Virtual 2020 Faculty

Course Directors

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

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Michael F. Murphy is 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.

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.

Calvin A. Brown, III, MD FAAEM

Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

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Dr. Calvin A. Brown III is the Vice Chair for Network Development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Airway management is a challenging field, and Brown finds that time is often a precious resource. It’s important to always keep critical thinking skills sharp. “Emergency physicians are fortunate when there is time for a methodical, planned approach, however, we are often called upon to act suddenly with little or no information,” he explains. “Clear decision making and foundational knowledge of airway management will provide the best outcome for your patient.”

Outside of the office, Brown has recently re-entered the world of competitive Masters Track and Field.

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.

Darren Braude, MD, EMT-P

Professor
Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Medical Director, The Difficult Airway Course: EMS

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Dr. Braude is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology and the Tim Fleming Endowed Professor of EMS at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is the EMS Section Chief and Director of the EMS Fellowship Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Braude spent 10 years as a Flight Physician and Air Medical Director.

Currently he is a Medical Director of several agencies including Rio Rancho Fire Rescue and the UNM EMS Academy.  In addition, he remains active in the field through the UNM EMS Physician Field Response Program.  Dr. Braude is author of Rapid Sequence Intubation and Rapid Sequence Airway, 2nd edition: An Airway911 Guide, has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a regular contributor to EM:Rap and speaks nationally and internationally on airway topics.

Dr. Braude is Medical Director for The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and all other EMS programs offered by First Airway.

Faculty

Raquel R. Bartz, MD, MMCi

Co-Director, Critical Care Continuing Medical Education
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Elizabeth Behringer, MD

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

Steven C. Carleton, MD, PhD

Professor and W. Brian Gibler Chair of Emergency Medicine Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio

David Caro, MD

Co-Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Residency Edition
Associate Chair of Education
Residency Program Director
Professor
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, Florida

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Dr. David Caro is the Residency Program Director at the University of Florida College of Medicine for the Department of Emergency Medicine in Jacksonville. He is also the co-director for The Difficult Airway Course: Residency Edition™.

When it comes to managing difficult airways, Dr. Caro has one main piece of advice: always approach emergent airways with no less than three plans, so there is always something to fall back on should anything fail. He loves teaching, especially the moments where he can see students applying what they’ve learned to real life scenarios. His interest in teaching came from his parents, and the way they raised him. “Both of my parents took every opportunity to teach what they could as I grew up. Their modeling had a strong influence on my interest and desire to educate.”

Dr. Caro has three sons, and is married to a fellow emergency physician.

Laura Duggan, MD FRCPC (Anesthesiology, Pediatrics)

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist
Royal Columbian Hospital
Head, Fraserhealth Airway Committee
Associate Clinical Professor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Megan Fix, MD

Associate Residency Director
Assistant Professor
Division of Emergency Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dr. Megan Fix is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Prior to this, she was the Director of Medical Student Education at Maine Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has received several awards and honors for teaching, including the University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award.

Dr. Fix’s love for teaching grew while she was a student, as a tutor in both college and medical school. She sees teaching as the best way to learn about a subject. One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to work with people with different skill sets and backgrounds. “There are so many great minds in medicine and the questions asked by learners lead to more knowledge for all of us.”

Out of the office, Dr. Fix enjoys mountain biking, running, swimming and spending time outdoors with her husband and three children.

Michael Gibbs, MD

Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center & Levine Children's Hospital
Interim Vice President of Research
Atrium Health
Charlotte, North Carolina

Andy Godwin, MD

Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Dean, Simulation Education
Program Director, Patient Safety Fellowship
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, Florida

Orlando Hung, MD

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

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

Rebecca L. Kornas, MD

Attending Physician
Clinical Instructor
Denver Health
Denver, CO

Erik G. Laurin, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

Vice Chair for Education
Director Emergency Airway Fellowship
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California

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Dr. Erik G. Laurin is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He is also the Director of the Emergency Airway Management Fellowship and the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Laurin’s advice to those wanting to learn more about airway management is to say yes to any and all educational opportunities possible, both as a teacher or a student. When it comes to teaching, his favorite part of the job is expanding someone’s arsenal of techniques and knowledge so they can be better prepared for their next airway challenge. He also finds that he ends up learning just as much in return. “Likewise, I’m often taught by learners and improve my own skills,” he says.

