Meet the Speakers
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Ben Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA
Dr. Bobrow is Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Medical Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of EMS and Trauma System. Dr. Bobrow is the Associate Director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center at the University of Arizona. In addition to his NIH funded research on CPR and Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Bobrow’s focus is on emergency medical provider resiliency and mitigating the epidemics of suicide, chronic pain, and opioid abuse.
Arlene S. Chung, MD, MACM
Dr. Chung is the Program Director for the Maimonides Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the Chair of the ACEP Well-Being Committee and serves on the New York ACEP Board of Directors. As a nationally-recognized speaker and educator, Dr. Chung has made advocating for physician wellness a central focus of her career though lectures, teaching, policy development, and creating sustainable solutions for the future.
Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP
Dr. Friedman was elected President of the American College of Emergency Physicians in October of 2018. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012, and again in 2015. He has served as Chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation, the Federal Governmental Affairs committee, & is a Past-President of the Florida College of Emergency physicians. He has served on the Board of Governors of Emergency Medicine Action Fund since its inception in 2011.
Charmaine Gregory, MD, FACEP
Dr. Gregory is Clinical Faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan. She is a several-year nominee for the Golden Apple teaching award. She serves as a Peer Coach for Emergency providers and facilitates talks with healthcare providers about burnout, wellness, and work-life balance/integration. She is a contributing author of the books, The Chronicles of Women in White Coats and Thinking About Quitting Medicine Volume 2. Dr. Gregory established the virtual greatness and wellness coaching company Fervently Fit with Charmaine, LLC, focusing on preventative methods for health and wellness maintenance. She is a trained Physician Coach and certified to teach live group fitness classes in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and offers group fitness instruction to colleagues at national meetings.
Nikita Joshi, MD
Nikita Joshi MD is Clinical Assistant Professor and faculty at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. She is involved in medical education and social media as board member and Associate Editor for Academic Life in Emergency Medicine and contributor to Feminem. Academic interest also include simulation and narrative medicine. Her personal interests include hiking, biking, spinning, yoga, and time with the family.
Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP
Dr. Kaplan is Medical Director of Care Transformation for LCMC Health System in New Orleans, LA. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center and an attending emergency physician and academic faculty for the Emergency Medicine Residency at University Medical Center New Orleans. He is a past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a current member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.
Kajal Khanna, MD, JD
Dr. Kajal Khanna is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and lawyer who focuses her academic work on equity in the emergency care for children globally. In creating the PEM fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Khanna became aware of the lack of training for fellows in achieving work/life balance and wellness. She is eager to integrate the innovations for improving well-being in how we train and practice emergency medicine.
Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP
Dr. Klauer is the Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Medicine, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director of the Patient Safety Organization for TeamHealth. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Tennessee and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Klauer serves as the Medical Editor-in-Chief for ACEP Now, ACEP's monthly publication, and as former Editor-in-Chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly publication. He is the Co-Author of two risk management books: Emergency Medicine Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal and Risk Management and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. He received the Teaching Faculty Award in 2001 and the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association Robert Dougherty ACEP/Emergency Medicine Foundation Teaching Fellowship. In 2014, he was the recognized by the Ohio Chapter of ACEP with the Bill Hall Award for service. He is also the 2015-16 ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year. Dr. Klauer earned his Executive JD, with honors, from Concord Law School in 2011.
Randall M. Levin, MD FACEP-Life
Dr. Levin is Chair of the ACEP Wellness Section and a member of the BalancED’s planning committee. He has been an active member of ACEP since 1977, having practiced clinically for 28 years. Dr. Levin has been a physician and hospital leader, whose roles have included serving as Director of the Emergency Department and his physician group. He presently is a member of the Wisconsin State Medical Society's Physician Experience Task Group. Since retiring from clinical practice, secondary to burn-out in 2006, Dr. Levin has been a passionate advocate for physician well-being and prevention of burning-out, through writing and speaking at the local, state, and national levels.
