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Expert in Emergency Medicine, Air Medical Transport, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Devices

Expert ID: 731810 Tennessee, USA

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Expert has been in health care since 1985. He has an extensive background in EMS, emergency medicine and air medical transport as a clinician, educator, author, and leader. Expert has worked at a leading academic medical center and interact regularly with individuals, organizations and professional groups across the United States and Canada focusing on issues that impact medical transport and healthcare organizations.

Expert has worked in healthcare since 1985 in a variety of roles in emergency medicine, air medical transport and EMS as a clinician, educator, consultant, and leader.

His experience entails working as an emergency nurse in an academic medical center Emergency Department, community hospitals and rural Emergency Departments. Expert's EMS experience encompasses both rural and urban environments along with mass gathering events.

His current position involves a blend of providing education, clinical duties, and administration within Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Expert teaches regularly to multidisciplinary groups focusing on topics surrounding, emergency medicine, airway management, trauma care, EMS and air medical transport. He coordinates and teaches the Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Airway Cadaver Course; centered on teaching resuscitative skills and advanced airway management skills using fresh tissue cadavers.

Currently, his clinical time is spent focusing on providing acute/emergent care to adults and children either in the Emergency Department or as part of the Vanderbilt Event Medicine team.

Expert's clinical interests include resuscitation, trauma, airway management, EMS, chest pain/STEMI, and emergency nursing as a specialty.

Expert has worked as a subject matter expert for medical devices focusing on airway management, EMS and emergency medical equipment including analysis, testing, and trials.

On occasion, he acts as a nurse expert witness performing work for defense and plaintiffs in the areas of emergency nursing, flight nursing, air medical transport, and EMS. Expert has >25 years’ experience as a nurse expert providing records review, analysis, and opinions on standard of care involving care, assessment, triage, procedures, and protocols. He has provided both trial and deposition testimony.

Consulting Examples:
1. Expert worked as a Senior Consultant from 2003-06. Expert provides outreach, marketing and program development strategy to air medical transport programs within the US. He worked with programs around the country including customers from Air Methods Corporation, CJ Systems and Med Trans Corporation. 3T provides training, software and deliverables to customers across the healthcare spectrum.
2. Expert worked as a consultant on a part-time basis for Air Methods corporation providing training and assistance to helicopter EMS programs with the AMC system. The work consisted of program development, strategy/business development and training of leadership to maximize volume, customer service and reimbursement. His work with AMC was from 2005-07.
3. Expert has assisted an endoscopy company in training sales and leadership staff in the areas of airway management and its role/priority within the EMS, emergency medicine and air medical transport arena. This work revolves around providing advice on product marketing, development and training. He continues to assist them on as-needed basis.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2013 Degree: Masters Subject: Education for Health Professions Institution: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Year: 2000 Degree: Masters Subject: Public Health Institution: Columbus
Year: 1985 Degree: Associate Subject: Nursing Institution: Darton College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Associate in Emergency Medicine Department: Emergency Medicine/ LifeFlight Responsibilities: Expert works as the liaison between the Trauma Center, the Emergency Department, air medical agencies and EMS systems that serve Vanderbilt. His duties include the oversight of the intake and resuscitation of ~2500 Level I trauma patients along with QA/QI and education.

Expert is also responsible for teaching resuscitative skills and airway management to residents, EMS personnel and faculty via lecture, simulation and in the fresh tissue lab environment.
Years: 1993 to 2006 Employer: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Title: Flight Nurse/Clinical Outreach Nurse Department: LifeFlight Responsibilities: During Expert's tenure at LifeFlight, he has worked as a clinician and as a leader in their business/program development efforts.

Expert's full-time clinical career encompassed 13 years and ~2000 patient means of transport within the rotor and fixed wing environment. Expert has cared for a myriad of patients, both pediatric and adults. LifeFlight handles a Expert volume of trauma (~45% scene) along with critical medical and cardiac patients. LifeFlight is a CAMTS accredited program and utilizes a variety of procedures and evidence-based protocols.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Air Methods Corporation Title: Director of Business Development/SE Region Department: Responsibilities: Air Methods is the largest airborne healthcare company in the world and supplies aircraft, air medical crew and transport solutions to hospitals and communities. Expert's role consisted of working with customers and employees to develop existing and emerging programs to maximize their performance within their market space, mainly in the southeastern US region -- an area holding 28 programs and 11 states. Expert worked both part- and full-time for AMC in this capacity.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2012 to Present Country / Region: Guyana, South America Summary: Expert travels annually to Georgetown, Guyana to teach at Georgetown Public Hospital to the Emergency Medicine physicians and residents there. He teaches airway and resuscitative skills in didactic sessions and at the bedside. This work continues to present.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASTNA-Air Surface Transport Nurses Association
ENA-Emergency Nurses Association
SAM-Society for Airway Management
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Nurse
Emergency Medical Technician
Certified Emergency Nurse
Certified Flight Registered Nurse
Certified Trauma Registered Nurse
Professional Appointments
Senior Associate in Emergency Medicine/Vanderbilt School of Medicine 2007 to present
Board Member at Large/Air Surface Transport Nurses Association 03-07
President/Air Surface Transport Nurses Association 07-10
Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh Faculty of Prehospital Care
Level V Faculty -2013 to present
Awards / Recognition
Association of Air Medical Services Flight Crew Member
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored >25 articles/abstracts on a variety of clinical/cultural topics surrounding air medical transport, EMS and Emergency Medicine.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has 18 years of expert witness experience, both for plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of EMS, emergency nursing and air medical transport. Expert has both deposition and trial experience (40-50 depos/3 trials). This work consists of ~10% of Expert's professional time.

Expert has specific interest and experience in the specialty of air medical transport, airway management, and endotracheal intubation in the prehospital setting and adult and pediatric trauma/critical care.
Training / Seminars
Expert has earned a graduate degree in education and has >25 years of teaching experience in myriad topics within his areas of expertise. He has taught nationally and internationally and has been published on the subject of educating health professionals.
Marketing Experience
Expert can serve as a resource for clients seeking information regarding the helicopter EMS industry within the US with regards to trends, issues, challenges and program development. Expert has done consulting work for Air Methods Corporation and programs vendored/supported by PHI and Med Trans Corporation.

Expert also provides expertise with regards to medical devices used by emergency physicians, nurses and EMS personnel. He has assisted in product development, sales strategy, training and strategies for reaching the end users.

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