Derek J. Hunt B.S., UF CCP, CCEMT-P, PNCCT, FP-C
Derek J. Hunt is the coordinator and lead instructor for the UF CCP Program. Derek has been a critical care and flight paramedic since 2003. He has flown for PHI AirCare MedEvac in Northern Virginia and was an Operations Supervisor with the East Care flight program in North Carolina. Derek was hired as a flight paramedic with the ShandsCair Flight Program at UF Health Shands Hospital and currently serves as the Clinical Educator. He has coordinated and instructed critical care paramedic programs across the country since 2004. Derek graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biochemistry.
David Meurer M.D.
Dr. Meurer is the Medical Director for the UF CCP Program. He is the Medical Director for the ShandsCair Adult Team Medical, Gainesville Fire & Rescue / Regional Response HazMat, and an Assistant Professor at the UF College of Medicine. Dr. Meurer was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, the son of a career US Air Force officer. He attended high school and graduated from Wagner High School, Clark Air Base, in the Republic of the Philippines. While majoring in marine biology as an undergraduate at Florida Institute of Technology, he became interested in Emergency Medicine while volunteering with Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Service in Melbourne, Florida. After graduating from FIT, he worked for a BLS rural ambulance service in north Florida for several years before attending paramedic school in Valdosta, Georgia, and then worked as a paramedic for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service on an ALS service. Upon graduating from UF College of Medicine, he interned at University Medical Center (now Shands Jacksonville) in a preliminary year, having also matched in the PGY2, 3,4 UF Emergency Medicine residency program. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine, he came to the Division of Emergency Medicine at Shands in Gainesville in 1993. Except for a brief 3-month stint in private practice at Alachua General Hospital in 1996, he has enjoyed a clinical faculty appointment here at UF. Dr. Meurer lectures Toxicology Management and the cadaver lab.
Staccie Allen MSN, ARNP, EMT-P, CFRN
Staccie is an ARNP/paramedic and currently serves as the Program Director for the ShandsCair Flight Program. She graduated from the University of Florida with Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Nursing, as well as a Masters degree in Nursing. Staccie graduated with honors and was selected into the University of Florida Student Hall of Fame. Staccie has extensive clinical and research experience and has experience in the flight, Emergency Department, and ICU settings. Staccie lectures Blood Administration.
Jesse Blaire UF CCP, CCEMT-P
Jessie is a Flight Paramedic with the ShandsCair Flight Program and a Firefighter Paramedic with Ocala Fire Rescue. Jesse has an extensive teaching background at Central Florida College’s EMT and Paramedic programs. Jesse is the Logistical Coordinator for the UF CCP Program and lectures Transport Considerations and Case Scenarios.
Edward Crews RN, EMT-P, RRT, UF CCP
Ed Crews is the Chief Flight Nurse with the ShandsCair Flight Program. He is also a certified paramedic and respiratory therapist. Ed has extensive experience in the ICU setting for both pediatric and adult patients. Ed lectures the Biomechanics of Respiration and Ventilator Management.
Brian McCain RN
Brian McCain is the Nurse Educator for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at UF Health. He was the Core Charge Nurse in the CICU/CCU for 15 years. He is an Intra-aortic balloon pump and CentriMag LVAD instructor, and developed and pioneered nursing protocol in the CICU for chest tube removal by RN’s at UF Health. Brian lectures Invasive Lines and Hemodynamic Assessment and Monitoring for the UF CCP Program.
Ingrid Herrmann M.D.
Dr. Herrmann joined KYCOM in 2013 with a desire to teach and serve with the medical school’s mission in bringing medicine to the mountains in the rural and underserved areas of Kentucky and Appalachia. The kindness of the local people and the beauty of the mountains have taken her breath away.
Dr. Herrmann has been successfully teaching students in the health and medical sciences for over 15 years. Although she found her love for teaching early when she was teaching high school sciences in the mid 1990’s, Dr. Herrmann wanted to teach at the medical school level since the age of 17.
Dr. Herrmann has focused her teaching in the health and medical sciences in courses such as pathology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and biology. Instead of pursuing a Ph.D., Dr. Herrmann decided to get a Medical Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Heath to be effective in teaching students who are entering the health professions. Therefore, all the classes she teaches will have a clinical twist as she gets students to already start thinking about the patient.
Dr. Herrmann has also enjoyed doing independent consulting work for medical education programs for colleges and universities in the U.S. and overseas. For example, she has taught online medical school courses at Oceania University of Medicine, which is based out of Samoa.
