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


2015-17 WADEM Officers

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

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.

Erin L. Downey, MPH, ScD
Vice President for CongressesUnited States
Dr. Downey has 20 years experience in building healthcare systems, 15 years applied to disaster and humanitarian crisis-response systems. In 2015, she served as Health System Transition Advisor for USAID in Guinea and Sierra Leone, in response to the Ebola crisis and as a consultant to the World Health Organization as part of the Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe and Country Emergency Preparedness teams. Previously, she served as the lead briefer to the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of State, for the Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration and as a AAAS Diplomacy, Security and Development fellow. Currently she serves as Vice President of Congress for the World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine and is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
Alison Hutton, PhD, RN
Vice President for Communities of PracticeAustralia

Dr. Hutton's work revolves around creating safe and supportive environments for young people at large public events such as outdoor music festivals and Schoolies (Spring Break). The underpinning philosophy of this work is harm minimisation. Additionally, she believes that by involving young people in decisions about their behavior and life choices, they will feel supported and safe, leading to positive behavioral outcomes. Dr. Hutton has authored many publications on creating supportive environments for adolescents in health care, in the context of mass gathering events.

Dr. Hutton works as an Associate Professor at Flinders University in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, where she works as Associate Dean (Research). She is on the Management Board of the Flinders University's Torrens Resilience Institute the WHO Collaborating Centre for MG and High Visibility/High Consequence, and a member of VIAG. In her spare time, she loves gardening, yoga, walking down the beach, cooking for family and friends, and live music.

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.

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

Dr. Stratton is a Professor in the UCLA School of Public Health and is a faculty member of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters. He practices Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also the Medical Director of the Orange County California Health Care Agency Health Disaster Management / Emergency Medical Services Division. Dr. Stratton is US American Board of Medical Specialties certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.

From 2001 to 2009, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine and during the past decade has been a member of the Editorial Board of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. Dr. Stratton has strong interest in disaster research methodology and teaches this subject as an International Faculty Member of the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) program.

Elaine Daily, RN
Executive SecretaryUnited States

Elaine Daily is a former cardiac critical care nurse who currently works as a consultant and educator in critical care and disaster health care. She has authored several books on hemodynamic monitoring and cardiovascular procedures. She also is the co-author of the textbook, International Disaster Nursing.

Ms. Daily was one of the founding members of the WADEM Nursing Section and served as its first chairperson, leading the section in the development of its current bylaws and strategic planning. She is a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Anthony Redmond, OBE, MD, DSc(Hon), FRCP, FRCS, FCEM, FIMCRCSEd, DMCC
President ElectUnited 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 member of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams Advisory Board.

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.