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Charles W Sheppard MD


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Practicing medicine for over 50 years. EMS for over 40 years Life Line medical director for over 26 years. Fellow Air Medical Physicians Association.  .  Missouri Chapter ACEP, RR Hannas award for outstanding Emergency Physician State of Missouri 2017, AMPA President’s award for contribution to educational programs 2012, Air Medical Physicians Association Medical Director of the year 2006. Critical Care Medical Transport Conference annual Charles W Sheppard Educational Award 2021.  Lectured at multiple national and regional conferences on prehospital topics. Including Critical Care Medical Transport Conference, Air Medical Transport Conference, EMS World, and others. Passion for EMS

James C Boomhower MS(c), BS, FP-C, NR-P, C-NPT, CCISM


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James currently has over 20 years of experience working as a first responder, James has worked in the EMS profession in nearly every facet throughout NY and New England. Most recently, James works as a Critical Care Transport Specialist- Paramedic with Boston MedFlight. James has been providing peer support for colleagues, managing crises and critical incidents for the past five years. James lectures around the country on caring for mental health in first responders and health care providers alongside providing trainings on mental health, resilience, and critical incident stress management.



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Michael Frakes is the Chief Quality Officer and Director of Clinical Care for Boston MedFlight.  A Nebraska native, he began his career in EMS with an AAS in Emergency Medical Services from the Johnson County (KS) Community College and has a BS in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Nursing from the University of Connecticut.  Michael’s transport and medical experience includes positions as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Communications Specialist, ED and ICU nurse, and transport nurse.  His non-clinical education includes a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Kansas and specialty certificates in quality and safety from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Society for Quality.  and Johns Hopkins Medicine.  He has been a CMTE since 2010 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the College of Critical Care Medicine, the Academy of Air & Surface Transport Nursing, and the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

Hunter Hix BSN


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Hunter Hix is a Flight Nurse in Colorado with a background in ICU and ER. Hunter is pursuing a dual doctorate in family nurse partitioning and critical care nurse practitioner.

Danielle Goodrich, BA, FP-C, CCP-C


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Danielle Goodrich is a bachelors prepared flight and critical care certified paramedic with experience in specialty care ground transport, rotor wing transport, national disaster deployments, and various 911 field operations. She currently works for The University of Vermont Health Network as the clinical coordinator for the regional transport system and was the previous supervisor of the UVM HealthNet Critical Care Transport Team and Emergency Communications Center. One of her biggest professional achievements was being part of the leadership team that established the first aeromedical base in Vermont.

She has 22 years of EMS experience with over half of those years working in various training and educational positions. Previously, she functioned as the training coordinator for a combination 911 department, instructed numerous EMS courses at The University of Vermont, and taught both nationally and internationally.

Kevin T Collopy, MHL, FP-C, NRP, CMTE


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Kevin Collopy, MHL, FP-C, NRP, CMTE is the clinical outcomes & compliance manager for Novant Health AirLink/VitaLink where he oversees the program’s research, education, risk management, and quality management, and reimbursement programs. Kevin regularly speaks across the United States and has taught emergency & wilderness medicine on 3 continents. He’s an author of over 200 articles and book chapters including 30 peer-reviewed research abstracts and papers. In addition, Kevin serves on several national and international advisory boards, teaches the paramedic program at Cape Fear Community College and is currently overseeing multiple clinical trials. He also maintains his LEAN Healthcare Blackbelt certification, has a master’s in healthcare leadership, and is known for developing and innovating quality management solutions in prehospital care systems

Stephanie Steiner, MSN, ACNP-C, CPNP-AC, CFRN


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Stephanie Steiner, MSN, ACNP-C, CPNP-AC, CFRN is currently a Regional Clinical Educator for PHI Air Medical serving Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan rotor wing bases. Stephanie has 16 years of experience as both a flight nurse and flight nurse practitioner functioning on ground, rotor, and fixed transports for both adult and pediatric populations. Additionally, Stephanie is a dual boarded acute care nurse practitioner with her most current practice setting in a Regional Burn Center Intensive Care Unit. This burn center cares for both adult and pediatric burn patients in an academic setting. Stephanie has an extensive background in education and teaching with roles as graduate faculty in acute care nurse practitioner programs and a unique flight subspecialty graduate program located within Ohio. Teaching specialties include acute and ICU level care as well as simulation based education for ICU providers and all air medical crews.



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Marc Baron is a prehospital provider with 29 years of experience in the EMS and fire community, both as a volunteer and career member. He has 20 years of nursing experience, specializing in Leadership, Emergency and Transport Medicine. Currently Marc is the Director of Nursing for Suburban Community Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Marc spent 5 years as a leader in Pediatric Transport at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has previously served as the Director of Emergency Services for Salem Medical Center in New Jersey where he oversees the Emergency Department as well as the newly established SCT and Transport team. Marc completed his Doctoral degree from the University of Alabama, his master’s degree in nursing education from Walden University and his Bachelor of Science from Wilkes University. He holds multiple national certifications in both Nursing and PreHospital medicine including his NEA-BC, CEN, CPEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN and PHRN.

