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Meet our Speakers

Dr Fernanda Bellolio
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Sciences Research

Dr Bellolio is the current Research Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic (United States).

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Dr. Bellolio has a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences and a post-doctoral program on Healthcare Delivery dedicated to secondary data analysis. Her interests are research methodology, clinical prediction tools, shared decision making, neurological emergencies, end-of life and geriatric care, pain management, and general topics of emergency medicine

Dr Daniel Cabrera
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Daniel Cabrera is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as the previous Chair of Education and Associate Program Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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He has been at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, since 2005. A native of Chile, he obtained his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile where he was also part of an experimental training program in EM. He then completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. After his residency he enrolled in the ACEP/EMF Teaching Fellowship and he has serve as faculty in the same program for several years. He is the editor-in-chief for the Mayo Clinic EM Blog and is the co-director of Mayo Hootsuite Healthcare in Social Media course

Dr Creagh Boulger
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State University

Dr Boulger was born and raised in central Ohio and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry and Childhood Studies from Case Western Reserve University.

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She continued her education in Dayton, Ohio earning a medical degree from Wright State University. Following medical school she did her residency at Ohio State. Dr Boulger has served as the trauma liaison for the Department of Emergency Medicine for 6 years. She is an instructor for ATLS and DEMP courses. She is Associate Professor at Ohio State, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director, and Associate Director for the Division of Ultrasound. She currently serves as Assistant Medical Director for the Paramedic Training Program at Columbus State Community College She is the president of SAEM Academy of Emergency Ultrasound. Her areas of interest include critical care ultrasound, ultrasound education, curricula design, social media in education and assessment. She was a founding member of Sonoslam, a national medical student ultrasound competition..
Dr. Boulger’s area of interest include education, trauma, EMS, and ultrasound

Dr Linda Dykes
Consultant Emergency Medicine, Bangor, Wales. GPwSI Acute Community COTE, Director Bangor Mountain Medicine project

Linda is a poorly-differentiated doctor. She has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Bangor in North Wales since 2005, but is also a GP, and it is as a result of being seconded as a GPwSI in Acute Community Care of the Elderly in a “Hospital at Home” scheme serving the Isle of Anglesey that she has become incredibly fired up about GeriEM.

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Linda’s other pet projects are the Bangor Mountain Medicine Project (the biggest database of its kind in the world to include hospital diagnoses – if you want to know what really happens to mountain casualties in the UK, catch her in the coffee break) and recruitment – she devised the Bangor Clinical Fellow Scheme, “the perfect year out after ACCS”. This hugely successful scheme has inspired a host of copycat schemes, all participating in an arms race which is now raising the quality of EM middle-grade non-training posts in the UK.

As an enthusiastic user of Twitter (@mmbangor) Linda can often be found on-line and dabbles in #FOAMed (including co-productions with patients and their families). She loves hosting medical students and helping them get their first conference posters. Linda is a member of the RCEM Service Design and Delivery Committee, and the Remote and Rural Committee.

Dr Rachel Liu
Assistant Professor of EM, Director of PoCUS, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Rachel Liu is the Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education for Yale School of Medicine, as well as the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound for the Yale University Dept. of Emergency Medicine.

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She is the current Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Section, and a Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (2016-17). She has been a creator of the national SonoGames(TM) competition for Emergency Medicine residents since 2014, and along with Dr. Creagh Boulger, is a founding creator of the national SonoSlam(C) competition for medical students.

She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with her MBBChBAO in 2007. She subsequently completed her Emergency Medicine residency with New York Medical College and pursued her ultrasound fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. Her interests include technological innovation in education, curriculum design, and the role of point-of-care ultrasound in cardiac arrest.

Dr Suzanne Mason
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Sheffield

Dr Suzanne Mason qualified in medicine from London University in 1990. She pursued her training initially in surgery and then specialised in Emergency Medicine.

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Suzanne spent a year as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow and was awarded an MD whilst undertaking higher training in Emergency Medicine. She joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001 and was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Personal Chair in 2010. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust emergency department.

Her main research interests include evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of new roles and alternative pathways of care.

Recent studies include The AHEAD Study: Managing anticoagulated patients who suffer head injury, Using routine data to evaluate and model the Emergency and Urgent care System; Avoiding attendance and admission in emergency care using routine data; Connected Health Cities – identifying how we can better manage demand in urgent and emergency care.

