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Who's Who in IEM

Spencer Adoff, MD is a research fellow at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His medical interests include disaster preparedness and pediatrics and has experience working in the Caribbean.

Kumar Alagappan, MD FACEP FAAEM FIFEM
Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Senior Associate Chairman, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY
Director of International EM, North Shore LIJ Health System, NY
Dr Alagappan attended medical school in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, and completed his EM residency at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.  He served as Chair of the SAEM International Interest Group, then as the AAEM International Committee Chair and finally as the Chair of the ACEP International Section. He is the current President of the American Academy for EM in India. Dr Alagappan has been involved with the development of EM in India, and numerous other countries. Dr Alagappan has also Co-Chaired 11 international meetings in the past 7 years.

John R. Allegra, MD PhD FACEP is a member of the faculty and director of research for the Morristown Memorial Hospital residency in emergency medicine. He has participated in medical missions in Guatemala, Honduras, Nigeria, Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, India and Malawi. He has lectured and taught evidenced based medicine in Poland, Turkey and Italy. He has served as visiting faculty in Chennai, India.

David Barash, MD is a practicing emergency physician near Boston with extensive experience in medical technology development and deployment. David's particular interest is in the use of technology in developing countries to improve the delivery of care and in the discovery of technology that has been developed in underserved areas for which there could be application in industrialized areas. David has been involved in many technology programs, including point-of-care diagnostics, biologic products, software and resuscitation technology. He has served as an advisor and board member for several companies with new technology. You may reach him by emailing him or calling 978-618-0389.

Kathryn Challoner MD MPH FACEP is a member of attending staff in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the LAC+USC Medical Center, and a member of faculty at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California . She is Co-Director of the Division of International Emergency Medicine. She did her undergraduate work at Trinity College, University of Toronto, completed Medical School at the University of Ottawa, completed her first residency in family practice at the Toronto General Hospital and then her second residency in emergency medicine at the LAC+USC Medical Center and finally her MPH at the University of Southern California. She has had extensive experience in Africa since 1998 especially in Ghana, Liberia and Ethiopia on projects relating to emergency medicine, pre-hospital care and international ultrasound.

Gary M. Gaddis MD PhD is the St. Luke's/Missouri Endowed Chair in Emergency Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, USA, in 1989. He served as the Research Abstracts Co-Chair (representing AAEM) for the 2007 and 2009 Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congresses in Sorrento, Italy and Valencia, Spain, and previously was the Poster Abstracts Chair for the MEMC of 2005 in Nice, France. His research interests include pharmacy/pharmacist-related issues in the emergency department, patient safety and evidence based medicine related topics, especially as they relate to resident and student education.

Mark Hauswald MD FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine / Associate Dean (Emeritus) / Co-Director of Global Health Programs, University of New Mexico
Senior Editor for International Emergency Medicine AEMJ
Medical Director LiveSaver Ambulance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MS UC Berkeley, Medical School UCSF, Residency Stanford, DTM&H London. Primary interests are academic development and acute care infrastructure.

C. James (Jim) Holliman, MD is the program manager for the Afghanistan Healthcare Sector Reachback Project of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a professor of military and emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a clinical professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University. He has held international EM-related leadership positions with SAEM and ACEP since the early 1990’s, and has EM development experience in over 35 countries. One of his active international EM projects is the development of an emergency medicine residency program and medical student EM rotations at the National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. You may contact him at jholliman@cdham.org or cholliman@usuhs.mil, or visit www.cdham.org.

Kenneth V. Iserson, MD MBA is professor emeritus of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona and, currently, lead physician at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. An author whose next book (2010) is “Improvised Medicine: Delivering Care with Limited Resources” (Cambridge Univ Press), he has worked and taught throughout Latin America, and with a team in rural Zambia. For a description of his books and a link to his international blog please visit www.galenpress.com. The free Spanish-language emergency medicine educational resource, REEME (more than 700 PowerPoint professional-level presentations on emergency medicine in Spanish), can be found at www.reeme.arizona.edu.

Joe Lex, MD FACEP FAAEM, is a founding member of AAEM and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He served as AAEM’s Scientific Chair for the 3rd and 4th Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congresses, as Executive Chair for MEMC-5 in Valencia, and will be in the same role for MEMC-6 in Kos, Greece. He has spoken at emergency medicine conferences in more than 20 countries, and is a member of emergency medicine organizations on four continents. He currently serves on several committees for the International Federation of Emergency Medicine.

Adam Levine is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Brown University Alpert School of Medicine and affiliate faculty for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He has worked in Mexico, India, Zambia, South Africa, and currently serves as visiting faculty for Partners In Health - Rwanda. Adam also serves as the editor for Academic Emergency Medicine Journal's annual International Emergency Medicine Literature Review. His research interests include improving the delivery of acute care in resource poor settings and during humanitarian emergencies.

Ian B.K. Martin, MD is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and internal medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine. Dr. Martin is also the Director of Global Emergency Medicine and the Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical System where he also served as Chief Resident. He has past experience working in Kenya and Tanzania and is planning on future projects in Malawi. Dr. Martin is particularly interested in the development of emergency medicine as a specialty abroad .

Dr Nadeem Qureshi MD FAAP FCCM currently working as Consultant Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Chairman DEM Research Committee and Chair, International Emergency Medicine Programe at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr Qureshi completed residency and fellowship from Gerogetown University Hospital Washington, DC in 1997. He has experience working in Saudi Arabia especially on metabolic disorders in children.

David Richards, MD FACEP is a community emergency physician and part-time faculty at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center. He completed his residency at Denver Health Medical Center. He has experience working in South Africa on projects related to trauma in patients with tuberculosis and/or HIV, the role of ultrasound in penetrating trauma in resource limited environments, referral patterns and emergency medicine development. You may contact him at david.richards@dhha.org or david_b_richards@msn.com.

Harsh Sule, MD is an assistant professor, an assistant residency program director and director for international emergency medicine at the Dept. of Emergency Medicine of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He has experience working in Azerbaijan as the medical director of the Emergency Medicine Development Initiative and as country director for International Medical Corps.

Vicken Y. Totten, MD MS is an assistant professor and research director for the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She graduated from Loyola University in 1978, did a residency in family practice, and is board certified in both family practice and emergency medicine. Her masters is in research design and statistics. She has experience working as an emergency physician in Sweden, in Japan and observing in Russia. She is particularly interested in the development of emergency medicine residency programs in Europe and elsewhere.

Scott G. Weiner, MD MPH is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine/Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. He serves as the Director of Research for his department. He completed medical school at the University of California, Irvine and residency at the Harvard Affiliated EM Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has a long-time interest in International EM, and worked for several years at an EM development project in Tuscany, Italy. He is interested in the develop of EM as a specialty in developed countries. He is currently the chair of the AAEM International Committee and the Secretary of the SAEM International EM Interest Group.

Allan B. Wolfson, MD is th professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, program director of the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in emergency medicine, and director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He has personal experience working in Ghana and Sudan. The IEM fellowship has particular strength in the area of EMS planning, development and education. IEM fellows have carried out projects in Qatar, Dominica, India, Malawi and Bosnia.