Cody Winniford


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Cody has worked in prehospital medicine for 18 years with experience in both military medicine and civilian EMS. He has served in many leadership roles for large and small EMS services. He has also served as an educator/instructor for initial paramedic and EMT programs, NAEMT courses, and other continuing education programs. Cody currently serves as the Air Medical Base Supervisor for PHI Air Medical in Baltimore, MD.

Lauren Maloney, MD, NRP, FP-C, NCEE


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Dr. Lauren Maloney, MD, NRP, FP-C, CIC, NCEE, a double board certified Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services Physician, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH), an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University (SBU), the Police Surgeon and Medical Director for the Stony Brook University Police Department and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Medical Director for the SBU Paramedic Program, an Associate Medical Director for SBUH EMS, and faculty for the SBU Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine. She completed the Paramedic Program at SBU in 2009, received her Bachelor’s of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from SBU in 2012, graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine with Distinction in Medical Education from the SBU School of Medicine in 2016, completed an Emergency Medicine Residency as a Chief Resident at SBUH in 2019, and was the inaugural SBUH Emergency Medical Services Fellow from 2019-2020. Additionally, Dr. Maloney serves as a course director for several medical student electives at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine including Prehospital Emergency Medicine, and a Longitudinal Interdisciplinary Elective in Biodesign.

Dr. Maloney has over a decade of experience working as a 911 and critical care transport paramedic in New York City and Long Island, in addition to holding New York State and National EMS education teaching credentials. She is a well published author, and was the recipient of the 2019 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Resident Educator and Excellence in Research Awards, the 2019 Suffolk Regional EMS Council Physician of Excellence Award, and more recently, the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physician’s 2022 Research Rising Star Award.

Bryan Selvage- BOE, FP-C, NRP


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Mr. Selvage is a Flight Paramedic and educator. He has been a pre-hospital emergency medical provider for almost 20 years, with a background ranging from 911 EMS to critical care. Bryan holds an Education degree from the Eastern New Mexico University, and is a previous college Paramedic Program Director. Bryan passion is for education and training for EMS and Critical Care providers at all levels.

Janie Kofford Ford MSN, MS, AGACNP – BC, RN, CFRN


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I have been a nurse for 45 years, a flight nurse for 38 years and a Nurse Practitioner for 6 years working as a hospitalist.  During that time I have been a clinical educator for 32 years and been involved in public speaking for several conferences.  I enjoy studying the art of masterful teaching and have tried to hone that skill to benefit the adult learner who can be a challenge and the exception to many traditional teaching styles.  I am a section editor of The Air Medical Journal and contributor and feel it an honor to have some of my words in this well respected journal.

I have worked in hospitals in Southern California, and Utah and worked as a paramedic and Mobile Intensive care liaison for Los Angeles County over 21 hospitals and assisted with the implementation of trauma centers and pediatric receiving centers. I have worked as an expert witness where so much of the time the heart of the case revolves around the type of education they did or did not receive.

I have a husband and 4 children and 13 of the most beautiful grandchildren on the planet.  My husband and I love to travel, we have horses and a dog and bond over the amazing personalities they possess.  Our horse is a therapy horse and has worked magic with so many hurting children and adults.

I love history, especially American history, chocolate, the outdoors, fall leaves, happy endings and sharing my drive to teach the art of compassionate caregiving, so  all of our patients receive compassionate care which takes many forms. I am blessed to have been in a career that has given me so many experiences and rewards and led me to so many friends and co-workers whose examples  inspire me to always do and be better.

Danny Nayman, MBA


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Danny has been a paramedic for 20 years, with 11 years of experience in one of the largest and busiest EMS agencies in North Carolina, with Wake County EMS, he was promoted to the position of Advance Practice Paramedic and participating in the establishment of the first Community Paramedic program in the United States. Danny has also served as a Clinical Educator, Performance Improvement Officer, and Education Program Manager for a large hospital-based Critical Care agency in North Carolina. Currently he is the Product Owner for emsCharts, where he manages enhancements and improvements to the documentation software and works to improve reliability of data by simplifying the documentation process. He also continues to work, part-time, as a Paramedic with Duke Life Flight in Durham North Carolina.

Jeff Wayland, MD


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Speaker Bio coming soon!

Kate Connelly, MD, NRP


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Kate Connelly: Dr. Connelly is an EMS fellow at the University of Cincinnati, where she also completed her residency training. She is also a flight physician for UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care and worked as a paramedic prior to attending medical school.

Michael A Jasumback MD


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I am an emergency physician and EMS medical director of 25 years.  I have a special interest in critical care medicine as it applies to the realm of transport medicine.  I have a special interest in sepsis and fluid resuscitation as well as hemostatic resuscitation.  I am a member of AMPA, NAEMSP and ACEP.

Michael D. Gooch, DNP, APRN, CCP


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Dr. Michael D. Gooch is an emergency-flight nurse practitioner and critical care paramedic with over 25
years of emergency and transport medicine experience. He has completed over 1,600 patient transports
during his tenure with Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Nashville, TN. He is an Assistant Professor of Nursing with
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as faculty with the Middle Tennessee School of
Anesthesia. Michael is a founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners
and serves as the Southeastern Regional Director. He also serves as an APRN liaison to the board of
directors for the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association and is a member of the education
committee. Michael is a nationally recognized speaker and published author regarding varied
emergency and transport medicine topics. He serves on the editorial board as a column editor for the
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

Christopher Root MD, NRP


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Chris Root is an Emergency Medicine physician, flight physician and former New York City paramedic. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is completing an EMS fellowship flying with UNM Lifeguard. His research interests include airway management, medical education, interdisciplinary team dynamics and breakfast burritos.



