Kevin Collopy, BA, FP-C, CCEMT-P, CMTE, has been in EMS for nearly 2 decades and has worked in volunteer, rural, urban, critical care and air medical transport. He currently is the Clinical Outcomes Manager for AirLink/VitaLink in Wilmington, NC where he oversees the program’s quality management, research, education, and simulation lab. He’s a published author in many aspects including peer-reviewed research articles. Kevin is also a national presenter and serves on the EMSWorld Editorial Advisory board and is the president of the International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics.
Dr. Roy Alson began his career as an EMT in New York and has served at all EMS levels. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1974 and his PhD and MD degrees from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1982 and 1985 respectively. Dr. Alson is currently a professor of emergency medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and also serves as an attending emergency physician in the ED at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is the medical director for Forsyth County EMS, works on/holds secondary office on numerous councils, and is the co-author of the current ITLS textbook and also serves on the ITLS Board of Directors. He often describes himself as “the world’s most overqualified EMT.”
Dr. Jason P. Stopyra is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He also serves Surry (also Health Department) and Randolph Counties in North Carolina as EMS Medical Director. He started as a street medic and advanced to EMS director before he went to medical school. During his medical school and residency training, he continued to explore his love for EMS. After graduation, he entered private practice at a community hospital and quickly became the county’s EMS Medical Director. He has enjoyed this role for nearly 12 years and been actively involved in everything from Tactical Medical Support to curriculum/program development for North Carolina’s Community Paramedic Programs. His hard work and dedication to so many aspects of health care earned him North Carolina’s 2016 “Doctor of the Year”.
Dr. Bob Sikorski is currently the Medical Director of the Trauma Anesthesiology Department and CCM at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Sikorski is also a member of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland. He served as an Anesthesiologist in the section of Trauma Anesthesiology at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently boarded in Perioperative Echocardiography. His current interests in research include trauma resuscitation, viscoelastic monitoring, the effects of the inflammatory response on coagulation, goal directed therapy in critically ill surgical patient as well as the pre-hospital care of the trauma patient. He has been involved in numerous pre-hospital care environments over the years to include instruction for the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.
Aaron Dix is the Director of the Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center. He has a MBA in Healthcare Management, is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and has over 20 years of EMS experience. Prior to becoming Director, he was the training coordinator for the largest and busiest EMS system in South Carolina managing the education of over 500 EMTs, paramedics, and fire-fighters. In addition to his duties at the simulation center, he remains a practicing paramedic with Anderson County EMS, Pickens County EMS, Clear Spring Fire Rescue, and is an active member of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council in South Carolina.
Jeffrey W. Hinshaw, P.A.-C., is an Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is also a practicing Emergency Department P.A. with Baptist Medical Center, NC. His education path included obtaining his BS at Wake Forest University in 1990, P.A.-C.at the WFU School of Medicine in 1992, and his MS from the West Virginia University in 1994. Jeff carries active memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, NC Academy Of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Medical Society, and the Wilderness Medical Society. He has been published and is considered an expert educator in many areas and has a huge passion for EMS.