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Aaron Bright, MD

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Assistant Professor, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Bright graduated from the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine before training in emergency medicine at the LAC+USC Dept. of Emergency Medicine where he served as Chief resident. From there he went into community practice in the Los Angeles area eventually becoming medical director at a major metropolitan hospital. He later returned to academics as Assistant Professor and medical director of the emergency department at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hippo Education.

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Sanjay Arora, MD

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, USC

Dr. Arora completed medical school and residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. After serving as chief resident in the final year of his emergency medicine training, he began his academic career at the University of Southern California in 2005. He is a productive member of the research division, and has a research focus centered on barriers facing disparity health populations with diabetes, providing emergency department based patient education and testing novel strategies for facilitating a link to consistent outpatient management. He has received several grants to support his work, and has published his findings in leading journals in emergency and general medicine. He also coordinates all medical student research in the department. In addition to research, he participates in lecturing and education on the local and national level. His speaking areas of expertise include procedural sedation and analgesia, trauma, hematologic emergencies and diabetes in the ED. He was given the Junior Faculty Speaker of the Year award at the Essentials of Emergency Medicine conference in 2007, is course director for the USC Trauma Review Course and had his debut at the ACEP scientific assembly in 2010. He is also a regular on the popular audio digest series EM:RAP (Emergency Medicine: Reviews and Perspectives), which is distributed to an international audience.

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Solomon Behar, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, USC

A graduate of UC Berkeley and University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Behar brings a wide variety of clinical experience in pediatric emergency medicine to the table. As the father of 3 children, he’s got street cred when it comes to kids and is thankful that most of you enjoy caring for self-destructive adults so that he doesn’t have to.

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Ilene Claudius, MD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Ilene Claudius trained in pediatrics and emergency medicine at UCLA and worked at Children's Hospital Los Angeles prior to joining the LAC+USC faculty, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. When not working in the ED or doing research on ALTE (Apparent Life Threatening Event) and pediatric mental health, she is home in Los Angeles with the 3 kids heard in the background of most EM:RAP episodes.

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Mel Herbert, MD MBBS FAAEM

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Professor, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Herbert is an internationally recognized and award winning educator in Emergency Medicine. An Australian by birth, he went to medical school at Monash University in Melbourne and did his postgraduate residency training in Emergency Medicine at UCLA in the United States. He currently serves as an attending physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the owner and editor of EM:RAP, a monthly Emergency Medicine focused audio education series with over 20,000 subscribers and is the owner and conference chair of Essentials of Emergency Medicine, the largest privately run Emergency Medicine conference in the world. An innovator in online education and bedside teaching he believes that the education revolution in medicine has only just begun.

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Paul Jhun, MD FAAEM

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Jhun loves learning, developing, and delivering innovative educational techniques. Dr. Jhun is smarter than all of us combined and may know how to levitate. He is one of the most humble and likable educators you will ever meet and we are proud to have him on the full time Hippo team. We learn something every time he puts together a piece of education.

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Daniel Joseph, MD

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Daniel Joseph is one of the residents at LAC/USC. Prior to residency, he attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and undergraduate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He grew up in New York City and currently lives in Long Beach, California. His EM interests include critical care, wilderness, EMS, and education.

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Liza Kearl, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, USC

Making her way from the east coast as a native New Yorker to the west coast finishing a Pediatric/PEM fellowship at CHLA, Dr. Kearl continues to practice pediatric emergency medicine at USC and CHLA. Providing treatment that meets the unique medical needs of infants, children, teens, and young adults is her passion. Having four kids at home, she truly believes that kids are the spice of life.

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Natasha LaBelle, MD

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Natasha LaBelle is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a third year emergency medicine resident at LAC+USC Medical Center. Outside of the hospital she enjoys training for triathlons and backpacking through exotic destinations with her husband.