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Dr. Grabowski is the Chief Flight Nurse Practitioner for Metro Life Flight in Cleveland, Ohio and is dual-boarded as an adult and pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Grabowski also serves as Officer-in-Charge of the Advanced Trauma Life Support section of the 629th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team, US Army Reserve; deployed to Syria and Iraq , 2022. Throughout his roles at Metro Life Flight, the US Army, and as Faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Grabowski is an avid educator and lecturer. Dr. Grabowski leverages his 15+ years of experience in Fire, EMS, and Nursing to bring relevant advanced practice knowledge and current evidence to emergency and critical care practitioners at any level.

Joe Lewis, MSRC, RRT-RCP


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Joe Lewis is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 20 years of experience.  He currently teaches full time at Tarrant County College in Texas,  while also pursuing his Masters Degree in Respiratory Care.  Joe utilizes various means of media, including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok to effectively inform and inspire future healthcare providers.

Casey Seckel RN, BSN, CFRN, CEN, CMTE


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Casey Seckel is a Certified Registered Flight Nurse and the Chief Clinical Officer for Life Flight Network. His clinical background consists of ED and ICU experience before becoming a Flight Nurse in 2013. He also served in the Army National Guard and US Army Reserves for over 26 years. His service includes two combat deployments in the Middle East as a Combat Medic and Medical Operations Officer. His professional passions include leadership, high quality clinical care, operations and process improvement. He has a fundamental belief in the speed and access that our industry provides to our patients. A strong advocate for certification, he maintains his CFRN, CCRN and CEN. Casey lives in Boise, ID with his husband Clint and three mutts; Monkey, Boomer and Moose.

WIlliam Ferguson MD, FACEP , FAEMS


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Dr. Ferguson has been involved in EMS/ Emergency Care for 30 years now.  He started his career at the Charity Hospital of New Orleans as a BSN prepared RN in 1993.  But, had completed a basic EMT course the summer before and already fallen in love with emergency care. His nursing career spanned almost 14 years and included experience as a flight nurse before he entered medical school and then completed and Emergency Medicine Residency where he served as Chief Resident then an EMS Fellowship. He currently oversees the Emergency Medicine Residents’ EMS training at UAB and the EMS fellows. However, a large portion of his time is spent in EMS education. He runs a free continuing education program, Alabama EMS Challenge, that provides bi-monthly education to paramedics, including annual cadaver labs. He also is the medical director for an accredited paramedic program and works as medical director for numerus EMS agencies including Birmingham Fire and Rescue and Alabama‘s life Saver bases. He is an active Board Member of Alabama ACEP and NAEMSP and speaks locally, regionally, and nationally on EMS Topics.  He also serves as the Medical Director for the Birmingham Regional EMS System which has an annual call volume of just more than 200, 000.

Shelly Rose BSN, CFRN


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Shelly Rose is a Clinical Education Manager and Flight Nurse at Life Flight Network and supports the simulation program at OHSU School of Nursing at Eastern Oregon University. In caring for emergently ill newborn and pediatric patients in over half of her career, she enjoys advocating for excellence, and simplicity, in pediatric education in the transport environment. Shelly lives in Boise with her husband, three children, and three puppies, and enjoys backpacking and hiking in the mountains she spies from the air.

Donald Haering MD


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Don Haering is a resident physician in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He is part of the UNM Lifeguard flight physician program. Originally from Alaska, his interests include education, medical transport, rural medicine and critical care.

Nicholas George MD


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Dr. Nicholas George is a MedFlight Fellow with UW MedFlight and a clinical instructor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His career in EMS began 15 years ago as a volunteer EMT in northern New Jersey. He received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine where he worked at the world-renowned R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2022, serving as chief resident in his final year.  Dr. George is passionate about all things HEMS and has completed secondments with multiple national and international programs, including the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust in the United Kingdom. He also serves as the program director for the ETHOS Database, a product of the Association of Air Medical Services. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his dog Tula and trying to identify the model of helicopter whirring overhead.

Jenn Killeen MHA, RN, NRP, FACHE, CMTE


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Jenn Brown Killeen: With an extensive background spanning over 23 years in executive leadership roles, Jenn has firmly established herself as a dedicated and proficient Executive Director. Known for her ability to consistently deliver mission-critical results, Jenn’s managerial prowess is backed by her robust communication skills and expertise in cross-cultural team management.

Her entrepreneurial approach has consistently steered organizations toward optimal profitability. As an adept nurse team leader, she understands the intricacies of medical administration and the importance of strategic alliances. She excels in creating partnerships with other organizational leaders, and aligning and supporting key business initiatives.

With an emphasis on efficient team-building and profitable operations management, Jenn is also well-regarded for her keen decision-making abilities. Her skills extend to collaborating effectively with management teams in the development of comprehensive work plans, financial strategies, and business-focused strategies. At the core of her leadership is a commitment to overseeing the successful implementation of daily operations, ensuring both company success and competitive growth.