Aisha T. Liferidge, MD, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Liferidge is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC. There, she serves as Co-Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Health Policy Fellowship, which trains physicians to be future public health and health policy leaders. She also serves as a Learning Community Leader, Clinical Public Health Mentor, Professional Development Mentor, and Clinical Skills and Reasoning Instructor in the School of Medicine. Dr. Liferidge has always been very active in her national specialty organization, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and was most recently elected to the ACEP Board of Directors which advocates for emergency physicians and patients worldwide. She is the chief executive officer of the Dr. Aisha Liferidge Minority Women in Science Foundation (MWSF), a non-profit organization that empowers the dreams of future leaders with interest in science careers. Dr. Liferidge is a published author and speaker whose areas of interest and expertise are in public health, health policy, access to quality care, coordinated care, and diversity and inclusion. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, her Medical Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Public Health degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Rita A. Manfredi, MD, FACEP
Dr. Manfredi is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She started her career as a US Navy Flight Surgeon and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts. She previously completed a fellowship in Health and Spirituality at the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, recently finished a Hospice and Palliative Fellowship, and is interested in integrating Palliative Medicine into the care of patients in the ED. Dr. Manfredi served as the immediate past national Chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Wellbeing Committee. She is editor of the online book: “Being Well in Emergency Medicine- ACEP’s Guide to Investing in Yourself,” and is a member of the SAEM Wellness Committee. Dr. Manfredi’s work in Wellbeing focuses on how the system or organization impacts the wellness of the individual health care provider. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally.
K. Kay Moody, DO, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Moody received her DO and MPH at NSU-COM in Ft. Lauderdale and EM residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She started EMDOCS, as a resident, to share the joys and challenges of practicing emergency medicine. She has served on ACEP Council, ACEP Committees including Well Being Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Tellers Committee and Emergency Medicine Practice Committee. She served as Tennessee ACEP President and is on the Washington ACEP Board of Directors. Dr. Moody is passionate about creating a Safety Net for EM physicians to support one another. Dr. Moody is developing Glacier Rock Wellness Ranch, a 70 acre ranch providing a space for physicians, to come together. She named the Forest “the Cleared Tracker Forest” and encourages “Forest Rounding”.
Diana Nordlund, DO, JD, FACEP
In addition to serving Emergency Care Specialists as an emergency physician and Deputy Corporate Compliance Officer, Dr. Nordlund is active in MCEP and ACEP and speaks regularly on medical-legal topics. In her free time, she practices law with Nordlund | Hulverson, PLLC.
Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP
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Dr. Tracy Sanson is an award-winning emergency physician and educator. A national and international speaker, Dr. Sanson also serves as a core faculty member for the American College of Emergency Physicians. As a consultant and lecturer, she is most passionate about personal branding and development, communication and civility, and resilience. She heads her own consulting firm TracySansonMD LLC. She has committed her career to advancing emergency medicine, holding director positions in the United States Air Force, University of South Florida, and a number of organizations supporting healthcare professionals at every level.
Robert W. Strauss, Jr., MD, FACEP
Dr. Strauss practices clinically and administratively and is the Assistant Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is TeamHealth’s Corporate Vice President of Program Development. Among his organized medicine leadership positions, he is a past chair of the “Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RRC-EM), a senior ABEM director, and the Course Director of ACEP’s ED Directors Academy. He is chief editor and contributor to Strauss and Mayer’s Emergency Department Management. Dr. Strauss has been honored with several ACEP awards, including the “James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to EM” in 2015, “ACEP’s Outstanding Speaker Award,” “Hero of Emergency Medicine,” and “Outstanding Contribution to Education in Emergency Medicine.”
Christian Tomaszewski, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FIFEM, FACMT
Dr. Tomaszewski practices emergency medicine, medical toxicology and hyperbaric medicine at University of California San Diego Health. In addition, he is the Chief Medical Officer of El Centro Regional Medicine Center, a community hospital managed by UCSD. He has served as the medical director of multiple academic emergency departments in the US and abroad over the last 15 years.
Dennis C. Whitehead, MD, FACEP
Dennis has practiced emergency medicine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula since 1980. He has lectured and written on wellness issues such as shift work and physician burnout/impairment. He was inaugural chair of ACEP's Well-Being Committee in 1990, and is a Past Speaker of the ACEP Council.
Debra S. Williams, MD, FACEP
Dr. Williams was Director of GCRMC Emergency Center for 15 years and is now practicing PRN. She is a consultant and certified coach working with colleagues to navigate the complex healthcare environment. She is a national speaker utilizing her 25 years of clinical and leadership experience to share with others.