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Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH, MBA

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mahajan is the Vice-Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He also serves as the Division Chief of Children’s Emergency Services at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. He is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.


Dr. Mahajan is a pediatric health services and outcomes researcher. His main area of research interest is optimizing clinician decision making in the emergency department to enhance patient and health systems outcomes and improve healthcare safety and quality. His research focuses on infections (evaluation and management of febrile infants), developing clinically meaningful decision rules in the evaluation of febrile infants and inflammation (asthma, sepsis), and clinical decision making in a cognitively dense acute care setting to reduce diagnostic errors.


He is the Chair of Emergency Medicine Education & Research by Global Experts (EMERGE), a global emergency medicine research network. The EMERGE network brings together emergency departments from across the globe to generate and implement new evidence and train the workforce in emergency care research.


Dr. Mahajan is the Director of the Research and Education in Acute Care with Advanced Technology (REACT), where a collaborative team of EM physicians, nurses, engineers, educators, programmers and designers are working to identify and integrate innovative tools for training providers and identifying methods to incorporate technology to provide acute care.


He has been serially funded by the National Institutes of Health for his work on the febrile infant for the past 13 years. Additionally, he has received two Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awards to evaluate how diagnosis related decisions are made under austere circumstances and to develop interventions mitigating the impact of error on patient safety and quality of care.


Robert Neumar, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Neumar has over 20 years of research experience in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation and traumatic brain injury. His basic science research has been focused on mechanisms of neuronal injury after ischemic and traumatic brain injury, as well as therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes including therapeutic hypothermia. More recently, his laboratory research focus has expanded to studies of ischemic post-conditioning in collaboration with Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos’ research team at the University of Minnesota and studies of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in collaboration with Dr. Robert Bartlett’s research team in the ECLS Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. He is also collaborating to develop a novel extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) device designed to provide goal-directed reperfusion using an automated closed-loop monitoring and control system. A major focus of Dr. Neumar’s laboratory has been to elucidate the role of calpains in post-ischemic neuronal death and has also focused on optimizing post-cardiac arrest hypothermic targeted temperature management (HTTM). The major focus of his clinical research is optimizing the management of post-cardiac arrest syndrome. 

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Vijaya Arun Kumar, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University

Dr. Kumar completed his medical school and diploma in public health from India, he then completed his residency, fellowship in clinical research in emergency medicine and a master’s in public health in the United States. His research focus is cardiovascular emergency medicine and global health, he has authored numerous publications and is the principal investigator for more than 10 clinical studies. Dr. Kumar is a member of the institutional review board at WSU, on the editorial board of Michigan Journal of Public Health and a manuscript reviewer for annals of emergency medicine. He has conducted numerous clinical research workshops all over the world and is presently working on developing a Global Health Research Center at Wayne State University. Dr. Kumar is presently the associate director of the global health section in the department of EM which, has been active in developing EM residency programs in Laos and Guatemala along with conducting collaborative research with EM programs in India and Jamaica.


Brian O’Neil, MD, FACEP, FAHA

Chair, Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University

Dr. O’Neil is the Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor and specialist-in-chief of Emergency Medicine for the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. O’Neil is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of cardiac and cerebral ischemia and cardiac resuscitation; he has contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed papers to the field of resuscitation. Dr. O’Neil is the past-president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee, previous Chair of the ACLS sub-committee. He was the co-principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Neurologic Emergencies Research Network and is the Hub PI for the National Institutes of Health’s the Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network, or SIREN designation.


Sagar Galwankar, MBBS, DNB (INDIA), FRCP (UK), MPH, FAAEM, FAIM, Dip. ABEM (USA)

Executive Director of The World Academic Council for Emergency Medicine

Dr. Galwankar is a graduate of the University of Pune India. He is Residency trained and Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Emergency Medicine from India and the United States of America Respectively. 

He serves as the Academic Faculty for Emergency Medicine at the Prestigious Florida State University in addition to holding the rank of Director for Research in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sagar’s career of over 2 decades is studded with the successes of multiple path breaking global initiatives in International Medicine, Public Health and Policy development. 

In addition to innumerable Publications, Presentations, Citations and Awards Dr. Sagar has successfully led the establishment and indexing of International Journals such as Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock, Journal of Global Infectious Diseases, International Journal of Academic Medicine and International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Sciences.

He was the leading force behind the establishment of The American College of Academic International Medicine and The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine and serves as their Executive Director.

His Leadership in bringing Academic Emergency Medicine to India and the development of Government recognized Emergency Medicine Residency Programs via the INDUSEM Mission is well known in the Academic Fraternity of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sagar’s global Research interests focus in areas of Acute Clinical Medicine, Injury Sciences, Global Health Diplomacy, Emergency Preparedness and Health Sustainability. 

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