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.

 

Secretary 
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 Members

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

 

 

At-Large Board Member
Judy Choe, MD

Dr. B. Judy Choe is an Assistant Medical Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and will start her role as Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety on July 1, 2021 at UCLA Health. Dr. Choe earned her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University, and graduated from the New York Presbyterian – Columbia and Cornell Emergency Medicine Residency, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. At UCLA Health, Dr. Choe works closely with Operations and Quality Improvement teams to enhance patient care in the emergency department and health system. Dr. Choe is excited to be joining the California AAEM Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 year. Dr. Choe’s interests are in critical care, ECMO, healthcare equity, preventative health literacy, and addressing social determinants of health impacts on patient outcomes using integrative tools. Dr. Choe is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 

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 
Jessica Li, MD FAAEM 

Jessica Li, MD FAAEM works at Chinese Hospital in San Francisco and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland. She has a special interest in protecting the value of EM residency training and maintaining physician ownership of EM practice. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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 
Brianna Beaver, MD

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.

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
Mohammad Mousa

Mohammad Mousa is an emergency medicine resident at UC Davis Medical Center. He was born in New York and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. He then completed his MD degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, where he was commencement speaker and served as class representative.

Mohammad was previously his school’s AAEM student representative and currently serves on the AAEM Advocacy Committee. He has previously been actively involved with Central Arizona EMS as a guidelines editor as well as a member of the Arizona Department of Health Services Vaccine Planning Task Force. His professional interests include disaster medicine and ultrasound. Outside of medicine, his hobbies include snowboarding, drone videography, and coaching wrestling. 

 

Associate Representative
Faith Quenzer, DO

 

 

Student Representative
Christopher Pann

Christopher Pann is a fourth-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, pursuing the field of Emergency Medicine. He was born in Southern California and attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he completed his B.S. degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology. At the same time, he found a passion for tactical medicine, working under the guidance of a tactical medicine physician to help train police officers in pre-hospital care. 

During his second year of medical school, Christopher served as the president of the WesternU Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG), organizing guest lecturers and coordinating simulation events to help foster interest in Emergency Medicine. His other professional interests include education and outreach. He has participated in numerous programs during medical school to help younger generations achieve their scholastic goals. Christopher enjoys spending time with his family, visiting amusement parks, skiing, and baking. 

 

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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