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Thomas Mailhot, MD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Mailhot is an emergency physician specializing in point-of-care ultrasound. He enjoys thinking of ways to incorporate ultrasound in a post-apocalyptic world and spends his spare time commuting to and from work on the 101 freeway.

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William “Billy” Mallon, MD FAAEM

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Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Chief of the Division of International Emergency Medicine Stony Brook University (SUNY), Long Island, New York

Dr. Mallon is an Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of International Emergency Medicine Stony Brook University (SUNY). As a small child Mallon was almost completely non-verbal until the age of 4 or 5, and was widely believed to be retarded or at least "slow". When he did start talking, it did little to convince people otherwise. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester during which he took a year off in Paris where he improved his cooking skills working as an au pair… and somehow survived. Mallon completed an EM Residency at LAC+USC, which led to 14 years with the Residency Office. Afterwards he worked with Cal/ACEP, was president of the chapter, spent a sabbatical year in Santiago de Chile in EM development. He’s been apart of EMA’s faculty for almost 20 years and have lectured at every Essentials to date.

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Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM

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Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Amal Mattu has received more than a dozen teaching awards including national teaching awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), and in 2000 he was selected as Founder’s Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus. He received the 2005-2006 Rookie Faculty of the Year Award and the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award from ACEP, the 2006 Program Director of the Year Award from the AAEM Resident and Student Association, the 2007 Maryland Emergency Physician of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter-ACEP, and the 2008 Joe Lex National Educator of the Year Award from AAEM. Dr. Mattu is a frequent speaker at national and international CME conferences on diverse medical topics and faculty development.

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Sean Nordt, MD PharmD FAAEM

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Nordt cut his toxicology teeth as an undergraduate pharmacy student at St. John’s University during a rotation at the NYC poison control center. Dr. Nordt attended University of California, San Diego for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Toxicology. Here, he developed a love for patient care and went on to attend medical school in Ireland followed by an EM residency back at UCSD. Currently, Dr. Nordt is the Director of the Section of Toxicology at the Keck School of Medicine.

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Robert Paquette, MD FAAEM

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Paquette grew up in a small farm town in western Massachusetts. In 1991, he moved out to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where he received a B.S. in Psychobiology. He remained at USC for both medical school and a residency in Emergency Medicine. Since finishing residency, Dr. Paquette has been an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine specializing in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

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Anne Peters, MD

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Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Director of the USC Westside Center for Diabetes

Anne Peters, M.D., is professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Director of the USC Westside Center for Diabetes, and Director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Roybal Community Medical Center. Dr. Peters earned her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and completed an internal medicine internship at Stanford University and an endocrinology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She previously directed the clinical diabetes programs at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA. Her research has focused on testing new approaches for diagnosing and treating diabetes and developing systems of care to improve outcomes in diabetic populations. She has published numerous articles and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

Anne Peters, MD states that she has received a stipend for consulting and as advisory board member for Amgen, Abbott Diabetes Care, Becton Dickinson, Biodel, Bristol Myers Squibb/Astra-Zeneca, Janssen, Lexicon, Lilly, Novo Nordisk, OptumRx, Sanofi, Takeda, Thermalin; Received honoraria as a speaker for Bristol Myers Squibb/Astra-Zeneca (ended), Novo Nordisk (ended), Janssen (ends 7.1.15); Received research grant funding from Janssen, Medtronic Foundation.

Cyrus Rangan, MD

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Director, Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment, County of Los Angeles, Public Health

Cyrus Rangan, MD, is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. Cyrus serves as the Assistant Medical Director with the California Poison Control System and medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Rob Rogers, MD

