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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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John Mabee, PhD, PA-C

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine (Retired) Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Mabee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of The State of New York, a Physician Assistant Certificate from Northeastern University, a Certificate of Completion - PA Residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC-USC) Medical Center, a Master of Science degree in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from The Union Institute and University. He has over 20 years of experience as a clinically practicing PA, 17 of which were spent at LAC-USC Medical Center in emergency medicine serving the needs of a diverse, medically underserved population. In 2001, he joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC PA program as a full-time faculty member, and retired in 2015 after 14 years as a PA educator. His academic experience includes teaching at the college and professional school level, bench-side laboratory research, and clinical investigations involving human subjects. Dr. Mabee has 19 peer-reviewed publications, 7 abstracts, and has received multiple invitations to lecture at professional conferences. He has also served as a test item writer for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for 15 years. For ten of those years, he chaired a test-writing committee for the Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE). Additionally, he also served as chair of the test-writing committee for NCCPA’s certificate of added qualification (CAQ) examination in Orthopaedic Surgery for four years. His personal interests include music and Tae Kwon Do, where he holds the rank of 4th degree black belt (Tae Kwon Do master).

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Sanjay Arora, MD

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

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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Guenevere Burke, MD

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Senior Resident in Emergency Medicine
LAC+USC Department of Emergency Medicine

Guenevere Burke is currently a chief resident at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Medical Center. She is an active participant in curriculum design for the Emergency Medicine residency, and regularly teaches Advanced Trauma and Cardiac Life Support courses for physicians, residents, students and nursing staff. Previously, Dr. Burke completed her medical education at UCLA. Originally from the New York City area, Dr. Burke has also participated in fundamental neuroscience research at Cornell University Medical Center. She holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked on various healthcare consulting and finance projects.

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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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Associate 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 12,000 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. Dr. Herbert is a co-founder of Hippo Education.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures except to acknowledge that he is owner of EM:RAP, Inc., and a co-owner of Hippo Education Inc.

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.

Dr. Mallon has disclosed that he is an equity partner in an LLC that owns documentary film entitled “Code Black” that accepted partial funding from Sonosite Inc. No part of that funding included salary.

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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Mira Merryman, PA-C

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

Mira Merryman is originally from Alamosa, Colorado but moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. She completed the USC PA program in 1999 and then a 1 year PA surgical residency at the Yale University/Norwalk Hospital program in 2000. She worked for 4 years on the east coast in general surgery and emergency medicine moving back to LA in 2004 where she has been working at LA County + USC in trauma and acute care surgery for 7.5 years and part time in a community ER. She is a clinical assistant professor of surgery. She has participating in PA education for 6 years with workshops on central line placement, hemodynamic monitoring, surgical hand tying, and inpatient orders.

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Sean Nordt, MD PharmD FAAEM

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

Dr. Nordt is a board-certified emergency physician, dual board-certified toxicologist, and a pharmacist. He currently is Director of the Section of Toxicology for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Prior to USC, he was faculty at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Nordt completed his emergency medicine residency and two fellowships in Toxicology at UCSD. Prior to obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Nordt was the Associate Managing Director of The California Poison Control System – San Diego Division and Adjunct Faculty at both UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSD School of Medicine.

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Rob Rogers, MD

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Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Rogers graduated from Maryland’s five-year Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency in 2002. He served as Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine during his last year of training and later served as Chief Resident in Medicine from 2002-2003. He then joined the Emergency Medicine faculty in 2003. Dr. Rogers is currently the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for Emergency Medicine and runs the 4th year elective. He is the liaison for the Pathophysiology and Therapeutics course (P&T). He is very involved in medical student and resident education. Dr. Rogers lives in Ellicott City with his wife of 14 years, Tricia (a nurse), and his two children, Harrison (7), and Gabriella (3). Dr. Rogers is the lead editor for a book published in 2009 titled “Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine.”

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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
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency at LAC+USC Medical Center

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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Stuart Swadron, MD FAAEM

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Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, USC

A native of Canada, Dr. Swadron completed medical school at the University of Toronto before heading to the warmer climates of California for a residency in Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC. With a passion for education, Dr. Swadron has become internationally recognized through his involvement in EM:RAP, Essentials, and a variety of other speaking engagements.

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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.

Since arriving at UCSF in 1998 Dr. Tabas has had a strong focus on medical education. Working closely with the students themselves, he has developed courses to increase preclinical exposure to clinical medicine, to provide advanced procedural training, and to create a safety video for needlesticks and body fluid exposure. He was recognized with a 2002 student clinical teaching award, election into AOA by the class of 2004, and induction into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2003. He has been active in education on a national level within emergency medicine, particularly in cardiovascular emergencies. Dr. Tabas received his Bachelor of Science from Brown University, a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed both internal medicine and emergency medicine residencies at UCLA Medical Center.

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Carlan Wendler, MD

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International Physician Leader

Born and bred in the beautiful foothills of Burbank, California, Dr. Wendler grew up playing baseball, frisbee, and golf all the while on a crash course with emergency medicine. He has served and taught in six different countries on four continents and is clinical faculty for a new medical school in Burundi (east-central Africa) beginning in 2012. When he is not seeing patients or teaching students, you can find Carlan running, hiking, biking, or swimming. A universally respected teacher and clinician Dr. Wendler continues to follow his passions in medicine and beyond.

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Mizuho Spangler, DO

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California
Executive Editor, Hippo Education

Dr. Spangler is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and practices both adult and pediatric emergency medicine. She also practices community emergency medicine in Orange County, CA. Dr. Spangler serves as the Executive Editor of Hippo Education’s medical podcasts and is the co-host of Pediatric Reviews and Perspectives and Urgent Care Reviews and Perspectives. In 2014, Dr. Spangler also co-founded 3MD | THREE MOMMY DOCTORS, which produces first-aid kits for kids using hospital-grade supplies and provides education to parents. Mizuho loves exercising and spending time with her two children.

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