Improving global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness


Anthony Redmond, OBE, MD, DSc(Hon), FRCP, FRCS, FRCEM, FIMCRCSEd, DMCC
PresidentUnited Kingdom

Anthony (Tony) Redmond qualified in Medicine from the University of Manchester where he also completed his postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine. He was appointed Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester and subsequently Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester. In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Keele and Consultant Trauma Team Leader at the first Trauma Centre in the UK. He is now Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine at Keele University.

In 1994, Prof. Redmond established UK-Med, an NGO that provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance and which now hosts the UK International Emergency Trauma, Medical, and Public Health Registers. He was the first Chair of the Foreign Medical Teams Working Group at WHO Geneva and is now a Lead mentor for Emergency Medical Teams at WHO and a member of the Minimum Data Set and EMT Training Working groups.

He is currently Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester where he co-founded, and is Deputy Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). Prof. Redmond is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency Medical Teams and Emergency Capacity Building, based at HCRI.

Alison Hutton, PhD, RN
Vice President for Special Interests and ActivitiesAustralia

Dr. Hutton's work revolves around young people health promotion and harm minimisation. The philosophy underpinning her work is that by involving youth in decisions about their behaviour and life choices, they will feel supported and safe in choices that can impact on the health and their behaviour. Dr. Hutton works with non-government organizations in Adelaide such as Encounter Youth and St. John Ambulance Australia.

She has authored many publications on Schoolies events and Outdoor Music Festivals as well as other publications on creating safe and supportive environments for young people in health care. Dr. Hutton is the President on the board of the Association for the Well-being of Children in Health Care a not for profit which advocates for the rights of children and young people in health care She has been highly commended for her Schoolies work by receiving a South Australian Safe Communities Award.

Vice President for PartnershipsUnited Kingdom

Dr. Kovar trained in Australia, United States (NIH-Fellow), Canada, and United Kingdom. He is a semi-retired senior London-based Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist. He is a retired Lt Colonel RAMC (V) with 20 years of service. Additionally, Dr. Kovar is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London. During the course of his career Dr. Kovar has been published widely. He has been an invited advisor to NHS, UK government departments (DOH, FCO, MOD), the United Nations (Bosnia), and international governments (DOH in China; parliamentary committee NSW, Australia). He has advised on strategic health service configuration, hospital development, change-management, UK Major Incident planning, and the operational policy and training of military on the needs of women and children caught in war and conflict. Dr. Kovar has been a Visiting Consultant to the British Military Hospital in Hong Kong and Gibraltar and a Visiting Professor in Serbia and Montenegro, Sudan, and Libya.

His interest is in post-conflict reconstruction and the practical realities of care and mitigation of conflict on women and children, both individual and group.

Erin Downey, MPH, ScD
Vice President for CongressesUnited States

Dr. Downey is currently Health Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Health Care in Danger Project. Aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health care workers, facilities and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies, this program is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Previously, she served as Consultant to WHO/Headquarters for their Attacks on Health research project. As Technical Advisor for WHO/Europe, she assisted the Country Emergency Preparedness team’s collaborative efforts with the Alert and Response Operations, International Health Regulations, and Mass Gathering efforts. Also in WHO/Europe, she was a Technical Consultant to the Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe. For USAID, she deployed to West Africa for the Ebola crisis and for the US Department of State, she was the lead Humanitarian Analyst for the Assistant Secretary within the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. During this time, she also served as a AAAS Diplomacy, Security, and Development Fellow, providing classified analysis for more than 60 countries. Since 2013, she has been the Vice President of Congresses for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and since 2015, her academic affiliation has been with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Lidia Mayner, BSc, BScHons, BN, Grad Cert Tert Ed, PhD

Dr. Lidia Mayner is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She is the Director of the Flinders University Research Program for Disaster Nursing, an ICN accredited ICNP centre for R & D and an Associate Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute (TRI).

Additionally, she belongs to a number of professional organizations including World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), HL, and the Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN). She serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of health, disaster, and emergency-related journals. Dr. Mayner is currently part of the UNISDR Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-20130.

Samuel Stratton, MD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine United States

Sam Stratton is a 30 year member of WADEM. He is a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Stratton is US Board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, as well as subspecialty Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services. He is also a Deputy Health Officer and the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services and Health Disaster Management in Orange County California (US).

Dr. Stratton is a senior reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine, on the Editorial Board of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. He is also a regular contributor to the British Medical Journal Critical Care Monographs. In 2013, he was awarded the WADEM Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health Award; and in 2015, the Peter Safar Award for Services to Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.

Paul Farrell, CD, MB, BCH, BAO, DA, LMCC
President ElectCanada

Dr. Paul Farrell is dual British and Canadian citizen, and practices medicine as a Family Physician. He trained in Northern Ireland during the worst of the “Troubles.” His clinical experience includes anesthesia, emergency medicine, intensive care, pediatrics, and neonatology both in developed and lesser developed countries.

Dr. Farrell recently took command of a Canadian Reserve Field Ambulance with promotion to LCol from his previous rank of Major. He is responsible for 130 military personnel with an annual budget of over $1 million dollars. Dr. Farrell has been directly involved with the British Army for 13 years and the Canadian Forces for the last ten years. He also is the Clinical Director of Tascmet Clinical Fx, a mass casualty exercise and training company, which provides realistic high fidelity casualty simulation within clinical scenarios for both civilian and military organizations on an international basis.