The ReelDx editorial board is entrusted with evidence-based review of our real patient video cases. Our board comprises clinicians with many years of practice both as providers and educators. Many are nationally known for their achievements in their field, and all continue their commitment to leading-edge improvements to health care education.
When care shown in our video cases is not consistent with the standards of care or current evidence reviews, our board does not alter any details about the approach used in that encounter/actual outcomes – because we want to present the real case for learning. Instead, they highlight the questions or issues raised by the case in editorial comments, to guide learner’s critical thinking about the case.
It is our belief that this approach provides the highest-impact educational experience: A balance of what happened, what (in some cases) could have been done differently, and most importantly: Why.
Developing World Medicine
Dr. Zehra Ahmed is Chair of the New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Studies program. She attended Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and earned her BS in Biology in 1981. Dr. Ahmed earned her medical degree (MBBS ‘91) in Sri Lanka and worked as a physician in women’s health, pediatrics, critical care, and family medicine. On return to the U.S., she attended the NYIT PA program and has worked clinically as a PA in emergency medicine, nuclear medicine, and hematology/oncology. Dr. Ahmed brings her diverse ethnic background and experiences of living and working in South and East Asia , has been El Salvador site coordinator for the Center for Global Health since 2008, and served most recently as the CME Chair of the Physician Assistants for Global Health (PAGH). She is a strong advocate of integrating technology into all facets of education and healthcare and will be completing a Masters in Instructional Technology in May 2018.
Dr. William Blazey is the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Education in the Office of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine(NYITCOM). He attended Binghamton University and earned his B.S. in Biology in 2001. Dr. Blazey then earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree at NYITCOM in Old Westbury, NY in 2005. He completed a residency in Family Medicine and OMT in 2008 at Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, NY and was chief resident. He completed a Fellowship in Health Policy in which he focused on policy considerations for systems of medical practice and concerns specific to women veterans. He has been the Haiti site coordinator for the NYIT Center for Global Health since 2011 and has spoken at national conferences on safety for relief workers during global health missions. He is very interested in meaningful incorporation of technology into the medical education setting and developing better practices in continuing education for medical professionals at all points along their training.
Dr. Carden Johnston, Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. A noted speaker, Dr. Johnston is widely known for his award winning NBC health and safety news segments called “KidCheck” which were distributed to over fifty stations nationwide. Dr. Johnston has served as president of the Alabama Chapter AAP, his local medical society, and the Council of Medical Specialties Societies. Among his many honors are the Holroyd-Sherry Media and Outstanding Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Johnston's passion is prevention of injury and illness.
Dr. Bruce Birk earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Birk currently practices at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest in Portland, Oregon.
Emergency Bedside Ultrasound
Dr. Keith Cross is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cross completed medical school at the University of California – San Diego, residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Kosair Children’s Hospital. In 2009, his study of the bedside ultrasound diagnosis of pediatric clavicle fractures won the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine’s award for research excellence. He has presented and published on a range of topics, including the application of new technologies (particularly ultrasound) in the pediatric emergency department.
Dr. Chris Moore is a national leader in the field of emergency ultrasound performed by emergency physicians at the bedside. Sometimes called the “stethoscope of the future,” ultrasound has emerged over the last two decades as a tool for use by diverse specialists. Emergency ultrasound has been shown to save lives, streamline care and enhance patient safety. Since arriving at Yale in 2002 Dr. Moore has continued to develop the emergency ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine into one of the premiere programs in the country, including running one of the top fellowships in Emergency Ultrasound.
Dr. Don Arnold received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed pediatric internship and residency training at The University of Virginia. He holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is Associate Professor at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Arnold has authored publications in JAMA, Pediatrics, Chest, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Care, The New England Journal of Medicine, Respiratory Research, Pulmonary Medicine, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and other journals.
Theresa Campo, DNP, RN, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP, is the Co-Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Track and Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner with licensure in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania as a Nurse Practitioner. She also works part-time as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center. Dr. Campo received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University, and her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Widener University in Chester Pennsylvania. Theresa has over 27 years of experience in emergency medicine, including pre-hospital, emergency department/quick care, and trauma. Dr. Campo is a founding Board Member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Merlin Curry is a licensed paramedic in the state of Oregon and an Emergency Medicine Physician for Emergency Medicine Associates of Tucson. He also serves as EMS Medical Director for Arizona LifeLine, a helicopter EMS agency. He has 20 years experience as a paramedic and EMS educator. He was Department Chair of Allied Health and EMT Program Director at Clackamas Community College and an instructor in ACLS, PALS, PHTLS and ATLS. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Services and Emergency Management from The George Washington University. Merlin attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University and Emergency Medicine Residency at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
David M. Tauber, BS, NRP, CCP-C, FP-C, TP-C, NCEE, I/C, started in EMS in 1971 and became a Paramedic in 1980. He has spent twenty years on a municipal Fire-Rescue department, fifteen years as a medic on a FEMA USAR task force, and is an instructor for the National Ski Patrol. Currently he is the Chief Education Officer and Executive Director of a non-profit educational program in Northern New Hampshire and Chief of a rural EMS agency in the White Mountains. Dave spent the last eight years directing the Yale Sponsor Hospital EMS education program, bringing it up to CoAEMSP accreditation and re-accreditation. Tauber holds many instructing and instructor-trainer credentials and has taught and consulted in many EMS systems all over the US, and in multiple overseas locations. Tauber has been involved in the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Program of NAEMT and the ACS/COT since its inception, coordinating the seventh course ever held and serving in various development positions. Currently he serves as the NAEMT NH state education coordinator.
