Board of Directors

Officers

President
Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD FAAEM

Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University.  She completed medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and did her residency at the Stanford/Kaiser Residency Program. She completed two fellowships, one in International Emergency Medicine and one in Academic Emergency Medicine. She currently is the Assistant Program Director for the Stanford/Kaiser Residency Program, a position she has served in for the past 6 years. She also is Co-Director of the Stanford Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship.

Dr. Kanapicki Comer has been involved in AAEM since beginning residency in 2007. She served multiple positions on both RSA, YPS and currently serves as the YPS Director on the AAEM Board of Directors. She also has held various positions on the board of CAL/AAEM and currently serves as Secretary. 

Dr. Kanapicki recently welcomed a new addition to her family, a daughter named Emma Rose. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, Garet.

 

Immediate Past President
Brian Potts, MD MBA FAAEM

Brian Potts, MD MBA FAAEM, is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He attended medical school at University of California – Irvine where he graduated with a combined MD/MBA degree in 2004 and then stayed at University of California – Irvine for his Emergency Medicine residency completed in 2007. Brian works for Berkeley Emergency Medical Group (BEMG) at two Sutter Health community emergency departments at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland, CA. He is the Medical Director and Chair of their Berkeley emergency department. Within the California chapter division (CAL/AAEM), Brian is Immediate Past President and previously served as President 2018-2020 and 2010-2011. He has been a member of the California state chapter Board of Directors since 2006. Brian held numerous national leadership roles in AAEM. He was an At-large Director for the national board from 2016-2019 and previously served on the board as both Young Physician Section (YPS) Director in 2011 and as President of AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA) in 2007. He is also a past President of YPS in 2010 and past President of the AAEM Medical Student Section in 2004. He was honored with the AAEM James Keaney Award in 2015 and the AAEM Resident of the Year Award in 2005. For the last 19 years, he has been the Managing Editor of the CAL/AAEM News Service, an electronic news service with over 3,000 emergency physicians, residents, and students as subscribers. 

 

 

 

Vice President
Jesse Borke, MD CPE FAAEM

Jesse Borke, MD CPE FAAEM is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and the Advocate Christ Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Chicago. Prior to medical school, he graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Biology. He is a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.

In his career, he has served as Emergency Department Medical Director, Patient Experience Champion, Medical Director of Throughput and Process Improvement, Chair of the Preadmission Testing Committee, Chair of the Emergency Department Utilization Committee, and a member of the hospital Operations Committee.

Dr. Borke has authored over a dozen articles in Emergency Medicine, and is the reviewer for over one hundred Emergency Medicine articles on MedlinePlus. He also serves as an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California, serves on the AAEM Operations Management Committee, and previously served on the AAEM/RSA Publications Committee.

He has a special interest in emergency department flow and patient safety.

 

Treasurer
Shahram Lotfipour, MD MPH FAAEM

Dr. Shahram Lotfipour is Professor of Clinical EM and Public Health at UC Irvine. Dr. Lotfipour is Program Director for EM at Eisenhower Medical Center, and the Managing Associate Editor for the Western Journal of EM (WestJEM.org) and Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (CPCEM.org). His research focus includes alcohol screening and brief intervention and referral to treatment using a novel hand held computerized model in the UC Irvine Emergency Department, and trauma centers in Orange County. He also has a special interest in mentoring students and residents in career advancement and research.

 

At-Large Board Members

At-Large Board Member
William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA MAAEM FAAEM

 

 

At-Large Board Member
Danielle E. Goodrich, MD FAAEM

Dr. Danielle Goodrich, MD FAAEM works at the Los Angeles Medical Center as a physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine. As a resident, she was involved with the AAEM Resident and Student Association where she served on the Communications Committee. Since graduation, she has been enthusiastically involved with AAEM. She is actively involved with the Young Physician Section where she completed two terms as section chair. She is also involved in the new AAEM section, Women in Emergency Medicine.   

 

At-Large Board Member
Eric Kenley, MD FAAEM

Eric Kenley MD, FAAEM, is currently the Emergency Department Medical Director of the historic, 120-year-old, Chinese Hospital in San Francisco's Chinatown.  Before college, he enlisted in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, where he served as a flight-medic.  He studied Molecular & Cell Biology at UC San Diego, then graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, before completing his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago.  

Eric has a full breadth of experience working in all kinds of hospitals and with diverse patient populations throughout California, Illinois, and Kansas.  His primary focus on the Board of CAL/AAEM is protecting Emergency Physicians from exploitation by large CMGs (contract management group) and defending their autonomy and due process.  Aside from Emergency Medicine, he has a particular interest in insulin resistance and metabolic disease.  He is boarded with the American Board of Obesity Medicine and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). 

