Speakers

Peter Akpunonu, Theresa Baker, Catherine Barber, Henrik Berdel, Andrew Bernard, Deborah Berry, Anthony Bottiggi, Patricia Cooper, John Draus Jr, Richard Falcone, Colin Fath, David Fifer, David Foley, Justin Fraser, Leslie Fryman, Gregory Gramelspacher, Michael Hackett, Jacob Higgins, John Holcomb, Christina Howard, Paul Kearney, Julia Martin, John May, Susan McDowell, Douglas Oyler, Sara Parli, Jessica Reynolds, Yvonne Rice, Jeanette Richards, James Richardson, Mark Spivak, Colleen Swartz, Zachary Warriner, Matilda Wright

Peter Akpunonu, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Born in 1985 and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Akpunonu trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Kansas, Kansas City (2012-15) before completing a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Oregon Health and Science University, and Oregon Poison Center in Portland. Dr. Akpunonu joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky in 2017 where he currently serves as a Medical Toxicologist for the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center in Louisville and runs an inpatient consultation service at the University of Kentucky, Alfred B Chandler Hospital.
Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Akpunonu specializes in the recognition, triage, and management of poisonings and holds a deep interest in the areas of environmental exposures, novel psychoactive substances of abuse, envenomations and prescriber patterns. As the Director of Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine he oversees the treatment of patients suffering from arterial gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, dysbarism and those in need of further wound care. Dr. Akpunonu has lectured and presented research at multiple National and International conferences.

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Theresa Baker, RN, BSN

Trauma Outreach and Prevention Coordinator
Trauma Institute
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky

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Catherine Barber, MPA

Senior Researcher/Research Manager
Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health
Boston, Massachusetts

Catherine Barber is a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center where she led the effort to design and test the pilot for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. She is the founding director of Means Matter, a project to disseminate research and interventions aimed at reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal suicide methods. She is the recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Allies in Action Lifetime Achievement Award. Recent work focuses on collaborating with gun owner groups on suicide prevention initiatives. Her MPA is from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Henrik Berdel, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Paul A. Kearney, MD, Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery
Trauma Medical Director
Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS is a Frankfort native. He was educated entirely at UK-undergraduate, medical school, student fellowship in pathology, general surgery residency, research fellowship and trauma fellowship. He currently serves as the Trauma Medical Director for UK Healthcare and Section Chief for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He's President of the Medical Staff. He chairs the ICU Committee and Organ Donation and Transplantation Action Council and Co-Chairs the Transfusion Safety Committee. He's past President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the nation's largest organization of trauma providers. His favorite activities are taking care of patients, teaching and mentoring-faculty, fellows, residents and students. His motto, for patients and providers, is 'Better every day'.

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Deborah Berry, A.S., B.A., NRP

Training and Education Coordinator/Paramedic
Madison County EMS
Richmond, Kentucky

Deborah graduated from EKU in 1984 with an A.S. in Emergency Medical Care. She has worked as a paramedic for 35 years and was a flight paramedic for 19 years. She received her B.A. degree in Healthcare Administration from Midway College.

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Anthony Bottiggi, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Bottiggi earned an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed residency and a fellowship at the
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care.

Clinical interests include acute care surgery and virtual ICU.

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Patricia Cooper, CAISS, CSTR

Trauma Research Coordinator
UK HealthCare
University of Kentucky

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John Draus Jr, MD

Associate Professor, Surgery/Pediatric Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

John M. Draus, Jr, MD, is a native of Kentucky. He completed his medical school, general surgery, and a research fellowship at the University of Louisville. He completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University.

Dr. Draus joined the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Kentucky in 2010. His clinical interests include pediatric oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and thoracic and neonatal surgery.

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Richard Falcone, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Falcone is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is the director of the Level I pediatric trauma program at Cincinnati Children’s as has been actively involved in simulation training to improve teamwork and communication while improving safety for the past 8 years.

