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Wanchun Tang, MD, MCCM, FCCP, FAHA

Wanchun Tang, MD, Graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1977. After completing his clinical training in surgery and cardiac surgery, he served as an Attending Surgeon and Assistant Professor of the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the same University. He has been particularly interested in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care research since he was a medical student. To pursue his career in this field, he joined the critical care medicine fellowship program of The Chicage Medical School as a research fellow in 1988 under the mentorship of Dr. Max Harry Weil. In 1996, he relocated to Rancho Mirage, CA with the Weil Institute and served as Professor and Vice President of Medical Research. He was Professor at the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine and USC/Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Tang served as the President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine in California since January 2006 until March, 2016 when he became the Director of the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Tang’s researches involve post resuscitation myocardial dysfunction and microcirsulation during circulatory failure. He has authored more than 160 peer reviewed articles and 14 US patents and has received numerous national and international awards for his work.



Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Dr. Joseph P. Ornato is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also Medical Director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Fire and EMS, and Henrico County Fire & EMS.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he graduated from Boston University Medical School magna cum laude and completed his training in Internal Medicine at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital and in Cardiology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He is triple board certified (Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine).

Dr. Ornato is an active researcher in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation with >400 scientific publications. Dr. Ornato is the American Editor of the journal Resuscitation. He is past Chairman of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee. He served as the AHA’s national representative to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Heart Attack Alert Program's Coordinating Committee and Chairman of its Science Base Subcommittee. Dr. Ornato has served as a Special Consultant to the Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration. He chaired the National Steering Committee on the joint-sponsored NIH/AHA/Industry Public Access Defibrillation Trial and was Principal Investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bioterrorism Training grant. He has served as Cardiac Co-Chairman of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) and serves as Principal Investigator for VCU on the NIH-sponsored Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials (NETT) Network. Dr. Ornato is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).



Mary Ann Peberdy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Dr. Peberdy is the C. Kenneth Wright Professor of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for the Virginia Commonwealth University's Advanced Resuscitation, Cooling Therapeutics, and Intensive Care (ARCTIC) Post Resuscitation Center. Under her administrative and clinical direction, the VCU ARCTIC program has emerged as one of the largest and leading post arrest centers in the country and was featured on the PBS NOVA-Science Now program "Can we live forever" in 2010. The ARCTIC program delivers standardized, state of the art care to victims of cardiac arrest and serves as a stable clinical platform for translational research.

Dr. Peberdy has been a physician - scientist in the field of resuscitation for over 20 years and is recognized for expertise in cardiac arrest with numerous leadership positions on national committees. She was a member of the American Heart Association’s ACLS subcommittee from 1998 to 2016. Dr. Peberdy has been an author on the 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 international resuscitation guidelines and evidence review process. Dr. Peberdy is a founding physician of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Resuscitation Program where she has held several leadership positions including Chairperson and Director of Research. She is also currently a member of the American Heart Association’s National Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Leadership Committee, the Clinical Working Group of the American Heart Association's National Get with the Guidelines - Resuscitation Program, the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary, Perioperative, and Critical Care Leadership Board, and American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary, Perioperative, and Critical Care Cournand Comroe Young Investigator Award Committee.

Dr. Peberdy serves as a mentor for national and international students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. She serves as the Director for Clinical Research for the Johnson Center for Pulmonary and Critical Care Research and Deputy Director for the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Jing Xu

Degree: M.D., Ph.D.
Graduate School: Xi’an Jiaotong University
Institute: Department of Emergency, First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University



Fenglian He

Degree: M.D., Ph.D.
Graduate School: Anhui Medical University
Institute: Dept. of Respiratory and Critical Diseases, The Second Hospital of Anhui Medical Unviersity
Position: Associate Chief Physician



Xianfei Ji

Degree: M.D., Ph.D.
Graduate School: Capital Medical University
Institute: Department of Emergency Medicine, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University
Position: Associate Chief Physician



Weiwei Ge

Degree: M.D
Graduate School: Anhui Medical University
Institute: Department of Emergency Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University
Position: Attending Physician



Guanghui Zheng

Degree: M.S.
Graduate School: Sun Yat-sen University
Institute: Department of Emergency, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University
Position: Attending Physician



Juntao Hu

Degree: M.D.
Graduate School: Guangxi Medical University
Institute: Department of Critical Care Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University
Position: Attending Physician


Jennifer Bradley, MS, CRA

Laboratory & Research Manager
PhD Student
Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU


Christine Moore, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU




Antonio Abbate, MD, PhD

Antonio Abbate, MD received his degree in Medicine from University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy, graduating magna cum laude. He completed a post-graduate Clinical Fellowship in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine and a Research Doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Cardiology at Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy. He then completed an additional Internal Medicine Residency program at VCU-MCV Hospitals in Virginia.

