Arnon Afek

Professor Arnon Afek received his medical degree from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and his Master of Health Administration from Ben-Gurion University. He later completed his residency in Anatomical Pathology at the Sheba Medical Center and undertook a fellowship in Medical Administration under the CEOs of Sheba Medical Center. Afek went on to join the Ministry of Health as Director of Medical Affairs, in charge of the Medical professions, standards and regulations of the Israeli health care system. His previous positions include: Deputy Director of Sheba General Hospital; Head of Emergency Services at Sheba Medical Center; Head of Occupational Medicine & Medical Classification Branch of the IDF; Head of the Department of Medical Administration; and Chairman of Residency Program in the IDF Medical Corps. Afek's most recent research includes the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents. He has more than 100 publications in medical literature including NEJM, JAMA, and Circulation. He is currently a professor at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, teaching pathology and medical administration.

Nachman Ash

Dr. Nachman Ash — Chief Director of Maccabi Healthcare Services for the Sharon District — is a retired IDF brigadier general who received his MD from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School in 1986 and later earned an MS in Medical Informatics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Political Sciences at the University of Haifa.

Dr. Ash has been a military physician for 25 years. As director of the IDF medical corps from 2007-2011, he was in charge of all three military branches as well as the home front command, and was responsible for medical support during the Second Lebanon war (as the deputy Surgeon General) and Operation Cast Lead (as the Surgeon General).

Ross Bourgeois

Ross Bourgeois is the Assistant Chief of the Public Safety Department for SMG at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, and Champions Square. Prior to joining SMG he had over fifteen years of law enforcement experience. His last assignment at the New Orleans Police Department was in the Special Events Section. In that position, he was responsible for the execution of all event related supplemental police coverage for the City of New Orleans. This includes Mardi Gras, Dignitary Visits, Essence Music Festival, Sugar Bowl, Super Bowl, New Orleans Bowl, Bayou Classic, and many fairs, festivals, and parades.

Ross was the recipient of the 2012 “Champion of New Orleans Tourism” award presented by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Public Safety Department, which consists of nearly one-hundred commissioned officers and over five hundred non-commissioned personnel.

Ross has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Business from Loyola University New Orleans.

Guy Caspi

Guy Caspi is a paramedic holding the position of Chief MCI (multi casualty incident) Instructor and Director of HAZ –MAT, Exercises and Operational Training at Magen David Adom Headquarters (MDA), Operations Division. Caspi began his career with MDA, which provides Israel’s pre-hospital emergency medical needs including disaster, ambulance and blood services, as a youth volunteer in 1979. He began work as an EMT in 1986, became a paramedic in 1995, and has been in his current position since 1999. He also serves as a faculty member of Ben Gurion University of the Negev’s Paramedics program.

As a paramedic and debriefing officer, Caspi was involved in the management of many of the MCIs which took place in Israel during the past 12 years. He is a regular participant in international conferences and symposiums and frequently hosts and instructs international EMS in the “Israeli approach.”

Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson, Administrative Designated Regional Coordinator for Hospital Emergency Preparedness of Louisiana Region 1, works with the Health and Human Services’ Administration Bioterrorism Grant to provide co-ordination, preparedness, and response training for Greater New Orleans hospitals. She serves as the Regional Hospital Coordinator for mass casualties, special events, and evacuations, and she has served as Regional Coordinator of the New Orleans Emergency Operation Center since 2005. Ms. Davidson provided hospital coordination for the evacuation of oil platform workers for the 2010 BP oil spill.

Ms. Davidson received her first emergency management training in the 75th Combat Support Hospital of the United States Army Reserve, where she served for 12 years. In 1998, she was appointed emergency manager for the Medical Center of Louisiana, a two-hospital campus facility. In 2002, she became a founding member of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Designated Regional Coordinators group.

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis, originally of Slidell, was appointed by Governor Jindal in December, 2011 as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP.) He is responsible for all aspects of preparedness, response, and, recovery in the State.

Under his leadership, GOHSEP has managed to deal with major budget challenges, while still meeting the state’s emergency management needs. Kevin has led various workshops and seminars in each region of the state to help local leaders find the best and most efficient ways to handle a crisis.

