Serving our nation’s EMS practitioners

World Trauma Symposium Speakers

Janice Baker, DVM, MS, DACVPM
Dr. Janice Baker is Director of Research and Development, Veterinary Tactical Group in Vass, N.C. She has more than 17 years of experience in the treatment of service dogs in the field by EMS practitioners and other medical providers. Dr. Baker has worked as a veterinarian in the military medical system for nearly two decades and has had multiple combat deployments. She was also deployed as an instructor of veterinary subject for military special operations medical personnel.

Dr. Baker's veterinary career and the care of service dogs includes an extensive background in prehospital care and the occupational health of law enforcement, military, and search and rescue dogs. She holds a Master's degree in Veterinary Forensic Science and has studied the legal issues impacting the treatment of service dogs by EMS personnel in the prehospital phase of care.

Jule ChaseJulie Chase, MSEd, FAWM, TP-C
Julie Chase is Chair of the NAEMT Prehospital Trauma (PHT) Committee and a Tactical Medicine Instructor in Berryville, Va. Julie has worked in a variety of public and private venues as a firefighter, paramedic, educator and administrator. She has taught EMT and EMS-related subjects in several countries, has assisted with remote clinics and emergency services overseas and is a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Response Team member. For the past several years, Julie has worked for a Federal agency as an operational and tactical medicine instructor and has served as a curriculum developer, contributing author, and reviewer for publication and accreditation organizations.

Julie holds a Master of Science in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University; a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine from Central Washington University; and an Associate's in Applied Arts and Sciences in Fire Science from Walla Walla Community College.

Dr. Alex EastmanAlexander L. Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. Alex Eastman is an Assistant Professor and trauma surgeon in the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Medical Director and Chief of The Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital. A graduate with distinction of the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Eastman completed his general surgery and two fellowships at UTSW/Parkland Memorial Hospital. He is board-certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care from the American Board of Surgery, as well as Emergency Medical Services from the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston. 

Dr. Eastman is a Dallas Police Department Lieutenant, the Lead Medical Officer for DPD SWAT and the Deputy Medical Director of the Department. In addition, he was appointed as Senior Medical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and serves as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal on the North Texas Fugitive Task Force. He represents all these agencies on the U.S. Attorney General’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group. A former firefighter/rescuer in Montgomery County, MD, he is also the Medical Advisor to the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Dr. Eastman was awarded the 2015 Officer of the Year from the Dallas Police Department.

Gestring_Mark_headshotMark Gestring, MD, FACS
Dr. Mark Gestring is Medical Director at the Kessler Trauma Center and Associate Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Gestring is a member of the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma, where he currently serves as the Chair of the EMS Committee. Dr. Gestring received his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School, and completed his surgical training at Brown University. His fellowship training was conducted in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gestring is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Association for Academic Surgery and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. His areas of special interest include trauma, critical care, prehospital care of the injured patient and regional trauma system development.

Grant_Michael_headshotMichael Grant, MD, PhD, FACS
Dr. Michael Grant is the Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professor, and Chief of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center. He is also Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology, University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Grant is board certified in both Ophthalmology and General Plastic Surgery. Previously, he served as Director of Oculoplastic Surgery, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as Chief of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Grant specializes in complex craniomaxillofacial reconstruction the facial skeleton, and soft tissue of the periorbital region. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of primary and secondary orbital reconstruction, computer assisted surgery, and facial aesthetic surgery. He is actively engaged in the development of biomaterials for conjunctival reconstruction and investigating mechanisms of immunomodulation in corneal injury and wound healing. Dr. Grant trained in the Medical Scientist program at Case Western Reserve University where he received his M.D., and Ph.D. in neurosciences.   

Kotwal_Russ_headshotRuss S. Kotwal, MD, MPH
Col. (Ret) Russ Kotwal, MC, is the Director of Strategic Projects for the U.S. Army, DoD Joint Trauma System and an independent consultant to other organizations, including the Institute of Surgical Research. Col. Kotwal graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, and Texas teacher certifications for Health and Biology. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. After receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree, he completed an initial residency in Family Medicine at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga, Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and a second residency in Aerospace Medicine at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla.

Col. Kotwal has served the U.S. Army honorably in bases around the country, including the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and 75th Ranger Regiment in Georgia. He served as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. and as the Director for Trauma Care Delivery at the DoD Joint Trauma System in Texas.

Col. Kotwal conducted multiple combat deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he participated in hundreds of combat ground and air missions as the senior prehospital medical provider. He is credited with numerous novel training and technology initiatives, professional publications, and national and international presentations related primarily to prehospital medicine on the battlefield. He is an adjunct professor for both the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and he is also a senior advisor to the DoD Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Col. Kotwal is the recipient of multiple awards and honors.

Evan McDonoughEvan McDonough, EMT-P, ATP Military
Evan McDonough is a paramedic, as well as a medical Sergeant for the West Virginia Army National Guard. He has more than 20 years of experience as a prehospital provider, both within the military and in the private security industry. Serving the U.S. Military, he provided care in various threatening environments that required the use of blood products to best treat a casualty or injured patient. Evan has been trained in both didactic learning and in practice to administer blood products in response to the need of military medics to provide blood in any environment.

