2022-2023 AAEM Board of Directors
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Read Dr. Jones's Biography
After working in academics for a decade, Dr. Jones now practices community emergency medicine in Jackson, MS. He previously served as Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS. He is the recipient of the 2017 AAEM/RSA Program Director of the Year Award. He has previously served AAEM as Secretary-Treasurer, At-large Director, YPS Director, and Assistant Editor of Common Sense. He is an active participant in multiple committees and sections, most passionately, the Wellness Committee. He is active in organized medicine at the local and state level, serving in multiple roles with the Mississippi State Medical Association. He has previously served on multiple committees with both SAEM and CORD and as an ACEP Councilor. His clinical interests include abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, hypertensive emergencies, and asymptomatic hypertension in the ED. His non-clinical interests include education, transitions of care, communication skills, consultant interactions, and conflict management.
Jonathan is originally from Orlando, FL, and received a BS in Physics from the University of Florida and MD from the University of South Florida. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has lived in Jackson, MS since 2004 and is active in the community having served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Greater Jackson.
He spends his free time with his wife (Barbara), daughter (Catalina), and dogs. He enjoys running. He’ll gladly join you for a random 10 miler, but will likely turn down speed work on the track. He also enjoys trail running. He has completed over 20 marathons, many halves, dozens of triathlons, and several ultras.
Read Dr. Frolichstein's Biography
Bob Frolichstein, MD FAAEM is the President of Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians (GSEP) an independent, democratic group with 6 EDs and 47 emergency physician partners. Bob graduated from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville before entering medical school at the University of Missouri. He attended medical school on a military scholarship. After graduation he completed a transitional internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Bob and his wife Dena then spent three years in the Republic of Panama where Bob worked in the ED of Gorgas Army Hospital and as Officer in Charge of a health clinic for active duty soldiers and their dependents. He then completed his Emergency Medicine Residency training at the military training program in San Antonio, TX. He stayed on as teaching faculty for three years post-graduation completing his military obligation.
Bob joined GSEP and after completing his partnership track, became a partner. He quickly assumed leadership roles including, Assistant Department Director, Department Director, Board of Directors and, for the last six years served as the President of GSEP. He has served on, and chaired numerous hospital committees. GSEP has successfully struggled to remain independent while providing exceptional care to over 200,000 patients annually in San Antonio. He considers the preservation of the opportunity for each emergency physician to practice in an independent, democratic group where each physician is treated fairly with transparency vital to the continued success of our specialty. He became involved in AAEM to help preserve and promote the values of AAEM and support the independent practice and lend a community emergency physicians perspective.
Bob and Dena are the proud parents of four children — Aaron, Abby, Olivia and Anna Claire.
Read Dr. Gomez's Biography
L.E. Gomez, MD MBA is a medical director for one of the largest urgent care based occupational health systems in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. Previously on the faculty of Howard University College of Medicine, he earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, MD from the Ichan School of Medicine, and completed internship in medicine at Boston University prior to residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He has healthcare consulting experience, specializing in business performance, budget analysis, process engineering, and the improvement of the patient experience. He has served as consulting clinician for CMS MIPS and is a former AAEM Advocacy Congressional Fellow. He is now a member of our Government and National Affairs Committee and Treasurer for our new Capital Region Chapter Division, helping to lead emergency physician advocacy on The Hill on several fronts.
Dr. Gomez has published original research on the economic power of diversity to improve performance, outcomes, and influence culture. He is former Chair of the AAEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has been a frequent contributor to Common Sense on the topics of diversity, equity, and healthcare economics. He also serves on the AAEM Physician Group Board of Directors, and as a consultant for the group specializing in occupational health and urgent care management.
Dr. Gomez is the liaison to our board for AAEM Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health and Chair of the Public Health and Social Justice Track for our upcoming MEMC22.
L.E. is presently working on an MPH at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar at open mics to unwind in his spare time.