Previously, he worked in local government. Kevin was the first Parish President to serve under St. Tammany’s Home Rule Charter and he lead the move to a modern, stream-lined parish government.

During his time with the parish, Kevin understood the importance of being prepared for a crisis. The St. Tammany Office of Emergency Preparedness was modernized to insure better response during hurricanes and other emergencies. A new Emergency Operations Center was created in the old courthouse in downtown Covington where all first-response agencies, from utilities to fire services, convene to coordinate emergency operations.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita put the Emergency Operations Center to its strongest test. Over 13,000 task orders were issued during these emergencies from the EOC, directing St. Tammany’s immediate response and recovery.

These same leadership skills were put to the test in 2010, as the British Petroleum oil spill polluted the Gulf of Mexico. Discovering that there was no plan to protect Lake Pontchartrain from oil intrusion, Davis created a plan and coordinated its implementation with all the parishes surrounding the lake as well as with the United States Coast Guard.

In a 2005 Times Picayune editorial, Ron Thibodeaux wrote: “Our elected leaders have kept their cool, remained focused, and launched effective short-term recovery efforts throughout the parish, while stepping up to engage the FEMA bureaucracy when necessary. In the midst of this crisis many of our officials – particularly Parish President Kevin Davis – have risen to the challenge of effective leadership free of hysterics, public meltdowns or petty bickering.”

Juan Duchesne

Dr. Juan C. Duchesne is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Shock Trauma Program and North Oaks Medical Center. He joined North Oaks Medical Center in June of 2013 and has been with Tulane’s Department of Surgery since December 2006. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico (Humacao, Puerto Rico) and his Medical Degree from Ponce School of Medicine (Ponce, Puerto Rico). Dr. Duchesne did his general surgery residency and fellowship training at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center (New Orleans, LA). Following his fellowship training in 2005, Dr. Duchesne was Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery/Trauma/Critical Care at The University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS). While there, he received the Outstanding Clinical Research Achievement Award. He currently serves at Chair of the Committee of Trauma for the Louisiana chapter with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Duchesne has presented his research results at national and international trauma and critical care surgical conferences. Dr. Duchesne is well published, having over 60 publications.

Jeffrey Elder

Dr. Jeffrey Elder is currently the Director and Medical Director for New Orleans EMS. He serves as the Medical Director of the New Orleans Fire Department and is the Chief Medical Officer for New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. A graduate of LSU School of Medicine, Dr. Elder began his career in EMS while training as a resident in Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. While working with some of the best paramedics in the country, he learned how advances in prehospital medicine can drive in-hospital emergency medical care. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans. His interests include advanced airway techniques and training, prehospital time sensitive illness, and prehospital cardiac arrest survival.

Charles R. Figley

Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and founding member of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy was recruited to Tulane to help organize and participate in new doctoral and research programs. Such programs would reflect the knowledge gained from Katrina to help Tulane become a world leader in disaster mental health and focus attention on the psychosocial rebuilding of New Orleans. This is the culmination of a career that has spanned more than 35 years as a trauma scholar whose work has led to many innovations in psychology, psychiatry, and social work. These include the development of the diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the treatment of war veterans, traumatized families, and the secondary trauma of mental health professionals and other caregivers (i.e., compassion fatigue), traumatology, and the traumatology of grieving. Dr. Figley is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and is the recipient of numerous lectureships throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, Finland, and universities through the United States received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship. Among his many awards is a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. In 2006 he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the University of Missouri International Psychosocial Trauma Center (2006). In 2009 he will receive two additional awards 2009 American Family Therapy Award for distinguished Contribution to Family therapy Theory and Practice by the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Psychological Association’s Award for Life Time Achievement in Trauma Psychology.

Juan Gershanik

Dr. Gershanik is currently the Medical Director of Newborn Services at West Jefferson Medical Center and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine. Born in Argentina, he received his medical degree in 1963 from the Rosario School of Medicine. He did his training in pediatrics/neonatology in the United States and came to Louisiana in 1971 to head the Section of Neonatology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. It was here that he developed the first neonatal intensive care unit with an organized transport system for sick newborns in the state.  

