Keynote & Hot topic speakers



KEYNOTE LECTURE 1 - Resus for the 2020s: how can we reduce the heartache of sudden death?
Monday 14 October - 08:30 - CONGRESS HALL


Head of Department, Professor in Emergency Medicine, FERC Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Professor in emergency medicine in Sweden Karolinska Institutet and Finland Turku University. Chair elected for European Resuscitation Council, She has worked in the prehospital setting most of her career. Her research interests are trauma, cardiac arrest, medical education, pain, flows in the emergency department. Professor Castrén has been the founding member of the resuscitation Council in Finland and has been a board member of the Swedish and Finnish Red Cross First Aid Council for years. She is nominated the Co-Chair of ILCOR 2015 and is an active member of the work to develop the Resuscitation Guidelines 2015.


KEYNOTE LECTURE 2 - What It Takes To Be a Leader: Leadership Concepts In The ED
Tuesday 15 October - 08:30 - CONGRESS HALL

Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician who was on staff at multiple hospitals in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. Dr. Henry serves academically as Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Henry as authored numerous articles and books throughout his career. Currently he is a consultant reviewer for five journals dealing with emergency medicine including the Annuals of Emergency Medicine. He is on the Editorial Board for of the publication ED Management and has served on multiple other editorial boards. He is the author of multiple books on neurologic disease and risk management in emergency medicine as well as over 75 text book chapters and numerous articles on numerous aspects of emergency care. Dr. Henry is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning health policy, risk management, neurologic disease and pain management. He has lectured at over 100 residency programs in emergency medicine and to over 250,000 emergency physicians as various meetings. He is also a member of the Michigan State Medical Society, The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and The Washtenaw County Medical Society. His contributions are legend and he has a keen interest in improving patient care and risk management as well as neurologic disease. His expertise in the field of risk management is pre-eminent in the field. He has reviewed over 2,400 malpractice cases over the last 39 years and has served as a risk management consultant for numerous physician groups and hospitals throughout the United States. Teaching is his passion and his love for the field where risk medicine is reflected and energy and enthusiasm is brought to his presentations.


KEYNOTE LECTURE 3 - Baby Steps Toward High Level Global Emergency Medicine: Fast and Furious Fails
Wednesday 16 October - 08:00 - CONGRESS HALL

Dr. Ducharme entered medical school at McGill University in 1973, directly from CEGEP. He took a year’s leave of absence to participate in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Dr. Ducharme graduated in 1978, interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California through the Los Angeles County Hospital. He was the Chief Resident of the residency during his final year. Dr. Ducharme was an assistant professor at Université de Laval and then at McGill University. He was the Residency Program Director for the McGill Royal College Program as well as the director of the ED at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1995, he moved to Saint John, where by 2000 Dr. Ducharme was a full Professor in Emergency Medicine. He also was the original program director for the Royal College Program in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University. Dr. Ducharme moved to the GTA in 2006 and became a Clinical Professor at McMaster in early 2007.



EMERGENCY ULTRASOUND - Ultra smart and sound approach to kids
Sunday 13 October - 15:00 - CONGRESS HALL

Born and raised in Poland, now an emergency medicine doc on both sides of the Atlantic (according to ABEM and EBEEM). Belgian med school grad (why on earth would you study in your native language?), who endeavored to train and practice EM in the United States. Why would you do a residency and fellowships in the same country you finished medical school, right? These days a medical director of the largest U.S. Armed Forces emergency department outside of the continental USA, namely in Germany. Yes, you are reading it right! It would have been no fun to run an ED that doesn't require you to manage patients in conjunction with foreign medical systems right outside the fence! Here a STEMI that needs to be discussed with the receiving cardiologist "auf Deutsch", there a septic soldier arriving from an African deployment with medical records "en français". Let's not forget: a special operation forces medical instructor NATO-wide, teaching ultrasound in SpecOps Medicine, of course! But most importantly a mom of 2 amazing kiddos - one already an adult, heading into the field of medicine as well!

