves as a medical simulation specialist and EMS educator in the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Byrd has over 20 years of experience as a paramedic, and most recently served as the clinical educator and training officer for WakeMed’s air and ground critical care transport system, Mobile Critical Care Services. Mr. Byrd has clinical experience in both the emergency medical services and critical care transport realms. Mr. Byrd is board certified as a flight paramedic, and presently serves as the sitting Vice President of the International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) as well as a member of the editorial review board for Air Medical Journal.

Mr. Byrd has a BS in economics from Liberty University and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in homeland security from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Byrd is presently a doctoral candidate in health science at Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Byrd is a North Carolina Office of EMS certified Level 2 Paramedic Instructor, and also holds instructorships in AHA Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

National EMS Management Association
Sean Caffrey, NRP

Mr. Sean Caffrey is a paramedic who has been involved with EMS since 1987 and currently serves as the EMS Programs Manager for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In that role, Mr. Caffrey manages the Colorado EMS for Children Program and coordinates EMS research activities in conjunction with department faculty. Mr. Caffrey earned a Bachelors of Science in EMS Administration from the George Washington University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Mr. Caffrey has worked for the state EMS office in Colorado, and served in a variety of EMS leadership roles in volunteer, county, hospital and fire-based EMS services. Mr. Caffrey participates actively in NAEMT, NAEMSP, NASEMSO and the EMS Association of Colorado, and is also a board member of the National EMS Management Association.
Mr. Caffrey has co-authored two peer-reviewed publications on EMS specialization and EMS scope of practice, and has recently been named to the board of the International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC). Mr. Caffrey’s interests include pediatric care, public policy, EMS system development and system finance.

National Registry of EMTs
Ashish Panchal, MD, PhD

Ashish R. Panchal, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Panchal is passionate about improving patient outcomes in the prehospital setting and conducts research focused on prehospital airway management and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest. Dr. Panchal began his career as a researcher completing a Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology at Case Western Reserve University. Following this, at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Panchal completed his medical training and residency.

Currently, Dr. Panchal is heavily involved in prehospital care. He is the Director of the Ohio State’s Center for EMS and Fellowship Program Director for the EMS fellowship. Dr. Panchal is also the Research and Fellowship Director for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is the EMS Medical Director for Delaware County EMS and Newark Fire Department. Dr. Panchal is a member of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Scientific Subcommittee, and was a writer for the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

Leaugeay Barnes, NRP

Ms. Leaugeay Barnes has practiced as a paramedic in several environments including ground, fixed wing, and with a hospital based HEMS program. In 2014, Ms. Barnes and Ernie Evans founded the EMS Program at Tulsa Community College, of which Ms. Barnes is currently Program Director.

Ms. Barnes has been nationally registered since 1996, involved in EMS education since 2001, and a CoAEMSP Site Visitor since 2010. Ms. Barnes has participated in the NREMT Paramedic Psychomotor Portfolio Project Pilot Program since 2009. Ms. Barnes became a NREMT Scenario Workshop Facilitator with the program’s inception in 2016.

In 2016, Ms. Barnes received NREMT’s National EMS Educator of the Year Award. Ms. Barnes was elected to the NAEMSE Board of Directors by the membership and, shortly thereafter, voted onto the NREMT Board of Directors. Ms. Barnes served on the National EMS Advisory Committee (NEMSAC) between 2010 – 2015. Ms. Barnes is currently working towards an Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership. 

Ann Bellows, EdD, NRP

Dr. Ann Bellows has been a prehospital provider for over 35 years. For more than 30 years, Dr. Bellows has been involved with prehospital education at the basic, advanced and critical level for rural and urban systems. She has worked within small hospitals and large academic institutions. Dr. Bellows has extensive Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing transport experience, and currently volunteers with the Organ Volunteer Fire Department. Dr. Bellows has served as Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association at the BLS, ACLS, and PALS levels. Dr. Bellows has served on NAEMT’s Board of Directors and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, and currently serves on the Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Committee.

Dr. Bellows’ doctorate is in Training and Learning Technologies with a minor in Message Design. Dr. Bellows is a recognized national and international speaker and has been a contributing author for many EMS textbooks, educational tools, and test banks. Dr. Bellows has a special interest in online education, instructor development, research, and simulation. Dr. Bellows’ passion is in developing quality EMS providers and educators.

Richard Kamin, MD, FACEP

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 Bachelors 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.

Dr. Kamin is a member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Board of Directors, after having served as a Guidelines Committee member. Dr. Kamin is an active member of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Medical Directors Council, and a Co-PI on the NASEMSO National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines Project. Dr. Kamin is the Past-Chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians Tactical EMS Section, and a participant with the National Tactical EMS Competency Domains Project. Dr. Kamin is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, pre-hospital providers, law enforcement officers and other physicians. He has the privilege of providing medical support for multiple law enforcement teams in Connecticut, and is honored to participate in the EMS Scope of Practice revision.

Douglas Kupas, MD, FAEMS, FACEP

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. Dr. Kupas has an interest in community paramedicine - mobile integrated healthcare, and has served on the CP-MIH committees of NAEMSP, NASEMSO, and NAEMT. Further, Dr. Kupas has served as the Commonwealth EMS Medical Director for Pennsylvania since 2000.

Jules Scadden, EMT-P

Julie Scadden has been actively involved in EMS for over 22 years and currently serves as the Director of EMS for the Lisbon-Mt Vernon Ambulance Service in Mt. Vernon, IA. Scadden has served as a Senior Paramedic, CQI/Data/Grant Administrator with Sac County Ambulance Service in Northwest Iowa, past Rural AED Grant Coordinator for the Iowa Bureau of EMS and Family Representative for Children with Special Needs with the Iowa EMS-C program.