Advancing the EMS profession

World Trauma Symposium Speakers

Dr. Alex EastmanAlex Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS, FAEMS
NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support Medical Director
2018 World Trauma Symposium Moderator
Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Lieutenant and Chief Medical Officer, Dallas Police Department

Dr. Alexander Eastman serves as the Senior Medical Officer at the United States Department of Homeland Security.  Responsible for protecting the United States from all threats foreign and domestic, his responsibilities are headquartered in the new Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.  There he works in the coordination/provision of operational medicine across DHS components as well as countering threats to the U.S. worldwide and is a Title 19 Cross Designated LEO with Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

A graduate with distinction of the George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery and two fellowships at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital.  He is board-certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Medical Services and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center--Houston.  Dr. Eastman is the former Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is still a practicing trauma surgeon.  His research interests include the prehospital care of the injured, application of stress inoculation/mitigation techniques to surgical training, novel methods of hemostasis, cost effective wound care and the interface between medicine, law enforcement and public health and he continues to be a practicing trauma / acute care surgeon.

In addition to the above, Dr. Eastman remains an active Dallas Police Department lieutenant and is currently assigned to their SWAT unit and as the Department’s lead medical officer.  He is actively involved in national planning for law enforcement medical support through The USDOJ’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group, the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, and The Hartford Consensus Working Group.  He serves as the Medical Director for the Major Cities Chiefs Association and is a Special Deputy United States Marshal, assigned as a Task Force Officer to the Fugitive Task Force in the Northern District of Texas.

Dr. Eastman was recently awarded the Dallas Police Department Medal of Valor for actions taken during the July 7, 2016 police ambush and has been previously honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni (2014) from The University of Texas at Austin, the Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year (2013) and Officer of the Year (2014) from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Police Association.


Megan Brenner, MD, MS

Dr. Brenner is a critical care surgery specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is also Creator and Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Course. Dr. Brenner received her medical degree from Medical College of Virginia/VCU. She completed her general surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center/David Geffen School of Medicine, Trauma/Critical Care fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and Vascular Surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Bulger_Eileen_headshotEileen Bulger, MD, FACS

Dr. Bulger is a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center the sole Level 1 trauma center for adults and pediatrics in Washington State. Dr. Bulger also serves as the secretary/treasurer for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and as the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Her research interests include resuscitation strategies for hemorrhagic shock, trauma system development and the prehospital triage of injured patients, the biomechanics of injury after motor vehicle crashes, modulation of the inflammatory response after injury, and necrotizing soft tissue infections. Her research has generated over 200 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Bulger received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and her medical degree from Cornell University in New York. She then completed her surgical residency and fellowship in trauma and critical care at the University of Washington, Washington State. Dr. Bulger served as co-PI for trauma with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and PI of the Seattle CIREN center. She has been an active member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Trauma Critical Care Team-West since its inception in 2003. She also served in several leadership roles in the Washington State trauma system, including Chair of the State EMS and Trauma Steering committee, and currently serves as a member of the Washington State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee.

Clumpner_Mike_headshotMichael “Mike” Clumpner, PhD, MBA, NRP

Dr. Clumpner is the President and CEO at Threat Suppression, a public safety consulting firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC. He is a 26‐year veteran of public safety, with 23 years’ experience as a career firefighter/paramedic. He serves as a full‐time fire battalion chief with the Charlotte Fire Department. He is also a sworn law enforcement officer with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, SC, and has spent the last eight years assigned to the department’s full‐time, Type One SWAT team as a SWAT Operator and Senior Tactical Paramedic. He previously worked for nine years as a helicopter flight paramedic at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, a large Level One Trauma Center in South Carolina.

Dr. Clumpner has undergraduate degrees in fire science, paramedicine, and business administration. He has a Master's degree in business administration from Elon University, and a PhD in homeland security policy from Northcentral University. He authored the world’s first and only doctoral dissertation on integrated active shooter response, and has spent more than 13,000 hours researching active shooter events. He has also authored numerous textbooks and journal articles, and has presented at 300 conferences on four continents.


Inaba_Kenji_headshotKenji Inaba, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Inaba is an Associate Professor, Clinical Scholar of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia at the University of Southern California. He is the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, and the program director for both the General Surgery Residency and the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. He is also the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Associate Trauma Medical Director. He is the recipient of 25 USC teaching awards including the USC Keck School of Medicine Overall Excellence in Teaching Award for the Clinical Sciences, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity Faculty Teaching Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Dr. Inaba has lectured extensively around the world. He has mentored more than 145 research fellows and students who have garnered 34 separate research awards for this work. Dr. Inaba has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, 350 scientific presentations, and 27 textbook chapters in the area of trauma resuscitation, diagnostics and hemorrhage control. He serves as a Director for the American Board of Surgery and is also a sworn Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Leonard_Julia_headshotJulie C. Leonard, MD, MPH

Dr. Leonard is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus Ohio. She completed medical school, residency and fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Leonard practices medicine in the emergency department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and serves as the Director of Clinical Research for the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Associate Director for the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is also a research collaborator in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Dr. Leonard has been published extensively in the area of cervical spine injury management. She is the recipient of NIH funding to develop and test a Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool that will be used by prehospital and emergency department providers.