Franz BABL (AUS)

PAEDIATRICS - Paediatric Emergencies#1 - Bronchiolitis: State of the evidence based on the latest trials
Monday 14 October - 09:10 - CHAMBER HALL

Professor Franz Babl is the Group Leader of Emergency Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. He works as a paediatric emergency physician at The Royal Children's Hospital and is affiliated with the University of Melbourne. He studied in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and trained in the USA as a paediatrician, emergency physician and infectious diseases physician. He was the co-founder and founding chair of the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) network in Australia and New Zealand, and is currently Vice Chair. This network involves all major tertiary paediatric hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, with an annual census of half a million paediatric presentations. This collaboration is uniquely placed to conduct multicentre trials. He has conducted a number of collaborative studies with the PREDICT network. He is currently a mentor and supervisor to advanced trainees, PhD students and early career researchers at the Royal Children's Hospital and within PREDICT. He is Chief Investigator on a number of National Health and Medical Research Council funded studies.

Steve W. SMITH (USA)

THE HEART OF THE MATTER - The one man show! - Subtle ECG Findings of LAD Occlusion Myocardial Infarction
Monday 14 October - 14:10 - SOUTH HALL 3AB

Steve (Stephen W.) Smith is a faculty physician in the Emergency Medicine Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, MN, and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He has particular expertise in emergency cardiac care, particularly in the ECG, and in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Author of the book "The ECG in Acute MI," many chapters in books of the same topic, and many peer-reviewed papers on both the ECG in acute MI, and on troponin in the diagnosis of type I and type II MI. He is the creator of the highly reviewed Dr. Smith's ECG Blog, which ranks 6th on the worldwide emergency medicine social media index.


AIRWAY - Beyond the Larynx: Airway management from the A team - Alternatives to RSI: Contemporary Airway Management with Ketamine
Tuesday 15 October - 11:10 - CONGRES HALL

Reuben Strayer was born on the shores of Lake Michigan but raised and schooled in Texas until emigrating to balmy Montreal for a residency in emergency medicine and now lives and works in New York City. His clinical areas of interest include airway management, analgesia, opioid misuse, procedural sedation, agitation, decision-making and error. His extra-clinical areas of interest include sweeping generalizations and jalapeño peppers. He is happily employed at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, tweets @emupdates and writes at


GERIATRIC EMERGENCIES - Providing better care for older ED patients - How to create a geriatric ED
Tuesday 15 October - 16:10 - CONGRESS HALL


Don has been a staff Emergency Physician for 25 years, both in community hospitals and currently at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. For the past ten years, he has focussed his academic activities in Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM), care of older people in acute care. He has created a curriculum in GEM for EM residents, in Geriatric Mental Health for Emergency nurses, and an online accredited continuing medical education resource for practicing . He is the author of the Emergency Medicine chapters in the new Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and collaborated in creating a two-day workshop for the American College of Emergency Physicians on implementing the Geriatric ED Guidelines. He is the recipient of two Innovation Fund grants, the most recent to develop training material to further the goal of creating senior-friendly EDs.

David Carr (CAN)

NEUROLOGIC EMERGENCIES - When time is brain and your brain shoots from the hip - Stroke and TIA update 2019
Wednesday 16 October - 08:40 - CONGRESS HALL

Dr. David Carr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He serves as the Assistant Director of Risk Management and Faculty Development at the University Health Network in Toronto. He has extensive experience providing medical legal opinions from his works with some of Canada's biggest legal firms. He has been the recipients of both Undergraduate and Post Graduate Clinical Teaching awards. During the Baseball season, he works at the Roger's Centre as the Medical Director of Stadium Medicine for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2010, he pursued his passions serving as an ER physician in the Athletes Village for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In 2015, he co- authored a chapter on Occlusive Arterial Disease in the 8th Edition of Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine.

Suzanne MASON (UK)

HOT TOPIC SPEAKER LECTURE - The Emergency Bathtub: addressing demand in urgent & emergency care systems
Wednesday 16 October - 12:10 - CONGRESS HALL


Suzanne Mason qualified in medicine from London University in 1990. She pursued her training initially in surgery and then specialised in Emergency Medicine. She 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, was promoted to Reader in 2007 and professor in 2010. She divide her time between the university and as a consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust emergency department.