Course Directors & Faculty
Faculty currently scheduled for this years symposium
Michael ChristieMr. Christie currently serves as Director of The Resuscitation Group (a Washington State Licensed Vocational Technical School and International AHA Training Center) and President of All Terrain Rescue, Education, and Consulting Inc (ATREC Inc); Mr. Christie manages educational, consulting, and special operations services for ATREC Inc and The Resuscitation Group throughout the world. Mr. Christie has 34 years experience in a variety of healthcare, EMS, and rescue roles, from rescue/paramedic, Advanced Practice Provider, and paramedic educator, to FTO and regional training director. Mr. Christie also has 36 years experience and training in mountain rescue, high angle rescue, avalanche evaluation and rescue, search and rescue (SAR) coordination, emergency management, air rescue, and EMS. In addition to serving as a mountain rescue, Helitack/air rescue, wilderness/SAR medicine, avalanche, water rescue, wilderness skills, and climbing instructor since 1979; has also served as training director for mountain rescue organizations in the west and American Medical Response – Reach and Treat (RAT) Program in Oregon. Mr. Christie created and originated the RAT concept as well as the development of the American Medical Response – Wildfire Response Team, training standards for mountain rescue and water rescue members, and operated incident overhead teams. In 1999 Mr. Christie developed the American Medical Response Critical Care Paramedic Program. In 1999, Mr. Christie developed the first river lifeguard program in North America (AMR River Rescue Program) and has been instrumental in the development of water rescue task forces for special events. Active in the provision of field primary healthcare services, Mr. Christies co-authored and developed the mobile healthcare protocols for AMR Wildland EMS providers. In 1998, Mr. Christie created and developed the first Critical Care Paramedic programs for American Medical Response NW. He is an active rescue and advanced practice paramedic, climber, diver and kayaker. Mr. Christie has contributed to RESPONSE, JEMS, WILDERNESS MEDICINE NEWSLETTER, AND RESCUE magazines; as well as serving as a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. Mr. Christie has lead and/or participated in over 1000 SAR missions in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, and the Philippines. Mr. Christie was educated at the University of Nevada – Reno, Concordia University, and the Oregon Health Sciences University – Advanced Practice Paramedic Training Program.
MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSEd A&E, MRCEM, DMMD, MSc (DM), FRCEM, FACEM, FFSEM
Professor Fergal Cummins is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Medicine at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork (BSHC) and University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Ireland.
His special interests include national and international health systems assessment, design and development.
His executive experience as a Medical Director includes the role of Chief Medical Advisor at National Ambulance (NAC) in the United Arab Emirates where he was responsible for the development and management of clinical services. He has worked clinically diversely as a consultant in emergency medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and as a retrieval physician with CareFlight, Australia with the Greater Sydney Areas HEMS. He held the position of Medical Director for Aero Medevac Ireland (AMI). He is the Medical Director of REDSPOT Medical International.
He was responsible for the clinical design and implementation of the €24 million emergency department at UHL which was completed within budget and on time. This project incorporated novel resuscitation rooms with integrated CT and simulation facilities. Nationally and internationally he has led on developing point of care ultrasound, multidisciplinary teaching, live-environment simulation, geriatric emergency medicine, health systems analysis and patient focused care.
He is a Clinical Professor of emergency medicine, has held academic positions at the Universities of Sydney, Australia, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia, the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland and University College Cork (UCC), Ireland.
He is a medical graduate of UCC, National University of Ireland (NUI). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland. In addition, he holds a Masters degree in Disaster Medicine from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and from the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale ‘Amedeo Avogadro’, Italy.
Joseph Deng, MD, MMS
I currently work for Oregon Anesthesiology Group in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been practicing neuro-critical care since 2014 and cardiac critical care since 2015 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. I also serves as Legacy Health’s Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) medical director and actively participates in transport medicine, field cannulations, and eCPR (ecmo-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). My anesthesia practice is at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center where I founded the acute pain service and recently developed anesthetic guidelines for management of complex spine surgery.
My board certifications include neuro-critical care, critical care medicine, anesthesiology, advanced peri-operative TEE (transesophageal echocardiography), and family medicine. I also have a keen interest in acute patient physiology and point-of-care ultrasound. As a former hospice medical director, I particularly enjoy working through palliative and end-of-life issues with patients, families, and colleagues.
Finally, I am also very involved in medical professional liability at Physicians Insurance, a mutual medical professional liability carrier based in Seattle. I serve as the Chair of the Risk Management and Education Committee and am also the current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Iain Hay, MSc, PGDip, FP-C, CCP-C, ICP, MCPARA
Born and raised in Glasgow (Scotland) Iain Hay is a Critical Care Paramedic with 30 years’ experience in Prehospital and Remote Retrieval Medicine, Iain has held numerous posts and secondments (nationally and internationally).
He has taught in several Higher education Institutions; Currently, he is a Senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University where he teaches (Paramedic Science curriculum) at various undergraduate and Post graduate levels. He is the Programme leader for the Critical Care masters and is actively involved in international programme writing for Critical Care and Advanced Practice disciplines in the field of Prehospital care.
His interests, passion and experience have taken him all over the world to work and teach in the Middle East , Asia, South America and the USA ; designing and implementing various programmes to Government organisations and agencies. He holds several licensures and registrations and enjoys working on various clinical EMS platforms and currently teaches for the Great North Air Ambulance. The holder of several post graduate master’s in advanced practice, Critical Care and medical Education, he is an external examiner and committed lifelong learner who loves to engage in knowledge transfer and best practice.
Additionally, Iain is an avid cave diver and technical diving instructor and has participated in diving expeditions across the globe; he has an MSc in Subsea technologies and is a Commercial and public safety diving supervisor who spends his spare time under the water, where no mobile phone technology exists.