Melisa McNeil, M.H.S., EMT-P, is Residential Program Director of the Emergency Medical Care Program at Western Carolina University. She has 10 years’ experience as an EMS Educator and distance learning specialist, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Technology through Boise State University. She serves as a faculty advisor for emergency medical care majors, and is a pioneer in blending digital resources and real-world learning for emergency medical care students.
Dennis Russell, M.Ed, ATC, CSCS, NRP, CP is the Education & Community Paramedic Manager for United Ambulance Service and the Dean of the United Training Center in Lewiston, Maine. He has over 16 years experience as a certified athletic trainer and over 10 years as a paramedic. Dennis has worked at the University of Maine, Bowdoin College and has had the opportunity to work with USOC and professional athletes. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Nationally Registered Paramedic, licensed Maine EMS Instructor Coordinator, and adjunct faculty for Hennepin Technical College's Community Paramedic Program. Dennis also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Mobile CE and as a Maine EMS Education Committee member. He serves as the NAEMT State Education Coordinator for Maine.
Kartini Clinic for Children & Families' Eating Disorders Library
Dr. Julie O'Toole is founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kartini Clinic for Children and Families. Dr. O’Toole is a board certified pediatrician and has been in private pediatric practice for more than two decades. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), and a certified IAEDP provider. She also has a master’s degree in public health (international health).
Naghmeh Moshtael, MD, CEDS, is Medical Director of Kartini Clinic for Children and Families in Portland, OR. A board certified pediatrician, Dr. Moshtael is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her pediatric residency at OHSU and served as Chief Resident there until joining us full time in 2006. She became Kartini Clinic’s first full partner in 2009. Dr Moshtael holds a master’s degree in international studies and community health development.
Jonathan Howard, MD, is an assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine. He graduated from Keck USC School of Medicine in 2003. He is the author of the Neurology Video Textbook.
Gabriel Piza, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital Universitari Son Espases, Palma, Spain. Dr. Piza is also co-founder and medical advisor of InsightMedi, the professional photosharing network for healthcare providers.
Dr. Gonzalo Mora, MD, PhD, is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Professor of Medicine at University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Along with Dr. Piza, Dr. Mora is co-founder and medical advisor of InsightMedi, the professional photosharing network for healthcare providers.
Dr. Maureen Hoatlin is Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Molecular & Medical Genetics at OHSU. She received her Ph.D. at OHSU for graduate work focusing on the role of retroviruses in pathogenesis and hematopoietic cancers. Dr. Hoatlin’s research in the Fanconi Anemia/Breast Cancer (FA/BRCA) cancer susceptibility pathway has contributed to the discovery and characterization of ten novel human genes. Dr. Hoatlin completed an MBA in 2012 with an emphasis on international business in Asia and preparation for future developments in the global pharmaceutical sector. Dr. Hoatlin is a founding co-chair of the OHSU Rare Disease Consortium.
Dr. Leah R Fleming specializes in clinical genetics and medical biochemical genetics. She focuses on caring for children and adults with a wide range of conditions, including chromosomal disorders such as Smith Magenis Syndrome and metabolic disorders like phenylketonuria, together with a team that includes two genetic counselors and a metabolic dietitian. - See more.
Dr. Debra Regier is a Pediatric Genetic Specialist at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Regier received her medical degree from University of Utah School of Medicine, residency at Children's National Medical Center, and fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health (2015), where she was selected Chief Resident. Her professional areas of interest include quality of life in patients with genetic disorders, genetic and genomic education.
House-call Internal Medicine
Dr. David Abrams, MD, has over three decades experience as an Internal Medicine and Nephrology specialist. He has worked in personal private practice, teaching, administration, medical staff leadership, medical consulting, medical legal review and testimony, consultant to medical technology development companies, and innovation in medical delivery systems. Dr. Abrams was one of the first to attest to Meaningful Use in the LA area. He is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Keck USC School of Medicine, which is now expanding executive health and wellness services with certification as a Preventive Care center by EHE International. Dr. Abrams is currently using enhanced technologies to practice connected medicine for Health and Wellness and Chronic Illness. This unique telemedicine program, which he calls the Virtual House-call, reduces hospitalizations and certainly re-hospitalizations for Post-Acute and Chronically Ill patients.
Home Healthcare Nursing
Michele Wolf, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, has practiced as a RN for over 30 years and for the last 8 years she has worked as a family nurse practitioner. She specializes in family practice, adult and geriatrics, and acute care. She is currently a nursing instructor and interim MSN Program Director at the University of Tampa in Florida. She has taught courses in clinical management of the adult client and the pediatric client. In addition, she is the Clinical Coordinator and teaches MSN clinical practicums for students in Adult, Geriatric, Women’s Health and Pediatric settings.