Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau offers trauma experts for members that need speakers for meetings, conferences and other occasions. They were selected to participate because of their specialized education, experience and training surrounding trauma. STN does not endorse any of the speakers listed below and recommends that you contact references before selecting a speaker. If you would like to arrange for a speaker at your event, please contact the speaker directly.

The following individuals comprise the STN speakers' bureau, a new resource for STN members. The Speakers Bureau offers trauma experts for members that need speakers for meetings, conferences and other occasions. They were selected to participate because of their specialized education, experience and training surrounding trauma. STN does not endorse any of the speakers listed below and recommends that you contact references before selecting a speaker. If you would like to arrange for a speaker at your event, please contact the speaker directly.

This is not a final list, and we hope to add more names in the future.

Speakers: If you are interested in being added to this list, please click here to complete an application and submit your CV. Download an STN information slide to include in your presentations.

Note: The presenters listed below in the STN Speakers Bureau are independent of STN and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the organization. CVs for each speaker are available for review upon request; please contact info@traumanurses.org.

Speakers Bureau List

Robert Barraco, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCP

Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA

  • Geriatric Trauma
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Concussions Injury
  • Prevention
  • Distracted Driving
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Palliative Care in Trauma and the SICU
  • Pregnancy and Trauma
  • Trauma Triage
  • Head Trauma
  • Geriatric Surgical Emergencies
  • Chest Trauma
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Spine Trauma
Speaking Engagements:
  • Templeton Lecture Award for Injury Prevention Programs that Work
  • EAST and AAST
  • Guthrie Clinic Trauma Conference 11/2/13
  • Geriatric Trauma, Pocono EMS conference, 10/25/13
  • Many lectures to all levels of providers
  • Michael Pasquale 610-402-8338
  • Elizabeth Seislove 610-402-1246

Nancy Denke, DNP, FNP, ACNP, AEN

Arizona State University- Associate Faculty DNP Innovation and Leadership
Nurse Practitioner with Dr Dan Quan- Emergency and Toxicology, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Geriatric Trauma
  • Neurological Trauma
  • Brain injuries in sports
  • Missed Injuries
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Interprofessional relationships
Speaking Engagements:
  • When the Trauma Patient Becomes the Stroke Patient- Craniocervical Blunt Trauma- STN April 2018
  • Avoiding Unnecessary X-Rays: Evidence Based Care. AZENA Hot Topics, April 2018
  • It’s Just a Boo-Boo: Toddler Concussions. 29th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium. July 2017
  • Concussion 2017 Update; and Intracranial Hemorrhage2017 National NP Symposium, Keystone, CO. July, 2017
  • Catch Me If You Can: Missed Injuries in Trauma. 24th Trauma Symposium, Hollywood, Florida. February, 2017
  • Pain Control in Rib Fractures - Continuous Intercostal Nerve Block (CINB), 2016 ENA Annual Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, September 2016
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Principles of Successful Partnerships. 2016 National NP Symposium, CO. July, 2016
  • Damage Control Resuscitation. AANP 2016 National Conference, San Antonio, TX. June, 2016.
  • What’s So Different about the Geriatric Trauma Patient? Challenges with Care in the ED- National NP Symposium, Keystone, CO. July 2015
  • Top Trauma Research Articles, Southwest Trauma & Acute Care Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ., November, 2014
  • Geriatric Trauma. Emergency Nurses Association Symposium, Nashville, TN, September 2013
  • Interesting Trauma Cases and High Risk Orthopedic Injuries, National NP Symposium, Copper Mountain, July 2013.
  • Brain Injury in Sports, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nashville, TN, June 2014
  • Older Patients in the Emergency Department: A Review. American College of NP Symposium, Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada
  • Beth Broering 704-968-7984
  • Vicki Bennett 858-699-5900