Garrett Cavaliere DO, NRP


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Garrett Cavaliere, DO, NRP an EMS Physician and Associate Medical Director of Life Lion Critical Care Transport Program at Penn State Health well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Prior to joining the EMS faculty at Penn State, Dr. Cavaliere graduated from EMS fellowship at Rutgers Health/RWJ-Barnabas Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ and Residency at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. While a resident, Dr. Cavaliere was the assistant medical director for University of Maryland ExpressCare critical care transport program as well as the resident medical director of the Baltimore City Fire Department. Prior to medical school, Dr. Cavaliere was a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department in Prince George’s County, MD.

Daniel Rauh MS, ACNP


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I work full time in Pulm-Critical Care as an Intensivist in a Regional referral center having recently retired as a Flight Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati. I spent over 30 years as a career firefighter/paramedic and retired from the Fire Service as a Shift Commander for a large midwest fire department. I am one of the podcast hosts at Heavy Lies the Helmet, a mentor for the Critical Care Transport Academy through AAMS and I lecture frequently across the country on a multitude of critical care topics. Dan is a content reviewer for Heart and Lung, has served as a content review expert for Barkley’s Practice Considerations for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Review Text and is a frequent guest lecturer at Wright State University in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

William B. Belk, MSc, FP-C


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William B. Belk is the Director of Medical Simulation and Innovative Education for Air Methods Corporation in Denver, CO. In this role, he is responsible for designing and implementing training programs for medical professionals who work in the field of helicopter and fixed wing emergency medical services. Belk is a certified flight paramedic with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is an expert in the use of simulation technology for medical education and training. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on the topics of medical simulation and serious games. He has presented his work to audiences around the world. Belk holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in healthcare simulation from the University of Galway in Ireland.

Craig Bates, MD, MS, FACEP


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I have been in EMS for 30 years now starting with an EMT class in college.  That class caused me to change my life plan and led to me becoming an EMS physician who actively participates in traditional medical direction as well as functioning as a clinician in the field.  A flight rotation in residency inspired me to focus on critical care transport medical direction which I have been actively doing now for 15+ years including participating in AMPA as a board member, speaker, and regular participant in activities.  I am a avid consumer of documentaries about accidents (aviation, maritime, whatever I can find) because I have a passion for continous quality improvement and always seeking to make things better and safer.

I am also an active participant in the education of Bioethics graduate program students at Case Western Reserve University and serve as a primary preceptor for the students when they shadow in the ED as well as facilitate some small group discussions related to their experiences.

Teri Bellone RN, BSN, C-FRN


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Teri is a current member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Transport Team where her passion is hands on patient care, dissection and presentation of difficulty transport cases and quality control through education.  Her past experience includes many roles as educator for her own team as well as outreach educator providing support to community hospitals, fire houses and ambulance districts in the area. She lives by the motto, “If you don’t learn something new every day, you aren’t paying attention.”

Over the course of her 28 years in critical care nursing and transport, Teri has had the unique experience of transporting patients from 22 weeks gestation to 99 years which has brought with it the challenges of airway management, treatment, safety and logistics for patients from 370 gms to well over 600 lbs  by rotor, fixed wing and ground ambulance.

James Scheidler MD FACEP


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Dr. Scheidler was born and raised in West Virginia where he completed his undergraduate studies and medical school education. Dr. Scheidler completed his emergency medicine residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident and then completed training in North Carolina with his EMS and Disaster Medicine fellowship in Winston-Salem. He returned to WV in 2021 and has since worked as an assistant professor of emergency medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He is an EMS physician who is active in the EMS physician response program and serves as a local squad medical director for 6 agencies, the North Central Region for WV OEMS, and WVU Medical Command which regularly interfaces with multiple helicopter EMS systems including Health Net Aeromedical Services. He has a clinical interest and research focus in rural prehospital care and wilderness medicine. When not at work he is busy enjoying life with his wife and three busy sons.

Callie Searley BSN


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Callie began her medical career as an EMT for a volunteer ambulance service in Burlington, Vermont.   From there, she worked as a tech in the Level-1 Trauma Emergency Room while in nursing school.  Upon graduation, she took a position in a Level 3 NICU at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  During her time in the NICU, she joined the delivery room team, attending all high-risk deliveries in the hospital.  In 2010, she moved to Colorado and took a position with the Children’s Hospital Colorado Neonatal/Pediatric Flight Team.  In 2017 she recognized her passion for teaching and transitioned into the flight team educator role.  She also coordinates the NRP program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and offers neonatal outreach education to the surrounding areas.  She also works closely with the simulation department at Children’s Hospital Colorado and has developed a high fidelity simulation quarterly training program for the flight team.

Callie has presented at multiple conferences hosted by Children’s Hospital Colorado and presented at AMTC in 2023.

Susan Wilcox MD


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Susan R. Wilcox, M.D. trained in Emergency Medicine in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. After residency, she completed an Anesthesia Critical Care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.  In July 2017, she assumed the role of the Chief of the Division of Critical Care within the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH. She has worked for Boston MedFlight since 2009, first as an Associate Medical Director, then in 2018, she became the Associate Chief Medical Officer. In addition to attending in the Emergency Department, she has attended in Surgical, Trauma, Medical, and Cardiac ICUs. In 2022, she joined Lahey Hospital as the Medical Director of the 5C Medical ICU.



