Advancing the EMS profession

World Trauma Symposium Speakers

Dr. Alex EastmanALEX EASTMAN, MD, MPH, FACS, FAEMS, PHTLS Medical Director
Dr. Alexander Eastman serves as the Senior Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His responsibilities are headquartered in the new Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, working in the coordination/provision of operational medicine across DHS components as well as countering threats to the U.S. worldwide. He is a Title 19 Cross Designated LEO with Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. He is board-certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and EMS and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Eastman is the former Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is still a practicing trauma surgeon. In addition, Dr. Eastman remains an active Dallas Police Department lieutenant and is currently assigned to their SWAT unit and as the Department’s lead medical officer. He is involved in national planning for law enforcement medical support through the U.S. Department of Justice Officer Safety and Wellness Group, the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, and The Hartford Consensus Working Group. He serves as the Medical Director for the Major Cities Chiefs Association and is a Special Deputy United States Marshal, assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Fugitive Task Force in the Northern District of Texas.

WTS 2020 headshot_GurneyJENNIFER M. GURNEY, MD, FACS
COL, Medical Corps, US Army Surgeon, USAISR; Chief, Defense Committee on Trauma Joint Trauma System; Chair, Committee on Surgical Combat Casualty Care; US Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX and The Joint Trauma System, Falls Church, VA

WTS 2020 headshot_AndersJENNIFER ANDERS, MD 
Dr. Jennifer Anders is a pediatric emergency physician and EMS physician at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She also serves as Maryland’s Associate State Medical Director for Pediatrics. Dr. Anders is a federally funded researcher who created the pediatric decision tree (PDTree) EMS for Children targeted issues project and has produced multiple studies advancing the evidence base for pediatric prehospital care. Dr. Anders currently serves as the steering committee chairperson for the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP) course. Dr. Anders is a native of Nebraska and a veteran of the US Navy.

Dr. Brendon Drew, CAPT MC USN is a Division Surgeon for the US Marine Corp and an Emergency Medicine Specialty leader for the US Navy. Dr. Drew is responsible to the Commanding General for Health Service Support operations programs, policy, training, planning and execution in support of over 20,000 Marines and Sailors. He is also the Chair of the Joint Trauma System on Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

WTS 2020 headshot_DuCantoJAMES C. DUCANTO, MD
Dr. James “Jim” DuCanto is an Anesthesiologist in private practice for the past 23 years in Wisconsin who is, for lack of a better description, obsessed with airway management innovation and teaching. His recent innovations include the SALAD technique and Simulation System for airway decontamination from Nasco, the SSCOR DuCanto Suction Catheter, a large bore hyper curved rigid suction catheter from SSCOR, Inc., and the SEADUC, the first fully manual suction unit capable of performing the SALAD Technique from EM Innovations. Jim ran the Anesthesiology clerkship for medical students and residents at the Advocate Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2004 to 2020, and has recently accepted the position of Medical Director of the Mid-State Technical College’s EMS Program in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

WTS 2020 headshot_EpleyERIC EPLEY
Eric Epley is the Executive Director of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma (STRAC) in San Antonio, Texas. STRAC serves 22 counties, 55 hospitals, 75 EMS agencies and 14 helicopter bases. Epley has led the growing organization through many initiatives, including regional low-titer O+ whole blood in the field and a regional wireless electronic medical records (EMR) system. He also spearheaded the development of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) program. Epley also was a driving force behind the growth of the STRAC-ID PIV-I smart card credentialing program for physicians and first responders in San Antonio and South Texas.

Matt Harmon is a full-time Flight Paramedic and Base Manager for Classic Air Medical. He has worked in Fire Dept, EMS, Law Enforcement and Flight roles for over twenty years. He has concurrently served in the Army National Guard as a Flight Paramedic and is currently a Senior Master Sergeant with the 920th Rescue Wing in the Air Force Reserves. He is an active member of the DOD Committee for Enroute Combat Casualty Care and adjunct faculty for the Paramedic program at Colorado Mesa University.

WTS 2020 headshot_JafriMUBEEN JAFRI, MD
Dr. Mubeen Jafri is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at OHSU. Dr. Jafri came to Portland after a decade of training and research in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Cincinnati followed by Pediatric Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s where he also spent two additional years of research. He practices at both Randall and Doernbecher Children’s and has been instrumental in development of the Oregon Pediatric Trauma System leading to ACS Level 1 Trauma Verification of both Children’s Hospitals. He is the current Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at Randall. His research interests focus on standardization of pediatric trauma care and disorders of coagulation in injured children including hemorrhage control and venous thromboembolism. These endeavors have been supported with recent competitive grant funding.

