John Wakefield PSM

Dr John Wakefield PSM has 30 years’ experience in clinical and management roles in rural, regional and tertiary public sector health services in Queensland.

After completing a Fellowship under Dr Jim Bagian at the National Centre for Patient Safety of the VA Health System in the United States, he returned to Queensland in 2004 and established the Queensland Health Patient Safety Centre, which he led until late 2012.

He established a statewide network of patient safety officers and successfully established a legislative framework for incident analysis, ultimately demonstrating measurable reductions in preventable adverse events.

John is actively involved in national efforts to improve patient safety in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

He chaired the National Open Disclosure Pilot Project and regularly teaches Open Disclosure and other patient safety curricula. His research interests include patient safety culture, safety performance measurement and Open Disclosure.

In 2011, John was awarded a public service medal for services to patient safety as part of the national Australia Day Awards.

John returned to the Department of Health in 2016 to lead the newly formed Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ). He and his team have led significant reforms in Mental Health, Nursing, Maternity Services. At the heart of CEQ are the Clinical Senate and Clinical Networks, driving continuous improvements in service quality and outcomes for patients across the state.

John has developed a successful leadership development program for clinicians from trainee to executive. Graduating over 1000 participants each year, and consulting to ten Hospital and Health Services, CEQ has set the national benchmark for investment in clinician leaders for the 21st century.

 

Mimi Toomey

Mary Clare (Mimi) Toomey lost her husband David Bunoski in the Fall of 2013 as a result of an airway safety error in an ambulance enroute to the hospital. Dave was in a coma for several weeks following the error and ultimately went into Hospice care. The decision to move to Hospice was made more difficult for the family due to the lack of communication and full understanding of what transpired between the ambulance, ER, ICU, and LTC. In addition to focusing on airway safety issues, Mimi is a passionate advocate for improved coordination and communications across specialties, in and outside of the hospital, physicians offices, in the community and in the home of the consumer and their family.

Kevin G. Seaman, M.D., FACEP

Kevin G. Seaman, MD, FACEP, graduated from Georgetown University, both undergraduate and medical school. He served in the U.S. Navy, training as a Flight Surgeon, completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and served as the first Medical Director for the military EMS system in San Diego, CA. Dr. Seaman is board certified in Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has recently become one of only 400 physicians who have successfully passed the Emergency Medical Services subspecialty examination. As of March 2013, Dr. Seaman has qualified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine with subspecialty certification in EMS. Dr. Seaman has served as the MIEMSS Region III Medical Director and was the first full-time Medical Director of a county EMS system in Maryland (Howard County Dept. of Fire and Rescue [FRS]). After attending the Resuscitation Academy (RA) in Seattle, WA, Dr. Seaman, while collaborating with field providers, helped to increase by twofold good neurological survival for witnessed victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Howard County, Maryland. Through Dr. Seaman’s efforts, a partnership between MIEMSS and Howard County FRS the Maryland Resuscitation Academy was established whereby concepts and collaboration help other EMS systems and communities evaluate and maximize their cardiac arrest survival. Dr. Seaman continues to be actively involved in the Maryland Resuscitation Academy, improving survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and by supporting teaching Community CPR. In

Dr. Seaman has served as the MIEMSS Region III Medical Director and was the first full-time Medical Director of a county EMS system in Maryland (Howard County Dept. of Fire and Rescue [FRS]). After attending the Resuscitation Academy (RA) in Seattle, WA, Dr. Seaman, while collaborating with field providers, helped to increase by twofold good neurological survival for witnessed victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Howard County, Maryland. Through Dr. Seaman’s efforts, a partnership between MIEMSS and Howard County FRS the Maryland Resuscitation Academy was established whereby concepts and collaboration help other EMS systems and communities evaluate and maximize their cardiac arrest survival.

Dr. Seaman continues to be actively involved in the Maryland Resuscitation Academy, improving survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and by supporting teaching Community CPR. In 2012, Dr. Seaman became Chairman of the MIEMSS Cardiac Arrest Steering Committee whose mission is to improve survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest throughout the State of Maryland through programs to teach Dispatch telephone CPR interventions, High Performance CPR by EMS rescuers and Community Interventions of CPR and Public Access Defibrillation. He is active – with the American Heart Association, serving on the Maryland/DC Emergency Cardiac Care Committee.

In addition, Dr. Seaman’s areas of focus include patient safety and airway management. He has experience with Human Factors Analysis and has applied that knowledge to healthcare. Dr. Seaman has been active in Maryland EMS helping to start the first ground-based Rapid Sequence Intubation program in the state. In addition, he has championed a goal of Zero Unrecognized Esophageal Intubations by EMS in the Baltimore Metro Region. Working with Dr. Ken Rothfield, Dr. Seaman helped to implement Videolaryngoscopy Trial for EMS in Howard County Maryland as a research trial, resulting in a statistically and clinically significant impr ovement in intubation success from 64% prior to 82% with the use of Glidescope for field intubations.

After being appointed by the EMS Board, and receiving the Governor’s approval, Dr. Seaman embarked on his new career on December 1, 2015 as the Executive Director of MIEMSS.

Haru Okuda, MD

Haru Okuda MD is the National Medical Director for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN). In his role at SimLEARN, he oversees the identification and development of VHA’s simulation-based clinical training programs across the nation and helps to define the strategy for the use of simulation throughout the 152 medical facilities within the VHA. In addition, he is currently advising in the construction and deployment of VHA’s 51,000 square foot national simulation center. Dr. Okuda is also co-Director of the VHA’s Advanced Fellowship in Health Professions Education, Evaluation, and Research. He holds an academic appointment as Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
Prior to joining the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Okuda was Assist ant Vice President and founding director of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (IMSAL) with the New York City Public Health System (HHC). In this role, he helped to build HHC’s 10,000 square foot simulation center focused on improving patient safety throughout t he system, developing training focused on interprofessional teamwork and clinical procedures. He wasalso the Director of Undergraduate Simulation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Residency Director of their Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Okuda graduated from Brown University where he majored in Neuroscience. He received his MD from New York Medical College, completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, and finished a Clinical Quality Fellowship with the Greater New York Hospital Association. He is certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
He is the co-creator of SimWars, a simulation-based clinical competition, which has spread across 4 continents and is held annually at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. He has published multiple textbooks including SimWars Simulation Case Book: Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated. Dr. Okuda was recognized by Crain’s NY Business Magazine as one of 40 under 40 NY Rising Stars and by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its 25 Rising Healthcare Leaders under 40. His has held multiple national positions including Chair of the Emergency Medicine Special Interest group for Society for Simulation in Healthcare and Vice-Chair of the Simulation Academy for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Richard Cooper, MSc, MD, FRCPC

  • Consultant in Anesthesia at Toronto General Hospital
  • MSc in Human Physiology, University of Toronto
  • M.D. and residency in Anesthesia, University of Toronto
  • A founding member and Immediate Past-President, The Society for Airway Management
  • Co-editor of The Difficult Airway, An Atlas of Tools and Techniques for Clinical Management2013(co-editors: David Glick and Andranik Ovassapian)
  • Invited speaker throughout North America, Europe, South and Central America, Asia, Australia
  • Inventor of Cook Airway Exchange Catheter and CardioMed Endotracheal Ventilation Catheter
  • Unpaid Chair of Scientific Advisory Committees: Verathon, Truphatek, and Rostrum Medical Innovations
  • Professional interests are video laryngoscopy, extubation of the difficult airway and clinical documentation
  • Personal interests: long-distance running (25 completed marathons); stone carving, non-professional luthier (making his first violin) and recently returned to playing after a brief recess of 45 years