In 1979 he moved to New Orleans to serve as Director of Neonatology at Southern Baptist Hospital (1979-1993), later renamed Memorial Medical Center. He practiced there until Katrina struck at which point he assisted in the evacuation of the newborn babies. He has published and lectured on his experience during the disaster. Dr. Gershanik is the author of numerous research publications in pediatrics and neonatology and received national and international media attention in 1982 for his research on the toxicity of benzyl alcohol for which he is recognized in the Timeline of Neonatology. He is a member of many local, state and national professional societies, and a reviewer of medical scientific publications. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana, the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund and many other boards and advisory councils.

Harold Ginzburg

Dr. Ginzburg is currently a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University Medical Center. He also serves as Staff Psychiatrist and Coordinator of Research and Development Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

He previously was the Director of Psychiatry for the Cherokee Nation’s Behavioral Health Services in Oklahoma. When he was in private practice, in Metairie, Louisiana, his practice primarily involved evaluating and treating patients who had developed psychiatric or neuropsychiatric problems as a result of physical injury, chronic illness, or traumatic incidents. He was an active duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy and United States Public Health Service for more than two decades; he concluded his full-time Federal government service in 1993. His last career Federal government assignment was as the Senior Medical Consultant, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the United States Public Health Service. He was tasked with developing emergency medical and mental health response programs for the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) sponsored by the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

Dr. Ginzburg received his baccalaureate and medical school education at Boston University. He did his fellowship in Psychiatry and received a Master's degree in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. He obtained his law degree from Catholic University, Washington, D.C, and is currently a member of the Maryland Bar and licensed to practice medicine in a number of states. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Joseph Guarisco

Dr. Guarisco is currently Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and System Chief of Emergency Services for the Ochsner Health System. He joined Ochsner as a staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine in August, 1980. In July, 1990, he pursued a fellowship in anesthesiology at Ochsner. In July, 1992, he returned to emergency medicine as Chairman and Medical Director of the Emergency Department and is currently serving in that position becoming System Chief Emergency Services in 2007.

Dr. Guarisco has extensive experience in ED informatics automation pertinent to the design, development and implementation of ED information systems. He has published and lectured widely on the use of automation in workflow redesign and ED process improvement and is well known for his work in physician performance profiling and data driven ED management. The 2005 Ochsner Clinic Foundation award for outstanding achievements in patient satisfaction was awarded to the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Guarisco has been recognized by Press Ganey for innovative use of data and process design in improving patient satisfaction at Ochsner and is the winner of the Press Ganey 2005 National Success Story Award. In 2008, Press Ganey awarded the Ochsner Health System the Compass Award for the largest improvement in patient satisfaction amongst its client base. He has pioneered ED workflow redesign through innovative adaptation of Lean engineering principles to ED patient flow processes and teaches these principles at the Loyola School of Business Healthcare MBA program. His demand management tools have been implemented in a leading scheduling software design company Intrigma Corporation based in New York. He is also responsible for pioneering web based wait times for emergency departments nationally.

Dr. Guarisco has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and is board certified in emergency medicine. He is a fellow in both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. In 2012, he was named Chair of the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEM) Operations Management Committee.

John Hunt

Following his graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Hunt attended Albany Medical College in New York, where he earned his medical doctorate; he performed his surgical residency at the LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Hunt continued his education at University of North Carolina School of Public Health by earning an M.P.H in Epidemiology.

As Professor of Surgery, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and the Advanced Trauma Life Support course instructor, Dr. Hunt has an extensive reputation as an education professional. His clinical experience is just as broad, with years of work as Associate Trauma Director, Director of Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), and Division Chief: Division of Trauma/Critical Care & General Surgery. Dr. Hunt was named the 2005 LSU Phizer /Hank McCrorie Endowed Professor of Trauma Surgery and listed in Best Doctors in America 2007-2008 in the field of Surgery.

Dr. Hunt resides on the committees of the American College of Surgeons, Louisiana Chapter Committee on Trauma as well as the LSU Research Review Committee (as Chairman). He has refereed nearly 60 journal publications and is co-author of over 45 others, 15 of which as presenting or senior author.