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Dr. David P. Thomson is currently Clinical Professor and the Medical Director for the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory at Colorado State University. He received is BA from Wabash College. At Ball State University he was a student in the Human Performance Laboratory, receiving is MS in Human Bioenergetics. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati and did a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. It was during residency that Dr. Thomson became interested in air medical transport, flying with STAT (now STAT MedEvac). He has been a medical director for the University of Cincinnati Air Care, EastCare (Greenville, NC), Onondaga County (NY) Sheriff’s Air One, and the National Medical Advisor for PHI Air Medical. He has been a member of the boards of AMPA, CAMTS, AAMS, and served as the chair of the MedEvac Foundation International. He has given presentations at AMPA preconferences, AirMed Conferences, and to the Aerospace Medical Association. In his current position he supervises stress testing of first responders, VO2 max testing of athletes, and supports researchers in exercise physiology.



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Allen Wolfe is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Education at Life Link III in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Allen has been a nurse for 36 years with 33 of those years in the transport of critically ill patients. He obtained his Master’s degree in Critical Care and is a Clinical Nurse Specialist. He was the Clinical Nurse Specialist of MedSTAR the world-renowned trauma resuscitation unit in Washington, DC as well as Director of Education at Air Methods for a decade. Allen is one of the leading experts in the country in the prehospital management of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs).  He has published multiple articles, research projects and is the co-editor of the Principle and Practice textbook, the industry’s biggest-selling publication. In 2007, he received the Katz-Mason Award by Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the Community Service Award for his LVAD patient safety initiative, the Jordan Award in 2009 for outstanding contribution to air medical journalism, the Barbara A. Hess Award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to education and in 2017 he received the Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Julius McAdams BME, FP-C, CCP-C


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Julius McAdams is the Education Coordinator for Novant Health AIrLink/ Vitalink Critical Care Transport Service in Wilmington NC. Julius has been involved in emergency transport services for over 25 years. Throughout this time, he has had the opportunity to function as a Paramedic, Tactical Paramedic, and a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. He has had the privilege to hold the positions of Field Training Officer, Base Lead, Operations Supervisor, and the Director of EMS Education. Julius has presented at national EMS and Critical Care conferences, is an item writer subject matter expert with the IBSC, and the 2021 recipient of the I-CAPP Tim Hynes Award. Julius has been described as a dedicated and committed leader and educator who has a proven ability to inspire and educate.

Brittney Bernardoni MD


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Dr. Bernardoni completed both her medical degree and one year Research Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. She then went on to complete her emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati where she served as Air Care Resident Assistant Medical Director during her final year. She continued her training at University of Cincinnati for her two year anesthesia critical care fellowship.

Currently, Dr. Bernardoni divides her clinical time amongst the Emergency Department, Cardiothoracic ICU, and Med Flight where she serves as the Assistant Medical Director of Quality. This split allows her to practice across the continuum of care from pre-hospital through inpatient. She recently developed an anesthesia critical care fellowship pathway at UW for emergency medicine graduates of which she is the Associate Program Director. Her professional interests include bringing advanced critical care education to both pre-hospital and emergency department providers and quality improvement through multi-disciplinary peer review and simulation training. In her free time, Dr. Bernardoni enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two children Finnley and Ford.

Jeni Fuller BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT


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I began my nursing career on the medical-surgical and telemetry floors with stars in my eyes.  I was ready to change the world, but the work was difficult and the patient population often left me feeling unfulfilled.  Soon, I found out I was pregnant, and with twin girls no less.  I delivered my twin daughters at 28 weeks and subsequently spent the next 10 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  I was in awe of the meticulous care that was provided to my daughters.  This experience changed my life and my perspective about how I felt care should be provided.  I was ready to make a career change and I accepted a position as a nurse in the NICU. I quickly fell in love with the tiny babies and their families.  One of the best parts of my job was sharing all of the NICU firsts with families.  I have always felt so privileged to share such intimate family moments.  After six years in the NICU, I had an opportunity to join New Mexico’s only neonatal flight service as a flight nurse.  I’ve been working for the University of New Mexico as a neonatal flight nurse for the last 4 years and have grown within the profession and as a provider.

Caleb Curtis MSN, RN, NRP


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Proud father and husband, I am dual certified as a nurse and paramedic with over 20 years of experience in various areas including firefighting, EMS education, Emergency and ICU nursing, and critical care transport for air and ground. I have a Masters in Nursing Education that I currently use to serve as regional educator in the Southeast for Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Georgia. I am responsible for educational standards, clinical professional development, and critical care competency of nurses and paramedics. I have a passion for prehospital education that I use with the help of 2 friends to deliver free open access medical education by means of a Podcast called “The Critical Care Care Triad.”  I seek to continuously raise the bar and look forward to future of critical care transport.

