The top resuscitation and training experts speaking at ECCU 2017 will be:
Sharing the latest science for treating sudden cardiac arrest
Providing open forum discussions on what really saves lives
Highlighting comprehensive strategies for quality implementation of guidelines at all levels of ECC and community systems
To learn more about the experts sharing relevant, innovative and original topics at ECCU 2017, please see a list of Plenary Speakers, along with their bios, as well as our searchable speaker list below.
Benjamin Abella, Mphil, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Vice Chair for Research Clinical Research Director, University of Pennsylvania
Sahar Ahmad, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Kostas Alibertis, NR-P, ACLS/PALS Program Coordinator Emergency Response Preparedness Coordinator BLS Instructor/Trainer, University of Virginia Health Systems
Peter M. Antevy, MD, Founder & CMO, Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards
Renard Arsenault, MICP, EMT-P, Associate Director of Training, Emergency University
Tom Aufderheide, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Froedtert Hospital
Mary S. Barber-Schmitz, NREMT, Aquatics Program Specialist, American Red Cross
Lance Becker, MD, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Stuart Berger, MD, Vice Chair and Professor of Pediatrics Section Chief - Division of Pediatric Cardiology, The University of California - Davis
Jeff Berman, Cardiologist, Norwalk Hospital and St. Vincent's Medical Center.
David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, Professor and Professional Athletic Training Program Director, Saginaw Valley State University
Farhan Bhanji, MD, MSC (Ed), Associate Professor of Pediatrics, McGill Centre for Medical Education
Audrey Blewer, MPH, Assistant Director for Educational Programs, Centre for Resuscitation Science
Ben Bobrow, MD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona, College of Medicine
Richard Bradley, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
E. Stein Bronsky, MD, Medical Director, Colorado Springs Fire Department and American Medical Response Ambulance Service
Christina Brown, MD, Resident, American Red Cross - First Aid Subcouncil
Amelia Bryan, Emergency Medical Technician, CPR and First Aid Instructor, MIT Emergency Medical Services
Rita Burke, PhD, MPH
Chris Calitz, MPP, Health Programs and Evaluation Director, Office of Chief Science and Medical Officer, American Heart Association
Clifton Calloway, MD, Professor, Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Cheryl Camacho, NRP, Manager, EMS Certifications and Programs, MedStar Health
Teri Campbell, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, Director, Illinois Heart Rescue
John Careccia, EMT - IT, Owner Solutions 4 Less LLC, Solutions 4 Less LLC
Jennifer Chap, Founder/President, StrataVerve, Inc, Present: Co-Founder and VP, BuddyCPR, StrataVerve and BuddyCPR
Adam Cheng, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary
Jim Christensen, MD, FRCPC, Cardiologist, Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska
Sarita Chung, Specialist, Emergency Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
Helosia Helena Ciqueto Peres, Professor, Nursing Manager, "University of São Paulo Nursing School, São Paulo University Hospital"
James Colquitt, PhD, RRT-ACCS, NREMT, CHSOS, Medical Simulationist / Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine
Christopher B. Colwell, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Katie Dainty, PhD, Scientist, Rescu, St. Michael's Hospital
Mohamud Daya, MD, MS, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, EMS Director, Oregon Health Science University
Vincente de Lima, MD, Physician, Life Support Training Center ( LSTC), Faculty of Medicine and Surgery ( FMS), University of Santo Tomas ( UST )
Marina Del Rios, Assistant Professor; Health Disparities Research Coordinator; Emergency Ultrasound Clinical Instructor, University of Illinois Department of Emergency Medicine
Robert Dickson, MD, Medical Director of EMS, Montgomery County Hospital District
Jennifer Edwards, BS
Brian Eigel, PhD, Senior Vice President, ECC Programs, American Heart Association
Jeffery M. Elder, MD, Director | Medical Director, New Orleans EMS
Jonathan Epstein, MEMS, NREMT-P, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, Perelman School of Medicine
John Erbayri, MS, NRP, CHSE, Program Manager, Emergency Care Programs, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Ellen Erickson, RN, Owner, EMERGENCY CARE CONSULTANTS
Thatiane Facholi Polastri, Coordinator and Instructor of Basic and Advanced Life Support, University of São Paulo School of Medicine Clinical Hospital
Joe Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, Senior Clinical Fellowship Faculty, HeartSafe Committee: San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
Josh Fischer, EMT-P, Owner, Emergency Care Consultants
English Flack, Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Pamela Foster, RN, President, AED Institute of America, Inc and Kids 4 CPR
Isabel Gardett, Director of Academics, International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
Gerado Gastelum Pons, MD, International Faculty, EMPACT
Lana Gent, PhD, Director of Community Markets and Programs, ECC, American Heart Association
Brycen Go, Cub Scout, Certified American Heart Association (AHA) CPR/AED instructor, Seventh grader and future leader
Jeffery M. Goodlor, MP., NRP, Medical Director, Medical Control Board, EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa
Tom Greenhalgh, LICSW, MACJ, NRP, Executive Director, National Public Safety Solutions, Inc.