David Knaiz

Dr. David Knaiz earned his M.D. from The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1982 and has been a general surgeon at Western Galilee Hospital since 1995. He was Deputy Chief of Surgery during the 2006 Second Lebanon War and is currently the Head Surgeon in the Western Galilee Medical Center’s new Emergency Department. Dr. Knaiz recently returned from a year in Equatorial Guinea where he served as Director of Surgery in the La Paz Hospital in Malabo and subsequently as Director of the La Paz Hospital in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

For six years Dr. Knaiz was the principal lecturer for the Emergency Response Group course at WGH and has served as head of the hospital's committee in charge of planning and organizing the week-long course in emergency medicine and mass casualty events. A dual citizen of the US and Israel, he made aliyah in 1975; he currently resides in Kfar V’radim, a small northern town near the border with Lebanon.

Joseph Lear

Mr. Lear is the Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI New Orleans Division Joint Terrorism Task Force. In this capacity, Mr. Lear leads the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for all counterterrorism investigations throughout Louisiana. In addition, Mr. Lear supervises the FBI’s National Security mission Special Events ranging from the 2013 New Orleans-hosted Super Bowl XLVII (47) to annual celebrations including the world renowned Mardi Gras.

Mr. Lear has been a Special Agent in the Baltimore and New Orleans Divisions where he investigated foreign counterintelligence and violent crimes as well as New Agent Instructor teaching National Security investigative techniques at the FBI Academy located in Quantico, Virginia. Mr. Lear holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in National Security Studies. Prior to entering on duty as a Special Agent, Mr. Lear was a detective with a police department in Delaware.

Gila Margalit

Gila Margalit is the Chief Nurse for Mass Casualty Planning at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where previously she was previously an ER nurse. She has instructed paramedics in mass casualty events at Ben Gurion University. Her past positions include Head of (national) Hospital Preparedness for Emergency Scenarios, Head of Sheba Hospital Military Unit, Nephrology and Dialysis Department nurse, and Head of Epidemiological Research in the IDF Medical Corps. Ms. Margalit holds an M.H.A in Health Care Management and a B.A. in Nursing, both from Ben Gurion University.

Ron Marks

Ron is dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University where he has been a professor for twenty seven years. Prior to becoming dean, he served in various capacities at the School including directing the doctoral program, the MSW program and the University’s gerontology center where he administered a federally funded geriatric education center.

Dr. Marks has chaired and served on over 25 doctoral dissertations and supervised dozens of master’s theses. Many of his publications are studies of community based social service programs in the areas of adolescent life, homelessness, and family and aging services addressing the stress associated with providing care to frail aging relatives. More recently, his writing has addressed the recovery of the New Orleans region following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

His Ph.D. is in social welfare from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has an MSW and an MPH.

Norman McSwain

Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, went to college at The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He later chose to attend the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine to earn his Doctor of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed two years of surgical training at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before joining the Air Force. Four years later he joined the academic and clinical faculty at Tulane, where he was recruited by the City of New Orleans to develop an EMS system for the city. He also worked with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to assist in the development of the Advanced Trauma Life Support program. While at Tulane, he has written or revised more than 25 textbooks, published more than 360 articles, and traveled throughout the world giving more than 800 presentations. Dr. McSwain is the only person in the history of the American College of Surgeons to receive all five of the major trauma awards.

Lisa Moreno-Walton

Dr. Moreno-Walton is an Associate Professor, Director of Research and Director of Diversity at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine Section of Emergency Medicine, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University, a Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, which was conferred in June, 1990. She completed her residency in the Bronx at the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Moreno is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, and is a certified Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor, a certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, and a National Institutes of Health Behavioral Health Research Scholar. Her research interests include HIV, trauma, healthcare disparities and undergraduate and graduate medical education. She is the recipient of numerous research grants, has presented over 200 abstracts nationally and internationally, and has authored more than 20 journal publications and 7 book chapters. Dr. Moreno is Vice Chair of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, and chairs the EM Diversity Committee at LSU. She is an award winning teacher and a dedicated mentor to medical students, residents and junior faculty nationally and internationally. She is this year's recipient of the Dr. Marcus L. Martin Leadership Award for "significant and sustained contributions to promote and attain diversity within emergency medicine residencies and the overall physician workforce and to improve patient care by advancing research and education". As a global health consultant and educator, she has served in almost 20 countries, including locations as diverse as Mongolia, South Korea, Ireland, South Africa, Poland, Ghana and Iraq to support the development of research and trauma care and the elimination of healthcare disparities.

