Invited Faculty

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Christopher S. Amato, MD, FACEP, FAAP

Dr. Amato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He is also the Pediatric Medical Director of Atlantic Ambulance. He is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and an Attending Physician, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital /Goryeb, Children's Hospital Morristown, NJ. Dr. Amato is active in education with appointments on National Committees as well as lecturing locally and nationally. He has published chapters and peer-reviewed research in areas including toxicology, dehydration, and orthopedics.

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Jeffrey R. Avner, MD, FAAP

Dr. Avner is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn. He was previously the Chief of PEM at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; program chairman, AAP Emergency Medicine section meeting; course director for a national review course for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PREP: EM); and editor for the AAP online self-assessment for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PREP: E-Med). His work has been published in Pediatrics, Academic Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Care, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH

Dr. Bajaj is currently a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Chief Quality and Outcomes Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has been a pediatric emergency physician for over 20 years. In addition, Dr. Bajaj has served in many roles including ED Research Director, Medical Director of the Research Institute, Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness, and now Chief Quality and Outcomes Officer for the Children’s Hospital Colorado system. He has published many papers on a variety of topics including impacts of cannabis legalization, pharmacokinetics of THC and CBD in patients with epilepsy, and quality improvement in a variety of areas.

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Richard M. Cantor, MD, FACEP, FAAP

Dr. Cantor is a Professor of Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics. He is also the Retired Director of Pediatric Emergency Services and Director of Fellowship Program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is also the Emeritus Medical Director of the Upstate Poison Center. Dr. Cantor won the ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award in 1993-94 and the 2002 National Emergency Medicine Award For Excellence in Education. He also is the 2016 New York State Physician of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

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Christine Cho, MD, MPH

Dr. Cho practices pediatric emergency medicine and is the fellowship director at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She serves on the executive committee of the Section on Emergency Medicine for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a frequent national speaker and educator. Dr. Cho has won numerous teaching and mentoring awards both locally and nationally.

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Ilene A. Claudius, MD, FACEP

Dr. Claudius is an Associate Professor at Harbor-UCLA and the Director of Quality Improvement for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She graduated from medical school at UCLA before completing a combined residency in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA. She completed her Pediatrics education by raising four children.

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Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc

Dr. Sgarlat Deluca is an Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She practices clinically in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Sgarlat Deluca is also Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA.

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Adeline Dozois, MD

Dr. Dozois is an emergency physician and educator at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, where she directors global health activities for the department of emergency medicine. She completed at Global Emergency Medicine fellowship in 2019, which she now leads. She has extensive international experience through clinical and educational projects in multiple countries, and is interested in local - global health connections.

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Hala Durrah, MTA

Hala Durrah, MTA, is an independent patient family engagement consultant and nationally recognized policy advocate. Her passion for patient family engagement work stems from her experience as a mother of a chronically ill child who has undergone two liver transplants and a bone marrow transplant. Ms. Durrah serves on several national committees and boards, most recently being elected to American Board of Emergency Medicine as their first public member director. Ms. Durrah is a PhD student in Public Policy with a focus on health policy at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

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Sean M. Fox, MD, FACEP, FAAP

Dr. Fox is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and a Professor of Pediatrics and the Program Director the Emergency Medicine residency program at Carolinas Medical Center. He enjoys working half of his shifts in the Pediatric emergency department and half in the Adult emergency department. Dr. Fox received his medical degree and completed a combined residency in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland, where he also served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he completed American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Teaching Fellowship focusing on curriculum development with innovative teaching methods. He has been awarded the several national and institutional academic awards including the ACEP’s National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award in 2014. Currently, Dr. Fox works with other national educators to craft the courses and curriculum for the yearly ACEP Scientific Assembly as well as the ACEP/AAP Advanced Pediatric Assembly. Continuing to want to enhance his own education as well as benefit others, Dr. Fox spends his spare time generating and managing several educational websites geared toward the practice of emergency medicine.

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Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS

Dr. Gausche-Hill is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves as Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She is nationally and internationally known for her work as an EMS researcher and educator, and for her leadership in the field of EMS and pediatric emergency medicine. She is best known for her study of pre-hospital airway management for children published in JAMA 2000 and her work on the National Pediatric Readiness Project published in JAMA- Pediatrics in 2015. She has won numerous national awards for her leadership in emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine and EMS. Dr. Gausche-Hill currently serves as a senior editor for the textbook, Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, and  is the President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine Board of Directors.

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Sharon Her, MA, CCLS

Sharon Her is a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With a background in medical anthropology, early childhood education, and child life in hospitals, Sharon is dedicated to interdisciplinary teamwork in providing family-centered care that reduces medical trauma for patients and families. She is a member of CHLA’s Cultural Humility Council and has helped create curriculum for the ACGME Health Care Disparities Collaborative while also participating in Child Life Student Program and Clinical Education Committees. Sharon is passionate about training for future child life specialists as well as collaborative learning for the hospital’s Child Life, Nursing, Pediatric Emergency Medicine teams and beyond.

