EMS Physicians Honored with Professional and Research Awards at NAEMSP® 2019

February 4, 2019

The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) celebrated outstanding professional achievements and research abstracts during the NAEMSP® 2019 Annual Meeting held January 7-12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas.

RJ Frascone, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, received the Ronald D. Stewart Award for his tireless work on improving EMS response to cardiac arrest, leading some of the most innovative work in resuscitation science over the past decade. This award is presented to a person who has made a lasting, major contribution to the national EMS community. 

Through a variety of projects including leading the Pan-Asian Prehospital Education and Registry (PAPER) project, Hidehara Tanaka, MD, PhD, Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan, has introduced principles of effective physician leadership for pre-hospital care as espoused by NAEMSP across all of Asia. His efforts were recognized with the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award which honors an active or past member of NAEMSP who has provided significant leadership to the association. 

Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH, FAEMS, Lake Oswego, OR, received the Friends of EMS Award in recognition of his work implementing legislation with a direct impact on the practice of EMS medicine. This award is presented to an individual or organization furthering NAEMSP’s mission by helping to influence or implement national public policy.

Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, FACHE, Securisyn Medical, Highlands Ranch, CO; and Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS, Mount Sinai Health System EMS, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Department of Emergency Medicine, Chicago, IL received the President’s Award for directing NAEMSP’s first year-long EMS Quality Improvement & Safety Coursewhile also piloting its new learning management system.
John M. Gallagher, MD, FACEP, Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System, Wichita, KS, received the President’s Award for his outstanding work as chair of the NAEMSP Standards and Clinical Practice Committee. The President’s Award honors a member or members of NAEMSP who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the organization by creating new initiatives or furthering the work of the organization.

Best Disaster Research Presentation Sponsored by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation
“Pediatric Mass Casualty Triage Algorithms: A Comparative Study Analyzing Speed, Accuracy and Inter-Rater Reliability” Katherine Staats, Tabitha Cheng, Nicole D’Arcy, Kian Niknam, J. Joelle Donofrio, Stanford University, Department of Emergency Medicine

Best Scientific Presentation
“Survival After Intravenous vs. Intraosseous Amiodarone, Lidocaine or Placebo in Out-of-Hospital Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest” Mohamud Daya, Brian Leroux, Thomas Rea, Paul Dorian, Joshua Lupton, Tom Aufderheide, David Barbic, James Christenson, Caroline Herdeman, James Menegazzi, Laurie Morrison, Craig Newgard, Gary Vlike, Peter Kudenchuk, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Best Student/Resident/Fellow Presentation
“In Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Longer On-Scene Times are Associated with Higher Survival Rates: ‘Scoop and Run’ May be Deadly” Christopher Berry, Douglas Kupas, Mark Olaf, Anne Knorr, Andrea Berger, Division of EMS, Geisinger Health System

Best EMS Professional Research Presentation
“Revisiting the ‘Scanty Science’ of Prehospital Emergency Care” James Menegazzi, Benjamin Glennon, University of Pittsburgh

Best Poster Abstract Presentation
“Can a Sub-Perfect Glasgow Coma Scale Motor Score (GCS-M) Replace the CDC Field Triage Guideline (FTG) Physiologic Criteria in Children?” Matthew Harris, Maya Capua, Mark Merlin, Seungjun Ahn, Nate Christopherson, Jose Prince, Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Best Cardiac Arrest Presentation
“Double Sequential External Defibrillation Improves Termination of Ventricular Fibrillation and Return of Spontaneous Circulation in Shock-Refractory Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest” Sheldon Cheskes, Shelley McLeod, Jim Summers, Laurie Morrison, Alexandra Wudwud, P Richard Verbeek, Rescu Investigators Rescu, Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine

Best Pediatric Presentation
“Prehospital Emergency Assessment of Kids (Peak) Performance” Kathryn Rappaport, Chelsea Zuger, Neil Desai, Michelle Alletag, Ashley Balakas, Sean Caffrey, Jan Leonard, Kelley Roswell, Patrick Mahar, Kathleen Adelgais, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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