Who We Are

Section Officers 2021-2023

Officers:

Chair: Tricia Swan, MD, MEd, FACEP, FAAP

Chair-elect: Cristina Zeretzke-Bien, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAAEM

Outgoing Chair:  Taryn Taylor, MD, MEd, FAAP, FACEP

Secretary: Jennifer Sanders, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Councillor: Jason Lowe, DO, FACEP, FAAP

Alternate Councillor: Shobhit Jain, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Microsite Co-editor: John Misdary, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACEP

Microsite Co-editor: Yagnaram Ravichandran, MD, FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP

Microsite Co-editor: Jaryd Zummer, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section members may send an e-mail to the Pediatric EM Section Microsite Team via swauson@acep.org.

 

Tricia Swan, M.D., M.Ed, FACEP, FAAP

Chair

Duties:

  •  He/she may be appointed by the College President to serve as a voting member of a College Committee.
  •   He/she may attend ACEP Board of Directors meetings at his own expense; and he will receive minutes of meetings of the Board, Council, Steering Committee, etc. of the College.
  •   From time-to-time, section leaders may be asked by the President to attend the Board Meetings of other entities. In this case, their expenses will be paid by the College.
  •  He/she shall keep the Board of Directors and Executive Director informed of Section activities via copies of correspondence, agenda, minutes of meetings, etc.
  •  He/she will submit an annual report to the College President and Executive Director. This shall consist of a list of achievements and activities of the past year and goals and objectives for the coming year.
  • He/she shall submit to the Board of Directors for approval all section plans, goals, objectives, budgets and meetings before they are implemented by the Section.
  • He/she shall preside at the annual meeting of the Section and at any other meetings of the Section. In his absence, he shall assign this function to the Chair-elect.
  •  He/she shall appoint Chairs and members to any standing and special committees of the Section to carry out Section activities.
  •   He/she shall have the privilege of recommending to the President the appointment of Section members to Committees of the College or section members representing the interests of the College with external organizations.
  • He/she shall be a member ex officio of all standing and special committees of the Section.
  • He/she shall review all Section Grant proposals developed by their section members. Those developed section grant proposals that are determined to be appropriate for submission are then signed and submitted to the appropriate committee or task force assigned to manage the Section Grant Program.

Dr. Swan is pleased to be able to serve as your Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section for the next 2 years!  A little background on her, she completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. Her residency training was in Pediatrics at the University of Florida-Jacksonville and then she went on to complete her fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Swan has 12 years of experience as a clinician, educator, administrator and mentor.  Currently, she is an associate professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  In 2021, she became the Program Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Swan’s joy and passion in the world of medicine is education, especially the translation of knowledge to care for pediatric patients in the pre-hospital setting and community emergency departments, where access to pediatric specialist may be extremely limited. For the past 8 years, she has served on the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) pediatric committee. This committee promotes prevention of injury and works to improve the emergency care outcomes for children. The FCEP committee has organized several statewide conferences and skills labs to deliver pediatric education for healthcare providers, with a focus on reaching rural EMS providers and community emergency physicians and other health care providers.

Dr. Swan has been active in ACEP’s PEM section for many years and in 2019, she was elected to the Chair-elect position for this section.  During the past several years, she has watched our section develop, grow and benefit from the extraordinary leadership in our pediatric emergency medicine section. She had the amazing opportunity to learn from our immediate past-chair, Dr. Taryn Taylor, who led our section with strength and grace under fire during the recent pandemic.  This past October, during the ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, she transitioned into the Chair role, an will enthusiastically serve our section for the next 2 years.  We continue to make great strides in improving emergency care for the pediatric population. We share a voice to continue to improve the pediatric readiness of EMS and hospitals to care for children, promote education and collaborate with our colleagues in various ACEP sections. Dr. Swan is looking forward to our future and for the opportunity to continue to push forward our innovative educational strategies and advocate for the care of our pediatric patients in emergency medicine!

One of her favorite PEM resources is Don’t Forget the Bubbles!  It can be found here: https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/

 

Cristina Zeretzke-Bien, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAAEM

Chair Elect

Duties:

  • Shall serve as an officer of the section.
  • Shall assist the chair in section duties as designated by the chair.
  • Shall serve as chair in the absence, resignation, or death of the chair.
  • After completion of a two-year term, Chair-elect shall assume the role of Chair of the Pediatric Section.
  • Shall serve as webmaster of the section website, coordinating all educational materials and posting content to the website with the assistance of the website co-editors.

Dr Zeretzke-Bien is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Zeretzke-Bien completed her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George, Grenada. She performed her internship of residency training at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Florida. She then completed her fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Florida in Jacksonville.

Dr. Zeretzke-Bien is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. She is involved in the Emergency Medical Services for Children, and as a board member for the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville. She is currently serving at the ACEP PEM Section Chair Elect. She is passionate regarding improving child services surrounding pediatric emergency medicine with a particular focus on the areas of injury prevention, disaster preparedness and child abuse.

 

Taryn Taylor, M.D., MEd, FAAP, FACEP

Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, where she also serves as codirector of the Medical Education Track and the Woodruff Health Educators Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Taylor earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and completed the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2016.

Within ACEP, she served as the chair of the Pediatric Section for the 2019-2021 term and currently is a section editor for PEERprep for Physicians and PEERprep for Programs. Dr. Taylor has a special interest in promoting the professional development of underrepresented minorities in medicine. While on shift, Dr. Taylor ALWAYS has snacks in her pockets, preferably goldfish and peanut butter crackers!