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Colin Fath, MD

Acute Care Surgery Fellow
Department of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Colin Talanda Fath, MD, received his degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clincs. Dr. Fath is currently an Acute Care Surgery Fellow at the University of Kentucky.

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David Fifer, M.S., NR-P, FAWM

Assistant Professor
Paramedic Science
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky
Paramedic
Powell County EMS
Stanton, Kentucky
Emergency Response Coordinator
US Dept. Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

David Fifer is a Paramedic with Powell County EMS and the Coordinator of RedSTAR- the Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue wilderness EMS team. He holds a Master of Science in Safety and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University, and is a Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medical Care in EKU’s baccalaureate Paramedic program, and since 2013 has responded to major national healthcare disasters and national security events as a part-time Emergency Response Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations.

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David Foley, MD FACS

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Director of Trauma and Burns,
Kosair Children’s Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky

Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Expertise:
Surgical Laparoscopy, Surgical Critical Care, Pediatric Trauma
M.D. :
State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency:
Wake Forest University School of Medicine in General Surgery
Fellowships:
University of Michigan, Clinical & ECMO Research Fellow
Wake Forest University, Bradshaw Research Fellow
Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Research Interest:
GI Complications of ECMO, Cystic Lesions of the Diaphragm, Trauma Injury Prevention
Dr. Foley joined the University of Louisville in 2003. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery. Outside interests include music, athletics and spending time with his wife and three children.
Selected Administrative/Leadership Roles:
Director of Trauma, Kosair Children’s Hospital
Member – Kentucky State Committee on Trauma (COT)
Medical Director, 7E/4W Medical Surgical Unit, Kosair Children’s Hospital
Peer Reviewer, American Surgeon
Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons, Kosair Children’s Hospital

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Justin Fraser, MD, FAANS, FAHA

Associate Professor of Cerebrovascular, Endovascular, and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Justin Fraser graduated from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His thesis discussed the American health care system, focusing on the effect of managed care on the physician-patient relationship. He graduated from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He also completed residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery/interventional neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research focuses upon novel methods and treatments for neuroprotection during and after stroke. He also studies new diagnostic tools in stroke and traumatic brain injury.

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Leslie Fryman, MS, NREMT-P

Paramedic
University of Kentucky Emergency Department
Captain, EMS Training Coordinator, Tactical Medic
Lexington Division of Fire and EMS
Lexington, Kentucky

Leslie is a 20+ year veteran of the Lexington Fire Department currently assigned to the Training Academy. He currently has the position as the EMS Training Coordinator for the entire division encompassing approximately 560 personnel.

Leslie has also worked in the ED at University of Kentucky for over 5 years as a Paramedic. Prior to coming to the ED at UK, he was a flight paramedic for Air Methods for over seven years.

He earned an MS in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

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Gregory Gramelspacher, MD

Professor
Internal Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Gregory P. Gramelspacher is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Dr. Gramelspacher received his undergraduate degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Indiana University. Following an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gramelspacher served for two years with the National Health Service Corps in Appalachia. He then completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He joined the Department of Medicine at Indiana University in 1989.

In addition to founding the Program in Medical Ethics at IUSM, Dr. Gramelspacher established the Palliative Care Program at Wishard Health Services in 1999. He also established the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005. His interests include medical professionalism and the doctor-patient relationship, palliative care, health care for the underserved, addiction medicine and global health. Dr. Gramelspacher served as the team leader of the IU-Kenya program in Eldoret, Kenya from 1996 to 1997. In July 2017, he stepped down as the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Eskenazi Health in order to devote his clinical time to expand addiction medicine services.

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Michael Hackett, RN, MSN, CRNA

Nurse Anesthetist
St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Edgewood, Ft. Thomas and Florence, Kentucky
Deputy Chief Wolfe County Search and Rescue
Red River Gorge, Wolfe County and surrounding USFS land
Stanton, Kentucky

Wolfe County

Michael D. Hackett is a Nurse Anesthetist with Seven Hills Anesthesia at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Northern KY. He works regularly in Prthopedic, Thoracic, Neuro and General Surgery cases. Michael received his Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a part of Wolfe County Search and Rescue for four years and is also a Wilderness First Responder. Michael is heavily involved in technical rope rescue, swift water rescue, and back country navigation for work in the Red River Gorge.

