Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care 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.

Laurie Mazurik, MD, FRCPC, MBA, EMDM
Chief Financial Officer; Executive Support - Brisbane CongressCanada

Dr. Mazurik has over 25 years experience in Critical Care Transport Medicine (ORNGE), Emergency Medicine (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto) and is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, Canada. She works with others to create critical event models and conducts disaster exercises to inspire inter-professional teams to find solutions to health care shortages. She has worked with Global Affairs Canada to lead a team in the Middle East to develop Medical Guidelines to combat the threats of CBRN terrorism, and with Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons to build Chemical Protection Training for Civilians in high-risk settings.

Dr. Mazurik has served as a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Health during SARS (2004), Greater Toronto Area Health Care System to develop a Mass Trauma Plan ( 2010 G20 ), Public Health Agency of Canada ( Disaster Preparedness for Aging; CBRNE Collaborative; Ebola Readiness), Defence Research Canada (Personal Protection Standards for CBRN Events), and World Health Organization (EOC-Net). She currently the Chair of Working Group for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for the Health Standards Organization (HSO), that is developing international standards that will be used to accredit health providers, including hospitals. She was the WADEM Congress 2017 (Toronto) Co-Chair which hosted over 900 people from 40 countries.

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

Professor Hutton is recognized as a world leader in mass gathering and disaster health. She is the past chair of the Nursing and Mass Gathering special interest groups of the World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine (WADEM) and is currently the Vice President for Special Interests and Activities. She is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mass Gathering Collaborating Centre for High Visibility/ High-Risk Events.

Professor Hutton’s research centers on creating safe supportive environments for young people in the mass gathering context. Due to her work at Schoolies and Outdoor Music Festivals, the progression to disasters, minimum data requirements, and hospital avoidance has been a natural one. Her work has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Professor Hutton was invited to publish a chapter for the WHOs Key Considerations for Mass Gathering Events.

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

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.