Penny Gunter, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, VA Medical Center
Nancy Haney, AAS, NREMT
Kimberly Harkins, MPH, BS. Ed, NREMT, Program Manager, Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Cardiology Division
Victor Hernandez Ramirez, MD
David Hiltz, EMT-P, Director of Quality, Code One
Lucinda Hodgson, BA, EMT-P, CARES Specialist and Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium
Tom Holloway, PhD, Manager, Employee Safety & Health Services, Federal Aviation Administration
Jonathan Howard, RN, BSN, MAT, CEN, CHSE, NR-P, Medical Emergency Education Coordinator, University of Virginia Life Support Learning Center
Betsy Hunt, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins
Ann Jarris, MD, Medical Director for Telemedicine, MD Solutions
Ray Jarris, MD, President, MD Solutions
Gene Johnson, Chairman of the Minnesota Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Network MNSCASN, MNSCASN
Jonathan Jui, MD, MPH, Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University Department of Emergency Medicine
Karl Kern, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
Pamela Kostic, RN, CCCC, Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, Stony Brook Medicine
Pavitra Kotini-Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CMC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nicole Kupchik Consulting and Harborview Medical Center
Tore Laerdal, Chairman, Laerdal Medical
Richard Lamphier, RN, Cinical Program Manager-Project S.A.V.E., Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Chris Laux, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, ACNS-BC, Clinical Education Specialist/Cardiology CNS, Overlake Medical Center
Marion Leary, MPH, MSN, Director of Innovation Research, Center for Resuscitation Science, University of Pennsylvania
Yvonne Leippert, RN, MS, CCRN, Nurse Educator, Stony Brook Medicine
Michael Levy, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Director, Anchorage Fire Department
Charles J. Lick, MD, Medical Director, Allina Health
Freddy Lippert, MD, CEO, EMS Copenhagen
Martha Lopez-Anderson, Project ADAM Coordinator, Florida Hospital for Children
Heather MacLeod, MS, CGC, Senior Project Manager, SDY Case Registry
Andrew MacPherson, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP,, Emergency Physician and Medical Consultant, British Columbia Emergency Health Services
Lauren Maloney, MD
Mary Elizabeth Mancini, PhD, RN, Sr. Associate Dean for Education Innovation, Chair – Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Professor for Healthcare Research, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing
Renee Matos, MD, MPH, Pediatric Intensivist, US Air Force
Jack McMaster, MBA
Beth Mehring, Emergency Services Manager, University of Virginia
Ayvind Meinich-Bache, MSc, Phd. Student, University of Stavanger
Brian Miller, MS, MSEd, MDe, CHES, Health Science & Education Faculty, Aultman College of Nursing & Health Science
Helge Myklebust, Director of Strategic Research, Laerdal Medical
Vinay Nadkarni, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Endowed Chair, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicane, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Kenneth Navarro, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Joe Nemeth, FCFP, EM, emergency medicine attending, McGill University - University of Toronto
Joel Neves Briard, University of Montreal
Larry Newell, EdD, NRP, Vice President, Ellis & Associates International Aquatic Risk Management
Mary Newman, MS, President, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
Dana Niles, MS, Research Program Manager, The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Christine Noller, JD, LLM, Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University
Maureen O'Connor, PAD Program Manager, San Diego Project Heart Beat/San Diego Fire-Rescue
Loralee Olejnik, MA, EMT-B, Community Relations Specialist, San Diego Project Heart Beat-AMR
Chris Olola, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics and Research, International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
Con Olson, Regional Executive Director, TECHS EMS
George Ordway, PhD, PA-C, Chairman of the Board of Directors, North Georgia Heart Foundation
Joe Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP, Professor & Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Micah Panczyk, CPR Program Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services
Mike Papale, President, In A Heartbeat, Inc.