 

At-Large Board Member
Adria Ottoboni, MD FAAEM

Adria Ottoboni, MD FAAEM, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science, where she focused on Soviet and Eastern European foreign policy. Her interest in medicine and politics started with volunteer work as a medic at the Berkeley Free Clinic during her time as an undergraduate, eventually culminating in changing her educational goals and applying to medical school. She worked as a research assistant at UCSB for several years within the Nuclear Engineering Department on a chondrocyte growth project using NMR. She then attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, graduating in 2001. She completed her preliminary internship year at the UCSF-Fresno residency program and her specialty training at UCLA-Kern in Emergency Medicine was completed in 2005. She remained at UCLA-Kern as faculty in the Emergency Medicine residency program. As faculty she performed a number of crucial tasks including faculty director of the SANE program; faculty director of the program’s first outreach program; associate residency director and program director. She currently practices community emergency medicine as well as rural emergency medicine in a critical access hospital, in addition to co-directing an Emergency Medicine conference held annually in Yosemite, California. Dr. Ottoboni has been involved in AAEM since residency graduation in 2005. She has four children who she is immensely proud of who keep her busy, happy and up to date on how to play Overwatch. 

 

At-Large Board Member
Scott D. Reiter, MD FAAEM

Emergency Medicine and S.D.R.: “The In-A-Nutshell” - I grew up in a rough suburb of Newark where I learned to fight and became very familiar with my local emergency department. That is what drew me into emergency medicine initially. If I was going to spend so much time in the ER, I really should be getting paid for it.

After four years undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, I went to my state medical school which was UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway and New Brunswick, currently Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I was lucky to do an eight week externship at MIEMS – Adult Shock Trauma at the end of 1978 after being invited there by R Adams Cowley, M.D., a thoracic surgeon I had written to amazed by his approach and results. He lowered the mortality from 80% to 20% in multi-organ trauma including patients in neurological and systemic shock. I stayed an additional eight weeks in Baltimore with J. Alex Haller, a skilled pediatric thoracic surgeon who recently died. His team treated the region’s pediatric trauma at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Harriet Lane via the Pediatric ER.

When I applied for an Internal Medicine Residency at LAC/USC Med Ctr, there was no ABMS recognized specialty of Emergency Medicine or Board Exam. I did an extra (chief resident) year with 6+ months of electives more useful for emergency practice while moonlighting in all the emergency areas including 1350 MAR, 1060 surgical walk-in and 1050 med walk-in. After completing my extra year of residency, I stayed on at LAC/USC accepting staff assignments in these same areas.

Meanwhile, I became the Base Station Director and Paramedic Liason Physician at Beverly Hospital in L.A. and Attending Emergency Physician at Hollywood Presbyterian (One of the busiest private trauma centers in L.A. from 1984 to 1987). I have worked many settings including an eight year part-time stint at Kaiser Permanent ER in W.L.A., the ER in Marina del Rey, University of CA – L.A. starting as a Visiting Instructor in Emergency Medicine in 1987 to just recently, a nine year stint part-time at Olive View – U.C.L.A. Med Ctr and others. At age 65, I have paired down my Emergency Shifts and find myself more concerned with helping the practicing Emergentologist than the patient in the E.D. Helping with physician wellness can have an amplified ripple effect that helps many times the number of patients that I could manage. I have gone from gaining satisfaction as a “rescuer” to a more rewarding “rescuing the rescuer”. I hope that my role on the CAL/AAEM Board of Directors can help. I want anyone to feel free to write me and join me on my quest to make Emergency Practice Great Again. <- Just Kidding. But we need to ensure that ER Docs rights don’t erode, and the practice environment is optimized for patient care, not profits. Healthy Emergency Physicians practice better and longer. We deserve to practice in environments where we thrive. Patients are the ultimate benefactors.

 

At-Large Board Member
Emily Rose, MD FAAP FAAEM FACEP

Dr. Rose is the Director for Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Minor in Health Care Studies at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Associate Professor (Educational Scholar) of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. A native South Dakotan, she trained in Emergency Medicine and was chief resident at Los Angeles County/ USC Medical Center and completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University. She has been core Emergency Medicine faculty at LAC/USC Medical Center since 2010 where she continues to care for both sick/injured children and adults.  

Dr. Rose is a prolific educator with numerous publications and invited national presentations. Dr. Rose has been awarded several education awards including multiple LAC/USC faculty of the year awards, outstanding teaching performance, and the Honorable Mention Outstanding Speaker of the Year for the American College of Emergency Physician Scientific Assembly. She recently published a textbook on life-threatening rashes and is currently creating a practical clinical guide for pediatric emergencies. 

