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Richard Wolfe, MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wolfe has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at BIDMC since 1999. He trained for three years in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital, where he subsequently became Associate Residency Director and Residency Director for Emergency Medicine. In 1994, he became the Residency Director for the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency for Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wolfe teaches internationally and nationally in ED operational topics such as designing integrated emergency departments, ED quality, ED workflow management, ED leadership, and the relationship between emergency medicine specialty training with ED quality of care and operational efficiency.

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Jonathan Edlow, MD

Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director of ED Quality, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director, The Institute for ED Clinical Quality Improvement
Professor of Medicine & Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Edlow is a Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as stroke, TIA, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and various causes of weakness and dizziness. He is an internationally renowned expert on neurological emergencies. Dr. Edlow’s ED operational specialty areas include ED quality assurance, ED physical layout and facilities redesign, physician professional development, and the creation and implementation of clinical practice guidelines. For the past 15 years, Dr. Edlow has contributed to the international development of emergency medicine in a variety of countries, participating in educational, quality assessment, and emergency care systems consulting projects. Practicing medicine since 1981, he is board-certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine. Since 1999, Dr. Edlow has served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BIDMC. 

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David F.M. Brown, MD

Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
MGH Trustees Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. David Brown is Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH.  Dr. Brown graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He then completed his internship and residency at MGH. He is the MGH Trustees Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An active clinician-teacher-administrator. Dr. Brown has led new initiatives for the MGH ED, including the implementation of electronic patient tracking, electronic physician order entry and documentation, and the redesign of patient triage and screening. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and is noted for the creation and editing of the monthly Case Presentation section of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, numerous textbook chapters, primarily on topics related to cardiovascular emergencies, and his role as chief cardiovascular editor for the widely accessed emergency medicine on-line text published by WebMD. He is also the author of a recently published textbook, "Rapid Interpretation of ECGs in Emergency Medicine."

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Barbara Masser, MD

Director, Ambulatory Emergency Medicine, BIDMC
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, The Institute for ED Clinical Quality Improvement
Co-Course Director, 2020 EQuIP Certification Course

Dr. Barbara Masser was Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Needham (BIDN) from 2012-2017, and was recently appointed Director of Ambulatory Emergency Medicine for BIDMC. Prior to this, she served as Associate Chair at BIDN for 3 years and has been an attending emergency physician at BIDMC since 2003. Dr. Masser's areas of expertise include ED quality assurance program implementation and oversight and ED team training. She currently serves as Director of the Institute for ED Clinical Quality Improvement.

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Shamai Grossman, MD, MS

Vice-Chair, Healthcare Quality, Department of Emergency Medicine, BIDMC
Director, Observation Medicine, BIDMC
Co-Course Director, 2020 EQuIP Certification Course
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

As an emergency physician and cardiologist Dr. Grossman’s research centers around developing evidence-based data to avoid critical cardiac misdiagnoses in emergency department patients and novel approaches to avert error. His administrative responsibility as vice-chair of healthcare quality reflects this evidence-based approach. Dr. Grossman draws on his dual training to improve healthcare delivery through research, patient education, and implementation of new models of emergency medical care. He spearheaded the development of the clinical decision unit and the cardiac emergency center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the author of three emergency medicine textbooks including Cardiac Problems on Emergency Medicine and serves as the cardiac emergency editor for Scientific American. Dr. Grossman completed a residency in emergency medicine residency at MGH/Brigham & Women’s, Harvard Medical School as well as a residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a cardiology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.

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Leon D. Sanchez, MD, MPH

Vice Chair for Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, BIDMC
Medical Director, BIDMC Transfer Center
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Leon D. Sanchez is the Vice Chair for Operations at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department and the Medical Director for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Transfer Center. An Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sanchez's research area focuses on ED operations with a special interest in queuing theory and factors affecting emergency department flow. He was part of the team that led the Tuscan Emergency Medicine Initiative which helped spearhead the development of Emergency Medicine in Tuscany. He continues to lecture and teach both nationally and internationally and co-directs administrative fellowships for both US and international fellows.

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Kiersten Gurley, MD

Assistant Director of ED Quality, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Co-Course Director, 2020 EQuIP Certification Course

Dr. Gurley is the Assistant QI Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gurley works as an attending physician at BIDMC and at Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Gurley is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and received her MD Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Gurley completed residency at Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at BIDMC where she served as chief resident and was awarded both the MACEP and HAEMR/BIDMC graduating senior resident of the year awards as well as the HAEMR/BIDMC junior and senior resident research awards. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a member of the American College of Emergency Physician, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gurley has published and has interest and expertise on the topic of neurologic emergencies with a focus on misdiagnoses and has contributed to textbooks and review articles in this milieu. A developing scholar, teacher, clinician and administrator, Dr. Gurley has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to quality improvement, diagnostic error, medical malpractice and patient safety.

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Roberta Petrino, MD

Immediate Past President, European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM)
ED Director, S. Andrea Hospital and SS Pietro and Paolo Hospital, Vercelli, Italy
President, Italian Society of Emergency Medicine, Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta Regional Section

Dr. Roberta Petrino is the Immediate Past President of the European Society of Emergency Medicine and, since 2008, has served as the Director of the Emergency Departments in the S. Andrea and SS Pietro and Paolo Hospitals in Vercelli, Italy. In this role, Dr. Petrino has overseen the redesign and transformation of the ED and its medical staff, the creation and implementation of the department's Observation Unit, and the design and implementation of over 25 clinical and organizational pathways. Dr. Petrino completed her M.D. and residency in Internal and Acute Medicine at the University of Torino. A practicing emergency physician since 1997, Dr. Petrino is an expert in healthcare management, hospital organizational strategy, and integrated clinical diagnostic and therapeutic pathways. Dr. Petrino has been devoted to the development and promotion of emergency medicine in Italy and Europe for over 20 years. She was a contributor to the development of the first EM training program in Italy, has been an active member of EuSEM since 1998, and served both as chair of the European Emergency Medicine Curriculum Task Force and workgroup director for the development of the European Board Examination of Emergency Medicine.

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Robert Leach, MD

Vice-President of EUSEM (European Society of Emergency Medicine)
Head of Department of Emergency Medicine and the Pre-Hospital Team for the Central Hospital for Wallonia-Picardie, Belgium

Dr. Leach is the chief of emergency medicine & pre-hospital team for the Central Hospital for Wallonia-Picardie in Belgium, holding emergency medicine academic positions at the both Université Catholique de Louvain and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Dr. Leach is a member of the Scientific Committee of BeSEDiM (Belgian Society of Emergency & Disaster Medicine), the Royal Recognition Committee for Emergency Medicine, and the Royal College of Physicians for Specialized Emergency Care.He is also a board member and department head representative of BeCEP (Belgian College of Emergency Physicians). Dr. Leach is a Scientific Committee Member and a member of the College of Instructors in speciality training in Emergency Medicine at Université Libre de Bruxelles. His international emergency medicine work includes serving as the Belgium representative to UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes) Board for Emergency Medicine and as Vice Presidect of the European Society of Emergency Medicine.

Ian Higginson, BM, FRCEM, MSc

Vice President of Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Joint lead and Hon Associate Professpr, Masters in Health Services Management, Leadership and Innovation, Plymouth University
Professional Committee, European Society of Emergency Medicine

Ian Higginson is an Emergency Physician practising at University Hospitals, Plymouth in the UK. He has a longstanding practical interest in medical leadership and management, which he has supplemented with academic study and teaching. He has undertaken a variety of senior roles including Head of Department and then Divisional Director for Medicine, and has developed a Masters program in the field through Plymouth University. From October 2019, he will be a Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. His main interests lie in quality, and how to deliver it. He also has a keen interest in Emergency Department crowding. However, he considers his main qualification his many failures in the field of quality improvement, since he has a long succession of mistakes from which to learn.,

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Abdulrahman Alqahtani, MD, MS

Director, National Emergency Medicine Program, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health
Program Lead, Vision Realization Office Corporatization Project, Saudi Ministry of Health
Attending Physician, Emergency Department, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Alqahtani is the director of the National Emergency Medicine Program for the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia, overseeing strategy and implementation of national standards for and development of emergency healthcare services. He also serves as the national lead for the urgent and emergency models of care within the Ministry of Health’s vision realization office, overseeing the development of national emergency care pathways, including urgent care systems implementation, as a part of the country’s efforts to reorganize and corporatize healthcare by 2030. Dr. Alqahtani has been board certified in emergency medicine since 2010. He possesses a master of science in healthcare management and leadership from Northeastern University and has completed two Harvard-affiliated fellowships in emergency department administration and disaster medicine. Dr. Alqahtani previously held the roles of Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, and Chief Medical Officer at King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, where he still practices as an emergency attending physician. He has spoken internationally on emergency department quality improvement, sepsis, disaster management, and trauma. His work in the areas of disaster response and the development of emergency medicine has led him to serve in advisory roles within the Ministry of Health and Saudi Health Council regarding emergency department performance indicators and emergency preparedness

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Jamie Gurley

Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Jaime is a lead trainer in the highly-acclaimed Leadership at the Peak program which serves senior C-Suite executives. He also designs and delivers custom interventions including high-potential programs and in-depth assessment, feedback and coaching to senior executives and facilitation with their teams. Jamie is an experienced management training and organizational development consultant. His unique background includes product management, sales and marketing, career consulting and organization development. As a Senior Consultant for Lee Hecht Harrison and Vice President of Manchester Inc., Jamie coached executives and led seminars in career transition before starting his own consulting business. He specialized in assessment, leadership development, executive coaching, team building, diversity, and organizational development interventions. Jamie has extensive international experience as lead faculty with large clients delivering close to 50 programs in more than a dozen countries including: The UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China and Korea.ness.