Read Dr. Moreno's Biography
Dr. Lisa A. Moreno is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research and Director of Diversity for the Section of Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans. She serves as Director of the Latino Scholars Program for the School of Medicine and Regional Faculty Advisor for the Southwestern Region of the Latino Medical Student Association. Dr. Moreno is the first woman President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). During her years serving on the AAEM Board of Directors, she has focused on the development of women and underrepresented minorities in leadership positions. She holds degrees in Medicine and Clinical Research, and is a National Institutes of Health Research Scholar. She is the founder of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), an academy of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Her multiple awards include the SAEM Martin Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professionalism Award, Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine Distinguished Educator Award, the ADIEM Outstanding Academician Award, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Healthcare Executive Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and the Order of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine. The recipient of many research grants, Dr. Moreno has over 500 academic presentations, 45 publications, 6 book chapters, and two authored textbooks “Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care,” and “Your Story, Our Story: A Case Compendium of Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care.” Her research interests include HIV, violence prevention and treatment, diversity and healthcare disparities. Her office at University Medical Center participates in the LSU School of Medicine Dean’s Summer Research Program, mentoring college students who aspire to careers in medicine towards the completion of basic research projects. She has mentored over 300 students, residents, and junior faculty around the world towards successful careers in research and medicine. As a global health consultant and educator, she has served in over 25 countries with a focus on the development of research and elimination of healthcare disparities for women, underrepresented minorities, and the under-resourced.
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Read Dr. Dixon's Biography
Phillip Dixon is currently an Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University and was elected YPS Director of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine in March of 2019. Dr. Dixon completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University while playing 4 years of football. He then went to St. George's University for both his MPH and MD degrees. Following medical school, Dr. Dixon completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and was elected as a chief resident in his final year of residency. Throughout residency, Dr. Dixon became interested in advocacy, physician leadership, and administration. He was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Resident and Student Association of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, as well as elected the resident representative for the Mississippi State Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also was one of two chief residents among all specialties to co-chair the Chief Resident Committee and represented residents on multiple hospital administration committees. He will complete an EMBA from The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business in May of 2019 and has accepted the position of Assistant Medical Director of the Wexner Medical Center Emergency Department in July of 2019. His professional interests include creating a more efficient and effective emergency department, as well as national/state health policy, advocacy and leadership, and physician wellness. His personal interests including gym/fitness, sports, outdoor activities, and community events.
Read Dr. Giwa's Biography
I graduated from the University of Ilorin with a law degree, studied Philosophy at Clark University, and attended Columbia University for medical school, with the original intent of becoming a bioethics professor. Along the way, I started and led several companies to include a healthcare, legal, and management consulting firm based in NYC. I obtained an MBA from GWU, and while faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine and as a member of the healthcare ethics consult service, I obtained a masters of science in bioethics from the combined Clarkson University/Icahn School of Medicine program.
Like many of you, I joined AAEM (serving on the International and the Clinical Practice Committees) to become part of an organization that truly cared about all EPs. As a former attorney and member of the Legal Committee, I relish in being part of a group that advocates for all EPs and uses its influence to right some of the wrongs in our respective practices. To that end, I felt a moral pulse needed to be demonstrated by the organization, and I successfully lobbied for the creation of the first Ethics Committee, to which I have the honor of serving as its founding Chair. In that role, I have helped to create position statements and codes of ethics that will propel AAEM to the forefront of forward-thinking ethical organizations. I have leveraged my years as a leader, both as a civilian and in the military to educate current and future leaders on the role ethics plays in achieving leadership success.
I was most recently an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, but have taken a position leading COVID disaster response under FEMA’s auspices, given my unfortunate first-hand knowledge of the COVID crisis in New York and as an author of several papers on the disease. As a member of the military I am the Command Surgeon for the US Army Innovation Command and head of medical innovation, and have led and taught several units on the importance of ethical and equitable leadership and behavior; leading the Equal Opportunity Liaison role in my previous unit and teaching on Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention. I am currently preparing for a combat deployment in support of current US objectives.
Having the diversity of thought from my legal, medical, business, ethics, and military backgrounds will provide a needed source of knowledge and experience to help better reflect the diverse membership of the Academy.
Read Dr. Lam's Biography
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM is a partner with Emergency Physician Specialists a democratic independent group in Colorado Springs. Dr. Lam also serves as the Director of Physician Wellness for UCHealth in the Southern Region. He launched an organizational wellness program for physicians that includes an individual resilience curriculum, peer support program, social connectedness and collegiality program and excellence in communication training to promote enhanced patient and clinican experiences. He leads efforts to promote physician well-being and engagement throughout the health system in southern Colorado.