Christal King RN, NRP, CEN, TCRN


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Christal ShyAnn King, RN, NRP, CEN, TCRN has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 graduating from the University of West Alabama and a Paramedic since 2023.  She has served in her current role as a flight nurse for the University of Mississippi Medical Center AirCare since 2016.  ShyAnn started her work in public service in Livingston Alabama as a volunteer firefighter/EMS driver while attending nursing school.  After graduating nursing school, ShyAnn worked at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian MS and worked in many areas of medicine to include the Medical/Surgical floor, ICU and the Emergency Department serving as the Charge Nurse. After many years in the Emergency Department, ShyAnn took a position in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian before becoming the Trauma Program Manager at Rush. During her years as the Trauma Program Manager, ShyAnn began to notice a trend of penetrating trauma that was twice the national average per capita for the Meridian area. ShyAnn used the data derived from the Mississippi Trauma Registry to secure a funding grant for a bleeding control pilot program in the East Central Mississippi Trauma Region (ECMTCR). Armed with the ECMTCR grant of $400.000, ShyAnn worked with North American Rescue to develop the KMBR HII bleeding control kit. This equipment and education for its use delivered to first responders and teachers across the state. ShyAnn took her passion for trauma education further by serving on the planning committee for the ECMTCR Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium for 3 years in a row and brought the first full procedure cadaver lab to the area. ShyAnn also provides monthly Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and bi-monthly Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) and serves as course director for both classes. ShyAnn is a chapter author in a clinical airway management book and was a contributor for a retrospective study of 4 factor prothrombin complex use in prehospital setting published and reported the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. ShyAnn is actively involved in ongoing research in the area of trauma and serves on many committees including the Emergency Nurses Association. ShyAnn provides lectures and education for her peers at local and regional conferences as well as Critical Care Paramedic Programs and PA Programs.  ShyAnn’s professional goal is to decrease mortality and morbidity through the implementation of studies in the out of hospital environment.

Ina Schmidt MD


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Board certified Anesthetist Intensivist Emergency Physician ICU Flight Physician

15 years’ experience in HEMS and ICU long-haul fixed wing air ambulance transportation

Founder and President: ICARUS e.V: International Community for Aeromedical Research and Universal Standards

Dynamic and engaging speaker, passionate about patient safety and the need for validation of existing standards in aeromedical transportation through evidence-based research, education and training

Heather Scruton MBA, MSN, RNC-OB


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Heather Scruton graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1997 and in 2014 received her master’s degrees in Nursing Administration and Business Administration from the University of Mary. She currently works at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City as the Director of Outreach for the Critical Care Transport Team. One of the busiest specialty transport services in the country, Children’s Mercy Transport completes approximately 6,000 neonatal, pediatric, and maternal transports each year, having added the obstetric service in 2017. Previously, she helped design and open the CMH Fetal Health Center, which provides high-level fetal intervention and Maternal/Fetal medicine within a free-standing pediatric hospital; only the second of its kind.  Heather has presented nationally on the topics of nursing advances in fetal medicine, innovative program design and implementation, communication in healthcare, and maternal-fetal transport.  In 2017, she received the Nurse in Washington Internship scholarship, and attended legislative days on Capitol Hill in 2018, 2019, and 2021; educating federal lawmakers on issues including family medical leave, the opioid epidemic response and rising national maternal mortality rates. She serves on the Kansas Maternal Mortality Review Board and is the Kansas AWHONN Legislative Coordinator. In 2018, she was awarded the March of Dimes Women’s Health Nurse of the Year for Kansas City. She has worked in high-risk Obstetrics for 25 years.

Kristopher Thompson MHA, BSN, RN, NRP


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Kristopher Thompson, MHA, BSN, RN, NRP is an expert in critical care and emergency paramedicine and nursing. He and his wife own Black Cloud Solutions, a consulting and education agency, and also work as traveling emergency and intensive care nurses. Kris is board-certified in critical care, emergency, pediatric emergency, flight, and trauma nursing, and as a flight paramedic. Thompson has prior experience in flight nursing, EMS and nursing education, disaster relief, program management, and quality assurance activities. He received his Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Missouri.

Matthew Roginski MD, MPH


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Matthew A. Roginski is the associate medical director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team and a practicing emergency and critical care physician. He completed his emergency medicine and critical care training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. His clinical interests are mechanical ventilation, critical care ultrasound, and decision making around transitions of care.

Dylan McDaniel BSN, RN


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Dylan is an experienced Maternal Fetal Transport Nurse at St Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She has an extensive clinical background in caring for high risk obstetric patients. She has a passion for implementing evidence based practice in the transport setting, bridging the gap between  the physician and nurse/medic in the transport setting, and creating education to improve obstetric outcomes. When not at work, she enjoys travelling with her husband (who is also a nurse!), hanging out with her two cats, and checking out new restaurants.

Michael Stroud MD, FAAP


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Michael H Stroud, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Division of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Stroud is the Associate Medical Director for the Angel One Transport Team at Arkansas Children’s  Hospital (ACH), one of the busiest rotor-wing transport programs in the country. He also is the medical director for Emergency Management at ACH. He is actively involved in teaching, research and clinical care. He has secured funding for pediatric transport medicine research totaling 9 grants and $564,899.

Dr. Stroud received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He completed a  pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at UAMS/ACH.

Dr. Stroud’s academic and research interests include transport medicine, sepsis and septic shock, and extracorporeal life support. He has 22 peer-reviewed publications related to those subjects, as well as many book chapters, national/international presentations, and abstract presentations at medical conferences. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine (AAP SOTM) since 2014 and currently serves as chair of the AAP SOTM. He is a member of She is also a member of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), the American Pediatric Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He received the SPR Clinical Research Award in 2007, and the AAP SOTM C. Robert Chambliss Research Award in 2008 and 2013.