Dr. Moreno-Walton recently completed an important chapter, Emergency Medicine, in the new book on physician and medical student stress resilience (Figley, Huggard, and Rees' First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience published by Oxford University Press, 2013).

Donald Paisant

Donald is the Chief of Public Safety for the SMG Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena and Champions Square. He joined SMG in May 2011. Donald is responsible for the overall operations of the SMG Public Safety Department, which includes planning, organizing, and coordination of daily and event operations. He also manages all Public Safety strategies, initiatives and projects.

The Superdome is the home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, Tulane University football team and numerous other events. The New Orleans Arena is home to the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets and the AFL’s New Orleans Voodoo along with numerous concerts and shows. Champions Square is home of the New Orleans Saints fan plaza area and for numerous other outdoor events throughout the year.

Donald has been involved in the planning and execution of Public Safety initiatives for such events as the BCS Championship, the Sugar Bowl Football game, Men’s Final Four National Championship and Super Bowl XLVII.

Donald has over 29 years of public safety / law enforcement experience. He has held positions of facilities and logistics management along with management experience in the loss prevention and risk management field in the hospitality industry. Donald holds both a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Donald is a member of the NCS4 (National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security), a member of the NCS4 Lab Advisory Council and serves on the NCS4 professional certification committee. He has been a guest speaker and panelist member for several security related seminars.

Charlotte Parent

Charlotte Morgan Parent, RN, BSN, MHCM is a registered nurse who specializes in Healthcare Management with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. She received her diploma in Nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing. Ms. Parent has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Masters in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans.

Mrs. Parent is presently the Deputy Director of the New Orleans Health Department, where she has been a leader of the transformation of the New Orleans Health Department from a direct service provider to a true public health entity. In recognition of their success, the Department received the 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Roadmaps to Health Prize for their transformational work. Ms. Parent previously served as the Program Director for Healthy Start New Orleans.

Mrs. Parent was the Director of Maternal and Child Services at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, LA where she created and coordinated services for expectant mothers and their families throughout the childbirth and post natal experience. She served in this role during Hurricane Katrina and during the re-opening of hospital services post Katrina where Touro Infirmary was the only facility in New Orleans providing OB services.

Mrs. Parent has also served as an adjunct professor of Nursing at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA and currently serves on the board of the National Healthy Start Association.

Nicholas Pejic

Dr. Pejic is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Mind-Body Medicine. He is a member of the Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy specializing in medical and mental health self-care. He practices psychiatry at Atlas Psychiatry near the campus. He received his MD from the Tulane University and served as medical intern in general psychiatry during Hurricane Katrina and as Resident (2006) and then Chief Resident (2007-2008). He was also a Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine here at the LSU Health Science Center. Among his publications are several entries to the 2012 Encyclopedia of Trauma and is now collaborating on a massive open (free) online course on trauma commissioned by Tulane University.

Avi Rivkind

Professor Avraham Rivkind is Head of the Department of General Surgery and the Shock Trauma Unit at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. He completed his pre-medical studies at the University of Siena in Italy and went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in 1980. He was the personal physician of the late Ezer Weizman, former President of Israel, and completed a Fellowship in traumatology and critical care (MIEMSS) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Rivkind is an advisor on trauma and ethics to the Surgeon General of the IDF, as well as a Visiting Associate Professor in Trauma and Fore-gut Surgery at the University of Southern California. His research interests include hemorrhagic shock, fluid resuscitation, and all aspects of trauma care; though is primary interests involve fore-gut surgery, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal and stomach diseases and cancer.

Zeev Rotstein

Professor Rotstein is a cardiologist and expert in health management who has served the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer for close to 30 years. He has served as director of Sheba’s Acute Care Hospital, as a senior cardiologist in Sheba’s Heart Institute, and as acting director general of the medical center. Professor Rotstein trained in medicine at Tel Aviv University, and has held fellowships at the New York Department of Health, Tufts University, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is an associate clinical professor in the Graduate School of Business & Administration and in the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.