Karen Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

  • Losonczy, L, Scalea, T, Menaker, J, Tran, Q, O’Connor, J, Andersen, B, DiNardo, T, Doyle, K, Stein, D, Tisherman, S, Rubinson, L. (2018). The Critical Care Resuscitation Unit. ICU Management & Practice, 18(1).
  • Hall, EC, Tyrell, R, Doyle, KE, Scalea, TM, Stein, DM. (2017). Trauma Transitional Care Coordination: A Mature System at Work. Journal of Trauma. Manuscript accepted for publication
Speaking Engagements:
  • Workplace Violence: I Didn’t Sign Up For This.” Nursing Grand Rounds, University of Maryland Medical Center. November, 2017.
  • Doyle, K. (2016, August 26) “Workplace Violence: Have You Thought About Your Plan.” (Webinar). The Hospital Growth & Excellence Summit.
  • Workplace Violence: Do You Have a Plan.” 2016 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, American Association of Critical Care Nurses. May 16, 2016.
  • “I Didn’t Sign Up For This: Workplace Violence.” 2016 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Pre-conference Workshop. May 15, 2016.
  • White Coat Ceremony. (Keynote). University of Maryland School of Nursing. February 2, 2016.
  • “Designing a Critical Care Tower – Start to Finish.” University of Maryland, School of Nursing. Undergraduate Leadership Course, November, 2014
  • “Executive Expectations of the CNS: Leadership and Impact on Outcomes.” Advance Practice/Clinical Nurse Specialist course. Baltimore, Maryland. November, 2014
  • “Behavioral Emergency Response Team: Implementing a Performance Improvement Strategy to Address Workplace Violence.” American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. October, 2014.
  • “Leadership in Trauma Nursing.” (Plenary) Special Topics in Trauma Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. October, 2014.
  • “A Comparison of Leadership Development Interventions: Effects on Nurse and Patient Outcomes.” American Nurses Credentialing Center Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas. October, 2014.
  • Karen McQuillan - kmquillan@umm.edu
  • Kathryn VonRuden - Vonrueden@son.umaryland.edu

Anne Fast, BSN, RN

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Burn Injury
  • Burn Care
  • Disaster Preparedness
Speaking Engagements:
  • University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • State of Michigan Regional Healthcare Coalitions
  • University of Michigan Pre-Hospital Conference
  • State of Michigan Burn Mass Casualty Burn Surge Facility Training
  • American Burn Association (ABA) National conference presentation
  • State of Michigan EMS Expo
  • State of Michigan EMS Instructor Coordinators conferences
  • Various EMS agencies
  • Rachel Schrock 734-763-7757
  • Sarah Taylor 734-320-7035