Dr. Abbate now serves as Vice-Chair for the Division of Cardiology, Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Internal Medicine, and Medical Director of Clinical Research Services Unit of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Dr. Abbate leads a multidisciplinary team in the VCU Pauley Heart Center and the Johnson Research Laboratories, examining the role of inflammation in heart disease. Dr. Abbate is also principal investigator or co-investigator on pilot clinical studies funded by the National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, or Industry, aimed at identifying novel anti-inflammatory therapies for patients with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure.

Dr. Abbate has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, reviews and editorials that have been published in professional journals. In addition, he has participated in more than 300 oral and poster presentations to national and international meetings. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, the Journal of Interventional Cardiology, PLOSONE, and Translational Medicine, and he is a peer reviewer for over a thirty international journals.



John F. Butterworth, IV, MD

Dr. John Butterworth has served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia since 2011. He was graduated from the VCU School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed a research fellowship in neurotrauma in the Division of Neurosurgery at VCU School of Medicine and another in local anesthetic pharmacology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. From 1985-2005 he was a member of the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. While in Winston-Salem he served as Head of the Section on Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and as Director of the Office of Clinical Trials Research for the medical school. Before returning to Richmond he served (2005-2011) as the R. K. Stoelting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. His research and publications are mostly in areas related to cardiac and regional anesthesia, pharmacology, and outcomes. He is one of three authors of Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology (5th edition), the best-selling textbook in the field. He is author or coauthor of two other text books and an editor of another. He has contributed chapters to many other textbooks. He has served on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and of Anesthesia and Analgesia and on the associate editorial board of Anesthesiology. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia, and on the Boards of Trustees of the Richmond (Virginia) Academy of Medicine and the International Anesthesia Research Society.



Henry Donahue, PhD

Dr. Donahue is the School of Engineering Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. His research utilizes convergent approaches to understand the mechanism by which bone and muscle adapt to their mechanical environment; examine the effects of space flight on musculoskeletal tissues and exploit biophysical signals, including shear stress and nanotopography, to develop innovative strategies to regenerate musculoskeletal tissue lost to disease, injury or ageing.



Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD

Dr. Kasirajan is the Stuart McGuire Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery Surgery at the VCU Medical Center.

He earned his medical degree at Madras Medical College, Madras, India and completed his internship and residency at Government General Hospital in Madras. His postgraduate medical education and training was completed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio.

He has helped to create a vibrant environment at VCU, where has been since 2000. In addition to his work with transplant patients, Dr. Kasirajan is at the forefront of a new frontier in cardiac surgery that includes artificial hearts and mechanical assist devices. In 2006, he led the first surgical team on the East Coast to implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, the only device of its kind approved by the F.D.A. His work in this field has helped establish VCU as one of the leaders in the realm of artificial hearts.

Based upon his experience and success with artificial hearts, Dr. Kasirajan was selected to be the lead investigator of a national clinical trial for the Freedom Driver, a small, portable air compressor that keeps artificial hearts pumping and allows patients to leave the hospital.



Martin Mangino, PhD

Martin Mangino earned his PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from Michigan State University in 1985 and did post-doctoral training at the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in Biochemistry. He served on faculty at Washington University Medical School in the Department of Surgery for 9 years, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Transplantation Surgery) for 5 years, and is currently Professor of Surgery (Trauma and Critical Care) at Virginia Commonwealth University for the last 12 years. Dr. Mangino holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics and is the Research Director for the VCU Trauma Center. He Directs the Department of Surgery's Education and Research Laboratories. His Laboratory studies organ preservation for transplantation, shock, trauma, acute resuscitation, and critical illness, and the molecular basis of cell ischemia. His laboratory is funded by NIH, the Department of Defense, and industry partner contracts. Dr. Mangino trains surgical residents, graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-docs. He has published over 95 peer reviewed papers and holds multiple patents.



Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.

Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and former Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs of the VCU Health System. He has authored over 330 original scientific articles, and holds 12 issued U.S. patents for discoveries in diagnostics and therapeutic. Dr. Strauss's honors include the President's Achievement Award (1990), the Distinguished Scientist Award (2006) and Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship (2016) from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, of which he is past President (2004); the Society for the Study of Reproduction Research Award (1992); election to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1994); the Transatlantic Medal of the British Endocrine Society (1994); the Beacon (2001), Pioneer (2004) and National Research Distinguished Service Awards (2007) for contributions to the reproductive sciences; the 2005 Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the highest honor that the School of Medicine bestows upon an alumnus; Chuenkong Scholar from the China Ministry of Education (2006); the Rector’s Medal from the University of Chile (2009) for contributions to research and research training; and honorary professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China (2013). Dr. Strauss served on the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Advisory Council as Chair of its Executive Committee and as the Chair of the Institute's Board of Scientific Counselors.



Alex B. Valadka, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Alex Valadka serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. He maintains a strong clinical and research interest in neurotrauma and critical care, including numerous papers, presentations, research grants, courses, seminars, and visiting professorships. He co-edited the textbook Neurotrauma: Evidence-Based Answers to Common Questions. He has served as Chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care; as Chair of the Neurosurgical Specialty Group of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma; and on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for American Trauma Care and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He also chaired Washington Committee for Neurosurgery. He currently serves as President-Elect of the AANS and as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Valadka graduated from the University of Dallas and went on to medical school at the University of Chicago. His interest in neurotrauma and critical care led him to pursue his neurosurgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He returned to Texas in 1993 to join the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2006, he accepted a position as Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 2009, he moved to Austin to help lead the newly created Seton Brain and Spine Institute, where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He returned to Richmond in 2015.


Roger L. Boeve

Roger L. Boeve, co-founded Performance Food Group, a $15 billion food service distribution company, in 1988. Since his retirement, Mr. Boeve has served on the Board of RARE Hospitality, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, and Chair of the Board of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. He currently serves on the Board of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Health Care Foundation, ChildSavers, and Shalom Farms. A long-term civic, charity, and community leader, he serves many civic and religious endeavors.



William T. Browne, MD, FCCM, FACP, FCCP

Dr. Browne is a native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and left his hometown after high school to begin a 30 year Army career. Dr. Browne is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and the F. Edward Hebert Uniformed Services School of Medicine in Bethesda , Maryland. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

During his Army career, Dr. Browne served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at Kenner Army Community Hospital in Fort Lee, Virginia. He subsequently was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he served as the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Chief of Medicine, and Deputy Commander for Clinical Services. Additionally, Dr. Browne trained military physicians in Kuwait in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Browne also served as the senior military medical advisor for Hurricane Katrina relief. His final military assignment was as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Internal Medicine.

In 2006, Dr. Browne retired from the military and moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Browne has worked in several roles, including Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Medical Director of Critical Care, and Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations.

Dr. Browne is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He has been awarded lifetime bedside teaching awards by two chapters of the ACP, and he has won several teaching awards at medical centers in Washington, Georgia and Minnesota.

Since 2012, Dr. Browne has been chairman of the board of trustees for the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine in Rancho Mirage, California. In that role he worked with VCU to establish the new Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research. He is delighted that this new institute will ensure the enduring legacy of his uncle and mentor, Dr. Max Harry Weil.




Dr. Jay Falk is the Academic Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine for Orlando Regional Medical Center (Orlando Health). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 from St. Lawrence University in Canton New York. He then attended SUNY at Downstate Medical Center (Kings County Hospital) where he received his MD degree in 1975 as a Cum Laude graduate. He remained there for his internship in Internal Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency, first at Kings County Hospital and then at Albany Medical College. At Albany Medical College, Dr. Falk became the first fellow in a newly created Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, which he completed in 1980., and remained there as Assistant Professor. He became Board Certified in Internal Medicine (1979), Emergency Medicine (1985) and Critical Care Medicine (1987) and has maintained those credentials to date through the recertification process.

In 1982, Dr. Falk became an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Chicago Medical School and eventually the Division Chief of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Medicine at CMS and the Director of the Emergency Department at the Great Lakes Naval Base near its campus. In 2001 Dr. Falk became the Chief Academic Medical Officer and Vice president of Medical Education for Orlando Health. He served as an Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs of the UCF COM.

In 1995, Dr. Falk was honored by the SCCM as the recipient of the Shubin- Weil Award for being a role model for the ethical practice and teaching of Critical Care Medicine. In February, 2016, at the SCCM National Meeting, Dr. Falk received the designation “Master of Critical Care Medicine” from the American College of Critical Care Medicine, a distinction held to date by only 72 fellows of the college.

Dr. Falk has published over 90 articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals, including two in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has directed many national level courses and has been a popular lecturer at national symposia. Dr. Falk has been an on air television healthcare reporter (CBS), as well as a radio talk show host. He is currently president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians.



David Martin, CAE

David J. Martin​, CAE, is the chief executive officer and executive vice-president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

As a certified association executive (CAE), Martin has worked closely with the Society leadership to bring professional operating standards and principles to SCCM. He relocated the Society’s headquarters from California to Illinois and instituted the concept of staff and volunteer partnership to improve program development and management. He played a key role in instituting SCCM’s continuous strategic planning process and three-year budget, which has resulted in many new programs for the society’s multiprofessional membership. This has proven a winning combination, with membership more than doubling during his tenure, mirrored by similar increases in revenues.

Martin has sought to develop relationships with other medical and healthcare organizations resulting in numerous partnership activities. He also led the development of the Society’s first international strategy, expanding SCCM’s programs around the globe.

Martin also instituted the Society’s first-ever eStrategy plan, which has provided the organization with an unprecedented level of communication and information management services. Under Martin’s leadership, the Society has provided members with unparalleled services and access to critical information, placing SCCM at the leading edge of association technology management.

Martin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) and Association Forum of Chicagoland. He is regularly invited to speak and write on association management subjects.

Previously, he served as the executive director of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in Park Ridge, Illinois, and was the assistant executive director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), where he served for nearly 10 years. He has also held several positions in the for-profit sector where he utilized his formal education in accounting and business management.



David Medine, JD

David Medine is a consultant to CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) at the World Bank, whose mission is to expand financial inclusion for poor people in developing countries. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an Attorney Fellow with the Securities & Exchange Commission, and a Special Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

For a decade, he was a partner at a Washington, DC law firm. Before joining the firm, he was a Senior Advisor to the White House National Economic Council, Associate Director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission, and a law professor at the Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) and an instructor at the George Washington University School of Law.



Marianne Weil

As Max Harry Weil’s widow, I am pleased to see the research on critical care medicine that he inspired being carried on a VCU.

I worked first in personnel as an industrial psychologist and then joined Los Angeles Unified School District where I trained and supervised school psychologists for 30 years.

I am now retired and am very active in a non-profit called the PLATO Society of Los Angeles which provides educational courses through member participation in research and discussion.



Myron Weisfeldt, MD

Dr. Myron Weisfeldt is University Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine following a 13 year tenure as Chair of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Weisfeldt received a B.A. and MD from the Johns Hopkins University. He trained in Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. From 1991 to 2001, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Medical Service at the Columbia-Presbyterian Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. From 1975 to 1991, he was Director of the Cardiology Division at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Weisfeldt was Chairman of the Cardiology Advisory Board of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute from 1987 to 1990 and held the position of President of the American Heart Association in 1990. He served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging of the NIH. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (Now National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences. His research interests have included heart function, age changes in the heart and circulation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Dr Weisfeldt’s well know accomplishments include: 1. A major role in the first implantation of automatic implantable defibrillators in human beings. These devises have been implanted in millions of patients worldwide. The first implantation was done at Johns Hopkins and is described in the New England Journal of Medicine 2. He lead the effort of the American Heart Association to develop and test the Automatic External Defibrillators for bystander use that are now seen in essentially all airports and many public location in the United States. He was among the study leaders of the clinical trial that established the value of Public Access Defibrillation to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. 3. His early work in CPR established that movement of blood with chest compressions occurs predominantly by the induced increase in generalized pressure within the chest not by compression of the heart between the bony structures of the chest as originally proposed.

In 2003 he was appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to be the Study Chair for a large-scale clinical trials network to conduct randomized definitive trials of devices, drugs and other therapies for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and severe traumatic injury. This network is in its final year and has had additional support from the US Department of Defense, Canadian Health Agencies, Defense Canada, and the American Heart Association. The investigators perform research in the Emergency Medical Systems in 7 US cities and 3 Canadian cites or regions. This research is conducted under the rules of exemption from informed consent.

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