Dr David Lyness
Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Doctor, Belfast

Dr. David Lyness is an Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Doctor in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the founder of Propofology.com which publishes #FOAM resources in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine as well as running video courses in anaesthesia and critical care on Vimeo and YouTube that are used around the world.

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He is actively involved in social media metrics research, particularly the effect of social media on medical education at conferences. Amongst the plethora of #FOAM website resources you will find ‘An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Anaesthesia’ as well as projects in regional anaesthetic safety, fluid prescribing guidelines, traumatic brain injury, ICU referral proformas, handover and ABG interpretation. You can catch up on all of his videos, podcasts and resources at Propofology.com as well as his Twitter profile.

Dr. Lyness is on faculty for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine as well as being a member of core faculty for the International Fluid Academy in Belgium. David is also an examiner for Queen’s University Belfast and an honorary clinical tutor to final year medical students. He is also pursuing a graduate LLB law degree, part time.

Dr Reinier van Tonder
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale University

Reinier van Tonder, MBCHB RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. He is part of the Section of Emergency Ultrasound. In addition to his work with the Ultrasound Section, he works as Point of Care Ultrasound Director at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut.

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He is originally from South Africa where he completed his medical degree from the University of Pretoria. He completed residencies in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska and Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Yale. After completing his Fellowship at Yale, he worked at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. During his employment at Kaiser Permanente, he built a successful career as a Point of Care Ultrasound Director and served as core faculty for a new Emergency Medicine residency and ultrasound fellowship program. He is active in teaching point of care ultrasound locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr Aidan Baron
Paramedic researcher and educator

Aidan is a passionate Paramedic researcher and educator from Sydney Australia.

He is currently undertaking a visiting year as a researcher in the Emergency Cardiovascular and Critical Care Research Group at St George and Kingston University London, and holds appointments as a lecturer in paramedicine in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Aidan is a digital native and fervent social media user, regularly involved in #FOAMed and online medical education.

He completed his bachelor of paramedic practice in Sydney and went on to complete a BSc Hons with first class honours examining ultrasound guided IV’s by paramedics, followed by a graduate certificate in clinical ultrasound, with specialisation in emergency medicine POCUS. Aidan’s research is diversely spread across pre-pospital Point of Care Ultrasound, ethical social media use, and improving the care of minority patient groups; with a particular focus on LGBTQIA+ healthcare access.

He is a founding member of the international Paramedic Ultrasound Research Group, and has been involved in the simulation and ultrasound education programs for Sydney’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (Sydney HEMS) since 2013, is the newly appointed course director of the PoCUS Course (a pre-hospital oriented POCUS training course in the United Kingdom and Europe), has been on the organising committee of the Don’t Forget the Bubbles acute paediatric medicine conference, and is a consultant in healthcare social media.

You can find him on twitter as @aLittleMedic

Dr Adrian Boyle
Consultant Emergency Physician and Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Adrian Boyle is a Consultant Emergency Physician at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge University.

He obtained his Doctorate in 2005 from Cambridge University. He is an Executive Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and chairs the Quality Emergency Care Committee. He has a research interest in understanding and reducing the harm of emergency department crowding.

Ms Margaret Murphy
External Lead Advisor, WHO Patients for Patient Safety

Following the death of her son as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate. Margaret is the External Lead Advisor, WHO Patients for Patient Safety (a network of 400 patient safety champions from 52 countries with 19 collaborating organisations).

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The focus of her work relates to seeing adverse events as having the potential to be catalysts for change as well as being opportunities for learning, identifying areas for improvement and preventing recurrence.

She promotes this viewpoint at local, national and international levels as an invited presenter to conferences, hospital staffs and students. Her area of particular interest is education as a vehicle to achieve sustainable culture change.

