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NAEMSP Closes Annual Meeting with Awards and a New President

The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) held its annual meeting as a virtual event January 11–16, 2021. The Jan. 16 closing ceremony included personal recognitions, research awards and the changeover of the association’s presidency.

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Outgoing president David Tan, MD, FAEMS, began the closing session by thanking outgoing board members and committee members, and introducing the newest Fellows of the Academy of EMS (with congratulatory message from actor Chuck Norris).


Professional awards (and additional celebrity accolades) highlighted during the session included:

  • NAEMSP/Stryker Fellowship Award: Michael Lauria, MD, NRP, emergency medicine resident and flight physician for Lifeguard Air Emergency Services, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
  • President’s Award: Toni Gross, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, and Ryan Jacobsen, MD, FAEMS, FACEP, associate professor at University of Kansas Medical Center;
  • Friends of EMS Award: Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS (with a message of congratulations from Randy Mantooth);
  • Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award: Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD, emergency physician at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center (with a message of congratulations from actress Debra Messing); and
  • Ronald D. Stewart Award (the association’s highest honor): Craig Manifold, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS, (posthumously) with a special message of thanks from Manifold’s family.

Research Awards

The next segment of the closing ceremonies included abstracts and posters awarded for special recognition:

  • Crowe, Remle et al. Comparison of Benzodiazepines, Ketamine and Antipsychotics for Prehospital Sedation of Patients Experiencing Behavioral Health Emergencies with Combativeness;
  • Burns, Timothy. Evaluation of Computer Algorithmic Indicators In Predicting COVID-19 Positive Patients In the Prehospital Setting;
  • Leung, K.H. Benjamin, et al. A Machine Learning-Based Dispatch Rule For Drone-Delivered Defibrillators;
  • Harris, Matthew, et al. Applying a Set Of Termination Of Resuscitation Criteria to Pediatric Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest;
  • Snyder, Bonnie, et al. Association Of Small Adult Ventilation Bags with Return Of Spontaneous Circulation in Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest; and
  • Wang, Henry, et al. Effect of Airway Strategy Upon Chest Compression Quality In The Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial.

New NAEMSP President

The business meeting portion of the closing ceremony included a welcome to new board members and the official passing of the presidency from David Tan to Michael Levy, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, medical director for multiple EMS agencies in Alaska. Levy stated that his presidential goals include providing a service to NAEMSP members that can’t be found elsewhere; increasing membership; fostering collaboration with EMS physician colleagues and allied groups; continuing the association’s momentum of diversity and inclusion; continuing to be relevant and accessible to EMS medical directors and more.

“This has been a truly amazing meeting on many levels,” Levy stated in his closing remarks. “Thank you for this opportunity to lead. Please help me lead with your comments and guidance.”

Jonathan Bassett, MA, NREMT, is editorial director at EMS World. Reach him at

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