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Jacob Higgins, Phd, RN, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
University of Kentucky
Nurse Scientist
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Jake Higgins, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing with a joint appointment as a Nurse Scientist on the Trauma-Surgical Service Line at UK HealthCare. His clinical background is rooted in Trauma-Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Higgins received his PhD in Nursing from UK College of Nursing in 2019. His research interests surround functional recovery of patients after trauma and mitigation of hospital-related complications that impact return to function in trauma patients.

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John Holcomb, MD

Professor
Surgery, Acute Care
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

John Bradley Holcomb received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1985. Dr. Holcomb entered the U.S. Army in 1985, and completed his general surgery training in 1991. Dr Holcomb then deployed with the Joint Special Operations Command for the next decade. From 2002 to 2008, COL Holcomb was the Commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Trauma Consultant for the Army Surgeon General. Over the years he has deployed in multiple real world operations. He is a three time recipient of the Army’s Greatest Invention award. COL Holcomb retired from active duty in 2008 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association, the United States Special Operations Command Medal, and the Service award from the American College of Surgery. He has been a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care since 2001. From 2008-2019 Dr. Holcomb worked at UT Health, Houston, as a Professor of Surgery. In 2016 he received the MAJ Jonathan Letterman award from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. In 2019 Dr Holcomb joined the University of Alabama, Birmingham as a Professor of Surgery. Dr. Holcomb is actively involved in clinical medicine, education, research, entrepreneurship and is a founder of a small health IT company. He reviews papers for more than 25 journals, has published > 600 peer reviewed articles and serves on multiple boards.

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Christina Howard, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Howard completed her medical degree, residency, and Child Abuse Pediatric Fellowship at the University of Louisville and is a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician.

Since joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky, she has helped to develop a Pediatric Forensic Program as well as the Kosair Charities Pediatric Forensic Medicine Outreach Program at UK Children's Hospital. The Forensics Program is involved in medical evaluations for children that are thought to be victims of child physical or sexual abuse as well as provided education in child abuse prevention to the state of Kentucky.

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Paul Kearney, MD

Professor, Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Paul Kearney received his MD in 1980 (AOA) from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. . Following completion of General Surgery Training at the University South Florida Hospitals (1986), he completed a two year Trauma Fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor. While there, he obtained a Master’s (1986) in clinical experimental design and biostatistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Kearney joined the University of Kentucky in 1988 as an Assistant Professor, Regular Title Series in the Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma and Critical Care. He has spent his entire academic career at the University of Kentucky rising to the rank of Full Professor with Tenure, Regular Title series. Dr. Kearney is Board Certified and Recertified in both general surgery and surgical critical care. He served as Director of the Surgical and Trauma intensive care units from 1988-2011 and was chief of the Section of Trauma and Critical Care from 1991-2011. He started and served as medical director (1989-2008) for the first Nutrition Support Service at UK hospital. He was part of the team that successfully obtained ACS Level I trauma center status for the University of Kentucky. When he stepped down as Section chief in 2011, the UK Level I trauma center was ranked in the top five trauma centers in the US with the third lowest adjusted mortality, lowest ICU mortality, and the shortest length of stay among US Trauma centers. Dr. Kearney brought local, regional, and national recognition to the UK Trauma Program. Dr. Kearney has a 2 million dollar Endowed Chair in his name that is currently assigned to Andrew Bernard MD, FACS. Over his career he has 29 teaching awards including the Richard Schwartz Award. He has twenty "America's Top Physician" awards and 16 "America's Top Surgeons" awards. One hundred peer reviewed manuscripts in the scientific literature, over 100 abstracts, four book chapters. Well over 300 invited lectures in addition to 10 invited visiting professorships at other Academic Medical Centers. Dr. Kearney belongs to the most prestigious surgical organization in the United States. Surgeons, both male and female, that he trained direct Trauma Programs here at UK, Georgetown University, East Carolina, and University of Missouri. In recognition for his lifetime achievement he received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2013 from his undergraduate Alma Mater, Providence College. Doctor has been a volunteer surgeon at Surgery on Sunday since inception in 2005 providing free outpatient surgery for those who cannot afford the procedure. For that service, he was recognized by the State of Kentucky as the Senior volunteer of the year (2019).

