Emergency Faculty

Course Directors

Calvin A. Brown, III, MD FAAEM

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

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Dr. Calvin A. Brown III is the Director of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant 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.

Robert C. Luten, MD

Director, The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
University of Florida Health Sciences Center
Jacksonville, Florida

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Robert C. Luten has dedicated his career to the advancement of pediatric emergency care. He is considered a pioneer in the specialty of pediatric emergency medicine and was a founding board member of that specialty. He has taken a leadership role in childhood emergency initiatives in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other national organizations.

He was a charter member of the Pediatric Subcommittee on Childhood Resuscitation of the American Heart Association, co-author and co-founder of PALS and leading author and editor of APLS jointly sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a past president of the Society for Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Luten has edited several textbooks and is widely published in the area of childhood emergencies. He is the author and principal instructor of the pediatric section of The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency. As creator and author of the studies which formed the basis of the Broselow Tape and the Broselow-Luten Color Coding Kids System, Dr. Luten has dramatically improved the practice of pediatric emergency medicine over the course of his career.

Dr. Luten is currently professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida, Shands in Jacksonville, FL. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Faculty

Jennifer Avegno, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, LSU Emergency Medicine
Community Health Relations and Engagement
Director of Student Rotations
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dr. Jennifer L. Avegno is the Director of the Division of Community Health Relations & Engagement at Louisiana State University. She is also a Faculty Advisor for the school’s Chapter of Students National Health Program. She has published research works that can be found in numerous articles and abstracts, including The Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management, 5th Edition.

Dr. Avegno comes from a family of teachers, so heading into the field was a natural step for her; she finds new rewards in her job every day. Her favorite moments are when a student or trainee asks a challenging question. “Then I have to do some learning of my own. Teaching is a two-way street.”

In her spare time, Dr. Avegno is proud of her vegetable garden which she eats from nearly every day, even if her kids don’t share that same excitement.

Steven S. Bin, MD

Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - San Francisco
Associate Clinical Professor Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

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Dr. Steven Bin is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He has received several awards for his teaching, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF School of Medicine, and honors from the UCSF Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Bin loves teaching, and finding new ways to translate complex concepts and making them more digestible and straightforward. His favorite part of the job is hearing back from participants who gained confidence and knowledge that they will bring to their work the next day.

In his spare time, Bin loves to travel and eat, and has summited a few mountains, including Mount Rainer and Mount Shasta.

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.

Stephen Bush, MA (Oxon) FRCS FRCEM

Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Clinical Director, Emergency & Specialty Medicine
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
United Kingdom

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Dr. Stephen Bush is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and the Clinical Director for Emergency and Specialty Medicine. He is also the Chair for Advanced Trauma Life Support, United Kingdom.

When it comes to airway management, Dr. Bush believes you should look at difficult situations from every angle possible. “Always put yourself in the patient’s position when deciding on a course of action,” he says. “particularly when all options carry risk.” He has loved teaching ever since his days as a camp counselor. His favorite part of the job is meeting new people, all of whom have a shared desire to find new ways to care for patients.

Dr. Bush represented the United Kingdom in Archery at the European Student Games. He also is an avid X-Box gamer. His career has rubbed off on his children, as his son attends his alma mater Oxford University, and his daughter is currently in medical school.

Steven C. Carleton, MD

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
Residency Director
Associate 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.

Peter DeBlieux, MD, FAAEM

Director, Faculty and Resident Development
Director of Emergency Medicine Services
Professor of Clinical Medicine
LSU Health Sciences Center
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Brian Driver, MD

Director of Clinical Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dr. Brian Driver is the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical and an Assistant​ ​Professor​ ​of​ ​Emergency​ ​Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 2016, his research was selected for Airway World’s Airway Article of the Year.

Dr. Driver loves teaching, as it keeps his knowledge and skill-set fresh, and challenges him to think in new ways. He sees it as a good way to learn something new every day. His favorite moments are with students who are particularly curious, and eager to solve new problems. “It’s fun to work with them and break it down, and work through their knowledge gaps and figure out the best way to approach new scenarios.”

In his free time, Dr. Driver likes to mountain bike, run, and during some parts of the year, can be found biking over a frozen lake on the way to work.

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
Carolinas HealthCare System
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

Michael G. Gonzalez, MD, FAAEM

Director of Trauma Operations and Simulation
Emergency Center, Ben Taub General Hospital
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Houston Fire Department
Houston, Texas

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

Seth Krupp, MD

Medical Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, Michigan

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.

Jo Anna Leuck, MD

Vice Chair, Academics
Director of Simulation
Department of Emergency Medicine
John Peter Smith Health System
Fort Worth, Texas

Nathan Mick, MD

Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center
Portland, Maine
Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Operations
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

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Dr. Nathan Mick is the Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Operations at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Published with The Difficult Airway Course, he was an Associate Editor on The Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management.

Teaching is in Dr. Mick’s DNA, as 19 of his closest relatives are public school teachers. His favorite part about the job is meeting people with different experiences and backgrounds, as it always offers a new perspective on the field. He finds working in emergency medicine to be humbling, and learns every day. “I remember most of my critical pediatric resuscitations from my career and carry the lessons learned from each forward with me to this day.”

Dr. Mick did his undergraduate studies at Notre Dame, and boxed for the Bengal Bouts while attending.

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.

Josh Nagler, MD, MHPEd

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.

Bret P. Nelson, MD

Chief of Emergency Ultrasound
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

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Dr. Bret Nelson is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is also Attending at the Mount Sinai Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In 2013 he was awarded the National Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Nelson has spoken all over the world on airway management, and his first piece of advice is to always have a back-up plan handy. “Keep asking yourself, “what if?” and thinking through different options instead of relying on whatever worked last time,” he says. He loves teaching, as it gives everyone the opportunity to unpack their thought processes, and strengthen and challenge their knowledge.

Dr. Nelson is also the Chief of the Ultrasound Division at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Robert Reardon, MD, FAAEM

Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center
Professor, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

John C. Sakles, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tuscon, 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
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.

Julie Slick, MD

Attending Physician
LSU Public Interim Hospital
Clinical Instructor
LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orlean, Louisiana

Michael T. Steuerwald, MD

Director, Emergency Airway Management
Assistant 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.

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