Dr. Lam is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and directs the medical education programs for Emergency Medicine Specialists. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and completed his emergency medicine residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. He has received the CU Golden Stethoscope Award for Outstanding Clinical Preceptor in Emergency Medicine. Dr Lam has spoken nationally on topics of physician well-being and medical education.
Dr. Lam has been very active in organized medicine. He served as Founder and Chair of the Wellness Committee for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine from 2015 to 2021. As chair he led the committee to launch a resilience curriculum for the Scientific Assembly, started a resilience column in EM News, authored multiple position statements and joined a national collaboration of all EM organizations to create National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Dr Lam was the recipient of the AAEM James Keaney Leadership award in 2021 for his contributions to AAEM.
Read Dr. Lo's Biography
Dr. Bruce Lo, MD MBA FAAEM, is currently a partner with the Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT), a democratic group servicing southeast Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia school of medicine and did his residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016.
Dr. Lo has been very active in advocacy in the state of Virginia. He has served of multiple psychiatric task forces including creating standardization for medical clearance for psychiatric patients presenting to the ED. He has worked with legislators on the issue of balance billing and help bring emergency department information exchange (EDie) program to Virginia, a program that connects every emergency department in Virginia regardless of health system or EHR.
Dr. Lo currently works in multiple EDs including a quaternary referral center to community hospitals to free-standing emergency departments. He currently serves on a number of leadership roles within the Sentara health system. He is the chief of emergency medicine at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a community teaching hospital, for the past 12 years. He also helped found the Sentara Transfer Center which currently manages transfers for 8 Sentara hospitals and 3 Free-Standing emergency departments and serves as its medical director.
Dr. Lo currently co-chairs the Sentara system stroke committee and the Sentara ED commodities committee, standardizing clinical and operational workflows across all 12 Sentara facilities. He works with other health systems as well as EMS to both improve the care for patients across the spectrum.
Dr. Lo has been the recipient of AAEM’s Open Mic New Speaker award and has lectured at various national and international conferences as well as a guest lecturer at a number of emergency medicine grand rounds across the country. He is currently a Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and also serves as an assistant program director for the EM residency program at EVMS for the past 13 years.
Read Dr. Norton's Biography
Dr. Vicki Norton is a community Emergency Physician in Florida and is a partner in one of the few independent, democratic groups in the state. She has served as affiliate faculty for Florida Atlantic University since 2016 and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and scribes working in the Emergency Department.
Dr. Norton graduated for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a B.S. in Biology. From there she did research under Dr. Frank Longo, chair of the Department of Neurology at UNC, studying genes that could play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. She left North Carolina in 2003 to start medical school at the Drexel University College of Medicine, graduating in 2007. She completed Emergency Medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. After residency, she moved to Florida and began working as an Emergency Medicine attending.
After seeing and experiencing firsthand the treatment of Emergency physicians employed by contract management groups, she became more involved in AAEM in order to better advocate for herself and her colleagues. She has served on several AAEM committees, including the Membership and State Chapters committees. She joined the Florida Chapter Division of AAEM Board of Directors and held various positions before becoming President in 2017. She also co-chaired the Women in Emergency Medicine committee 2018-2020 and oversaw the transition of the committee to a formal section of AAEM. She was a panelist for “Women Leaders in Emergency Medicine” at the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC) in Dubrovnik in 2019. Most recently, she was the 2020 James Keaney Award recipient for outstanding contributions to AAEM.
Dr. Norton is a strong proponent of gender equity, diversity in medicine, advocacy and fair workplace environments. One of her goals is to remove the corporate and private equity influence from medicine and allow doctors to get back to what they do best: taking care of patients. She is the wife to Florida State Senate candidate Brian Norton and mother to three children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, baking, and reading. She is honored to serve on the AAEM Board of Directors.
