2022 Conference Faculty

We’re proud to feature a list of prominent speakers who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts.


Dr. Dan McCollum
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Residency Director
Director for GCEP
Augusta University Health System in Augusta, Georgia


 Dr. Sukhi Atti, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham
Assistant Director, Office of Medical ToxicologyCourse Director, Medical Toxicology Course
Associate Medical Director, Alabama Poison Information Center, Children’s of Alabama 

Research and Clinical Interests
Residency medical education, addiction medicine, disaster medicine, chemical security, CBRN


Crosby, James C., MD

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham

Research and Clinical Interests
Medical Education, Travel Medicine, International Health


Kessler, Adam R., DO

Associate Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham

Board certified in EM, IM and Critical Care

ED-ICU and Emergency Critical Care 


von Schweinitz, Ben, M.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama Birmingham 
Previously served in the Air Force Special Operations Command, AFSOC, Special Operations Surgical Team or SOST. Clinical interest: tactical medicine, disaster response, and trauma resuscitation.


Walter, Lauren A., M.D.

Associate Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham
Assistant Residency Director
‘Women of Emergency Medicine Mentorship and Interest Group’ (WOEMMIG) Founder/Director


Nicholas Rockwell, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care Fellow
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Kathleen Richard
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Fellowship trained in Emergency US

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Dr. Neal Richmond
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, the Director of EMS Research, and EMS Fellowship Program Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Mike West
Acting Sheriff and Coroner of Limestone County, AL


Daisy A. Ciener, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Emergency Medicine
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program 
Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


Ryan Walsh, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Procedural Simulation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, CPE, FACEP
University of Illinois, Urbana

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana. The EMS Medical Director for EmCare’s North Division and works clinically in a variety of EmCare staffed emergency departments. He is also the EMS Medical Director for the Newark (OH) Division of Fire and for Ohio Ambulance.