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, MD
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

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Dr. James Crosby, MD

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham

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


Dr. Adam Kessler, DO

Associate Professor

University of Alabama Birmingham

Board certified in EM, IM and Critical Care

ED-ICU and Emergency Critical Care 


Dr. Ben von Schweinitz, MD
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.


Dr. Lauren Walter, MD

Associate Professor

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


Dr. Nicholas Rockwell, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Fellow
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr. Kathleen Richard, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Fellowship trained in Emergency US

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

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Mike West, NRP, RN, MS
Coroner of Limestone County, AL


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


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


Howard "Howie" Mell, MD, MPH, CPE, FACEP

A Partner in Vituity, a physician owned multi-specialty group practice.  An Emergency Physician assigned to the HSHS Health System in suburban St. Louis, Illinois. 

Flight physician for Cleveland Metro Life Flight.  


Dr. Matt Heimann, MD

Assistant Professor
Fellowship Director, Global Health and International Emergency Medicine.

University of Alabama Birmingham

Research and Clinical Interests
Emergency Medicine in Resource Limited Settings, Dengue Fever, International Development of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Larry Stack

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Lindsey Paige Anthony, MPA, CEM, CHEC, NREMT
Chief of Disaster and Emergency Management.
Department of Emergency Medicine
Augusta University Health System


Shannon W. Stephens, EMTP, CCEMTP

Executive Director, Center for Injury Science

Instructor, Division of Acute Care Surgery
UAB Department of Surgery

Research Interests
cardiac arrest, trauma resuscitation, emergency medical services, bioethics