Lisa Hollett, BSN, MA, RN, MICN, TCRN

MedPartners, Tampa, FL

  • Rollin’-A Look at Party Drugs Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, Bath Salts?
  • "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”-Geriatric Trauma.
  • Trauma for Two-Trauma in pregnancy
  • Critter Catching 101-OB emergencies
  • I Promised Not To Tell-Child Abuse
  • Leave it To Beaver in the 21st Century- From school bullying to child trafficking
  • When “No” means “No”-Sexual Assault
  • Bruises on the Inside, Too-Domestic Violence
  • Trauma Under the Influence
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • Splash, Gurgle and Glug-Submersion injuries.
  • Now why did that happen?-Mechanism of Injury
  • Takes A Licking and Keeps on Ticking-Cardiac and Great Vessel Trauma.
  • Are you an Organ Donor?-Organ procurement If not, why not?
  • There Ain’t No I in Trauma Care
  • When Humpty Dumpty Fell-Traumatic Brain injuries
Speaking Engagements:
  • "Dealing with the Devil-Cults and Satanism.” EMS Expo. New Orleans, LA. August, 2005.
  • "Rollin-Raves and Club Drugs.” Central Iowa EMS Conference. Keynote. Des Moines, IA. March, 2005.
  • "Pure Trauma.” North Dakota State EMS Conference. Fargo, ND. April, 2004.
  • "Pure Trauma” Mad River Community Hospital. Arcata, CA. Jan, 2001.
  • Critter Catching 101. 1st Annual SETTRAC Conference. Conroe, TX. August, 2003.
  • EMS Visits Golden Pond with Ima Granny.
  • Keynote speaker. Interphase Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. November, 2002.
  • "Pure Trauma.” 8 hour course. Mad River Community Hospital. January, 2001. Arcata, CA.
  • EMS Visits Golden Pond with Ima Granny”.(Geriatric emergencies, trauma and abuse) University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. August, 2000.
  • EMS Visits Golden Pond with Ima Granny(Geriatric emergencies, trauma and abuse) University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine. March, 1997
  • Dealing with the Devil-Cults and Satanism.” Keynote. National Native American EMS Conference. Las Vegas, NV. November, 1996. Texas State EMS Conference 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2012. (Austin, San Antonio and Fort Worth, TX. Mountain Resort, PA. March 24-27, 2010
  • When No Means No (Sexual Assault)” and “Trauma Under the Influence (Drunk Driving )” 2010 Southeastern Seaboard Emergency Nurses Symposium. Myrtle Beach, SC. April 9-11, 2010.
  • "Now Why Did That Happen?” (Mechanism of Injury). EMS Update 2011. Western Regional EMS INC. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA. March 24, 2011.
  • "Fun in the Medicine Chest-Bath Salts, Robotripping and Pasting.” Arkansas ENA Fall Conference. August 18, 2012.
  • EMSA-Tulsa Paramedic Academy. April 9, 2012
  • Oklahoma Public Safety Expo. Tulsa, OK July 10, 2013.
  • Arkansas ENA Conference. Little Rock, AR. August 2, 2013 .
  • "Deadly Designers-Bath Salts and K2”. St John Medical Center Trauma Conference January 25, 2014 Tulsa, OK.
  • “Fun in the Medicine Cabinet” and “Trauma Under the Influence”. Arkansas Emergency Nurses Association Conference. August 16, 2014.
  • “Critter Catching 101” and “Deadly Designers” Iowa EMS Symposium-November 7-8, 2014.
  • Neurological A&P, seizures, stroke diagnosis and treatment. EMSA (Redlands Community College)-Tulsa Paramedic Academy. January 15, 2015.
  • “Walks like a Duck”- Stroke recognition and management. OU Emergency Medicine Residency Education. Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, OK. February 12, 2015.
  • OB-Gyn emergency, “When No means No” (Sexual assault), “I Promised Not to Tell” Child abuse, “Bruises on the Inside Too” (IPV).-EMSA (Redlands Community College)-Tulsa Paramedic Academy. March 19, 2015
  • Mock orals for EMSA (Redlands Community College)-Tulsa Paramedic Academy, May 14, 2015
  • “There Ain’t No “I” in Trauma” (Keynote), “Trauma for Two”, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. University of Nebraska Medical Center 2015 Trauma Symposium. Omaha, NE. October 23, 2015.
  • Stroke mimics, stroke review, OB emergencies, sexual assault, NAT-EMSA (Redlands Community College)-Tulsa Paramedic Academy. February 18, 2016.
  • “Elderly Trauma: Falls, Accidents and Meds….Oh, my!” 25th Annual Trauma Symposium-Memorial Healthcare System. Memorial Regional Hospital. Hollywood, FL January 31-Feb 2, 2018. Weston, FL.
  • Scott Williams 918-281-5026 (Education Director-EMSA)
  • Vanessa Quiles (Clinical Specialist Trauma Services Memorial Regional Hospital-Hollywood, FL) 954-265-4025


UPMC Presbyterian , Pittsburgh, PA
US Army Reserves

  • Trauma in Afghanistan: Lessons Learned
Speaking Engagements:
  • 18th annual STN national conference - Jacksonville/FL March 2015
  • UPMC Trauma Symposium - Pittsburgh, PA October 2014
  • Michele Buraczewski - buraczweskim@upmc.edu
  • Eugene Moore - emoore2012@verizon.net

Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD, RN

Augusta University, Augusta, GA

  • trauma practice (basic and advanced)
  • research
  • nursing education
  • interdisciplinary education and collaboration Trauma Topics
  • primary and secondary survey assessment
  • substance use
  • inflammatory response to trauma
  • factors impacting recovery from trauma
  • health disparities in trauma
Speaking Engagements:
  • 9 peer-reviewed, national or international oral conference presentations
  • 16 non-peer reviewed, invited oral conference presentations
  • 18 invited guest lectures in academic settings
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course since 1998.
  • Please see my Linked In profile for complete listing of topics, conferences, and locations.
  • Regina Medeiros 706-721-3153
  • Karen Doyle 410-328-4889

