Introducing Your 2019 Timberline EMS Conference Presenters


Edward M. Racht, M.D.

Dr. Ed Racht is the Chief Medical Officer of American Medical Response, the largest EMS provider in the nation. In 1999, Racht was appointed as the first Chair of the State of Texas Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council, where he served as chair until 2008. He has been extensively involved at the volunteer level with the American Heart Association, both locally and nationally. He has been active in International healthcare, serving as a consultant to the World Bank and as the American founder of the Vladivostok and Moscow, Russia EMS Training Centers. Racht is a frequent educational and keynote speaker at the international level for acute healthcare, systems integration, and the complexities of medical practice in the streets. He is well known for his "operationalizing medicine" initiatives. Racht lives in Austin, Texas, and has three children that remind him of those insightful words spoken by his mother for all those years: "you just wait until you have kids of your own."

Dr. Paul Rostykus

Dr. Rostykus, with sub specialty certification in EMS, has been a Supervising Physician/Medical Director for more than a quarter century in the mythical State of Jefferson for multiple EMS agencies, both ambulance and non-transporting.  He works to enhance EMS medical direction at the local, regional, state and national levels.  Dr. Rostykus is currently interested in improving the safety and quality of prehospital care.

Dr. Ameen Ramzy

Dr. Ameen Ramzy is a trauma surgeon, intensivist, and EMS physician at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, where he is the Trauma Medical Director and Chair of the Department of Adult Surgery. He chairs ATAB-1 and the Oregon State EMS Committee. He also participates with the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB). His prior work includes being on the staff of Shock Trauma in Baltimore and serving as both State EMS Director and State EMS Medical Director in Maryland. He has spoken in 26 states.

 Curtis Ryun BSN RN

Curtis has been an RN for the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, the only Burn Center in Oregon, since 1988 and in 2009 left the bed side to do regional outreach for the Burn Center.  He has worked at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for 39 years.  He is a member of the American Burn Association and has been on their prevention committee for 9 years.  He was recognized with the National Prevention Award last year at the ABA national convention in Chicago and was March of Dimes Nurse of the year for community service in 2011.  He is the coordinator for Advanced Burn Life Support classes at the Burn Center and is also a National faculty member for ABLS.  He travels the Northwest region providing education on burn care to EMS, hospital, EMS and Nursing programs, high risk industries and their apprentice programs as well as community outreach.  Curtis also serves on the Life Safety Team for OSFM.

Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH, FAEMS

Dr. Sahni is the EMS Medical Director of both Washington and Clackamas Counties as well as Lake Oswego Fire Department.  He has wide experience throughout the world of EMS.  He has served fire-based, private, and third-service EMS agencies as well as been Medical Director of air and ground critical-care services.  He was the first Oregon State EMS/Trauma Medical Director.  He works clinically as an emergency physician at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR.  Nationally, Dr. Sahni is a Past-President of the National Association of EMS Physicians and is the Chair of their Advocacy Committee.  He has served on the National EMS Advisory council and on the National Registry of EMT's board of Directors.  Dr. Sahni's awards include the Oregon EMS Director's Medal, the Oregon EMS Impact Award and the NAEMT Advocate of the Year Award.  Dr. Sahni's great loves are his wife, Janet, his college-aged kids and Michigan Football (Yes - in that order).

Mohamud Daya, MD

Mohamud Daya, MD is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU and the EMS Medical Director for the Washington County 911 Center, as well as Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and Banks Fire District #13. Dr. Daya's interests are in time-critical emergencies, including acute coronary syndrome, acute stroke, sudden cardiac arrest, and severe trauma.

Dr. Craig Warden

Dr. Craig Warden was a paramedic firefighter in New Jersey, Colorado, and California prior to attending medical school at the University of Colorado. He completed his emergency medicine and pediatric residencies at OHSU and a pediatric emergency medicine and toxicology fellowship in Seattle. He is currently on the pediatric emergency medicine faculty at OHSU and Doernbecher Hospitals. He has been the Medical Director of various organizations, including the Clackamas Fire District #1 for 12 years, the Clackamas County Communications (C-COM) for ten years, and the Estacada Fire District for five years. His current interests include wilderness medicine and promoting emergency medicine and emergency medical service implementation in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mike Verkest

Mike Verkest is the EMS Training Officer with Clackamas Fire District #1 in the beautiful Willamette Valley near Portland, Oregon. In his 23rd year of EMS, Mike has held a variety of positions within EMS. Since 2008, his primary focus has been in EMS Training. Mike is in the second year of his term on the Oregon Medical Board EMS Advisory Committee whose primary focus is updating and changing the state scope of practice. Mike also serves as the Vice President of Social Media and Marketing for FlightBridgeED. FlightBridgeED provides critical care review and advanced practice update courses across the U.S. and internationally. He also hosts the popular EMS Podcast "SecondShift" with a variety of guests.