Evan received his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Communications Studies, Morgantown, W.V. University, and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He completed the Special Forces Medical Sergeants Course, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC. Evan was formerly a surgical technician for AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and an EMT-P for Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois.


Newbury_Brad_headshotBrad Newbury MPA, NRP, I/C
Brad Newbury is President and CEO of the National Medical Education & Training Center in West Bridgewater, Mass. Brad has been involved in EMS for over 30 years, beginning as a volunteer firefighter in Tiverton, R.I., then receiving his paramedic certification and working for both a private ambulance and hospital-based, non-transport paramedic service. In 1997, he became a firefighter/paramedic for a fire department and was then promoted through to Captain/Paramedic in 2015. He also served as Safety and Training officer and Shift Commander.

Brad has an extensive teaching background and holds an EMS Instructor Coordinator designation from the Massachusetts Department of Health, as well as Fire Instructor certification. He has taught for the Massachusetts Fire Academy and has lectured nationally on a variety of EMS topics. Brad created the National Medical Education and Training Center in in 2010 and serves as its president and CEO. He was instrumental in managing the application process to full national accreditation of its paramedic program, and developed a hybrid paramedic program that educates and trains students from around the world.

Brad has worked as a faculty educator, content writer, and has been published by a national journal. He is also a principle author and speaker for the NAEMT All Hazards Disaster Response course. Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.

Dr. Andrew PollakAndrew Pollak, MD
Dr. Andrew Pollak is The James Lawrence Kernan Professor of Orthopaedics and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Pollak previously served as Chief of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where he has worked clinically since 1994.

Dr. Pollak received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland program and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California Davis Medical Center.

Dr. Pollak has been involved in prehospital emergency care since 1981 in multiple capacities including volunteer firefighter/EMT, EMS flight physician and fire surgeon. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Baltimore County Fire Department, Special Deputy U.S. Marshal and Editor of the AAOS EMS Orange Book Series. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Maryland Orthopaedic Association and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Maryland Health Care Commission.

Shackelford_Stacy_headshotStacy Shackelford, MD
Col. Stacy Shackelford, MD, is the Chief of Performance Improvement at the Joint Trauma System Defense Center of Excellence for Trauma Joint Base in San Antonio, Texas. She also practices as an attending trauma surgeon at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Col. Shackelford is a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, led the TCCC guideline review and update for pelvic binders, and has deployed four times as a combat surgeon and as the director of the Joint Theater Trauma System.

Col Shackelford was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989, attended medical school at Tulane University, and general surgery residency at the University of Utah. She completed two overseas tours as chief of General Surgery in Misawa, Japan and Lakenheath, England, as well as stateside assignments at Hill AFB in Utah, and Travis AFB in Calif. After completing a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the University of Southern California, Col. Shackelford was assigned as Director of Education at the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Md. She conducted pre-deployment trauma skills training for Air Force medics, nurses, and physicians. She is an instructor for the Defense Institute for Medical Operations.

Lance StukeLance Stuke, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Lance Stuke is associate professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care, at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. He is a trauma surgeon at the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center at University Hospital in New Orleans (formerly Charity Hospital).

Dr. Stuke began in EMS as a volunteer EMT-Basic for the Tulane EMS, a college-based service. After college, he worked full time for several years as an EMT-Paramedic for the City of New Orleans, where he was also an ATLS, ACLS, and PALS instructor. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, majoring in Biology. He earned his Master of Public Health degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with an emphasis on environmental toxicology, and completed his M.D. degree at Tulane School of Medicine.

Dr. Stuke did his general surgery residency at Parkland Hospital/University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. After his training, he returned to New Orleans for a trauma/critical care fellowship at LSU/Charity and joined the faculty upon completion of his training. Dr. Stuke has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and written several textbook chapters on trauma-related topics.

Way_Chris_headshotChristopher Way, BA, Paramedic
Chris Way is Chief of Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services (KCEMSS), Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Previously, he served as an EMS Chief in a Southeast Kansas county. Chief Way has been involved in EMS for more than twenty-five years in a rural Ambulance service and a large metropolitan EMS system. He has held varied roles including paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, operations supervisor and shift commander. In his current role, he oversees the delivery of EMS in a fire-based EMS system. Providing basic and advance transport, as well as first response service, KCEMSS responds to over 18,000 service requests annually and transports more than 10,000 patients. 

Chief Way serves on many local and regional EMS, fire, emergency management and healthcare committees, such as local response/clinical committees, the regional incident management team, the regional Homeland Security Council, state EMS response team, state incident management team, regional and state trauma councils, and the CDC/ACS National Committee on Field Triage. Chief Way is the current Past President of the North Idaho Fire Chief’s Association, chairman of the Idaho EMS Advisory Council, member of the state Time Sensitive Emergency Commission, and chair of the NAEMT Membership Committee. He is also involved on the CDC/ACS Filed Triage Committee, serves on the Kootenai County Airport Board of Directors and is a member of the Heritage Health Board of Directors. Chief Way earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.