In the classroom setting, Dr. Herrmann is known as a student advocate. She encourages an open learning environment where students can interact and ask questions. Student success is very important to Dr. Herrmann. She also enjoys motivating students to achieve their very best.
In 2010, Dr. Herrmann graduated with an online Masters in Public Health from Florida International University with a special certificate in Health Promotion and Prevention.
In 2001, Dr. Herrmann graduated with a Medical Degree (Physician and Surgeon Diploma) from the International Program School of Medicine at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. Dr. Herrmann has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Florida. She also has postgraduate work (21 hours) in Nutrition and Biochemistry from UF.
For scholarly activities, Dr. Herrmann wants to continue writing/authoring textbook supplemental and/or textbooks in the health and medical sciences for example, she authored an Instructor Preparation Guide, for McGraw Hill Publishing, to accompany Cowan, Microbiology Fundamentals: A Clinical Approach, first edition, ©2012.
Mark Martin CCP
Mark has been the UF Director of Perfusion since 2007. He graduated from UF with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 1997 and from Barry University with a B.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion in 2001. He was the Director of Perfusion at the University of Miami from 2001-2007. Mark is experienced with mechanical assist devices, simulation training, blood conservation, and ECMO transport. Mark lectures the IntraAortic Balloon Pump for the UF CCP Program.
Bob Page BAS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, NCEE
Bob Page is an internationally known speaker, instructor, author and paramedic. He has presented seminars across the United States, Canada, Mexico and in Europe. He is recognized for his energetic, humorous and motivational style. Bob takes ordinarily dry and hard to teach topics and transforms them into a fun, learning experience.
Bob’s presentations are accompanied by exciting AV support from PowerPoint and Keynote programs with graphics, animation, audio and video clips. Bob also uses an audience response system in select seminars to engage the audience and make the class come alive. He has been dubbed “The Master of Presentations” by many educators across the nation. Bob was recently recognized by his peers in Missouri as the “Most Creative Educator 2009”
Bob has been an instructor for over 3 decades teaching a variety of adult education courses from customer service to advanced medical care. He is a nationally registered paramedic and a critical care paramedic. He is also a Nationally Certified EMS Educator. He has been involved in EMS since 1978 when he became a CPR instructor. Bob is the former Director of Emergency Care Education at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was the lead instructor for the paramedic program and has taught at all levels of EMS and nursing. He has earned a faculty appointment at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and also is a guest instructor at Southwest Baptist University’s College of Nursing. He also holds adjunct faculty status at Oklahoma City Community College.
Bob lectures the Enhanced 12 Lead EKG and Capnography for the UF CCP Course. His 2 day lectures are opened up for other clinicians each class. See the course dates for information on registration and dates.
Bill Chesser RRT
Bill Chesser graduated from Santa Fe Community College in 1983 with an A.S. in Respiratory Therapy and in 1985 with an A.S. in Emergency Medicine. He has experience as a respiratory therapist in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care as well as hyperbaric medicine. Bill first joined the ShandsCair neonatal/pediatric transport team in 1986 thru the mid 1990’s, returning in the mid 2000’s. Bill lectures the Pediatric and Neonatal Airway and Transport Ventilators for the UF CCP Program.
Scott Coker UF CCP, CCEMT-P, NAACS
Scott Coker is a Flight Paramedic and Radio Systems Coordinator for the ShandsCair Flight Program. He lectures on Communications and Crew Resource Management for the UF CCP and AMRC Programs. Scott maintains a nearly statewide communications system for ShandsCair.
Mel Bledsoe EMT-P, UF CCP, FP-C
Mel Bledsoe is a Flight Paramedic for the Adult/Pediatric team for ShandsCair at UF Health. He has been a team member for twelve years and a paramedic for over 20 years. Mel teaches as a lead instructor for the Paramedic Program at the College of Central Florida. He has been teaching at the college level for over 17 years. Mel is very passionate about both professions. He serves as an expert witness for cases that involve pre-hospital medicine all over the United States. Mel lectures aircraft familiarization and medical legal for the UF CCP Program.
Marc Kazmierski RN, EMT-P, UF CCP
Marc has been a Flight Nurse with the ShandsCair Flight Program since 2004 and currently serves as the Lead of the ShandsCair 1 Base in Gainesville. He has been a paramedic since 1991 and a RN since 1993. Marc has vast experience teaching paramedics and nurses for the past 20 years. Marc lectures the advanced airway lab for the UF CCP Program.
