Critical Care Faculty

Course Director

Jarrod Mosier, MD

Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care
Associate Fellowship Director - Critical Care Medicine
Co-Medical Director - Adult ECMO Program
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

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Dr. Jarrod Mosier is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is clinically active in the ICU, ED, and serves as the co-medical director of the adult ECMO program. Dr. Mosier is a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

When it comes to airway management, Mosier finds it helpful to mentally visualize the procedure as you would if you were playing a sport. This allows planning ahead, so you don’t have to make crucial decisions in the heat of the moment. His favorite part about teaching is hearing from past students. For him, hearing that a technique or piece of advice he gave a student ended up saving a life is the most rewarding part of his job.

Mosier enjoys photography, particularly landscape photos. He has a website for his work.



Raquel R. Bartz, MD, MMCi

Associate Chair of Critical Care Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Behringer, MD

Cardiac Surgical Intensivist
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

Peter G. Brindley, MD, FRCPC, FRCP Edin

Associate Director, Intensive Care
Professor, Critical Care Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Dossetor Ethics Centre
Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Attending Physician, General Systems Intensive Care Unit
Attending Physician, NeuroSciences Intensive Care Unit
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Dr. Peter G. Brindley is an Attending Physician and Associate Director in Intensive Care, as well as a Full Professor in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta. He has 100 peer reviewed publications and manuscripts, including Airway Management Outside of the Operating Room: How to PREPARE.

Dr. Brindley says that “communication is the most dangerous procedure in the hospital.” Nothing can go right unless everyone is on the same page, working together. Being in constant communication with colleagues is the only way to ensure that everything will go to plan. When teaching students, he sees the key to success is to go beyond basic instruction and procedures, “I really enjoy teaching people to think rather than just ‘do this, don’t do that.’”

Dr. Brindley loves hiking, biking, kayaking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. He also enjoys eating comfort food from his home country, England.


Davide Cattano, MD, PhD, FASA, CMQ

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Adjunct Professor, Department of ORL
McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Houston
Medical Director, Anesthesia Clinic,
Anesthesia Service Chief for Head & Neck Surgery
Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC
Adjunct Professor, School of Dentistry, Department OMFS, UTHealth
Adjunct Professor, MAA Program, Case Western Reserve University

Alan Heffner, MD

Director of Critical Care
Director of ECMO Services
Professor, Carolinas HealthCare System
Pulmonary and Critical Care Consultants
Department of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center
UNC School of Medicine - Charlotte Campus
Director, Medical ICU
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Critical Care
Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine
Charlotte, North Carolina

Orlando Hung, MD

Staff Neuroanesthesiologist
QEII Health Sciences Center
Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Annette Ilg, MD

Attending Physician
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine
Mass General Brigham
Instructor, Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Liane B. Johnson, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Dalhousie University, Halifax
Nova Scotia, Canada

J. Adam Law, MD

Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia
Professor, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine and Surgery
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine
Attending Neuroanesthesiologist
Associate Head, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine
QEII Health Sciences Center
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Dr. J. Adam Law received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is currently the Deputy Head of the Faculty of Medicine: Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine.

Law finds teaching to be a privilege, and loves being challenged by his students, whom he learns from every day. His advice to those learning more about airway management is to seek hands on experience, and to always start with the basics. “Get experience managing normal airways first,” he says. “That way you have a good base to the pyramid when it comes to managing difficult ones.”

When Law has a rare moment of free time, he likes to hike, play tennis, and spend time with family.


Kirk MacQuarrie, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery & Emergency Medicine
Dalhousie University
QEII Health Sciences Center
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Dr. Kirk MacQaurrie is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Surgery, and Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University. He is also one of the original developers of the Airway Intervention Management Education course in Canada.

When it comes to airway management, he sees one of the highlights of his career as “helping to bridge the gap between anesthesia and emergency medicine.” His favorite part of teaching is seeing students experience light bulb moments, when a new concept or skill finally clicks with them.

Outside of work, Dr. MacQuarrie loves to travel, and especially appreciates the chance to go off the grid. He is happily married, has three dogs, and three sons.


Katherine Mayer, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado

Katelin Morrissette, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician
University of Vermont Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Michael F. Murphy, MD, FRCPC (EM), FRCPC (Anes.)

Practice Medical Director
St. Joseph's Hospital
South Tampa, Florida
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Michael F. Murphy is a Practicing Anesthesiologist with American Anesthesiology and Professor Emeritus at University of Alberta. He has designed and implemented EMS systems in eastern Canada and the Caribbean. He has also edited the Manual of Emergency Airway Management (Walls Murphy) and Difficult and Failed Airway Management (Hung Murphy).

Dr. Murphy’s advice to students is to always learn from masters, and focus on people who are truly doing things. He got into teaching so he could expand the impact of his work. “I have always felt I could save more lives by teaching,” he says. He finds the best part of his job to be learning that what he taught ended up saving a life.

“I get a great deal of reward in knowing that I have contributed to the next generation of airway educators, researchers and managers,” he says.


Bhupinder Natt, MD, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinical
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship
Medical Director, Medical ICU,
Banner – University Medical Center South
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Matteo Parotto, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesia and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine
University of Toronto
Department of Anesthesia & Pain Management
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Matteo Parotto is Staff Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at Toronto General Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Interdepartment Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has had the pleasure of working with doctors from around the globe, and is part of the Canadian Airway Focus Group.

Dr. Parotto’s advice to those working in airway management is to never be afraid to ask for help, and always keep up to date with modern practices. One of the moments he found the most educational was as a medical student, when he observed a doctor preparing for the emergence phase from anesthesia. “There was nothing particularly challenging about it, and he must have done this thousands of times in his career,” he said. “And yet, he remained very focused, and approached it quite meticulously. It taught me the respect that we must always have in patient care.”

Outside of the office, Dr. Parotto is likes to play soccer, volleyball, and basketball when he gets the chance.


John C. Sakles, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

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Dr. John Sakles is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona.  While at the University of Arizona, he helped create a database that logs every intubation. These logs have turned into published work, and help to track the way they have improved their practices for airway management.

“Airway management is one of the most important skills in emergency medicine,” Sakles says. He finds that it important to always keep up with the latest research in the field, so that you never fall behind on new techniques that could potentially be life-saving. “There is so much to learn that has come out just in the last few years, so stay up to date with all the new technology and advancements.”

Sakles loves teaching because it gives him the chance to make a positive impact on more lives. He often finds that right after he teaches a course, someone will reach out and say they immediately used the skills they learned at work.


John Vassaur, MD

Attending Physician
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Baylor University Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Dallas, Texas