Senior Advisory Committee

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Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS

Dr. Gausche-Hill is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves as Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She is nationally and internationally known for her work as an EMS researcher and educator, and for her leadership in the field of EMS and pediatric emergency medicine. She is best known for her study of pre-hospital airway management for children published in JAMA 2000 and her work on the National Pediatric Readiness Project published in JAMA- Pediatrics in 2015. She has won numerous national awards for her leadership in emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine and EMS. Dr. Gausche-Hill currently serves as one of three senior editors for the nationally and internationally known textbook, Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, and serves on the American Board of Emergency Medicine Board of Directors.

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Charles Macias, MD, MPH

Dr. Macias is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief Clinical Systems Integration Officer for the Texas Children’s Hospital enterprise. He is also the Director of the Evidence Based Outcomes Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. He is a graduate of Stanford University and subsequently completed his medical degree at Southwestern Medical School. He has completed both a pediatrics residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in Clinical Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and subsequently completed a Master in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. 

His national interest in improving the care for children has led to his role as the executive director of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center, utilizing improvement science to support the EMSC program in 58 states and territories. He is the immediate past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine, the largest professional society for pediatric emergency medicine physicians. 


He has and continues to chair or co-chair a number of Quality Improvement collaboratives. In addition to creating QI collaboratives for the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, he has also initiated a number of activities involving emergent sepsis care. He is a co-chair of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes quality improvement collaborative of the Children's Hospital Association- a collaborative of over 40 institutions dedicated to decreasing mortality and morbidity from sepsis. 


He has been recognized for his work in quality improvement, emergency care, and analytics. He was named HealthData Management’s Clinical Visionary of the Year in 2014.


Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH

Dr. Kuppermann is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. He is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and clinical epidemiologist, and a leader in emergency medical services for children, particularly in multicenter research. Research foci for which he is a leading national investigator include 1) infectious emergencies in children including the laboratory evaluation of young febrile children, 2) the evaluation of children at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis-related cerebral injury, and 3) the laboratory and radiographic evaluation of the pediatric trauma patient. He has published works in all three focus areas in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, and the Lancet. He focuses his work on clinical prediction rules, having recently derived and validated a prediction rule for traumatic brain injury after minor blunt head trauma in more than 40,000 injured children, and co-led a separate project to derive a prediction rule for intra-abdominal injury in more than

12,000 injured children. Dr. Kuppermann has received more than $30 million in federal grants and contracts as a PI over the past decade and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Kuppermann has been a leader in multicenter research in PEM, starting by chairing the first U.S. research network in PEM (the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative ResearchCommittee of the AAP) from 1996-2000, and leading several investigations there. He then became one of the founding investigators and founding Chair of the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since it’s inception in 2001 until late in 2008 and remains one of the 7 network PIs. He recently completed a 4-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the (global) Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN), an international consortium of PEM research networks.Dr. Kuppermann has been recognized nationally for his research and mentorship. In 2009, Dr. Kuppermann received the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, and in 2012 received the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award, from the Section on Emergency Medicine of the AAP for outstanding contributions to Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In 2010 and 2011, he received national research awards from the EMSC program of HRSA, the Society for Academic EmergencyMedicine, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2015, he was recognized with the American College of American Physicians EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric emergency evidence-based medicine. In 2017 a PEM Scientific Research Mentoring award was named after him by the SAEM. In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


Mary Patterson, MD, MEd

Mary D. Patterson, MD, MEd is a pediatric emergency physician and the Medical Director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Simulation Center for Safety and Reliability.  Previously she was the Medical Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Simulation and Research from 2002 to 2011.  She is past- president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Patterson completed pediatric residency training at Columbus Children’s Hospital and then served as a primary care physician in the United States Air Force. During her service in the Air Force, she developed an interest in trauma and pediatric resuscitation.  Subsequently, she entered fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patterson has completed a Master’s in Education at the University of Cincinnati and a Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare from 2006-2011 and was the president  of the Society in 2010.

Dr. Patterson's primary research interests are related to the use of medical simulation to improve patient safety and human factors work related to patient safety. She is a federally funded investigator in these areas.


Vinay Nadkarni, MD

Dr. Vinay Nadkarni will serve as the site investigator at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. He has served as co-investigator on several large multi-center planning grants sponsored by the NIH/NICHD to develop interventional studies in pediatric advanced life support. Dr. Nadkarni has led the pediatric subcommittees for resuscitation science guideline development including the ILCOR consensus statements on resuscitation science and the accompanying AHA CPR and ECC guidelines in Circulation. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of developing networks of pediatric critical care research coalitions including the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI), the Pediatric Emergency Care Research Network (PECARN) cardiac arrest study group, and the EXPRESS and POISE pediatric simulation education, innovation and research networks. His appointment to the board of directors of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies

(2007-2013), the SCCM National Council 2001-2015, and the AHA’s Science Advisory and Coordinating Council and 2006-2020 AHA Strategic Planning Committees herald my ability to influence the national and international research and training agendas. As current co-chair of the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation and founding Council member of the Accreditation Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, Vinay is well aware of the need for improvement in current educational and treatment support methods for pediatric resuscitation in general emergency departments.


Richard Lammers, MD

Richard Lammers, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. He is a graduate of University of California in Riverside, California. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lammers holds the position of Assistant Dean for Simulation and is responsible for course development and administration for simulation and labs for both residents and medical students.


Mona Jabbour, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Dr. Mona Jabbour earned her MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, followed by training in pediatrics at the University of Ottawa in 1992. She completed her Master’s of Higher Education with specialization in Health Professions Education at the University of Toronto in 1997. Dr. Jabbour’s interests in education revolve around development and evaluation of iLearn-Peds, a pediatric curriculum based on e-learning modules, simulation training and outreach education. Her research interests include: improving systems of care, mobilizing best evidence to practice settings and emergency department management of children and youth presenting with mental health concerns. Dr. Jabbour is involved in TRanslating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a national network of pediatric emergency and community emergency department sites that have been created to mobilize knowledge on best pediatric emergency care. She is also involved in a study to implement clinical pathways in community emergency department settings.

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Evelyn Lyons, MPH, BSN, RN

Evelyn Lyons is the Manager and Co-Principal Investigator of the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program within the Division of EMS & Highway Safety, Office of Preparedness and Response at the Illinois Department of Public Health. She has held this position since 1994. Her responsibilities include administration and oversight to multiple pediatric emergency care and disaster preparedness initiatives within the state of Illinois, including a statewide pediatric facility recognition program that has designated over 100 hospitals. Her responsibilities also include assuring compliance with Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) performance measures defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters in Public Health degree at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Areas of interest include emergency care, quality improvement, systems of care, and disaster preparedness.