Valerie Quick, MSN, RN, TCRN, EMT-I

UVA Health, Scottsville, Virginia
(434) 981-8033

  • To Dart or Not to Dart in EMS
  • The Gas of Life: ETCO2
  • Mistakes Can Kill: Creating a Culture of Safety
  • Women are More than Boobs and Tubes
  • H-Bombs of Head Trauma
  • Trauma Triad of Death: A Case Study
  • Pediatric Assessments
Speaking Engagements:
  • Virginia Office of EMS Symposium
  • March Medical Madness
  • Various EMS Councils
  • Various EMS Agencies
  • NJ Statewide EMS Conference
  • Michael Berg, NRP
    434-466-7551; mberg@deltaresponseteam.org
  • George Lindbeck, MD
    434-882-2967; gl2y@virginia.edu

Kristen Ray, MSN, RN, TCRN

Clinical Quality Nurse Leader for Trauma/ Surgical/ Neuro ICU
UF Health Jacksonville
(904) 233-5915

  • spinal cord injuries
  • motor vehicle collisions
  • case study review
  • permissive hypotension
  • eye injuries
  • Chest trauma
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • post cardiac arrest
  • hypothermia
  • trauma in the elderly
  • Nursing Burn Out
  • ECMO
  • Lung resucue
  • Trauma and special populations
  • EMR documentation
Speaking Engagements:
  • MS Coastal Trauma Care Region 2018
  • Cert Con 2017
  • TraumaCon 2017
  • ENA Conference 2015
  • TraumaCon 2015
  • Annual David D. Miller, M.D. Memorial Trauma Symposium 2014
Diana Clapp 410-328-8844
Ellen Plummer 410-328-8240

Cathleen Vandenbraak

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

  • Trauma in Pregnancy
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Mechanism of Injury
  • Assessment of trauma patient
  • EMS and trauma
Speaking Engagements:
  • Hypertension in Pregnancy-Presented at New Jersey ENA Conference, March 20142.
  • Until Death Do Us Part...Intimate Partner Violence-Presented at 2012-Option in Trauma Care-Trauma Symposium at Temple University Hospital
  • TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing Conference in 2012 multiple EMS conferences.
  • How Did this happen? An Overview of Mechanism of Injury-Presented at TRENDS Conferences from March 2009-September 2012 and paramedic refresher courses.
  • Trauma and Pregnancy-Presented at Air Medical Transport Conference in 2002 multiple EMS and Nursing Conferences until 2012.
  • Revised version presented as ""When Your Trauma Patient is Pregnant"" in 2009 and 2010.5. Preeclampsia for the Critical Care Nurse-presented at 2013 NTI ASTNA Transport Stage in Exhibit Hall.
  • Guy Barber, Program Administrator 215-955-2700
  • Crista Lenk-Stathers 410-455-6241

Marla Vanore, MHA, RN CHOP

Philadelphia, PA

  • Mechanism of Injury adult and pediatrics
  • Trauma Simulation
  • Preparing for a Trauma Site Survey
  • Working with your Legislators
Speaking Engagements:
  • Pediatric and Adult Trauma: One Size Doesn’t Fit All, 23rd Annual Trauma Symposium, Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood Florida, February 12, 2016
  • Pediatric Trauma Performance Improvement, 17th Annual Conference, Pediatric Pre-conference, Society of Trauma Nurses, New Orleans, LA., April 2, 2014
  • Trauma Simulation: Can it Make People Do the Right Thing? PTSF/Pa-COT 13th Annual Conference and Meeting, Harrisburg, PA October 21-23, 2009
  • Christine McKenna 412-692-6503
  • Mary Jo Pedicino 215-590-4563