Viewed as a resource for including the patient perspective in a variety of initiatives and a range of fora, Margaret has been invited to partner and collaborate in the areas of:
– Policy-making (Commission on Patient Safety & Quality Assurance and implementation steering group; member HSE National Risk Committee) ,
– Standard-setting (HIQA working group)
– Regulation (lay member, Irish Medical Council and serving on a number of committees),
– Education (Lectures to students – medical, nursing, radiation therapy, pharmacy, etc.)
– Research (Collaborator on EU Research Projects; Assessor final stage applications for NIHR funding).
– Conference speaker – often keynote (conferences, healthcare staffs, seminars, learning sets)
– Team member critical reviews.
– Designated as one of seventy ISQua Experts in 2012
– Regular invitations from Prof. the Lord Darzi of Denham to join an advisory group and participate in the Global Health Policy Summit, Doha,
– Member, Board of Directors, South/South-West Hospital Group.

Catherine Fowler
Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland

Think Aorta 2018 campaign – inspired to drive change, improving patient care and clinical outcomes by increasing aortic dissection awareness & diagnostics rates within emergency medicine.

When people experience severe loss often their lives unravel, however the sudden loss of her father due to a misdiagnosed aortic dissection triggered a search for answers and inspired a campaign for change.

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As a result of her father’s experience and ultimately his death, Catherine Fowler was compelled and inspired to drive education, increase awareness, and ultimately save lives by improving clinical outcomes and the survival rates of aortic dissection across the UK and Ireland. Her recent key activities include:

– Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland Patient Association
– Heart Research UK charity Ambassador
– Patient voice for NHS England clinical reference group for service specification design & implementation for Aortic Diseases
– Think Aorta 2018 campaign www.thinkaorta.org in collaboration with RCEM, SCTS, HRUK & Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland
– Speaker at European Emergency Medicine Congress 2018
– Host and speaker Aortic Dissection Awareness Day 2018 St Bart’s London
– Exhibitor at The Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons for Great Britain and Ireland 2018 Annual Meeting
– Currently engaged with Tallaght Hospital Dublin, collaboratively working to improve patient care, clinical outcomes and increasing education & awareness of Aortic Dissection.

Catherine works full-time in the UK energy sector, and is a wife and mother of two. Her educational background includes BSc Biomedical Science and MBA from Brighton University.

Dr Lianne McLean
Assistant Professor in Paediatrics, University of Toronto

Lianne is an Assistant Professor in Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and a Paediatric Emergency Staff Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

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After completing medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she went on to complete her Paediatric Residency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, followed by fellowships in both Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Toronto. She has just completed a Master’s in Health Informatics at the University of Toronto with interest in evaluating the impact of technology on patient and practitioner experience. She’s an avid participant in #FOAMed as a contributor to Ultrasound Podcast, and as one of the facilitators of P2SK, the youtube channel of PEM POCUS at SickKids. You can find her on twitter as @doctorlianne

Dr Marcus Peck
Chair of the Focused Intensive Care Echo (FICE) committee

Marcus Peck is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Frimley Park Hospital (Surrey, UK), chair of the Focused Intensive Care Echo (FICE) committee, and author of the forthcoming OUP textbook ‘Focused Intensive Care Ultrasound’.

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He is a passionate ultrasound trainer and teaches widely on POCUS and echocardiography. Marcus sits on several national committees, including the Intensive Care Society Council and British Society of Echocardiography (BSE)’s Level 1 Echo and Professional Standards committees, focused on improving echo training opportunities and quality assurance. He relishes breaking down barriers, and dreams of the day when ultrasound is normal practice for every frontline clinician. You can find Marcus on Twitter as @ICUltrasonica

Dr Niamh Humphries
Reader in Health Systems Research , Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Dr Niamh Humphries is a Reader in Health Systems Research at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She holds a Degree and PhD in Sociology from University College Dublin and a Masters from Trinity College Dublin.

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For the past 12 years, her research has focussed on health professional migration – from the inward migration of internationally trained nurses and doctors to Ireland, to a more recent focus on the emigration of Irish trained doctors from Ireland.

Her research considers the implication of doctor migration for the Irish health system and the impact on the lives of individual doctors and their families.

In her research on doctor migration, she noticed that the Irish health system was replacing the doctors in the health system, rather than changing the system. She designed a research project focussed on the hospital workplace and on doctor retention. In 2017 she was awarded a prestigious HRB Emerging Investigator Award for this 4-year study- the Hospital Doctor Retention and Motivation (HDRM) project.

She is currently in Australia interviewing Irish trained doctors who now work here. Listening to their experiences in hospitals in both Ireland and Australia, she’s beginning to despair of the Irish health system and wonder how Ireland will attract any of these doctors back.