Read Dr. Pak-Teng's Biography
Carol Pak-Teng, MD FAAEM, is an emergency physician in NJ, passionate and driven in the areas of women's advocacy, community based policy change, and physician wellness strategy events. To date, she has built multiple communities of women leaders in and out of EM, organized cultural awareness conferences, and been acknowledged nationally for her work by the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine as the 2015 Outstanding Resident while training at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. She has also received accolades for her work in Political Psychology and Asian American Studies at NYU. She volunteers her time in mentorship for NJ SEEDs, as an alumni career advisor for low-income students, and sits on the Board of Speak Up Summit, a community advisory to the Board of Education.
Dr. Pak-Teng is dedicated to growing the membership of AAEM through a push for gender equity, diversity outreach, a growth in policy advocacy, focus on humanistic changes to our specialty, and examination of factors of wellness.
As a leader in emergency medicine, Dr. Pak-Teng speaks candidly about her period of depression in residency in efforts to unveil the systematic ways in which physicians have become the most at risk profession for depression and suicide. Having experienced it first hand, she is passionate about helping to shape the specialty in which this risk is no longer one we must fear. She feels certain AAEM can play a pivotal role in creating safer psychological environments for our colleagues.
She hopes to connect people across our organization and make our work publicly known. Please feel free to reach our to her with your ideas, solutions, tribulations, and passions. We are ready to say no, set boundaries, and preserve the love we have for our specialty.
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Read Dr. Kency's Biography
Fred Earl Kency Jr, MD, FAAEM is a board-certified emergency physician and a native of Jackson, Mississippi who is passionate about men's health. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Alcorn State University and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Kency proudly served in the United States Navy for four years, and was deployed to Africa and Europe, prior to his honorable discharge. He returned home to Jackson, MS to complete his emergency medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
He currently serves as a community emergency physician at Baptist Hospital in Jackson Mississippi and is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He continues to serve the community as a leader in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, 100 Black Men of America, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).
Read Dr. Colucci's Biography
Leah Colucci is a current PGY1 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has been a part of AAEM/RSA since her first AAEM Scientific Assembly when she was an MS1 at the University of Miami. She served as the Vice Chair of the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council, then the Membership and Awards Chair prior to running for President of AAEM/RSA. She has a strong dedication to our specialty and has a particular passion in advocating for physician-led care, especially in rural and vulnerable communities. When she is not spending time with her parents (former ER nurses) and her multitude of animals she is planning her next Peloton ride.
Read Dr. Mayer's Biography
Andy grew up in New Orleans and attended Loyola University and the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his emergency medicine residency as a chief resident in 1990 from the Charity/LSU program in New Orleans. Since residency he has been a member of the West Jefferson Emergency Physicians Group, a single hospital democratic group in Marrero, Louisiana. Currently, he is serving as the President and Medical Director of this group.
Andy has served many roles with AAEM including in all leadership roles in Louisiana’s state chapter of AAEM. He has served three terms as a member at large of the national board of directors and been the chair of the State Chapter and Membership committees.
He has been married to his wife, Georgia since 1984 and is the proud father of three wonderful now grown children. He enjoys international travel, fishing, genealogy and all things New Orleans.
Read Dr. Hayden's Biography
Dr. Stephen Hayden graduated from the accelerated six-year biomedical program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College and was elected to the alpha omega alpha honor medical society. He did a General Surgery internship at the San Diego Naval Hospital, which was followed by a tour of duty as senior flight surgeon for the Naval Strike Warfare Center at the NAS Fallon, Nevada. He additionally served as the medical director for Fallon's High Sierra Search and Rescue helicopter unit. Dr. Hayden then completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, where he served as chief resident in 1993.
He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego Department of Emergency Medicine in July 1993, and is board certified in both Emergency Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He served as Director for the UCSD Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program, is a Past President of the Council of Residency Directors for Emergency Medicine (CORD), and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Hayden is a primary editor for the textbook, The Five-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. He is an item writer for the written certification examination of the American Board of Emergency Medicine as well as an oral examiner. He was the 1996 recipient of the EMRA scholarship for the ACEP/Emergency Medicine Foundation Teaching Fellowship, 1999 ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award, 2002 UCSD Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2005 AAEM Residency Program Director of the Year, and selected in 2006/2007 as one of America's Top Physicians. Areas of research and teaching interest are evidence-based emergency medicine, emergency airway management, and imaging in emergency medicine.
Dr. Hayden is married with three children ages 12, 10, and 8, and enjoys sailing, tennis and will be testing soon for his second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.