Calixto Romero MD


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I grew up in Dallas, TX as a musician from an early age. I had been pursuing a career in classical music for most of my life. I attended the famous Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas and then subsequently attended Southern Methodist University to continue my music education. I was awarded a BA in Violin Performance from SMU, and then was a staff musician with Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I then went back and completed a BS in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas. Medical School was then completed at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. I was then matriculated into Emergency Medicine Residency at USF/HCA Brandon Hospital in Brandon, FL where I also was nominated Chief Resident during my final year. I am currently completing my second and final year of Critical Care Fellowship at Dartmouth Health in Lebanon, NH. During this time, I have worked alongside the Critical Car Air EMS service, Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART).

Ranna Rozenfeld MD


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Ranna A. Rozenfeld, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Rozenfeld specializes in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She is the Division Director for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Director of the LifePACT Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is actively involved in teaching, research and clinical care.

Dr. Rozenfeld received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and her pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rozenfeld’s academic and research interests include transport medicine, sepsis and septic shock, extracorporeal life support, as well as medical education. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine. She is also a member of the Air Medical Physician Association. the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Rozenfeld was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Transport Leadership Award by the Association of Air Medical Services.

Dennis Taylor DNP, PhD, ACNP-BC, NRP


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Dr. Dennis Taylor was born in Ft. Rucker, Alabama and raised in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Dr. Taylor was educated at Wake Forest University (BS/BA in Biology and Psychology and MBA in Healthcare Administration), Appalachian State University (M.Ed. in Adult Education and Curriculum Design), Seton Hall University (BSN in Nursing and MSN as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and received his doctorate (DNP) from the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Taylor has completed a post-doctoral Fellowship and PhD in Pharmacogenomics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Taylor was selected as a Great 100 Nurse in North Carolina in 2007.

Dr. Taylor served eight years in the United States Air Force and USAF Reserves as a Navigator and Weapons Systems Officer with over 2,000 hours of flight time in fighter aircraft.

Dr. Taylor was the Chief Flight Nurse and Program Director for MedCenter Air, the air and ground critical care transport service for the Carolinas Healthcare System (now Atrium Health). Dr. Taylor held positions of Assistant Vice President, Center for Advanced Practice and Vice President, System Nursing, representing all advanced practice nurses (1,500 advanced practice providers) across the enterprise. He created and directed the largest advanced practice provider postgraduate transition to practice Fellowship program in the United States with over 60 Fellows annually. In addition, Dr. Taylor continued his clinical practice in the Department of Surgery and Trauma Services. Dr. Taylor is the Lead Editor (and primary author of four chapters) of a ground-breaking textbook published in 2015 (2nd Edition in 2021) on invasive procedures with a target audience of advanced practice nurses and physician assistants – Interventional Critical Care, published by Springer International. Dr. Taylor was inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine as a Fellow in 2010 and remains very active in the Society of Critical Care Medicine serving on several committees.

Dr. Taylor moved to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem in 2018 and began working in the Department of Surgery and Trauma Services division teaching invasive procedures to medical students, resident physicians and other advanced practice providers. He also holds a faculty positions at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, UNC-Charlotte and East Carolina University.

Dr. Taylor is currently the CEO of an international multi-million dollar educational corporation that focuses on airway education for physicians, advanced practice providers and pre-hospital providers. The company has locations in 36 foreign countries and over 60 training centers here in the US.

Dr. Taylor served as Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Advanced Practice Nursing from 2012 to 2017. He then became President-Elect of the North Carolina Nurses Association and was inducted as President for a two-year term in September 2019. Dr. Taylor also served as Co-Chair of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Advisory Committee of the American Nurses Association where he contributed to the policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. Dr. Taylor was appointed to a US Department of Health and Human Services Task force by the Secretary that will focus on utilizing advanced practice nurses in rural and underserved areas.

Kalle Fjeld MD


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Resident physician and future critical care fellow from Vermont with clinical and research interests in rural critical care medicine and transport.

Jonathan Baxter Ph.D. (c), RN, NREMT-B, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN


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Jonathan T. Baxter has been an active Arkansas EMS community member since 2009. He currently serves as the Chief Flight Nurse for Baptist Health MedFlight. In this role, he ensures the safe and competent transport of patients who utilize Baptist Health’s Critical Care Transport services. These services include ground and air transport of the Adult, Neonatal, High-Risk Obstetrics, Cardiovascular Specialty, and Arkansas’s only Adult ECMO transport program.

Jonathan is an active member of ASTNA, AACN, and the ENA. For the ENA, he currently serves as the Arkansas TNCC chair. In this volunteer role, he is tasked with monitoring all TNCC courses conducted in Arkansas for the quality and integrity of the course content. He also volunteers as an item writer for the BCEN’s CFRN Practice Exam.