Dr. Terri Schmidt

Dr. Terri Schmidt is a professor Emeritus in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, where she was the emergency EMS Medical Director for Clackamas County and the EMS Medical Director of the AMR Reach and Treat Team and continues to be the medical director for AMR's Wild Fire Program.  She is a Chief Medical Officer for the US Department of Health and Human Servies, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Incidient Management Team and has responded to disasters across the US and around the world including Hurricanes Katrina, Maria, Harvey, earthquakes in American Samoa, Haiti along others.

Steve DeHart, OR/NREMT-P, MS, BS

Steve DeHart is the EMS Coordinator and Deputy Fire Marshal at the Lake Oswego Fire Department. He has been an active member of the Fire/EMS service for more than 38 years. Many of those years were spent in volunteer, combination, and all-paid Fire/EMS agencies, working in remote, rural, and suburban areas of Oregon. From the beginning, Steve has enjoyed training and educating fellow responders in many areas of emergency response. In 2015, Steve was awarded the prestigious "Commitment to Quality Award" by the Oregon State Health Authority. Steve is an Oregon and National Registry Paramedic and has also received a Master's of Science in Executive Fire Service Leadership, a Bachelor's of Science in Fire Service Administration, and two Associate of Science degrees in Fire Prevention and Building Construction. Steve is well respected for his ability to bring people together while creating an atmosphere of ownership and pride for all involved. 

Jeff Birrer, Paramedic

Jeff Birrer speaks nationally and internationally on difficult airway management and prehospital resuscitation and shock treatment. Jeff is a National Faculty Member and Regional Director for The Difficult Airway Course. Jeff is also the Director and Founder of the Prehospital Shock Course, which will launch later this year. For the last 20 years, Jeff has worked as a paramedic for AMR in Portland, Oregon, where he is a lead paramedic and preceptor. He has 30 years of EMS experience in fire, public, private, and flight services. He also teaches in several EMS degree programs across the country.

Matt Philbrick

Matt Philbrick is the Medical Operations Manager of Mercy Flights located in Medford, OR.  A young manager of several departments including fixed and rotor wing air ambulance, 9-1-1 ground, CCT, and a dispatch center totaling over 90 employees.  In his experience as a paramedic, Matt has worked for extreme rural as well as urban agencies throughout California.  Matt has been at Mercy Flights for 10 years, working as a ground paramedic, and critical care flight paramedic.  Matt sits as a voting member on several State committees and is active with several Oregon based EMS conferences. Matt has a true passion for EMS and the men/ women that have are committed to this profession.  

Jeff McLennan

Jeff McLennan is the Senior Deputy Medical Examiner for Clackamas County. In addition to serving as a medicolegal death investigator, Jeff is also responsible for coordinating standardized investigation protocol, investigator training, and continuing education. Jeff is the architect of the Oregon Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Program and has published two textbooks in conjunction with this statewide training project.

Robert Victorino

Robert Victorino received his AAS in Emergency Medical Services Professions from Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. He also earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Pacific University in Forrest Grove, Oregon. He began working as a paramedic in 2004, and he has also served as an EMS station captain in Texas and as an interim EMS chief in Washington. Robert currently serves as the full-time clinical coordinator and instructor for the EMS program at PCC and part-time in the field with Skamania County EMS.

Tim Case, BA, NRP

Tim earned his BA from Lafayette College and his AS in Paramedic Technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology. He has been working as a paramedic since 2005. Tim currently serves as the EMS Training Officer for AMR Multnomah County, where he previously worked as lead paramedic and supervisor. Tim has worked in all facets of EMS, including in-hospital, rural, and urban environments. He has more than 20 years of experience.

Dr. Lehrfeld

Dr. Lehrfeld started his career in medicine as an EMT in 1990. He became a paramedic in 1996 and worked through college and medical school working for AMR in Multnomah County. He became board certified in Emergency Medicine in 2010 and then board certified in Emergency Medical Services in 2013. He is currently the State EMS Medical Director and a attending physician at the VA Medical Center.

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