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Plenary Speakers

Kevin Rodgers, MD FAAEM

Friday, 8 September: 17:25 - 18:00
The Business of Emergency Medicine

Kevin RodgersA graduate of the University of Virginia and the Physician Associate Program at Emory University, Dr. Rodgers completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1990. He served as one of the Program Directors there until 1998 when he moved to Indianapolis and joined the faculty at Methodist Hospital / Indiana University. Dr. Rodgers has served on the AAEM Board of Directors for nine years, and is currently President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and Professor and Program Director at Indiana University.



James Ducharme, MD

Sunday, 10 September: 11:25 - 12:00
Pain Relief, Patient Satisfaction and Addiction: Optimal Care Despite Competing Concerns

Clinical Professor of Medicine, McMaster University; Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Queens University; Editor-in-Chief, CJEM; President Elect, International Federation for Emergency Medicine; Emergency Physician, Humber River Hospital






Eveline Hitti, MD MBA FAAEM

Saturday, 9 September: 11:25 - 12:00
Leaning Out: Gender, Medicine and Tethered Potential

Dr. Eveline Hitti is an Associate Professor in Clinical Emergency Medicine and Chairperson of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated with an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD in 2002, where she also completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine. After spending four years at Medstar Health in Baltimore and completing her Masters in Business Administration at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Dr. Hitti joined AUB in 2009. Her administrative and research work since has focused on applying and developing evidence-based health management practices to improve quality and safety of patient care, from using Lean and Six Sigma methodology to improve ED process metrics to introducing multi-source feedback to improve safety culture. Dr. Hitti also led the development of the ED Disaster Preparedness Plan in 2012 as well multiple activations and responses since.


Amin Antoine N. Kazzi, MD MAAEM FAAEM

Saturday, 9 September: 14:00 - 14:35
Standards to be Required to be Designated as Specialist in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kazzi, MD is a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and the Founding Former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). In 2010, he moved on to serve for 5 years as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the AUB Medical Center. In 2016, he was appointed as the official Advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Health his Excellency Abou-Faour.

Dr Kazzi moved to Beirut in 2006 to establish the specialty in Lebanon, where he played a lead role working with an exceptional team of stellar faculty. This resulted in the establishment of an academic department of emergency medicine, the first in the Middle East, and 3 residency programs across Lebanon – including an ACGMI-accredited Emergency Medicine program at AUB.

Dr Kazzi is internationally well known in the field of Emergency Medicine for his leadership role establishing and then running as Executive Chair six out of 8 of the exceptional Mediterranean EM Congresses, the premier multinational international conference for the specialty, as well as for his service in executive, academic and leadership roles in a number of professional societies. This included service as President for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), for the California Academy of the Emergency Medicine (CAL/AAEM) and the Lebanese Society for Emergency Medicine (LSEM).

He founded and published as Chief Editor two editions of the “Rules of the Road for Medical Students.” He also played a key role as founding Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and as founding managing editor for the California Journal of Emergency Medicine (which later became the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine).

In 2014, he established the Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAEM), a regional multinational professional society platform for the advancement of the field, the specialty, and the specialist in Emergency Medicine.

Dr Kazzi earned a number of key national leadership and recognition awards, the most important being the 2nd out of 3 recipients of the honorary designation as Master of the Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAAEM), the EuSEM & AAEM Founder’s Award & the David Wagner Award for special impact in the specialty.

More recently, in September 2015, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename its annual international leadership award “the Amin Kazzi International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award” in appreciation for his longstanding exceptional service and profound contribution to AAEM and to the international development of Emergency Medicine.


Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM

Friday, 8 September: 11:25 - 12:00
Groundbreaking Cardiology Articles that should Influence or Change Your Practice

Dr. Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1996, he has received more than 20 teaching awards including national awards from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine, and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association; and local honors including the Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus and the Maryland State Emergency Physician of the Year Award. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on topics pertaining to emergency cardiology, emergency care of the elderly, faculty development, and risk management. Dr. Mattu has authored or edited 20 textbooks in emergency medicine, and he serves as the Consulting Editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship and Co-Director of the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


W. Frank Peacock IV, MD FACEP FACC

Sunday, 10 September: 17:25 - 18:00
Hit The Road Jack! What the High Sensitive Troponins and Accelerated Diagnostic Protocols Mean for Your Emergency Department

W. Frank Peacock IV, MD FACEP FACC is a Professor, Associate Chair, and Research Director for Emergency Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. He is currently on the Board of Directors and has served as past President of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, which recently merged with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

With over 500 peer reviewed publications, predominantly on heart failure and acute coronary syndromes, Dr. Peacock is also the co-editor of the textbooks Cardiac Emergencies, Short Stay Management of Heart Failure,  Short Stay Management of Chest Pain, and Short Stay Management of Atrial Fibrillation. He is the 2004 and 2010 winner of the Best Research Paper Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and is the Codman Award recipient from the American Association of Group Practice.

Dr. Peacock has and continues to serve as PI or co-PI for many high profile national and international clinical trials such as PRONTO, ADHERE-EM, IMPACT, CHOPIN, CLUE, FASTTRACK, and TRUE-HF. Dr. Peacock’s research focus is that of cardiovascular emergency medicine, and includes acute coronary syndrome, acute heart failure, venous thromboembolic disease, atrial fibrillation, biomarkers, improvements in emergency medical care and more rapid patient disposition. Dr. Peacock received his medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School and completed his Emergency Medicine training at William Beaumont Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.


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