Ofer_Lichtman_headshotOfer Lichtman, NRP

Ofer Lichtman has been involved in Public safety and terrorism preparedness for the past 22 years. He started his career as an EMT in Israel at the age of 14 and since 2006 has been working for the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District in California where he serves as a Fire Engineer-Paramedic and Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator. Mr. Lichtman was instrumental in developing his department's Terrorism Awareness and Response Program which included implementation of an Active Shooter Response Program. He is currently assigned as a Task Force Officer for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Bernardino-Riverside County.  One of his primary roles is to facilitate integration and Intel-sharing between first responders and the FBI.

Mr. Lichtman is a voting member on the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) and helps to implement medical best practice guidelines for first responders. He also serves as a committee member and subject matter expert on the NFPA 3000 committee for cross functional response to mass violence and active shooter events. He was instrumental in implementing a community-wide approach to responding effectively to mass violent events and facilitated training for city employees and over 20,000 community members. Mr. Lichtman has presented on numerous topics – from EMS to terrorism – locally and nationally, and has published many articles. He is a certified Terrorism and Homeland Security Specialist and a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate executive leaders program for homeland defense and security. He is an active California State Fire Instructor for Technical Rescue and a lead Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Tactical Response instructor for his department and region.


McDonnell_James_headshotJames F. McDonnell

Mr. McDonnell was appointed by the U.S. President in May, 2018, to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. The mission of the CWMD Office is to counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction. Prior, Mr. McDonnell was the acting Assistant Secretary of CWMD and the Director of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. He is a recognized expert in the area of WMD-related terrorism. Mr. McDonnell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1975 and retired as a commissioned officer after 20 years of service in special operations and counterterrorism. He later founded the National Security Programs business unit at Oak Ridge Associated Universities and managed a number of terrorism-related national security activities, including restructuring the technical response by the U.S. to nuclear terrorism threats.

Mr. McDonnell has senior executive experience in the federal government and the private sector, where he directed security, police, and other risk management functions. He has served in the Senior Executive Service in DHS, the Department of Energy, and the White House. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. McDonnell became the founding director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Assurance, which is responsible for the protection of the nation’s energy infrastructure. Following the creation of DHS, Mr. McDonnell moved to the Homeland Security Transition Planning Office to begin the work of building the Department’s infrastructure protection capability. He was responsible for the initial development and management of today’s Infrastructure Protection Office. Mr. McDonnell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College, University of the State of New York, and earned a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Racht_Ed_headshotEdward Racht, MD

Dr. Racht is the Chief Medical Officer for American Medical Response. He has more than 20 years of experience in EMS and healthcare systems. Previously, Dr. Racht served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Piedmont Newnan Hospital in metro Atlanta, GA, and as Medical Director for the Austin/Travis County EMS System in Texas, which was nationally recognized for its collaborative approach to resolving challenging health care integration issues.

Dr. Racht has served three successive terms on the Virginia State Governor's EMS Advisory Board and chaired the state of Texas Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council for 10 years. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Racht is known for his efforts to develop, implement and sustain unique approaches to an out-of-hospital practice of medicine. He is the recipient of numerous awards.


Roaten_Kimberly_headshotKimberly Roaten, PhD, CRC

Dr. Roaten is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and the Director of Quality for Safety, Education and Implementation for the behavioral health service line at Parkland Health and Hospital System. She is a psychologist with the Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry team and provides evaluation and psychotherapy services at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern University Hospitals. Her primary research interest is the evaluation and management of patients at risk for suicide. She is the co-leader of the Parkland Suicide Screening Program and is responsible for the creation of the clinical decision support strategy that supports the program. Dr. Roaten’s clinical and research interests include the psychosocial adjustment of trauma survivors as well as supporting the first responders and healthcare providers who treat these survivors.

Scalea_Thomas_headshotThomas Scalea, MD

Dr. Scalea is Professor of Trauma and Critical Care and Physician-in-Chief, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for the University of Maryland Medical System. He was the first medical school endowed Professor of Trauma, when he was appointed the Honorable Senator Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor in Trauma Surgery. He also founded the Department of Emergency Medicine at the SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital. Born in Rochester, NY, Dr. Scalea attended the University of Virginia and then the Medical College of Virginia. He did his residency at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, and his Trauma Critical Care Fellowship at New York Medical College.

Dr. Richard SmithRichard Smith, BSc (Hons) BM (Hons) FRCA

Dr. Smith is a Consultant Trauma Resuscitation Anesthetist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital Major Trauma Centre, recently rated number one in the United Kingdom for survival rates. His prehospital roles include working as a regular HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Service) doctor for both The Air Ambulance Service covering the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and also the North West Air Ambulance covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire. He is a MERIT (Medical Emergency Response Incident Team) Doctor for the North West Ambulance Service, which required major incident training, and a volunteer first responder for the Cheshire and Shropshire BASICS scheme. In this capacity he attended the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 as a volunteer first responder.

He earned his Bachelor of  Biomedical Sciences Degree and Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Southampton, passing with honors. His professional postgraduate education was in South Wales, where he became a Fellow of The Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2011. He was appointed as a Consultant Anesthetist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in 2014, where he has both clinical and educational roles.

Stein_Deborah_headshotDeborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Dr. Stein earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, her Medical Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with certificates in both Injury Control and Heath Policy. She is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and has Subspecialty Certification from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Neurocritical Care. She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

In 2004, Dr. Stein joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. In 2016, Dr. Stein was named the R Adams Cowley Professor in Shock and Trauma. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Neurotrauma Critical Care, Medical Director for the Trauma Resuscitation Unit, Co-Director of the Neurotrauma Center for the State of Maryland, and as the Chief of Trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.