 

Resident Representatives

Resident Representative
Haig Aintablian, MD

Hometown: Glendale, CA
Undergrad: University of Southern California
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Residency Program: UCLA Medical Center
Favorite Thing About Your City: My favorite thing about LA are all the places I can visit. The infinite number of museums; from the beautiful Getty just a stone's throw away from UCLA, to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino. I also love visiting the different restaurants across this amazingly vast city. One of my favorite memories from LA is the time they towed the Space Shuttle Endeavor through the LA streets from LAX to its final home at the California Science Center.
Professional Interests: Aerospace medicine, healthcare policy, administration
Hobbies: Astrophotography, martial arts, working on vintage cars, camping, golf
Favorite TV Show: The Office, "Through concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol at will." - Dwight Schrute. Stranger Things, there's just something about retro alien shows that gets to me. Dark (German Series), a really complex show about time travel that occurs in a small German town (is my nerd showing yet? haha). Game of Thrones, (mandatory inclusion). Honorable Mentions: Mind Hunter, The Punisher, The Leftovers.

 

Resident Representative
Sara Bradley, DO

Sara Bradley is an emergency medicine resident at UC Davis Medical Center. She completed her DO degree at Western University of Health Sciences, graduating as a part of the Sigma Sigma Phi honors society. She also served as her medical school’s EMIG President and received the SAEM Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award. She received a B.S. in Molecular biology from California State University-Monterey Bay, where she co-founded the school’s first pre-med club and a foot-washing and care clinic to serve the community’s homeless population.  

Sara was a member of AAEM-RSA’s education committee and later served as the Vice Chair for two years. As a part of this committee, she recorded and published several AAEM-RSA podcasts and wrote for the AAEM-RSA blog. As a medical student, Sara served as the Western Regional Representative for the AAEM-RSA Medical Student Council. She has helped plan six emergency medicine conferences including local EMIG symposiums, the Cal-AAEM Southern California symposiums, and the resident track for the national AAEM Scientific Assembly.   

Sara’s professional interests include medical education, ultrasound, and administration. In her free-time, Sara enjoys traveling, photography, cooking and baking, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants. 

 

Resident Representative
Toby Myatt, MD

Toby Myatt, MD is an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of California, Irvine. He was born and raised in San Diego, CA and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked as a high school teacher and football coach for 2 years, after which he obtained his EMT certificate and worked as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in San Diego County. This spurred his love for Emergency Medicine, and during this time he completed post-baccalaureate studies with the intent of attending medical school.  

He received his MD from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to his role as CAL/AAEM Resident Representative, he also serves as Academic Chief Resident for the UC Irvine Emergency Medicine Residency. His professional interests include Wilderness Medicine, Toxicology, and Education. His hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, hiking or anything outdoors, and most of all spending time with his wife and 2 daughters. 

 

Associate Representative
Faith Quenzer, DO

 

 

Student Representative
Brianna Beaver

Brianna Beaver is an Emergency Medicine bound fourth year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences and a member of the SSP honors society. Brianna was the president of her Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) during her second year, which is how she became involved with AAEM. She was born and raised in Northern California and received her B.S. in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.   

Aside from her role as the Cal/AAEM Student Representative, she is currently the Western Regional Representative for the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council. Her professional interests include EMS/pre-hospital care, wilderness medicine, and education. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. 

 

Ex-Officio

WestJEM Editor-in-Chief
Mark Langdorf, MD FAAEM

Mark I. Langdorf, MD MHPE, FAAEM, FACEP, RDMS is Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. After medical school at UC San Diego, he did an EM residency, a fellowship in medical education and the Master degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He served as Program Director for the emergency medicine residency for 10 years, Medical Director of the Level I Trauma Center Emergency Department for 18 years, and Division Chief and then Department Chair for 20 years. He served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and CME, and Director of the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education at UC Irvine. He also served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, responsible for the entire medical school teaching program at UC Irvine.

He consults and speaks nationally and internationally to promote optimum trauma, stroke and emergency care. He is Regional Faculty for the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM), an open-access peer review international journal, at www.westjem.com. By virtue of this role, he serves as an Ex-officio member of the Cal AAEM Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the Peter Rosen (renamed the Robert McNamara) Award for Academic Leadership from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. http://www.aaem.org/about-aaem/awards/prev-award-winners. He also serves as Vice President of the Medical Staff at UC Irvine Medical Center.

 

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