Carla Wittenberg, MSN, ACNP-BC, RNFA

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Ethics
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • The Utilization of Nurse Practitioners on Trauma services
  • ICU Management for Optimal care
  • Traumatic mechanisms of injury
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
  • Acute Pain Management
Speaking Engagements:
  • Stanford CE Learning Center, Oct. 19, 2012-Traumatic Brain Injury Lecture
  • STN National Conf. Las Vegas April 4, 2013- Traumatic Brain Injury Lecture
  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference March 2017-
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: What ever primary care provider needs to know
  • UCSF Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Annual Retreat May 2018- Post-Intensive Care Syndrome Primer for Critical Care Providers
  • Amada Apacible, NP #415-377-4029, mariaamada.apacible@ucsf.edu
  • Kathleen Liu MD, Kathleen.Liu@ucsf.edu

Lee Ann Wurster, MS, RN, CPNP

Nationwide Children’s, Columbus, OH

  • Electronic trauma Flowsheet Documentation
  • Development of a Trauma Nurse Leader Fellowship Program
  • Trauma room communication
  • Nursing care in pediatric trauma resuscitation
  • Collaborative relationship between ICU and ED trauma nurses
  • Over/under triage
Speaking Engagements:
  • 12/2015. Wurster LA, Thakkar R, and Groner J. “Improving Compliance with the ATLS Assessment for Major Resuscitations at a Pediatric Trauma Center.” Presentation upon completion of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Essentials Course, Columbus, Ohio
  • 05/2016. Wurster LA, Thakkar R, and Groner J. “Improving Compliance with the ATLS Assessment for Major Resuscitations at a Pediatric Trauma Center.” Podium presentation at the Central Ohio Trauma System’s 2016 Trauma Research Symposium, Columbus, Ohio
  • 09/2013. Wurster LA, Coffey C, Haley K, Groner J. “Development of and Electronic Flowsheet for Documentation of Trauma Resuscitations at a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.” Second place best practice poster at the 16th annual TCAA trauma conference, Reno, Nevada
  • 09/2013. Lead faculty presenter on “TCAA Open Forum ‘Epic’” webinar outlining the development of the electronic trauma flowsheet
  • 02/2014. Lead faculty presenter on “TCAA Open Forum “Epic” #2” outlining the process of how to do real time documentation and end reports
  • 03/2014. Humphrey L and Wurster LA. “Trauma Nursing Care in the ICU Setting.” Poster presentation at the John M. Templeton Jr. Pediatric Trauma Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 09/2014. Lead faculty presenter for the three part webinar “TCAA Open Forum ‘Epic’” outlining the process of how to do real time documentation and development of the end report
  • 09/2014. Wurster LA. “A collaborative initiative between nurses in the ED and the PICU at a Level 1 Trauma Center.” Podium presentation at the 17th annual TCAA conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • 11/2014. Wurster LA, Hoffman J, Hendren V, and Haley K. “Electronic Trauma Documentation: It CAN Be Done!” Podium presentation at the 1st annual Pediatric Trauma Society Scientific Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
  • 11/2015. Wurster LA. “Is the Highest Level of Trauma Activation Justified for Non-Powder Firearm Injuries?” Podium presentation at the 2nd annual Pediatric Trauma Society Scientific Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 11/2016. Noffsinger DL, Wurster LA, Cooley J, Buchanan L, Wheeler KK, Shi J, Xiang H, Groner J. “Alcohol and Drug Screening Results in Adolescent Trauma Alerts at a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.” Poster presentation at 3rd annual Pediatric trauma Society Scientific Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 11/2016. Wurster LA, Groner J, and Thakkar R. “Standardizing the Initial Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient with the Primary Assessment Completion Tool (PACT) Using Video Review.” Podium presentation at the 3rd annual Pediatric Trauma Society Scientific Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 03/2018. Wurster, LA. “Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation: Kids Aren’t Just Small Adults.” Invited speaker at the 2nd annual Memorial Health System Trauma Symposium 2018, Marietta, Ohio
  • Kathy Haley; Kathy.haley@nationwidechildrens.org
  • Raj Thakkar: rajan.thakkar@nationwidechildrens.org

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