Mark has been involved with multiple aspects of public safety since starting as an EMT for a local county EMS provider in 1994. He is currently responsible for the oversight of flight operations for multiple aeromedical helicopters throughout the southeastern United States, representing major medical institutions including UF Health. Mark is an Airline Transport Rated helicopter pilot with additional certifications for commercial airplane operations and holds basic and advanced instructor certifications for both rotorcraft and airplanes (CFI/CFII). In addition to his certifications in aviation, Mark maintains his EMT certification as well as certification and experience as a full time sworn law enforcement officer. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Emergency Services from the University of Florida and is a graduate student at his alma mater. Having been recognized at the state level as a subject matter expert in the field of aviation technology during the Florida Bureau of EMS aviation safety summit, Mark has also been a repeat presenter at the Air Medical Transportation Conference. Additionally, he serves as a board member for several nationally recognized aeromedical associations. Mark lectures on Aircraft and Aviation Operations as well as Cockpit Familiarization for the UF CCP Program and AMCCC Program.
Laurie Whidden RN
Laurie is a University of Florida College of Nursing graduate. She started working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after graduation and has worked in both Level II and Level III nurseries for 8 years. During that time, she became an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) specialist. Laurie has been a member of the ShandsCair Neonatal/Pediatric flight team for 12 years. The Neonatal Team cares for patients from birth to 5 years, non-trauma. She obtained her Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) license about 7 years ago. Laurie is a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Hospital-based instructor and a S.T.A.B.L.E. Program Lead instructor. She has held several S.T.A.B.L.E. classes for North Florida Board community hospitals as part of ShandsCair’s Educational Outreach. Laurie received her Nursing Certification in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC) in 2012. Laurie lectures on Neonatal Critical Care Transport for the UF CCP Program.
Christine Brophy RN
Christine is a flight nurse on the Neonatal/Pediatric Team. She graduated with a BSN in 1992 from the University of Florida and she worked in a Level III NICU, as an ECMO specialist and Neonatal/Pediatric Flight Nurse. Christine has been on the ShandsCair flight team since 1994. She teaches NRP and S.T.A.B.L.E. and participates in community outreaches and other educational lectures. She has an extensive background in the Pediatric and Neonatal ICU. Christine lectures Neonatal Transport for the UF CCP Program.
Jennifer Knight RN
Jennifer is a Flight Nurse on the Neonatal/Pediatric Team for ShandsCair. She has an extensive background in the Pediatric ICU. Jennifer lectures Pediatric Critical Care for the UF CCP Program.
Gregory J.A. Murad, M.D.
Gregory A. Murad, MD, received his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 1997 and his medical degree in May of 2001 from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. In 2001, he began his neurosurgical training at the University of Florida.
In 2004, he spent a year as a Clinical Fellow at the N.I.H./NINDS studying investigational treatment for brain tumors under the guidance of Dr. Ed Oldfield.
Dr. Murad was honored as the recipient of the Highest resident Board score award in 2006, the Resident research award in 2006, and the Charles P. Chuck Shank award in 2007. Dr. Murad completed his residency in June 2007 and joined the faculty as a Clinical Lecturer for the UF College of Medicine. Dr. Murad lectures the Neurology segment of the UF CCP course.
Karen Laauwe M.D.
Dr. Laauwe has been an Emergency Medicine physician for almost 20 years. She did her Emergency Medicine Residency at Texas Tech in El Paso, Texas and from there she went on to work in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her time in Las Vegas, she worked with the Clark County EMS system as a member of the Medical Advisory Board and as the Director of Medical Education. She also was the Medical Director for the Nevada-1 DMAT as well as for a rural EMS system.
Dr. Laauwe moved to Gainesville in 2002 where she worked in the Emergency Department at Alachua General Hospital until its closing in 2008. She then transitioned to the University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine and most recently to the Freestanding ED on 39th Avenue.
She has enjoyed teaching Transport Radiology for the Critical Care Paramedic course for the past several years.
In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her family.
Alexandria James BSN, RN, CEN, EMT-P
Alexandria James has worked for UF Health since 2006, primarily in the Emergency Department, and as a Flight Nurse/Paramedic at the ShandsCair 3 base for 2 years. She began her love of emergency medicine back in 1998 as a volunteer EMT/firefighter for Dingman Delaware Volunteer Fire Department in Milford, PA. Originally a New Yorker, she left the northeast to pursue a career in the United States Air Force in 2001. She spent 4 years stationed in Alaska and travelling the world as an airborne surveillance technician. She was drawn back to her love of medicine and after an honorable discharge, she moved to Gainesville, FL to attend nursing school.