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James (Jim) L. Homme, MD, FACEP

Dr. Homme is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine; Associate Program Director Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency; Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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Timothy Horeczko, MD, MSCR

Dr. Horeczko practices clinical at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Horeczko is the creator, producer and host of the Pediatric Emergency Playbook Podcast (PEMplaybook.org). He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. He is the Chair of the Emergency Medicine Subboard at the American Board of Pediatrics and Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

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Thomas Kallay, MD

Dr. Kallay is board certified in pediatric critical care medicine. He is Chief of the Pediatric Critical Care Division at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After completing a Medical Education fellowship in 2008, Dr. Kallay created the Simulation and Skills Center at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which serves over 22 Departments and Divisions at Harbor-UCLA. He has a passion for presentations, and a three-time recipient of the annual Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award at Harbor-UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics.

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Christopher Lemon, MD

Dr. Christopher Lemon is a dual boarded physician in emergency medicine and pediatrics, graduating from the University of Maryland program in 2016. He spent the first several years out of training in the community, specializing in innovating patient experience. He also had the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of group mergers at a national level. Just before COVID-19, he started an arc back toward education at the University of Maryland Medical System where he currently works alongside resident at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center emergency department. His primary interest is using his background in pediatrics and emergency medicine to explore the evolving intersection between climate change and health care.

Mimi Lu, MD, FACEP

Dr. Lu is Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of PEM Education, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

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Emily MacNeill, MD

Dr. MacNeill practices emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to educating nationally and internationally on pediatric emergency medicine topics, she is also highly committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She serves not only as the Director for DEI in the Department of Emergency Medicine but also as the DEI Director for the Division of Medical Education at Atrium Health which oversees GME, faculty and UME programming. Dr. MacNeill also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program at Carolinas.

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Stacy Reynolds, MD

Dr. Reynolds practices emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center and Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital. She serves at the Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine and as the regional pediatric leader for the enterprise service line. She sponsors the Community and Social Impact team within emergency medicine. She is is a former Chair of the Subboard of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Reynolds has a passion for advocacy and provides volunteer medical service to human trafficking survivors in the healthcare setting. She is the Medical Director and cofounder of the Atrium Health Human Trafficking Emergency Medical Advocacy Team. This team provides direct victims services, education, training and technical assistance and supports 10 hospitals in the Atrium Health system.

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Joshua Rocker, MD, FACEP

Dr. Rocker is the chief of the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Cohen Children's Medical Center. He is the founder and has been the conference director of the NYC PEM Annual Symposium which will have its 11th conference this year. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and is committed to excellence in patient care, medical education and the expanded use of evidence based clinical care guidelines. He also tries hard to be a mensch.

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Emily Rose, MD, FACEP

Dr. Rose serves on the Faculty at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Associate Professor at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is Director for Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies at KSOM.

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Alfred D. Sacchetti, MD, FACEP

Dr. Sacchetti is the Chief of Emergency Services at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Ghazala Sharieff, MD

Dr. Ghazala Sharieff was named chief medical officer, acute care, clinical excellence and experience, only months before COVID-19 became a household name and has co-led command center operations to provide medical leadership for Scripps’ 15,000 employees and 3,000 physicians. In addition, Dr. Sharieff works closely with county public health and facilitated regular meetings with the region’s other chief medical officers to better manage COVID-19 as a community. Board-certified in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Sharieff previously served as chief experience officer at Scripps, as Scripps medical director of quality and medical management, and as division director of the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital. She is a published author with two books on emergency medicine and numerous articles to her name, and is a recognized lecturer on pediatric emergency medicine, patient experience, conflict management and team building.

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Joan Shook, MD, FACEP

Dr. Shook is a clinical toxicologist and the clinical director of the Upstate NY Poison Center. She is also a professor in the department of Emergency Medicine at Upstate Medical University. She is actively involved in the education of fellows, residents and students in the area of clinical toxicology through the poison center and through an active inpatient toxicology consultation service. She has served nationally on the board of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, has presented in several national and regional conferences and and is involved in several research publications.

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Christine Stork, PharmD

Dr. Stork is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Upstate Medical University and also the clinical director of the Upstate NY Poison Center. She is core faculty in the medical and clinical toxicology Fellowship Program and participates as lead faculty on an active bedside toxicology consultation service. She also is active in local and national committees, as well as lecturing locally and regionally. She has published chapters and peer-reviewed research in areas including toxicology and adverse drug reactions.

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Elizabeth Weinstein, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS

Dr. Weinstein is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. A native of New England, she graduated from Bowdoin College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in History. She completed her medical education at the University of Massachusetts, and her residency training in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dual board certified in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, and subspecialty certified in EMS she splits her clinical and teaching duties between the Eskenazi Emergency Department and the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center at Riley Hospital for Children. While she is still a loyal Boston sports fan, and lover of all things New England, she has now lived in Indy long enough to be able to field (and sometimes successfully answer) questions about the Indy 500.