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Julia Martin, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Martin earned an MD from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown and completed residency at the
West Virginia University Hospital.

Clinical interests include Air Medical Care and Transport, Pediatric Emergency Care, and Prehospital Care.

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John May, WCSAR/WFR

Chief
Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team
Red River Gorge and Surrounding Areas
Campton, Kentucky

John May graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BS in Industrial Electronics. He is currently employed as Manager of Administrative services for Licking Valley RECC. John is the Chief of Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team and has been a member of the team for 15 years. During his tenure as a volunteer for WCSAR, he has responded to 600+ rescues and 13 fatalities. John received his Wilderness First Responder certification from Wilderness Medical Associates & Sierra Rescue. He is a technical rope rescue instructor and swift water rescue instructor for Kentucky Emergency Management.

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Susan McDowell, MD

Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Medical Director
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. McDowell earned an MD from the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty certificate in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She has served in numerous other leadership roles within the Department of PM&R and the College of Medicine including the former Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. McDowell has served on or been a member of numerous regional and national academic societies. In addition, she has presented both regionally and nationally with publications in educational and clinical areas. Her primary interests are in leadership, team, and interprofessional education and care.

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Douglas Oyler, PharmD, BCCCP

Director, Office of Opioid Safety
UK HealthCare
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Oyler earned a PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He completed a pharmacy practice residency and a critical care specialty residency followed by a fellowship in academic pharmacy at the UK College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Oyler leads UK HealthCare's efforts related to opioid stewardship and responsible opioid prescribing. Additionally, he maintains a practice within surgical and trauma critical care.

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Sara Parli, PharmD

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident
College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky

Dr. Parli, originally from Harrisburg, PA, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May of 2010 from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 residency at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia and is currently a PGY2 resident in Critical Care. Dr. Parli’s current practice interests include sepsis, delirium in the ICU, and neurotrauma. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Parli is a member of the residency program’s Recruitment and Kentucky Konnection committees. Further, she is actively involved with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, serving as a preceptor for fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations, facilitating small group discussions, and providing lectures. Dr. Parli recently received a teaching certificate through completion of the Teaching and Learning Development Series at South University School of Pharmacy. Upon completion of her PGY2 residency, Dr. Parli hopes to obtain a position at an academic medical center that combines clinical responsibilities with teaching and research opportunities.

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Jessica Reynolds, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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Yvonne Rice, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC

Visiting Professor
Family Nurse Practitioner
College of Nursing
Chamberlain University
Lead APP II, Supervisor
General Surgery
Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Yvonne Rice, DNP is an advanced practice provider (APP) with trauma surgery at University of Kentucky. She also serves as Lead APP, supervisor, for the 8 member trauma surgical APP team. Dr. Rice earned her family nurse practitioner degree at Eastern Kentucky University, as well as her doctorate. She obtained a post master's certification in acute care. She is a visiting professor at Chamberlain University's family nurse practitioner program.

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Jeanette Richards, BSN, RN,TCRN

Trauma Divisional Charge Nurse
Trauma Surgical Services
University of Kentucky Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Jeanette Richards is a clinical Registered Nurse and Divisional Charge Nurse of Trauma Surgical Services at the University of Kentucky Hospital. She earned her Bachelor degree in nursing at the University of Kentucky. Jeanette is a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse and an ACLS and TNCC instructor for the University of Kentucky Hospital.