Dr Anuradha Luke
Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Gold Cross Ambulance and Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Luke is the current Medical Director of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Gold Cross Ambulance and Assistant Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Mayo Clinic.

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She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine in 2003 at Mayo Clinic. She has been actively involved in education as a previous Education Chair, medical director of the Paramedic training program at Mayo Clinic, and the Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the residency program.

Shannon Sickels (Yee)
Reassembled, Slightly Askew

Shannon Sickels is an award-winning playwright and producer. Her perspectives as an immigrant, biracial, queer artist with a disability living in Northern Ireland are deeply embedded in her work.

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Her Reassembled, Slightly Askew merges sonic arts, dramatic narrative and movement to aurally immerse audiences in her first-hand experience of nearly dying and her subsequent acquired brain injury. During its five-year development, Shannon secured a range of public and private funding, and engaged her neurosurgical team with the interdisciplinary arts team.

Reassembled… has received numerous accolades and has been touring the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada since 2015, in arts festivals and medical training settings (www.reassembled.co.uk). It is scheduled for Hong Kong in 2019.

Dr David James
Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospital Southampton

David is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Southampton. His additional interests are adolescent health and wellbeing, quality improvement and education.

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He has co-convened the popular RCEM course: “Forgotten Tribe: Adolescents in the Emergency Department” four times and has written 2 textbook chapters and a review on adolescent safeguarding for the Postgraduate Medical Journal as well as edited several sessions RCPCH Adolescent Health Programme. He chaired the RCPCH Trainee committee from 2015-2017.

Outside of work he is a keen cyclist and likes to consider himself an honorary Irishman with a wife from Kildare!

Dr Liz O'Riordan
Consultant Breast Surgeon

Liz is a Consultant Breast Surgeon who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in July 2015 at the age of 40. She suddenly realised that she had no idea what it was like to be a patient, despite spending her working life treating the disease.

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She started an award-winning blog to help doctors and patients see what having breast cancer is really like, in a friendly, informative way (liz.oriordan.co.uk) and now speaks all over the world about her experiences, including a TEDx talk (Jar of Joy), focusing on digital healthcare, self-care, and how to improve the patient experience. She has also co-authored a book with Prof Trish Greenhalgh, who was her chemo buddy – The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control, again to help patients learn from other patients about how to cope with everything cancer throws at them. Liz was diagnosed with a local recurrence in May 2018.

Before she was diagnosed, Liz was a triathlete and struggled to find anyone who could tell her whether she could carry on training, and what she should do. She ended up ignoring her doctors who told her to stick to walking, and did a sprint tri during chemo, followed by a half Ironman one year after finishing treatment. This led to her setting up a website, www.cancerfit.me (still in development) as a one-stop port of call for healthcare professionals and patients, from couch potatoes to elite athletes, with evidence based guidelines, training advice and a forum for people to share their experiences.


Dr Ross Fisher
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Ross Fisher is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he is lead for Oncological Surgery and Trauma. He is Chairman of TARNlet (the Paediatric arm of TARN) and speaks widely on Paediatric Trauma.

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Ross’s alter ego is @ffolliet, internationally known for his interest and expertise in presentation design and delivery. He firmly believes that freed from the shackles of current fashions in presentation, everyone is capable of delivering a great presentation. To this end Ross has developed the p cubed concept showcased on the website ffolliet.com

Dr Sinead Ni Bhraoinain
Emergency Medicine Consultant, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Sinéad Ní Bhraonáin is an Irish EM consultant. She completed advanced training in EM in Ireland with a fellowship from Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK. To date, she has completed a difficult airway fellowship, a pre hospital and critical care fellowship with NSW Ambulance Service Sydney HEMS and an Emergency Medicine fellowship in Australia.

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She is currently an EM consultant at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. RPA is a quaternary teaching hospital and a major trauma centre. She works as a VMO at Royal North Shore Hospital. She also works in strategic planning in the demand management unit for Sydney local health district. She has a keen interest in airway management and is the Australian College of Emergency Medicine representative on the stakeholder group for the foundation of Australia and NZ Safe airway society.

Sinead also has an interest in simulation and human factors. She can be found on twitter @sineadnib

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