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland

Dr. Rogers is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Medical Education Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a faculty member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Teaching Fellowship and lectures on faculty development and medical education topics at numerous national and international meetings. In addition, he is the director of the International Emergency Medicine Faculty Development and Teaching Course which is held yearly in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Rogers has developed and implemented “teach the teacher” courses in Argentina, the Netherlands, and South Africa. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Young Educator of the Year Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, ACEP’s Teaching Faculty Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, and his department’s faculty teaching award. Dr. Rogers published the first book dedicated to emergency medicine education, Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine, now in it’s second addition. His main clinical area of interest is in acute vascular disease, particularly aortic dissection, and he lectures at numerous national and international conferences on acute vascular topics. He recently published the first vascular emergency textbook aimed specifically at emergency physicians, “Vascular Emergencies: Expert Management for the Emergency Physician.” Dr. Rogers is a regular contributor to the EM:RAP podcast and ran the Continuous Core Content (C3) project during its first year.

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Emily Rose, MD FAAP FAAEM FACEP

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and ACEP National Pediatric EM Committee Member

Dr. Rose is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She trained in EM and was chief resident at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center and then completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has been EM faculty at USC since 2010 where she has been awarded "Faculty of the Year" by both the residents and medical students. Dr. Rose has many publications and frequently lectures at national conferences.

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Dina Seif, MD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dina Seif is a native of the OC in Southern California where she attended medical school at UC Irvine. She then took a daring trip up the 5 freeway for her Emergency Medicine residency at LAC+USC where she also completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship and is now an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. When she manages to detach herself from an ultrasound machine, Dina enjoys traveling and exploring the underwater world with her husband.

Received honoraria from Sonosite as a speaker for a webinar.

Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA

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Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego
Corporate Director, Physician Outreach and Medical Management, Scripps Health, San Diego.

Dr. Sharieff serves as Corporate Director, Physician Outreach and Medical Management, Scripps Health, San Diego. She is also a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Dr Sharieff is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on topics including physician integration into the patient experience, pediatric emergency medicine, conflict management and team building. She has been awarded several regional and national teaching awards. She has served on many national committees including: Past Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee; Past Chair of the ACEP Pediatric Section; the ACEP Public Relations Committee; the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Board of Directors; and was also the Co-Chair of the AAEM Education Committee. She is well published and has authored multiple research articles, book chapters and review articles.

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Jan Shoenberger, MD FAAEM

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Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

After graduating from the USC Keck School of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Shoenberger completed her internship in internal medicine at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. She began her residency training the following year at LAC+USC. After serving as Chief Resident in 2002-2003, she joined the faculty in the department of emergency medicine. Dr. Shoenberger has gained recognition as a speaker on the national level and in addition to her board certification in Emergency Medicine, she became board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010. Her primary research interest lies in the interface between palliative medicine and emergency medicine. She has authored numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

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Corey Slovis, MD FAAEM

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Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Slovis completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a lifelong educator and has be awarded numerous teaching honors including ACEP’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year, SAEM’s Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award and has been selected as Best Clinical Professor by seven medical school graduating classes. Dr. Slovis also has two educator awards named after him. His areas of expertise include electrolyte emergencies, acid base, EMS and cardiovascular emergencies along with playing with dogs.

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Stuart Swadron, MD FAAEM

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Known internationally, he is one of the most respected, awarded, and preeminent educators in the specialty. From his years as residency director at USC, his work on EM:RAP, Essentials of EM, and thousands of hours of international speaking, he has become known as Captain Cortex! He is not just one of the best presenters in the field, he is a thought leader taking remarkably difficult concepts and distilling them in simple and fresh ways. There really is no better faculty on the planet when it comes to board review, he is the master (but do not tell him we said that!)

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Jeffrey Tabas, MD FAAEM

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Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Attending Physician in Emergency Services
UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital

Dr. Tabas is professor of emergency medicine at UCSF and attends in the emergency department at SF General Hospital. His focus is cardiovascular emergencies and procedural education. He is section editor of Challenges in Electrocardiography for Archives of Internal Medicine and has a director's position in the UCSF CME office. When he is not focused on teaching, learning, or practicing emergency medicine, he works on honing his hooking, high stick, and cross-checking skills in ice hockey.

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