Alexandria has received her ASN and BSN from Santa Fe College and University of Central Florida respectively, and she is currently in her final year of the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program at University of South Alabama. She has spent 5 years as an adult and pediatric staff and charge nurse in Shands Emergency Department and 1.5 years in the North Florida Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit. Alexandria became a Paramedic in 2010 and she holds the Certified Emergency Nurse certification. Alexandria is married with 2 dogs and 2 cats. Alex and her wife are very active in triathlons and outdoor adventures. When asked about her job, Alexandria replied, “I love what I do, and I love to continue to grow and learn as much as I can. In a career field like ours, the opportunities are endless!”
Sharon Byun, M.D.
Dr. Sharon Byun joined the OB-GYN faculty at the University of Florida in 2009. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology in the General OB-GYN Division at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2009. A Philadelphia native, she received her medical degree from Temple University in 2000 and completed her residency in OB-GYN at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2004 where she served as the administrative chief resident.
Dr. Byun brings significant laparoscopic and robotic experience, with her primary professional interests in general gynecology, minimally invasive surgery including Da Vinci Robotic Surgery, and gynecologic care of breast cancer survivors including women with hereditary BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutations. She also maintains a busy obstetric practice and cares for both low-risk and high-risk obstetric patients in conjunction with the maternal-fetal medicine specialists. She is skilled in operative vaginal delivery with forceps and is interested in preserving resident training of this valuable skill.
Throughout her career, Dr. Byun has been recognized as an excellent medical educator. At Temple, she received the Scholar’s Award for demonstration of outstanding interest and aptitude in OB-GYN. Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Byun received Resident of the Year, the Howard Lees Kent Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarship, and Best Resident Research Awards. She places high priority on medical student and resident education and has received numerous teaching awards. In recognition of medical student teaching, she has received the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s “Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Medical Student Teaching” in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, she received the American Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) award for excellence in medical student teaching. She was selected by the department and the College of Medicine to win the “Exemplary Teacher Award” for the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 academic years. In addition, she was awarded the highest teaching award given by the Department, the “J. Lee Dockery Teaching Cup Award” for outstanding resident teaching in June 2011. In 2009, while on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, she received the Council on Resident Education in Obstetric and Gynecology (CREOG) National Faculty Award and the Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education.
Dr. Byun is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the UF College of Medicine’s Quality and Safety Committee and she serves as the department’s Physician Director of Quality. She has lectured on her interests in robotic gynecologic surgery, critical care transport for obstetric and gynecologic emergencies, cervical cancer screening and uterine health, and surveillance of women on Tamoxifen. She has also published on topics including the role of robotic surgery in urogynecologic surgery, management of cesarean scar ectopic pregnancy, evaluation of abnormal cervical cytology, comparison of abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy, ovarian preservation in Stage I low grade endometrial stromal sarcomas, and post term pregnancy.
Dr. Byun enjoys discussing health, fitness and nutrition with her patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and training for and competing in triathlons.
David W. Mozingo, M.D.
Dr. Mozingo has been a practicing burn surgeon, an active researcher on conditions associated with burn injury, and wound healing for the past 25 years. Dr. Mozingo received his burn care training and initial experience with burn research under the direction of Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD. At the University of Florida, Dr. Mozingo has been the Shands Burn Center Director for the past 18 years. He has participated as a clinical mentor in a T32 Training Grant in burns and trauma that is directed by Lyle Moldawer, PhD. Many of Dr. Mozingo’s research interest and publications have been in the broad field of wound healing pertaining to healing of burns, chronic wounds and hypertrophic scarring. His was the first program to apply topical gene therapy to improve poorly healing wounds. Dr. Mozingo and his trainees in the T32 program have studied the patterns of gene expression in hypertrophic scar and in the normal healing patterns of murine burn wound healing.
Carinda Field, PharmD
Dr. Feild earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1989. She then completed an ASHP accredited two-year residency with emphasis in critical care at the University of Kentucky and a two-year critical care fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Drug Product Evaluation Unit. She joined UF College of Pharmacy faculty in 2010 as a Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Campus Director for the St Pete Campus.
Prior to taking this position, she worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center for seven years. For the last four of those years she served as the critical care research section manager and a clinical research pharmacist. For the 10 years prior she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care caring for surgical, cardiothoracic, and trauma patients and teaching pharmacy students at Boston University Medical Center, Orlando Regional Healthcare System where she also served as the Clinical Coordinator, and Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center where she was also involved in research. She has been an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida’s Working Professional Pharm.D Program since 1997. She started as an Orlando site facilitator and has also served as the regional director, a course coordinator and advisor, a pharmaceutical care project reviewer, and currently works on special projects. She was awarded the Air Force Clinical Research Award for work done at Keesler in 2001 and she was the Spring 2007 recipient of the Faculty Service Award for the WPPD program.