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James Richardson, MD

Professor and Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs
Department of Surgery
University of Louisville
Chief of Surgery
Director of Emergency Surgical Services
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. J. David Richardson is a native Kentuckian who received his M.D. degree from the University of Kentucky and did his general surgery and thoracic surgery residencies at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Currently, he is Chief of Surgery and Director of Emergency Surgical Services at University Hospital, and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Richardson has held several of the most important positions in American Surgery. He has served as President of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Western Surgical Association and the Southern Surgical Association. He has also served as Chair of the American Board of Surgery and Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery. In 2012, he served as Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeon. In October 2015, he was named President of the American College of Surgeons which has over 85,000 surgeon members.

A prolific scholar, Dr. Richardson has contributed 358 peer-reviewed articles, 51 book chapters and two books to the surgical literature. He has delivered numerous named lectureships and over 90 visiting professorships. He received the University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, the School of Medicine Distinguished Educator Master Teacher Award, the Alumnus Association Red Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching at a University Level, and the Ephraim McDowell Kentucky Physician of the Year 2011. He recently received the University of Louisville 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award in Service for Career of Service. He has been honored as outstanding teaching faculty within the Department of Surgery on four occasions. In 2005, Dr. Richardson assumed the editorship of THE AMERICAN SURGEON journal in 2005.

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Mark Spivak, MSN, RN, BCEN

Community Outreach Liaison
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky

Mark Spivak graduated from the University of Louisville School of Nursing with a BSN in 2000 and later earned his MSN in 2013. Mark began his career at University of Louisville Hospital in Psychiatry, initially on the in-patient unit and then in the Emergency Psychiatric department. After five years in Psychiatry, Mark transitioned to the Emergency Department and in 2008- Mark accepted the role of Advanced Practice ED Educator. In 2019 Mark became Community Outreach Liaison where he continues his career at University of Louisville Hospital. Areas of focus in Mark’s work have included community outreach, serving as Chairman of the Board for the Harambee Health Center, a nurse led clinic providing for the needs of the underserved in our community as well as educating about illness prevention & wellness promotion. Mark has helped coordinate many community health fairs to reach this population, providing screenings, flu shots, education and physicals. In the clinical setting Mark was a Board-Certified Emergency Department Nurse and worked diligently with his staff to promote their certification as well. Mark is well published and has had several posters accepted for presentation. Most recently Mark was involved in coordinating and implementing medication assisted treatment with wrap around services for the opioid addicted patient population in our community.

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Colleen Swartz, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP

Vice President, Hospital Operations
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Swartz is responsible for overseeing strategic and administrative leadership for the entire UK HealthCare enterprise, ensuring alignment of operational structure, commitment to organizational goals and enhancement of overall patient experience. She partners with UK College of Medicine Dean Robert S. DiPaola, MD, and other COM leadership to develop a community presence and build connections with leaders of other academic institutions.

She provides leadership in clinical service areas, elevates nursing practice standards, and implements evidence-based programs and protocols to enhance the work environment and improve patient outcomes.

She is a vital member of the team in the Office of Healthcare Operations. Colleen also provides leadership and strategic planning for UK HealthCare to ensure patients receive the highest quality of clinical care.

Dr. Swartz began this position at UK HealthCare after serving as the Nursing Operations Administrator and Capacity Command Center Director. She also has served as Interim Director of the Critical Care Division. Before her current roles, she was chief nursing officer of a regional hospital and has served the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in nursing and administrative positions including the emergency department, trauma and air medical service.

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Zachary Warriner, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
University of Kentucky
College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Zachary D. Warriner, MD was born and raised in Barbourville, KY. He completed his medical school education and general surgery training at the University of Kentucky. He completed his surgical critical care fellowship at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a year as a Clinical Instructor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck Medical Center prior to returning home to Kentucky. Dr. Warriner is now an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

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Matilda Wright, BSN, RN, CNML

Trauma Program Manager
Pediatric Trauma Coordinator
Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

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