Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation

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Who We Are

The Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) is a national, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to identify and respond to challenges of providing safe, quality health care in the practice of Emergency Medicine.

Meet Our Distinguished Board Of Directors:


Ramon Johnson, MD, FACEP, FAAP, Chairman, EMPSF, Associate Director, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Board Member, American College of Emergency Physicians

rjohnsonRamon Johnson is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and currently practices emergency medicine at a level two trauma center in Mission Viejo, California.  Dr. Johnson has been in practice for 28 years and has been involved both at the state level and nationally in organized medicine throughout his career.  He is a past president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and recently finished two terms on the national ACEP Board of Directors, serving as its chairman last year.  He has also served as the college’s liaison to the Disaster and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committees as well as to the Disaster, Tactical and Pediatric sections.  He is currently the ACEP representative to the National EMS for Children Stakeholders Group and advisor to its National Resource Center.

 At the state level, Dr. Johnson co-authored the bill that established the California EMS for children technical advisory committee (only the second state to do so) and has been a member the past chair of the advisory committee for over 14 years.  He served on a Task Force for the California Department of Health Services that wrote the state’s strategic plan for disaster preparedness and response, is currently on the state’s Joint Advisory Committee on Terrorism and have been actively involved in the oversight of the state’s HRSA Grant and disaster planning.  He is appointed to the state’s Commission on Emergency Medical Services and has most recently chaired a subcommittee creating guidelines for hospitals and local EMS agencies on disaster preparedness for children and is a co-author of a submitted white paper on disaster preparedness for children for American College of Emergency Physicians.  He has been involved as a consultant in numerous state grant and private projects, specializing in Pediatric Care, Trauma Program development and Disaster Preparedness as well as ED efficiency and patient safety initiatives.


Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, President, Patient Safety and Health Care Consulting

sdillSue Dill Calloway is a nurse attorney, a medical legal consultant and the chief learning officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. She is the immediate past director of Hospital Patient Safety for The Doctors Company. She is currently president of Patient Safety and Health Care Education and Consulting. She was a medical malpractice defense attorney for many years and a past director of risk management for the Ohio Hospital Association. She was in-house legal counsel for a hospital in addition to being the privacy officer and compliance officer. She has done many educational programs for nurses, physicians, and other health care providers. She has authored over 100 books and numerous articles. She is a frequent speaker and is well known across the country in the area of healthcare law, risk management, and patient safety. She has taught many educational programs and written many articles on compliance with the CMS and Joint Commission restraint standards. 


Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP, Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare (NCHFEH), Director, Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)

MedStar Institute for Innovation  

tfairbanksTerry Fairbanks is the director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, director of MedStar Health's Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University. He also maintains an academic appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo.  Dr. Fairbanks is a patient safety/human factors engineering researcher, board certified emergency physician, and former paramedic and EMS Medical Director.  He serves as an attending physician in the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department.

Dr. Fairbanks holds an advanced degree in human factors engineering/industrial systems engineering from Virginia Tech and uses this background to apply safety engineering techniques and research methodology to medical systems. He has received funding for patient safety-related research from the NIH, AHRQ, and several foundations including the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) through the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He is currently funded by an NIH K08 Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and BioEngineering and joined the EMPSF Board of Directors in March 2013. 


Drew C. Fuller, MD, MPH, FACEP

dfullerDrew Fuller, MD, MPH, FACEP is a board certified Emergency Physician and a patient safety specialist with over 25 years of health care experience in allied health, internal medicine and emergency medicine. He is the Director of Safety Innovation for Emergency Medicine Associates (EMA), which serves 13 hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region; reaching nearly 500,000 patient visits annually.

Dr. Fuller received his Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, with a concentration in health policy and medical degree from the University of Florida. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine in the Johns Hopkins Health System, where he developed his focus on patient safety and system oriented solutions. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Baltimore Medical Systems (BMS), Maryland’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center system and served on the Ethics Council for the American Medical Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a past Chairman of the Section on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS), and has authored/coauthored over 15 peer reviewed publications.