Darwin Ang M.D., PhD, MPH
Dr. Ang graduated from the UF College of Medicine in 2001 and stayed in Gainesville as a resident surgeon at UF Health Shands Hospital. He completed his fellowship at the University of Washington College of Medicine where he obtained his MPH. Dr. Ang returned to UF Health Shands Hospital as an attending trauma surgeon and associate professor at the UF College of Medicine. Currently Dr. Ang serves as the Director of Trauma Services at Ocala Regional Medical Center and is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Ang lectures Advanced Trauma Management and teaches in the cadaver lab.
Bryan Goss BSN, UF CCP
Bryan Goss is a registered nurse and paramedic with over 15 years of EMS experience that includes ground, fixed-wing, and rotor-wing services. He currently works as a critical care transport nurse, trauma ICU nurse, and as an emergency room nurse. Bryan’s medical interests include antibiotics, antibiotic stewardship, and pharmacology. Mr. Goss received his paramedic in 2001 and RN/CEN in 2014. He is currently working towards his master’s degree and family nurse practitioner, with an anticipated graduation in the fall of 2016.
Bryan lectures on antibiotics, laboratory data interpretation, and ventriculostomy management.
Peter Sayeski, Ph.D.
Dr. Sayeski is a researcher and professor at the UF College of Medicine. The research in his laboratory is focused on better understanding the function of the tyrosine kinase, Jak2, and its role in human disease. Jak2 is expressed in nearly every tissue in the body. It is essential for life as animals lacking a functional Jak2 allele die during embryonic development. On the other hand, studies over the past decade have demonstrated that too much Jak2 kinase activity correlates with several human diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several types of cancer. Additionally, recent data has demonstrated that a specific Jak2 mutation, Jak2-V617F, is the cause of several types of blood disorders. Work in the lab is aimed at better understanding how Jak2 function is regulated within the cell and how we might be able to develop specific Jak2 inhibitors. Our hope is that we may one day be able to inhibit diseases that are caused by Jak2. A variety of cellular, molecular, genetic, biochemical and bio-informatic techniques are used for these studies. Dr. Sayeski lectures High Altitude Pulmonary Edema.
Eike Flach, MD
Dr. Flach joined the faculty at the University Florida in 2010. His interest in education lead to him joining the program leadership in the form of Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director in 2013. He coordinates resident feedback and evaluations, procedure reports, SIM and mock oral board sessions and serves on the program evaluation and clinical competency committees.
As Co-Director of Emergency Ultrasound he oversees the ultrasound training of all emergency medicine residents as well as of the emergency ultrasound fellows, including coordination of their mandatory ultrasound rotation. Furthermore he actively performs quality assurance for ultrasound exams performed in the Emergency Department. He proctors annual courses in bedside ultrasound for emergency medicine residents and critical care fellows.
Dr. Flach earned a Medical Doctorate as well as a BS in Biochemistry with highest distinction at Indiana University. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as well as a Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he earned the Leadership Award and served as Chief Resident. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Flach instructs the Introduction to Ultrasound and the eFAST Exam.
Christine Van Dillen, MD
Prior to joining UF, Dr. Van Dillen finished her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and her emergency medicine residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Van Dillen then completed an EMS fellowship while serving as the Assistant Medical Director of Orange County Emergency Medical Services. She then served as an attending physician at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Pediatric Emergency Department, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and Health Central hospital.
Currently, Dr. Van Dillen is the Program Director of the EMS Fellowship Program. She is the System Director for the Alachua County Fire Rescue, Levy County and is the Assistant Director for ShandsCair. Starting this fall Dr. Van Dillen will be acting as the University of Florida Stadium Medical Director for the Florida Gators. She plays an active role in EMS on the state level as the co-chair of the EMS/Trauma FCEP committee and is a member of the Florida Association of EMS Medical Directors. At the national level, Dr. Van Dillen is a member of the EMS section of ACEP, as well as a member of the fellowship committee of NAEMSP. Locally, she is active in several hospital committees including trauma quality management, disaster, EM medical education and sepsis. Her research interests include telemedicine, prehospital airway, lactate use in the prehospital setting, and sepsis. She has presented several abstracts at national conferences including American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), as well as the National Association of EMS physicians (NAEMSP) in recent years.