Raymond Monsour Scurfield

Dr. Scurfield is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi, a Vietnam veteran and the 2012 NASW National Lifetime Achievement Awardee for his accomplishments with veterans, disaster survivors and in graduate education. He has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology (Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1965) and a MSW (1967) and DSW (1979) from the University of Southern California. Dr. Scurfield directed several PTSD programs during his 26-year career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to include being the founding director of the VA National Center for PTSD in Honolulu, HI (1992-97). He then had a distinguished career as a full-time faculty member, University of Southern Mississippi, and retired in May 2011. During his 13-year academic career, Dr. Scurfield received 15 awards for scholarship, teaching and service. His six books include War Trauma. Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam to Iraq, and he has some 65 additional publications. He has made over 400 professional presentations throughout the country. Dr. Scurfield has developed and maintains on his university web site an extensive War Trauma Resources for Military, Veterans & Families-- an annotated listing as a public service —to include 400+ private and nonprofit resources. He is co-editor (with COL Katherine Plationi) of two recent books published by Routledge Publishing Company: War Trauma and Its Wake. Expanding the Circle of Healing; and Healing War Trauma. A Handbook of Creative Approaches.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that severely damaged the Gulf Coast campus and destroyed the Cooke Building in which the School of Social Work (and Dr. Scurfield’s office) were located, Dr. Scurfield took a leadership role in post-Katrina services and assistance to Gulf Coast faculty, students and surrounding communities, to include volunteering to be the post-Katrina counselor for the Gulf Coast campus and USM teaching sites (2005 – 2008). He also was elected President of the Gulf Coast Faculty Council (several terms as President, 2005 -- 2008), a Faculty Senator (2008-10) and founding Director, Katrina Research Center (2006-08). For his post-Katrina leadership and service, he was named Mississippi NASW chapter 2006 Social Worker of the Year, as well as a “Hero of Katarina” by the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ronal Serpas

Ronal W. Serpas was appointed Superintendent of Police, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), in May 2010, by Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu following a nationwide search. Serpas served as the Police Chief in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department appointed in January 2004, following a nationwide search, and served until his appointment to the NOPD. Following a nationwide search, Serpas was appointed as the 19th Chief of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), appointed in August 2001 and served for 2½ years before being appointed Chief in Nashville. Prior to his tenure in Washington, Chief Serpas began his career in June 1980 with the NOPD rising through all civil service ranked positions and was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Police and the first Chief of Operations in October 1996, charged with implementing wide scale organization restructuring, initiating the Compstat model in the NOPD and leading all patrol, investigative, special response units and community-policing functions. Chief Serpas has utilized, and expanded, the Compstat model of crime fighting continuously since October of 1996 in two major cities and one state police agency. Eight of the nine years as Chief of Police in two major cities, FBI UCR major crimes have declined during Serpas’ tenure. Chief Serpas received his Doctorate in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Urban Crime, from the University of New Orleans in May 1998.

Gideon Shoval

Gideon Shoval is a mental health professional specializing in short-term dynamic therapy, behavioral therapy, hypnosis, combat stress disorders and crisis intervention. Shoval studied at the University of Jerusalem, where he earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and received further training in his field from Tel Aviv University’s Psychotherapy Program (Diploma in Psychotherapy) and the Menniger Institute’s International Training Program in Psychotherapy & Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress. From 2000-04, Shoval served as a Mental Health Clinic Commander within the IDF Intelligence Corps, responsible for determining policies of mental health routines and emergencies and training professionals and non-professionals for emergency situations.

Shoval lives in Rosh Ha’ayin with his wife and two daughters, and currently serves as a lecturer and instructor for professional teams specializing in trauma management and crisis intervention.

