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New Orleans EMS

Meg Marino, MD, FAAP

Meg Marino, MD, FAAP, is the Deputy Medical Director for New Orleans EMS, Director of Pediatric Prehospital Education for Ochsner Health, and a pediatric emergency medicine physician. She serves as the Chair-Elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics EMS subcommittee, as the Chair of the Provider Education Subcommittee for the Louisiana EMS for Children Advisory Committee, on the Governor’s EMS Certification Commission for the State of Louisiana and on the workgroup to develop national consensus statement for a National EMS Continued Competency Agenda for the Future. She created the Pediatric Prehospital Educational Symposium in New Orleans which provides free in-person pediatric education to prehospital providers in Louisiana and provides pediatric EMS education to EMS providers. She lectures nationally and internationally with the aim of improving the emergency care that pediatric patients receive. Dr. Marino has a strong interest in provider wellness and developed the COVID occupational health program for New Orleans EMS. She is leading the Diversity and Equity Council at New Orleans EMS to help acknowledge biases in healthcare, working to improve access to care to marginalized communities and promoting diversity in EMS. Dr. Marino enjoys spending time with her family, writing children’s books, and playing the ukulele.

New Orleans EMS

Emily Nichols, MD, FACEP

Emily M. Nichols, MD has been an adult emergency medicine physician since 2006. She has worked in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and Baton Rouge in addition to New Orleans. Dr. Nichols is board certified in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine and is able to care for persons of all ages during their sickest moments. She has also studied public health; her career interests include public health, disaster response, and provider wellness. Dr. Nichols has worked in community clinics in urban and rural settings in the US, Costa Rica, Belize, Haiti, Brazil, and South Africa. She was an integral part of relief efforts in Port-au-Prince Haiti during the 2010 earthquake, and in 2014 she taught emergency response, first aid, and “train the trainer” courses to responders in Northern Haiti. Dr. Nichols has lectured nationally on the topics of provider wellness and secondary traumatization; she has lectured internationally on building diverse EMS agencies and the development of 911 systems and emergency medicine in the United States.

Dr. Nichols values the EMS Continuum of Care and the unique role of EMS in health care, public safety, and public health. She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and her husband, Jonel Daphnis MD, MPH, who is also an emergency physician.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ashish R. Panchal, MD, PhD

I'm a professor of emergency medicine for the Department of Emergency Medicine. I'm passionate about improving patient outcomes in the prehospital setting and conduct research focused on prehospital airway management and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest. I began my career as a researcher completing a PhD in cardiovascular physiology at Case Western Reserve University. Following this, at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, I completed my medical training and residency. I am board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

Currently, I'm heavily involved in prehospital care being the EMS medical director for Delaware County EMS and the Delaware County Emergency Communications. At The Ohio State University, I'm the program director for the ACGME-accredited EMS fellowship. On a national level, I'm the research and fellowship director for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and am part of the expert panels for the National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision Project and the Evidence-Based Guideline for Naloxone and Pain management. I'm also a member and chair of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee and was the chair of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 AHA/ECC Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

Houston Fire Department

Chris Souders, MD, FAEMS

Chris Souders is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Rochester, NY. His EMS fellowship was completed with Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Fire Department. After fellowship, he was chosen as the Associate Medical Director for the Houston Fire Department which he has held since 2003. Board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Souders’s primary responsibilities at HFD include dispatch protocol, quality improvement activities, and ePCR development and data analysis. Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling with his husband and exploring new places, food and wine.

Andrew Stevens, MD

Dr. Stevens is a Board Certified EMS and Emergency Medicine Physician with over a decade of experience.

Andrew grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and received his B.S. in Biology with Honors and EMT certification from the University of Minnesota. He received his Medical Degree Cum Laude and ALS training from Creighton University and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine and Fellowship training in Out-of-Hospital Care/EMS at Indiana University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Dr. Stevens is licensed in the State of Minnesota, is dually boarded in Emergency Medicine & EMS by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) for over 10 years.  Dr. Stevens practices clinically at M Health Ridges and Allina Mercy Hospitals, is a member of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board Medical Direction Standing Advisory Committee (EMSRB MDSAC), ImageTrend Medical Advisory Board, MN EMS Medical Directors Association Advisory Board and professionally a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP).

Dr. Stevens formerly held positions of Deputy Medical Director for Indianapolis Fire, EMS, and Police Departments, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Vice President Clinical Operations & Chief, Allina Health Emergency Medical Service leading the Office of Medical Direction and clinical care.

MN State College & Universities

Michael Wilcox, MD

Dr. Wilcox is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, who has practiced in rural Minnesota for nearly 40 years. His post graduate training was at HCMC in Minneapolis, Minn. and he completed his Bush Medical Fellowship in Critical & Emergency Care in 1985.

Dr. Wilcox serves multiple roles as the Clinical Associate Professor in the Department Emergency & Family Medicine University of Minnesota, Medical Director for the Community Paramedic Program at Hennepin Technical College and South Central Technical College, Medical Advisor for MNSCU EMS Programs, and the Medical Director for 82 Rural EMS Services (First Responder, BLS, ALS).

He also recently retired as the Coordinator of the Emergency Care Plus Program for North Memorial Medical Center after 25 years of service.

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