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CEEPET Core Faculty

Associate Director, CEEPET
Andrew Milsten, MD, MS, FACEP

Dr. Milsten received his MD from the George Washington University and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Lincoln Medical Center in New York City.  He completed an EMS Fellowship in addition to a Masters of Science in Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland. He has been active as a clinician and researcher since 2000 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  His research has primarily focused on mass gathering medicine, while he was director for special events & Baltimore Ravens stadium fan operations. He joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMMS as an Associate Professor in 2009 and is director of the Fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management.

Director, Curriculum Development CEEPET
John Broach, MD, MPH

John Broach is an Attending Physicianin the Division of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management at the University of Massachusetts.  He completed his undergraduate and medical school training as well as his MPH at Northwestern University in Chicago before coming to UMass for a residency in Emergency Medicine.  Dr Broach completed his two year Disaster Medicine fellowship in June 2011. His research interests include international disaster response coordination and disaster and emergency preparedness training and education.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist, CEEPET
Gina Smith, RN

A registered Nurse for over 25 years, Gina Smith serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for UMass Memorial Medical Center as well as the Team Commander for the Massachusetts-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).  As the UMass Memorial Medical Center Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Gina is responsible for coordinating the UMass Memorial Medical Center's emergency preparedness, disaster management, and disaster response element. She serves as key advisor to UMass Memorial Medical Center Senior Management in all areas of Emergency Preparedness and Management and response. In her Emergency Preparedness Coordinator role Gina coordinates and works closely with numerous stakeholders at all levels within and outside the UMMHC system.

Subject Matter Expert: EMS
Michael J. Hunter, EMT-P

Michael is a veteran of EMS for more than 27 years, and currently serves as Deputy Chief of EMS for Worcester EMS at UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) University Campus in Worcester, Mass., where he has worked for more than 17 years. He began there as a staff paramedic and worked his way up through the ranks to EMS captain and then into his current position. Mr Hunter has served on the Massachusetts Committee of Trauma’s Trauma Registry Sub-Committee and is an active member of the UMMHC Emergency Medicine/Trauma Committee. He is active in regional disaster planning and also is a founding member of the WEMS Honor Guard. Mr. Hunter has long been a member of NAEMT and has been active in PHTLS since the late 1980s. In addition to his involvement on the PHTLS Executive Council, he is the Massachusetts PHTLS State Coordinator and an active member of the PHTLS International Faculty. He also is a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and is a charter member of the International Association of EMS Chiefs.

Subject Matter Expert: EMS, HazMat

Richard A. Nydam, EMT-P

Richard has been involved in EMS for 30 years, including 22 years as a certified Paramedic in Massachusetts. In addition to providing direct patient care, he has been actively involved in education throughout his career. Richard is currently the Training Coordinator at UMass Memorial EMS in Worcester, responsible for new employee orientation, initial education and competency assessment for paramedics, and coordination of regional continuing education programs for EMS personnel. He also is an adjunct faculty member and the clinical coordinator for the Quinsigamond Community College Paramedic Training program. Richard has previously served as an instructor for Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Fire Services, teaching Incident Command and Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction awareness for numerous Massachusetts hospitals and EMS agencies