Outside of his professional contribution, Jonathan is a full-time Ph.D. student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, focusing on EMS systems and the role of the critical care provider in the out-of-hospital setting. He is currently conducting a dissertation on the EMS system in Arkansas. In 2021, Jonathan was selected as a William Randolph Hurst Scholar for his academic achievements. In 2022, Jonathan won an award for the best student research at the Arkansas Nursing Research Conference for his investigation into the characteristics of Arkansas paramedics and how those characteristics are perceived to impact patient outcomes. Jonathan is a grateful two-time recipient of ASTNA academic scholarships in 2021 and 2022.

Jonathan is passionate about providing quality research and guidelines that promote the best possible care for patients in the out-of-hospital environment.

Jen Johnson BSN, RN, CFRN


Speaker Bio

Ive been a BSN for 24 years.
Neuro and trauma ICU RN for 10yrs
ER RN for 6yrs
Flight RN for 11yrs
Received BSN from Purdue University

Currently Flight nurse for PHI at StatFlight 4 base in Greencastle, IN
ICU and ER experience was in Level 1 trauma centers
Charge nurse and preceptor in ICU and ER

Lead a support group for families of head injury patients in the ICU once a week Co-Chair of Traumatic Brain Injury Team (TBIs are my favorite patients to take care of—learn alot taking care of those patients and they can be so complex)

Capstone preceptor for IU School of Nursing
Volunteered time with Grace on Wings as flight nurse
Instructor in: PHTLS, TNCC, BLS, ACLS, PALS
Asst. Cub Master for sons cub scout pack

Married, have 2 teenage boys, 2 cats, 2 dogs
Enjoy on my off time spending time with my family, playing with my dogs, anything outside when it’s warm, working out, hard rock and metal concerts, listening to music any chance I get, travel to the beach whenever I can and reading.



Speaker Bio

Jason Adams is a Clinical Education Coordinator and Flight Nurse at University of Utah Health AirMed. He has over 15 years of critical care experience, a decade of which has been dedicated to AirMed. Jason is passionate about fostering a dynamic clinical education environment by designing and administering the clinical education program at AirMed. He strives to cultivate insight, encouragement, motivation, and training which promotes a setting where his colleagues can excel as clinicians.  Outside of work Jason loves adventuring and traveling with his family

Darren Braude MD, EMT-P


Speaker Bio

Darren Braude is a Professor of Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, EMS and Anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico.  He serves as Medical Director for UNM Lifeguard Air Emergency Services, UNM EMS Academy, Rio Rancho Fire Rescue and Corrales Fire Department.  Dr. Braude has been a licensed EMS provider since 1986 and regularly responds in the field as part of the UNM EMS Consortium and as a flight physician.  As Co-Director of the Center for Prehospital Resuscitation he has helped bring ECMO, cerebral oximetry and TEE to the prehospital setting.  Dr. Braude is passionate about airway education and is the International Medical Director for the Difficult Airway Course: EMS and faculty for the Difficult Airway Course: Emergency.  His academic interests include airway management, cervical spine immobilization (or hopefully the lack thereof), air medical transport and critical care in non-ICU settings.  He wrote a textbook entitled Rapid Sequence Intubation and Rapid Sequence Airway, 2nd Edition: an Airway911 Guide and is currently an Associate Editor for the 6th Edition of the Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management.  Dr. Braude hosts an occasional segment for EM:RAP and has been an invited speaker at ACEP Scientific Assembly, SAEM Annual Meeting, SMACC, NAEMSP Annual Meeting and USC Essentials of Emergency Medicine.   He is also the proud recipient of the 2014 ACEP National Teaching Award.

Adam Gottula, MD, CMTE


Speaker Bio

Adam Gottula, MD, CMTE is a board-certified emergency medicine and anesthesia critical care staff physician with The Institute for Extracorporeal Life Support and ECMO Transport LLC. Clinically, he attends in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Lung Rescue ICU, the Medical ICU, and the Adult Emergency Department at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was previously the resident assistant medical director for UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care. He completed his critical care fellowship at The University of Michigan and his emergency medicine residency at The University of Cincinnati where he served as a flight physician. He has clinical expertise in caring for critically ill patients in the critical care transport medicine environment, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR).

Dr. Doug George, MD


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Dr. Doug George is currently an Assistant Professor at The University of Vermont Lanier College of Medicine and a Prehospital and Emergency Attending Physician at The University of Vermont Health Network. Dr. George serves as a Flight Physician and the Medical Director for The University of Vermont Healthnet Critical Care Transport Team. Additionally, he is the Associated District Medical Advisor for Vermont EMS District 3 and is an operational physician/ medical director for Vermont’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force-1.  Dr. George is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center.  After residency, Dr. George trained as an EMS and Flight Fellow Physician at The University of New Mexico.

Shannon Smith, BSN, CFRN


Speaker Bio

Shannon Smith is a flight nurse with Life Flight Network. She has experience in ER and ICU prior to beginning her career in critical care transport. Having been raised in Illinois for most of her life, she enjoyed the leap of moving to the Pacific and Inland Northwest in order to pursue her dream as a flight clinician. She is incredibly thankful to fulfill her passions by flying in remote mountainous locations and caring for critically ill patients. Within LFN, Shannon has held an education position, maintained supplies at local bases, and is active in working groups. Recently, she has also become part of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in Washington State, which is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). Shannon and her husband, Shawn, eloped to Banff, Canada in November 2023, and they both enjoy the company of their two dogs, Odin and Atlas, who keep them busy and active.