Jerry Sneed

Lt. Col. Jerry W. Sneed USMC (Retired) is the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and the Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. On May 2, 2010, under Mayor Landrieu’s administration, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed was appointed as the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety. Under this new title he oversees the operations of New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans EMS, Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, the Equipment Maintenance Division, Mosquito Control, and the Coroner’s Office. Lieutenant Colonel Sneed officially retired from the United States Marine Corps on September 1, 2005, (only days after Hurricane Katrina) after serving a total of 32 years of military service in both the enlisted and officer ranks. During this long career he served in numerous and varied assignments to include commanding four different Marine units for a total of over 6 ½ years of command time (to include the Commanding Officer of Marine Security Forces, Quatanamo Bay, Cuba), 6 years of senior staff assignments, 5 years of various instructor duties, 4½ years of overseas assignments, and participated in 2 combat tours of duty. His last major assignment prior to retirement was January to October 2004, with the 3d Civil Affairs Group in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. This unit had the tasking to rebuild the total infrastructure of this devastated nation and during this tour he participated in the first battle of Fallujah. At the time, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed had no idea that this tour would be preparing him for his future civilian employment with the City of New Orleans.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed contacted the Homeland Security Director for the City of New Orleans and volunteered his services and was given the assignment of developing and conducting the “Look and Leave” program for the Lower 9th Ward. After 2 months of volunteer work for the city of New Orleans, Lieutenant Colonel Sneed was brought on payroll in the city of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security as a planner and helped develop the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP) with the objective of evacuating 30,000 citizens that needed the most assistance in evacuating the city. As the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness he oversaw the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Gustav in 2008. <br/ >
Lt. Col. Sneed graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Law Enforcement and from Sam Houston State University with a Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice; completing all coursework and thesis prior to returning to the Marine Corps as an Officer. His personal military decorations include the Bronze Star, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He currently resides in the New Orleans Westbank area with his wife and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Grant Walker

Grant L. Walker is Vice President, Supply Chain of Ochsner Health System located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Walker is responsible for supply chain operations including Strategic Sourcing, Value Analysis, Supply, Distribution, Purchasing, Capital Equipment Management, Courier Services, and Emergency Preparedness/ Survival/Recovery.

Grant joined Ochsner Health System in September of 2000 as the Vice President of Support Services. He came to the health system with twenty-five years of Health Care experience in both the military and health care settings. Prior to his employment with Ochsner, he was Vice President Facilities/Support Service/Operations at Susquehanna Health System in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Grant served ten years in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corp. His last assignment was Chief of Supply and Services of the 400 bed 8th Evacuation hospital in Monterey, California. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and his Masters Degree in Management from Webster University.

Jeffrey Walls

Commander Jeffrey Walls, a native of Satsuma, Alabama, is a 16-year-veteran of the New Orleans Police Department. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University.

Commander Walls began his tenure with the NOPD as a patrol officer in the 5th District. He then began his detective career in the 2nd District, where he was responsible for conducting robbery and homicide investigations. Following his promotion to Sergeant, he served as the 6th District’s homicide unit supervisor and was responsible for the supervision of all homicide investigations that occurred in that area. Following his promotion to Lieutenant, Commander Walls served as the Assistant Commander of the 6th District, responsible for the supervision and direction of the 6th District’s entire detective unit, task force unit and narcotics squad. In March of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Commander, in charge of the Crime Lab and the Central Evidence and Property Division.

In May of 2011, he took command of the 8th District, which encompasses the French Quarter, DDD, Warehouse District and parts of the Marigny. Commander Walls is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the district as well as police deployment and crime fighting strategies in the 8th District. He has also managed the deployment of law enforcement officers during major events such as the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the BCS Championship

Mike Wasserman

Dr. Michael F. Wasserman is a pediatrician with 26 years experience at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. A native New Orleanian, he received his degrees from Cornell and Tulane University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Tulane Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Wasserman is board certified in Pediatrics and is a member of numerous professional societies, including the AOA Honor Medical Society. He treats children of all ages ranging from newborns to adolescents. Trained as a general pediatrician, his areas of special interest include middle ear disease, asthma, and childhood obesity. Dr. Wasserman has been on WWL TVs Morning News Show for 15 years, answering viewer questions about their children's health.

Yossi Weiss

Dr. Yossi Weiss — Head of Assuta Medical Centers, Planning & Organization — is a colonel in the IDF reserves and former Commander of the IDF School of Military Medicine. Dr. Weiss attended Bar Ilan University, where he earned a master’s degree in political science; Maryland’s University of Health Science, where he earned an MPH in Health Sciences; and Ben Gurion University, where he received his PhD in Health Systems Management. During his military service, Dr. Weiss held the positions of Assistant to the Surgeon General of the IDF and Head of Doctrine Department. He has also worked extensively in the private sector, as Director of Planning and Organization of Israel’s Assuta Medical Centers, among other postings. He was a member of the editorial board of the Israeli Military Medical Journal and member of the ethical committee of the IDF Medical Corps. Dr. Weiss currently resides in Rosh Ha’ayin.
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