JosephBellal Joseph, MD, FACS
Dr. Bellal Joseph is the Martin Gluck Endowed Professor of Surgery, Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns & Emergency Surgery, at the University of Arizona. He is also the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery. He has authored over 260 peer reviewed publications. His research has been funded by the NIA, DOD and DARPA, and areas of expertise encompass traumatic brain injury, coagulopathy in trauma patients, frailty and geriatric trauma. Dr. Joseph is the Executive Director of GeriTrac for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and vice chair of the Committee on Trauma in the State of Arizona. He is also a member of the steering committee of the National Trauma Research Action Plan.

Dr. Margaret Morgan is a surgeon in Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at the UC Health Memorial Central, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following medical school, Dr. Morgan entered the active Naval service, completing a transitional year internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and then spending the next several years on active duty as a Flight Surgeon. While in the Navy, Dr. Morgan participated in humanitarian missions in the Western Pacific and deployed multiple times in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. She then completed her residency in General Surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania prior to moving to New Orleans where she did her fellowship training in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at LSU. Dr. Morgan remains in the military as a reservist and is currently serving as the Wing Surgeon for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, United States Marine Forces Reserve.

Lieutenant Simmons is the Team Leader for the Portland Police Bureau’s Rapid Response (Crowd Management) Team. He fills this role on loan from Portland Fire & Rescue where he has worked for 21 years. He has travelled within the US advising military and civilian units on tactical EMS during civil unrest.

WTS 2020 headshot_SmithWILL SMITH, MD, Paramedic, FAEMS
Dr. Will Smith is an EMS and Emergency Medicine physician practicing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the US National Park Service. He also serves as the Co-Medical Director and EMS Physician for Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Search & Rescue, Bridger Teton National Forest, and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. Additionally, he serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. COL Smith has practiced medicine around the world on six continents. He has had numerous speaking engagements at Wilderness and EMS conferences/seminars around the world. Dr. Smith has been appointed to several national committees, authored numerous book chapters and consensus guidelines on Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and serves as a Subject Matter Expert for DARPA.

WTS 2020 headshot_TepermanSHELDON H. TEPERMAN, MD
Dr. Sheldon Teperman is a critical care surgery specialist in Bronx, NY and the Medical Director of the Trauma Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. Dr. Teperman received his medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai and began his career at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi as an attending surgeon in 1995. He considers the strength of the trauma centers a vital part of providing high-quality care to all New Yorkers. One of Dr. Teperman’s proudest accomplishments was gaining certification from the American College of Surgeons for all six of the city health system’s Level One trauma centers.

WTS 2020 headshot_WestSGT MORGAN WEST
SGT Morgan West is a flight paramedic in the Oregon Army National Guard. He has worked as a Portland firefighter, a Secret Service agent, and a U.S. Coast Guardsman. He is a founding member of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Rapid Response Team program.

WTS 2020 headshot_WilsonALISON WILSON, MD
Alison Wilson, MD, FACS Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Surgery and Executive Director of the Critical Care and Trauma Institute at West Virginia University. She earned her MD from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. She completed her Surgical Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship in the Michel E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. She serves as Vice-Chair for the Department of Surgery at WVU and Chief, Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care. She was named the Skewes’ Family Chair in Trauma, the first endowed Chair in the department. She has contributed to over 35 professional societies. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the largest professional trauma society. She is involved in the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. She is the Chair of the WV Committee on Trauma and the National Chair for the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. She is a member of the Rural Committee on Trauma and serves as an ACS trauma center reviewer as part of the Verification and Review program. Dr. Wilson has published or participated in, nearly 100 Peer Reviewed Publications, Book Chapters, Abstracts, Clinical Research Papers and Competitions. Dr. Wilson’s research focus has been the role of biofilms in infections, management of severe chest wall injuries and novel teaching techniques. She received the Dean’s Award for Clinical Service and has received several teaching awards. Recently, she has helped establish the WVU Section for Military and Austere Medicine and Surgery whose focus is to further trauma care in resource restricted environments and enhance educational opportunities for those who work and live in those regions.