He is a member of the EMPSF Education Committee and was elected to serve on the EMPSF Board of Directors in March of 2013.

Dr. Fuller’s professional mission is to facilitate the development of breakthrough innovative, practical, system-oriented solutions to improve safety in emergency care. He is committed to advancing the culture and practice of safety within emergency medicine and health systems on a regional, national and international level.


AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN   

apappaDirector of Medical Nursing and Director of the Observation Unit and the ED at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

AnnMarie Papa is an energetic and engaging leader who mentors and inspires many. She has presented on many topics related to emergency nursing regionally, nationally and internationally. Holding a BSN and MSN from Villanova University and a DNP from Waynesburg University, AnnMarie is also a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

With over 35 years of experience, AnnMarie has a proven track record of successful teambuilding, innovative problem solving and leadership development. She is a transformational leader with a strong background in organizational development, consistently leads teams to enhance quality outcomes and fosters inter-professional collaboration.

AnnMarie is a thought leader and sought after speaker on leadership, mentoring and many other topics. She has been recognized for her exemplary leadership with local, state and national awards. Most recently she was recognized as one of Health Leaders Media Top 20 and was the 2011 recipient of the Villanova University College of Nursing Alumni Medallion. She served in a number of state, local and national leadership positions. In 2011 she served as the National ENA President and is currently the Director of Medical Nursing and Director of the Observation Unit and the ED at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. AnnMarie is the Chair of the EMPSF Education Committee and joined the EMPSF Board of Directors in March 2013.  

Dianne Vass
, Executive Director, EMPSF


Dianne is an original founding member of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and has served as its Executive Director since 2003. She has over 20 + years of experience in the health care industry with a focus on medical malpractice liability insurance, risk management and patient safety.  Dianne received a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from San Diego State University.  She is dedicated to advancing patient safety in emergency care.




Robert L. Wears, MD, MS, PhD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Florida

rwearsRobert Wears is an emergency physician, Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida, and Visiting Professor in the Clinical Safety Research Unit at Imperial College London.  He serves on the board of directors of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation, and multiple editorial boards, including Annuals of Emergency Medicine, Human Factors and Ergonomics, the Journal of Patient Safety, and the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine.  Dr. Wears has been an active writer and co-edited the text book Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine.  He is a researcher with interests in technical work studies, joint cognitive systems, and particularly the impact of information technology on safety and resilient performance.  His work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Army Research Laboratory, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.  He has recently obtained a PhD in industrial safety from the Mines ParisTech in France.



With graditude we acknowledge the following Board of Directors for their long standing service and dedication to EMPSF:

Graham T. Billingham, MD, FACEP, Chairman Emeritus EMPSF, CMO & SR VP Business Development, EPIC, RRG

Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc

Bernard W. Dannenberg, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Davies Family Endowed Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Division of Emergency Medicine

Marc Ganz, Esq.,McGrane & Nosich & Ganz, PA

Michael J. Gerardi, MD, FACEP, President, Superior Insurance Company, RRG

Michelle Hoppes, RN, MS, AHRMQR, DFASHRM, Sedgwick, SVP and National Director of Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety



John A. Marx, MD, FAAEM, Chair Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill



AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN

Nancy Alexander, RN, CEN

Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, President, Patient Safety and Health Care Consulting

Drew Fuller, MD, MPH, FACEP

Michael Gerardi, MD, FACEP

Richard T. Griffey, MD, MPH

Andrew D. Harding, MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FACHE

Patricia Kunz Howard, Ph.D., RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN

Mary L Johansen, PhD, RN

John (Jack) Kelly, DO, FACEP, FAAEM

Tina M. Latimer, MD, MPH

Anne Meginnis, RN, MSN, CEN

Jean A. Proehl, RN, MN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN

Jeanie Taylor, RN, BS, MS

Gayle Walker-Cillo, RN, MSN/Ed, CEN, CPEN, FAEN

Dianne Vass, Executive Director



Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP

Robert L. Wears, MD, MS