 

Jennifer E. Sanders, M.D., FAAP, FACEP

Secretary/Treasurer

Duties:

  • Shall take the minutes of the annual meeting of the section and submit to the appropriate section communication vehicle.
  • Shall provide the Board of Directors the names of the elected section officers.
  • Shall assist the section chair in the preparation of an annual meeting and the chair of other committees of the section, as requested.
  • Shall distribute to the membership via the section newsletter or other communications vehicle.
  • Shall report on expenses, budget and balance of section funds at the annual meeting.
  • Shall disseminate such information as shall from time to time be of interest to members of the section.
  • Shall notify members regarding their appointment to any committees of the section and shall send copies of such notification to the executive director of the College.
  • Shall give due notice of all meetings of the section and the Section Executive Committee to the membership of the section and the Board of Directors of the College.
  • Shall serve as editor of the section newsletter.
  • Shall carry out such other duties as are assigned by the chair of the section and the Board of Directors of the College.
  • This position has a two-year term.

Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she serves at the Fellowship Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Assistant Medical Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Within ACEP, she has served as a microsite editor for the PEM Section from 2017-2019, and is currently the secretary/treasurer.

Dr. Sanders academic interests include medical education, pediatric critical care, using escape rooms for teambuilding and viral internet challenges.  She believes in many ED superstitions, but they are all negated by her lucky narwhal socks.

 

Jason Lowe, D.O., FACEP, FAAP

Councillor

Duties:

  • Shall represent the section at the Council meeting.
  • Shall have duties, obligations, and privileges as designated by the Bylaws and procedures adopted by the Council.
  • Shall keep the section informed of all Council activities before, during, and between sessions and report to the section, in its newsletter and/or other communication vehicles, all important matters considered.
  • Shall bring any resolutions that are developed to the Council from the section.

Dr. Lowe is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency at UCSF Fresno, and his Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida Jacksonville.  In his free time, Dr. Lowe runs a program for high school students interested in emergency medicine. He also likes skateboarding, kickboxing, karaoke, and losing money in the stock market.

Dr. Lowe has served as a past microsite editor, secretary, and chair of the PEM Section for ACEP. He is currently the Section Councilor.  His academic interests include telemedicine and 360 virtual reality simulation. Dr. Lowe’s favorite PEM resource is Up To Date.

 

Shobhit Jain, M.D., FAAP, FACEP

Alternate Councillor

Duties:

  • Shall represent the section at the Council meeting.
  • Shall have duties, obligations, and privileges as designated by the Bylaws and procedures adopted by the Council.
  • Shall keep the section informed of all Council activities before, during, and between sessions and report to the section, in its newsletter and/or other communication vehicles, all important matters considered.
  • Shall bring any resolutions that are developed to the Council from the section.
  • The alternate councillor(s) becomes the councillor at the end of his/her two-year term. If he/she cannot serve as councillor, the section shall elect a member to fill both positions and resume normal progression from alternate councillor(s) to councillor.

Dr. Jain is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital. After moving to the US from India, he did his pediatrics residency in New York followed by a fellowship in emergency medicine in Kansas City. He solidified his passion for QI and patient safety through a 3-year certificate program through the Academic Pediatric Association and became a ‘Quality and Safety Improvement Scholar’. He also holds a black belt in lean and six-sigma methodology. He currently serves as the Director for Quality Improvement for the division of Emergency Medicine. Through multidisciplinary collaboration on numerous projects, he has produced several peer-reviewed publications and presented over 40 scientific abstracts at national conferences.

Dr. Jain’s favorite PEM resource is ‘Pedi QuikCalc’ App for all the dosages.  He cannot work without stickers and a CMH Card in my pocket.  ED superstitions I believe in – The sheer plan of taking any non-clinical work to the ED ensures a super busy shift.

 

Microsite Editor Duties:

  • Shall post and coordinate expert content to the microsite under the direction of the Chair-elect/Lead Microsite Editor and Chair.
  • Each co-editor will be assigned a subject-matter column based on their expertise.
  • This position has a two-year term.

John Misdary M.D., FACEP, FAAEM, FAAP

Microsite Editor

Dr. Misdary is a practicing Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician with over a decade of clinical experience and currently in private practice in Tampa, FL. He has been the Chair of Pediatric Emergency Medicine section for Florida College of Emergency Physicians since 2014 and previously was Secretary of the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine section in 2011-12.

Dr Misdary completed his medical education at the combined seven year BS/MD program through NEOMED in Ohio. After taking a year for missionary work in Atlanta he matched into an Internal Medicine residency at Rutgers University Newark. He made a career change and then matched into an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Florida Gainesville becoming a member of its inaugural class. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Emory University. Dr Misdary was an Assistant Professor in both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky, Emory University, and University of Central Florida before joining the Excelis Medical Associates in private practice. Dr. Misdary’s favorite PEM resource are PEM Guides, and he always has a snack in his pocket.

Yagnaram Ravichandran, M.D., FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP

Microsite Editor


Dr. Ravichandran completed his Pediatric Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn NY, and went on to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI. Currently, he is not affiliated with any particular institution.

His academic interests include creation of educational resources and global/ international health.  His ED superstitions include not saying the words “quiet” or “calm” while working in the ED.

Jaryd Zummer, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM

Microsite Editor

Dr. Zummer is a board-certified emergency and pediatric emergency medicine physician at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at CHU Ste-Justine Hospital (University of Montreal) in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Dr. Zummer serves as the advanced development director and 4th year medical student clerkship director for the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky. His particular areas of interest and research include pediatric emergency procedures and quality improvement, as well as the management of pediatric traumatic and orthopedic emergencies.

His favorite PEM reference is Fleisher & Ludwig’s Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and most useful pocket reference while on shift is the PediStat application (no financial affiliations)!