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Faculty and Keynote Speakers

Conference Directors

Mitchell Jay Cohen, MD, FACS

Mitchell Jay Cohen, MD, FACS
Director of Surgery
Denver Health

Mitchell Jay Cohen, MD is the Bruce Rockwell Chair of Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center and Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery at the University of Colorado. Clinically he is an active Trauma, General and Acute Care Surgeon as well as a busy Intensivist. Dr. Cohen has an active NIH and DoD funded basic science research lab, which studies coagulation and inflammation perturbations after trauma. Specifically, his lab continues to examine the mechanisms of traumatic coagulopathy and mediators of protein C system activation after trauma. In addition to its basic science focus, the Cohen research group transnationally studies similar topics through multiple clinical characterizations and interventional trials aimed at elucidating the post trauma coagulation milieu and optimal resuscitation and treatment. Finally, the Cohen group has an active interest in silico data and model-driven approaches to modeling of biological and physiologic systems. In keeping with this, his group has done extensive work on the use of Big Data towards improving personalized medicine and outcomes. His work includes multi-scale modeling projects ranging from coagulation and endothelial biology to causal inference prediction of patient physiologic state and trajectory.

 Maria E. Moreira, MD

Maria E. Moreira, MD
Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director    
Denver Health

Maria E. Moreira, MD is the Program Director for the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Moreira received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Health and Hospitals. She is an active member of CORD (Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors) serving on multiple committees and is currently on the CORD Board of Directors. Additionally, she is the Section Editor for Adult Trauma for UpToDate. She has authored multiple book chapters and enjoys lecturing on both a local and national level. Areas of academic interest include curriculum development, procedure education, trauma care, communication and leadership development.


Emergency Medicine Keynote Speakers

Deborah Diercks, MD photo

Deborah Diercks, MD is the first Chair of the newly created Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern. A nationally renowned leader in emergency medicine, she is well known for her expertise in concussions and traumatic brain injury and for her research in cardiovascular emergencies. Dr. Diercks was drawn to the field of emergency medicine because of the range of expertise it requires and for the opportunity, it affords to make a quick personal connection with patients. In her research, Dr. Diercks focuses on early management of acute coronary syndromes, the influence of gender on symptom characteristics, and utilization of cardiac biomarkers. As the new Chair of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Diercks hit the ground running with the opening of William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Combined with her other responsibilities at UT Southwestern, she leads one of the largest emergency medicine programs in the country.

Vikhyat S. Bebarta, MD photo

Vikhyat S. Bebarta, MD is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Colorado Air National Guard. Dr. Bebarta is a board-certified emergency physician and a fellowship-trained and board certified medical toxicologist. Before separating from the military in 2015, he was the Director of the Air Force En Route Care Research Center at US Army Institute of Surgical Research/USAF 59th Medical Wing, Director of the Clinical Resuscitation, Emergency Sciences, and Toxicology (CREST) Research Program, Branch Chief for En Route Care at the Joint Trauma System (Defense Center of Excellence), and an academic staff emergency physician and Chief of Medical Toxicology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. SAMMC is the largest and busiest hospital in the DoD and houses the busiest emergency department and busiest medical toxicology service in the DoD. Since 2005, he has deployed four times, twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Each time he served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Combat Theater Hospital and as the Theater Consultant for Medical Toxicology. He serves on several federal and foundation review panels and research grant review committees. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications, 240 research presentations, 130 nationally invited lectures and keynote addresses, and several investigator-initiated research grants addressing antidote development, chemical toxins, pain, opioid misuse, military medicine, trauma en route care, and combat casualty care.


Surgery Medicine Keynote Speakers

Kenji Inaba, MD FRCSC FACS photo

Kenji Inaba, MD FRCSC FACS is currently an attending trauma surgeon at the LAC+USC Medical Center and an Associate Professor, Clinical Scholar, of Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesia at the University of Southern California. He is the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Associate Trauma Medical Director. He is the Program Director for both the General Surgery Residency and the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. While at USC he has been the recipient of 25 teaching awards including the prestigious USC Keck School of Medicine Overall Excellence in Teaching Award for the Clinical Sciences, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity Faculty Teaching Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. In addition to his teaching at USC, he has lectured extensively, having given more than 250 invited lectures around the world. He has mentored more than 95 research fellows and students who have garnered 28 separate research awards for this work. Dr. Inaba has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 260 scientific presentations and 22 textbook chapters in the area of trauma resuscitation, diagnostics and hemorrhage control. Dr. Inaba is also a sworn Reserve Law Enforcement Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS, FACS, DME photo

Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS, FACS, DME is Associate Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Division of Resuscitative and Pre-hospital Traumatology at the Cook County Trauma Burn Unit in Chicago Il. He serves as the Chairman of Surgery at Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and faculty at Rush Medical College. Dr. Dennis is a veteran sworn police officer and Medical Director for the Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office and a Trauma Medical Director for the Chicago Fire Department. He is the Executive Medical Advisor for the prime time NBC “Chicago One” series including Chicago Med, Fire, PD and Justice. Dr. Dennis has been featured on National Geographic series Chicago Trauma and the CNN docuseries Chicagoland and consults regularly for TV and film. He is a featured author and CEO of Citizen MD/ Police