Candidate for At-Large Director

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Nominated by: Thomas R. Tobin, MD MBA FAAEM; Mark Reiter, MD MBA MAAEM FAAEM

Membership: 2012-2021
Disclosure: Board Member - Virginia College of Emergency Physicians.

AAEM Activities (past five years)

Open Mic Competition 1st Place Winner
Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker
Scientific Assembly Speaker


Candidate Statement

It’s an honor to accept the nomination for the position of At-Large Board Member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. I currently serve as the chief of emergency medicine for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a community hospital that is also the primary teaching site for residents and students at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), for the past 12 years. I also belong to a private, democratic group for the past 15 years, one of only a few left in the state of Virginia.

Like many, I have seen a number of changes in emergency medicine throughout the years and foresee a number of changes coming down the road. Unfortunately, many of them have had consequences that have not been favorable for the specialty of emergency medicine, and there are others that will pose a threat to our specialty and to the front line emergency physician. At the state level, I’ve been very active over the years tackling various issues that affect emergency physicians such as the opioid crisis, independent practice from NPs, and balance billing. I’ve helped implement the emergency department information exchange (EDie) in Virginia several years ago. I’ve also been active regarding patients in the emergency department needing psychiatric care and helped create the state’s psychiatric medical clearance document, with the goal of reducing unnecessary testing.

I’m also a Professor in emergency medicine at EVMS and one of the assistant program directors for our emergency medicine residency program for the past 13 years. This has allowed me to work closely with residents and medical students, discussing the issues that will affect their careers. I believe it’s critical that residents and medical students can get an early exposure to the importance of getting involved in advocacy.

As the world becomes more challenging, I believe it is now, more than ever, we need to be more proactive in shaping the future of emergency medicine. I believe that being on the board of AAEM will allow me this opportunity and I look forward serving the membership of AAEM.


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