Mimi Peberdy, MD, FACC, Director of the Advanced Resuscitation Cooling Therapeutics and Intensive Care post-cardiac arrest program, VCU Health, Department of Internal Medicine
Jeffery Pellegrino, PhD, MPH, MS, BS, EMT/FF, Professor, Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Paul Pepe, MD, MPH, National Coordinator, Eagle Coalition, U.S. Metropolitan 9-1-1 (EMS) System Medical Directors (Eagles) Coalition
David E. Persee, MD, Chair, Play With Heart/HeartSmart
Richard Price, Founder/President, PulsePoint Foundation
Meghan Ramsden, BA
Jeff Ranous, Vice President State and Community Advocacy, American Heart Association
Thomas Rea, MD, Physician, University of Washington
Robb Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT, Professor and Consultant in Sports Medicine and Emergency Services, Sport Safety International
Jorge Rembis, MD, Surgeon, Professor and AHA Coach, RCP México
Adam Rodos, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency and Internal Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Joe Rosanno, MD, Executive Director, The Cardiac Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Keneth A. Schepple, MD, Medical Director, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County
Thomas Schmitz, NREMT, Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross
Dennis Schuler, VP Global Marketing ECC Programs, American Heart Association
Kevin Seaman, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Medical Director, Maryland Resuscitation Academy
Ryan Shercliffe, Manager, UAA College of Health Simulation Center
Rich Shok, RN, NRP, EMS-I, Owner and Director of Code One Training Solutions, LLC., Code One Training Solutions, LLC.
Anoop Singh, MB, BCh, Resident Physician, GBMC
Nici Singletary, University of Virginia , Charlottesville · Department of Emergency Medicine
Sophie Skellet, MD, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Tonje Soars Birkenes, Senior Scientist, Laerdal Medical
Chris Solomons, Ambulance Service Care Assistant, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Gilbert Somers, RN, EMT-P, RN Administrative Coordinator, UVA Medical Center
Edward Stapleton, EMT-P, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Prehospital Education, Stony Brook School of Medicine
Janet Steinkamp, MA, Executive Director, Take Heart America
Darren Sudman, JD, Executive Director, Simon's Fund
Steven Tannebaum, JD, Attorney, Horowitz, Tannenbaum & Silver, P.C.
Allison Thompson, Project ADAM Administrator, Project ADAM / Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Lilia Timerman, MD, Surgeon, Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology
Sergio Timerman, MD, PhD, Director of the Laboratory of Training and Simulation in Cardiovascular Emergencies, Heart Institute (InCor) Sao Paulo University School of Medicine
Lucia Tobase, Specialized technical services, Mobile Emergency Response Service, Acting in emergency care, integrating the Advanced Life Support team, City Hall of São Paulo, PMSP, Brazil.
Robert Trenkamp, BS, MBA, EMT-P, Founder & CEO, SLICC, Saving Lives in Chatham County, Inc.
Amy Turner, BSN, Registered Nurse Administrative Coordinator, University of Virginia Health System
Rebecca Valentine, BS, EMT-P, I/C, NCEE, Director/Advisor, Wellesley College EMS
Terry Vanden Hoek, MD, Professor & Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics; Pharmacology, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Victoria Vetter, MD, Board-certified Cardiologist, Medical Director, Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Youth Heart Watch
Angela Walker, MSN, RN - BC, CPR+AED Foundation, Inc.
Lisa Wilson, RN, BSN, NCSN, School Nurse, Savannah Chatham County Public School System, Savannah Chatham County Public School System
Sally Wooton, RN, CCRN, Medical Doctor, Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Specialist, Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Lewistown Hospital and TRMC of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties
Citizen CPR Foundation 7304 W 130th Street, Ste 370 Overland Park, KS 66213
Vinay Nadkarni MD, MS is the Endowed Chair of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He directs the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has served as the Chairman of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.
Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Aufderheide is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher in the field of cardiac resuscitation and emergency cardiac care. He has authored numerous textbooks, chapters, CPR courses and over 100, original, research papers in peer-reviewed literature, including two papers in the New England Journal of Medicine.