When not working, Dr. Laurin and his wife are working on mastering the art of making wine at home.

Heather Mahoney, MD, MA

Attending Physician
San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF
HS Associate Clinical Professor
Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Josh Nagler, MD, MHPEd

Associate Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Children's Hospital Boston
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

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Dr. Joshua Nagler is an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has received over ten teaching awards, including the Fellow Teaching Award from Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Nagler finds that when working with children, airway systems must be managed differently. “For providers who infrequently care for critically ill children, it is important to develop a systematic approach to pediatric airway management and be comfortable with that system,” he recommends. When it comes to teaching, his favorite part of the job is seeing students’ faces light up when they solve challenging issues on their own, and realize that they have the knowledge they need in them.

Dr. Nagler is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, and for the past nine years has traveled to an away game for the team with his son.

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

Professor
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.

Leslie Simon, DO, FAAEM

Co-Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Residency Edition
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
Fellowship Director, Medical Simulation & Education
Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

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Dr. Leslie Simon is the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida. She was on active duty in the U.S. Navy for ten years, and was stationed in Guam, Spain, Jacksonville and San Diego, and did a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Simon has trained thousands of providers in the Navy, Army and Airforce in difficult airway management over the last fifteen years.

Her advice to those in the field is to always practice. Practicing builds and sharpens your skillset. “More importantly,” Simon adds, “practice builds confidence, which is every bit as important as technical ability.” She loves to teach because it keeps her excited about her work, and gives her the chance to learn new things.

Simon is a mini-van-driving mother of four whose favorite sport is shoe shopping.

Michael T. Steuerwald, MD

Director, Emergency Airway Management
Medical Director, UW Med Flight
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin
Associate Medical Director, The Difficult Airway Course: EMS

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Dr. Steuerwald is the Director of Emergency Airway Management and the Assistant Medical Director of UW Med Flight, as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has been an active EMS provider since 2004, currently serving as a flight physician with the University of Wisconsin Flight HEMS team.  Dr. Steuerwald has been an instructor in prehospital and emergency medicine since 2011, and is a frequent contributor to Free Open-Access Medical education (FOAMed).  He is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Airway Management, National Association of EMS Physicians, Air Medical Physician Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Steuerwald is Associate Medical Director for The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and all other EMS programs offered by First Airway.

Jamie Todd, MSC (Student), BSc (Hons) BEd PA02298, MCPara NAEMT

Specialist Paramedic - Education & Urgent Care
Pre-Hospital Care Consultancy, Ltd
Hereford, United Kingdom
Global Education Director, First Airway, LLC
European Regional Course Director

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Jamie Todd is a Pre-Hospital Care Consultant for numerous industry sectors. He was in the first group of paramedics in the United Kingdom to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Hospital Care.

His advice when it comes to airway management is to always know the basics, and have them mastered to your very best ability. “In fact we call them ‘essentials’ rather than ‘basics’ as they will get you out of trouble almost every time,” he says. Prior to his career in Emergency Medicine, Jamie trained as a science teacher and worked in wilderness skills instruction. His favorite part of the job is the moment when he can see everything click for students.

Jamie has combined his EMS and wilderness skills in interesting ways. He has taken journalists around Mongolia for three months, and worked a ski race to the magnetic North Pole.

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Katren Tyler, MD

Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Wellness and Outreach
Associate Residency Director
Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California

Felipe Urdaneta, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Program Director, College of Medicine's Master Educator
Fellowship Program
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida