Jeffrey D. Dagnone
Jeffrey Damon Dagnone, MD, FRCPC, MSc, MMEd, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Dagnone is also the competency-based medical education (CBME) Faculty Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University. As the faculty lead, his work involves developing competency-based curricular methods, assessment frameworks and program evaluation within the university and in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His previous research has focused on simulation-based curriculum development, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment, and other innovative teaching and learning methods. Dr. Dagnone is assisting with development of a national framework for simulation-based OSCE assessment in resuscitation, and is working towards developing a clinical resuscitation assessment tool for trainees. He also serves as a trauma team on-call physician and as attending staff in the emergency department at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Dagnone has received numerous awards throughout his career including the “Principal’s Award for Curriculum Development” at Queens University and the Queen’s “Faculty of Health Science Education Award.” He received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, and Masters of Science from Queen’s University. His Doctor of Medicine was received from University of Western Ontario, and his Master in Medical Education from University of Dundee in Scotland.
Col. (ret) Warren Dorlac, M.D., FACS, is a trauma and acute care surgeon at UCHealth General Surgery at the Medical Center of the Rockies. His specialties include trauma, general and emergency surgery. His clinical interests include acute care surgery, traumatic brain injury, pre-hospital care and aeromedical evaluation. Dr. Dorlac has an extensive background as a surgical trainer and as a trauma consultant for the U.S. military, both stateside and in the Middle East. During his time with the military he worked as a Director for the Central Command Joint Theatre Trauma System, where he oversaw performance improvement processes (such as pre-hospital MEDEVAC data capture) and ensured clinical practice guidelines were met. Prior to that Dr. Dorlac was the Trauma Medical Director with the US Air Force, where he lead a team to create the first American College of Surgeons verified trauma center outside of the United States. In addition to his military work he has also conducted research on several topics, ranging from transport of patients with traumatic brain injuries to optimal platelet and plasma ratios in hemorrhaging trauma patients. Dr. Dorlac earned his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1989 and went on to complete a general surgery residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center (USAF) in San Antonio. This was followed by a surgical critical care fellowship at Ben Taub General Hospital through Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. More recently, Dr. Dorlac spent the past four years serving as medical director of trauma and acute care surgery at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO.
Ellen P. Embrey
Ellen Embrey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Stratitia, Inc., a strategy and management consulting firm specializing in supporting clients that serve the health care, national security, and information technology sectors. She also is a counselor in The Cohen Group, a firm that provides global business consulting services and advice on tactical and strategic opportunities in virtually every market. Ms. Embrey has extensive executive and program leadership experience in the executive branch of the federal government. In her last federal role, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and the Director, TRICARE Management Activity during the presidential transition period in 2009-2010. In that capacity, she led and managed the Military Health System, a $47 billion/year defense health program employing more than 200,000 health professionals serving more than 9.6 million service members, retirees and their families in more than 70 hospitals and 500 clinics and laboratories around the globe. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Health Protection and Readiness) for eight years, Ms. Embrey orchestrated significant improvements in Department of Defense policies and programs from 2002-2009, affecting deployment and combat casualty medicine, health promotion and preventive medicine, medical readiness and public health emergency preparedness and response. As The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) “line of action” lead for addressing traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, she led collaborative efforts to identify gaps and prioritize investments in TBI and PTSD research, align clinical best practices of DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and establish new US ICD9 codes for traumatic brain injury diagnoses and treatment based on DoD/VA experience. Throughout 2001, during the presidential transition period, Ms. Embrey served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, shaping policies affecting the readiness and use of the National Guard and Reserve in both federal and state status. From 2000 to 2001, she served as Chief of Staff of that office, and from 1998 to 2001, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Assistance to Civil Authorities, developing policies that shaped the role of the National Guard and Reserve components in supporting homeland security, disaster preparedness, and national disaster response capabilities, including advising the president on such matters in the days and weeks following September 11, 2001. Ms. Embrey has served on several committees at the National Academies, including “Health Threats Resilience and Workforce Resilience” and “Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and its Translation to the Civilian Sector.”
John B. Holcomb
COL (ret) John Holcomb, M.D., FACS, is Professor of Surgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 2008 to 2019, he was a leader in trauma surgery and related research at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston following his 2008 retirement from the Army. He served as director of the Center for Translational Injury Research, chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, and as the Jack H. Mayfield, M.D., Chair in Surgery from 2008-2017. Over the last 2 years Dr. Holcomb has focused his efforts on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1993 Col. Holcomb was deployed with the Joint Special Operations Command to Somalia, where he cared for soldiers who were severely wounded on the battlefield of Mogadishu in the violent Black Hawk Down episode. The experience had a profound impact, spurring his decision to dedicate his career to military trauma surgery and research aimed at improving outcomes for the injured. In 1997 he became chief of the Military Trauma Research Branch of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAIR). In 2001, he completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston while serving as the trauma advisor to the U.S. Special Operations Command. From 2002 until his retirement from the military in 2008, he served as both commander of USAIR and trauma consultant to the Army Surgeon General. Because of COL Holcomb’s leadership, the military began issuing life-saving tourniquets to every member of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed in combat zones. He initiated the use of hemostatic dressings in place of gauze dressings to stem bleeding more effectively, introduced major advances in resuscitation, and greatly improved how the military transports wounded service personnel to the most appropriate field hospital. COL Holcomb’s achievements and dedication to service men and women earned him numerous military honors including the Honorary Medal for Combat Surgical Care, the Army’s Development Achievement Award for Leadership and Excellence (x3) and the U.S. Special Forces Command Medal. In 2008, the American Heart Association presented COL Holcomb with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science. COL Holcomb has previously served as a committee member for the National Academies on the “Medical Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and Its Translation to the Civilian Sector” study and the “Capturing the Full Power of Biomaterials for Military Medical Needs” workshop.
David E. Marcozzi
David Marcozzi M.D., MHS-CL, FACEP, is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He also currently serves as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for the University of Maryland Medical Center. Previously, he was Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Before moving to CMS, he was the Director of the National Healthcare Preparedness Program (NHPP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at HHS. Dr. Marcozzi returned to HHS completing a 3-year detail at the White House National Security Council as Director of All-Hazards Medical Preparedness Policy. While there, he led multiple Sub-Interagency Policy Committees and assisted in coordinating health responses to several national and international events including the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to his federal positions, Dr. Marcozzi was an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and completed a congressional fellowship at the U.S. Senate. Serving on the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Subcommittee, he assisted in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act that became law in 2006. Dr. Marcozzi continues to practice emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Dr. Marcozzi has been mobilized four times since 2001 and is now assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command as a Deputy Surgeon. As a prior member of the National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Marcozzi responded to multiple disasters including the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The author of several articles and scientific manuscripts, he is also the recipient of numerous military and civilian awards including the National Security Council Outstanding Achievement Award, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and the Army Commendation Medal. In addition Dr. Marcozzi served as a committee member on previous work and studies for the National Academies, including “Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and its Translation to the Civilian Sector.”
Shawn Marzan is a retired Army medic who served in multiple combat tours in Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, over a period of 22 years. During these deployments he gained a wealth of Active duty and Reserve military experience at the tactical level in medical, Psychological Operations (PSYOP), and Military Police (MP) capacities. These experiences included trauma casualty care and close quarter battle (CQB) techniques and exercises. Mr. Marzan was also responsible for leading tactical combat casualty training for deploying soldiers out of Fort Bliss, Texas and was trained as an Emergency Response Team medic for the 396th MP detachment during the 2002 Olympics. In addition, while serving as the military liaison for the Denver Paramedic School, he helped develop a national curriculum for the “Military Medic to Civilian Paramedic Bridge Program”. This program assists members of the Armed Forces with transitioning into the civilian workforce by enhancing and tuning their military medical skills, so that they are a better suited for the civilian market. Mr. Marzan is now pursuing his RN from the Denver School of Nursing. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University and an Emergency Medical Technician certification at Denver Health.
Col. (ret) Bruce McVeigh, M.A., M.S., is the Chief Operating Officer at Exceptional Healthcare Inc. Mr. McVeigh is experienced in the operational planning of health systems with over 20 years of executive level management positions in both the private and military sectors. In the private sector, Mr. McVeigh has worked as the Chief Operation Officer at both Prytime Medical Devices and Neighbors Health System. Prior to these positions, Mr. McVeigh worked as the Chief Operation Officer in the US Army III Corps Headquarters, where he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and synchronizing over 60,000 soldiers. In addition he served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Army’s largest combat medical unit, which entailed the leadership and management of four hospitals, three medical battalions, and twenty-three separate medical companies. During his time with the Army, Mr. McVeigh went through multiple deployments and worked to ensure that higher level policies and guidance were implemented to ensure proper utilization of all resources for every level of military personnel. He received a Master of Arts in National Security and Executive Leadership Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Master of Science in Strategy and Executive Leadership from the National Intelligence University.
Jeremy D. Miller
Jeremy D. Miller, MA, EdD (expected 2019), is Director of Environment of Care and Line Safety Office at Sun Behavioral Health. At Sun, Mr. Miller manages all non-clinical care for a 144-bed psychiatric hospital and ensures adherence to safety and efficiency standards. Mr. Miller is the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Captain at Leesburg (Ohio) Volunteer Fire Department, where he is in charge of training and certifications for all personnel. He trains federal law enforcement, specifically Drug Enforcement Administration agents in medical procedures, products, and techniques at Medical Outfitters Training Consultants, where he is a lead instructor. Previously, Mr. Miller spent four years as a Chief Certification Office Certification Officer and Federal and Military Liaison at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, where he oversaw all phase of the national certification and re-certification processes for emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Air Force. His military experience includes serving as Chief Operations Officer and Director of Air Force EMS; in this capacity, he managed all aspects of EMS for Air Force Personnel worldwide. He was Director of operations at Air Force Wright-Patterson Region Hospital Family Health Clinics and Emergency Department. He also was Director and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Joint Task Force, U.S. Special Operations Command in Bagram, Afghanistan. In his role in Afghanistan, Mr. Miller supervised Air Force, Army, and Navy members in all medical functions supporting a task force that operated in the country. He received his Bachelor of Science: Healthcare Education and his Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership and Administration at Trident University International in California and expects to receive his Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership and Administration from the same institution by the end of this year.
J. P. Reason, USN (Ret.)
ADM, USN (ret) J. Paul Reason, M.S., is a former Commander in Chief of the United States Atlantic Fleet and Naval Aide to the President of the United States. His 34 year career with the Navy includes a wide variety of line leadership experience, starting with his first deployment to Southeast Asia aboard the USS TRUXTUN (DLGN 35) as an Engineering Officer. In 1976, he was assigned to the White House as the Naval Aide to the President, having been selected by Jimmy Carter. Following this position he served aboard a variety of war ships, moving from Executive Officer to Commanding Officer. From 1986-88 as a brand new rear admiral and first flag officer in his class, ADM Reason was commander of the Naval Base Seattle, responsible for all naval activities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He then commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group One while concurrently leading Battle Group Romeo to and from the Persian Gulf. In 1991, he received his third star and assumed command of the Naval Surface Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. After a tour as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for Plans, Policy and Operations, in 1996 ADM Reason became the first African-American 4-star admiral, as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Atlantic Fleet. After his retirement in 1999, he served as President, then Vice-Chairman of Metro Machine Corp., an employee-owned ship repair company, for six years. Other former positions include corporate director for Wal-Mart, Amgen, Norfolk Southern, and Todd Shipyards. In addition, he chaired the board at the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and was chair of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Foundation. He has served for thirteen years on the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Capt. Sophia Russell, DM, M.B.A., RN, is the Director of the Division of Nursing and Public Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she is responsible for the strategic guidance for a $330M/year portfolio of programs spanning more than 800 federal awards (FY18) in nursing, public health, and behavioral health and 2 national coordinating centers. She is also a member of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, In this capacity, Captain Russell serves as principal advisor on strategies and decisions regarding national policy with regard to support of nursing practice and education, and behavioral and public health programs. Captain Russell holds a Doctorate of Management degree in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix and received a Master of Business Administration (with a concentration in corporate finance) from John Hopkins University. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and holds a post-graduate certificate in Global Health from the University of Maryland. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Captain Russell has spent the vast majority of her nursing career working in the field of nursing administration and workforce development and management. She began her nursing career through the Army’s Specialized Training for Army Readiness (STAR) program. Over the course of her 24-year nursing career, some of her assignments include tours of duty at the Office of the Unites States Surgeon General, Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness; on staff at the Defense Health Agency and TRICARE Management Activity; on staff at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute; and as a staff nurse with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. Previously Captain Russell has served as a committee member for the National Academies on the “Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education” and the “Joint Workshop on Strengthening the Connection between Health Professions Education and Practice.”
COL (ret) Ryung Suh, MD, MPP, MBA, MPH, is the Chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University and Founder and Chair of Atlas Research, a health care consultancy. Dr. Suh lectures on Health Policy, Health Systems Administration, Management Systems, Biotechnology Management, Health Care Consulting, Veterans Health, and Innovations in Health Care. He served for over twenty years as an infantry and medical corps officer with a diverse set of operational, special operations, and military health system responsibilities. He has over twenty years of private sector experience as a health care consultant, research scholar, and physician executive and has been teaching at Georgetown since 2003. He is board-certified in Occupational Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM). He serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and on the Board of Directors and as Immediate Past President of the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP); he has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and on the American Medical Association (AMA) Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel Advisory Committee and the AMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities, as well as various leadership positions within other professional organizations and medical specialty societies. In addition, Dr. Suh is a combat veteran who deployed to multiple overseas locations to include service as a Task Force Surgeon during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He has served as a flight surgeon with the First Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Joint Task Force Bravo, as well as Command Surgeon of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and as the National Capital Region Flight Surgeon supporting five major aviation commands. His military qualifications include airborne, ranger, jumpmaster, and flight surgeon, and he is a recipient of both the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) and the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). He also served in the US Army Reserve (USAR), as Detachment Surgeon for the USAR Consequence Management Unit, dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and the Georgetown University School of Medicine.