He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, past Basic Life Support Science Editor for the National American Heart Association, and directs the NIH-funded Resuscitation Research Center located in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Along with these significant accomplishments in research and education, Dr. Aufderheide has achieved many additional scholarly accomplishments that include: member of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s National Heart Attack Alert Program Working Group on Methods/Technologies for Early Identification of Acute Cardiac Ischemia/Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Department; member of the NIH Small Business Innovation Research Grant Review Committee; International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, developing international CPR guidelines; and member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Steering Implementation Committee for the “EMS Agenda for the Future”. Wisconsin’s governor, Tommy Thompson (past United States Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Welfare) recognized Dr. Aufderheide for his work in writing and supporting Automated External Defibrillation (AED) legislation in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Aufderheide was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Research. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, commitment to service, and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.
Paula Lank is the Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at Physio-Control, Inc. Paula has over 20 years experience in clinical research, technology and product development related to the medical device industry, resuscitation and cardiovascular disease. Paula’s clinical experience includes critical care, cardiac research and electrophysiology. Paula recently served on the National American Heart Association Board of Directors (2008-2010). Paula is a representative for Physio-Control, was the industry liaison for the Public Access Defibrillation Trial and now, is a part of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.
Director of Prehospital Education Stony Brook University School of Medicine
In 2014, Ed celebrated his 47th year in the field of Emergency Medical Services. He started as a Basic EMT in 1967 in the New York City EMS System and served as a Combat Medic in Vietnam in 1968-69. Ed became one of the first paramedics in the New York City EMS System in 1975. He went on to become one of the first EMS Educators in the New York City EMS system.
From 1989 to 2005 Ed served on the National Basic Life Support Committee for the American Heart Association and co-authored the Basic Life Support Textbooks from 1997 to 2004 in his capacity as BLS Science Editor. During his career Ed co-developed a large number of unique educational programs including five EMT and Paramedic programs in the New York City region and the first Associates Degree program in New York State at LaGuardia Community College. He has conducted numerous scientific studies related to Emergency Cardiac Care and EMS and has authored over 120 scientific and educational works including textbooks, journal articles, videos, interactive CDs, student workbooks, and instructor guides. Today Ed is active in the development of cardiac arrest response systems for both in-hospital and pre hospital care. Ed routinely lectures throughout the world on EMS, education, and emergency cardiac care. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Halla-Stony Brook Emergency Medicine Center in Jeju Island, South Korea.
University of Hawaii, School of Medicine Department of Surgery
Dr. William H. Montgomery was a co-founder of the Foundation in 1987 and served as its President until 2004. He is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Hawaii School Of Medicine.
He recently retired from the multispecialty Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu where he was Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology for 38 years. He remains in private practice. During his career at Straub he held many other administrative posts including Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. His activities outside Straub include active participation in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), He currently serves on its Board of Directors and is the Director of the ASA Consultation Program. He is also the President of the Hawaii Society of Anesthesiologists. Additionally he is a member of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission.
Dr. Montgomery’s interest in CPR and resuscitation began in 1973 at the Hawaii Heart Association where he began teaching American Heart Association (AHA) CPR courses. In 1975 he was invited to join the AHA activities at the national level and he has been very active in teaching, writing educational materials and ECC program administration. He served as chair of the AHA national BLS, ECC and program administration committees to name a few. He was chair of the 1985 Silver Anniversary National Conference to review the Standards and Guidelines for CPR and ECC and has coordinated subsequent conferences including the most recent 2010 International Consensus Conference on CPR and ECC. His special interest is fostering international cooperation in the resuscitation field and was an organizer of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and its chairman from 1998-2006.
He has received numerous awards recognizing these achievements including the American Heart Association’s Meritorious Achievement award in 1995, induction as an Honorary Member of the European Resuscitation Council in 2004 and honored as a “Giant” in resuscitation by ILCOR and the AHA in 2000
Dr. Montgomery served as the ECCU program chair for several of the conferences. The Foundation created the William H. Montgomery, MD Excellence in Education Award in 2006. This award, sponsored by the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, is named in his honor and serves as encouragement to ECCU concurrent session presenters to strive for excellence in their presentations.
Ward M. Hamilton is Senior Vice President and Vice President of Marketing at ZOLL Medical Corporation a leading company in the field of resuscitation. He is actively involved in most of the company’s product development and research.
Prior to his current role at ZOLL, Mr. Hamilton served as Director of New Business Development and Director of Marketing for ACLS products for Laerdal Medical, and earlier was employed as Marketing Manager for defibrillators and non-invasive blood pressure monitors for Datascope Corporation. Early in his career he was an EMT, Los Angeles County paramedic and firefighter and taught emergency care and fire science. Mr. Hamilton holds a B.A. in political science from Hartwick College and a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California.