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ATS Conference Speakers


The American Trauma Society is pleased to offer a comprehensive program which features nationally recognized leaders in the trauma community, advocacy and legislation, EMS, and beyond.  Each represents a unique discipline to offer ATS Strong 2020 attendees with a robust and holistic approach to trauma, advocacy, and change within our trauma systems today.


Christy Adams, RN, MPH, PhD

Trauma Prevention Coordinator

UC Davis Medical Center

Sacramento, CA


Christy has served as the Trauma Prevention Coordinator for UC Davis Health since 2007. Prior to joining the program, she worked for 17 years as a clinical nurse in trauma, emergency and critical care areas of the hospital, and as a flight nurse with the Life Flight air medical program. Dr. Adams nursing experience encompasses care of all ages from neonatal to geriatrics populations and now focuses program injury prevention efforts on building capacity through collaboration and empowering underserved communities to improve safety. She has successfully expanded outreach and developed community partnerships in multiple areas of injury prevention including senior fall prevention, traffic safety, youth violence intervention, and childhood safety.  Dr. Adam's professional service includes contributions to local, state and national injury prevention efforts. She is a member of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant advisory committee, the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan Challenge Area #1 workgroup, and the CDPH Crash Medical Outcomes Data advisory committee. In 2017 she convened and currently coordinates the California Hospital-based Injury Prevention Coordinators network for professionals at trauma centers across the state. Nationally, Dr. Adam's is the chair for the American Trauma Society (ATS) Injury Prevention Committee and co-chair for the Safe States Alliance Hospital Injury Prevention Special Interest Group.


Sandra Strack Arabian, MBA, NREMT, CSTR, CAISS

Trauma Program Manager 

Tufts Medical Center

Boston, MA 


Sandy is the Trauma Program Manager at Tufts Medical Center, a level I ACS verified Trauma Center in Boston, MA. Mrs. Arabian is the Chair of the Healthcare Management and Healthcare Informatics MBA program at Cambridge College in Boston. Additionally, she Chairs the Injury Prevention Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and is the owner of an independent, international consulting business.  She has over 25 years of proven, successful, leadership skills in organizational management, with a strong focus on trauma data management, analytics and injury prevention. She has authored and co-authored several trauma related and injury prevention articles published in peer reviewed journals and presented her work in many national arenas and forums. Sandy continues to explore and develop strategies for accurate health information, data management, Injury surveillance and prevention. She specializes in organizational efficiency through evidence-based programs focusing on motivational education including mindfulness practices for better decision making and reducing burnout in the enterprise.

Angela Chisolm, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN, CFRN, TCRN

Philips Trauma Consultant

Angie is a high-energy and results-driven hospital operations executive, with a proven track record of achievement in trauma program management, emergency services management, quality and compliance, P&L management, Lean initiatives, and technology implementation. Angie has demonstrated a proven track record in leading cross-functional teams within a matrix organization as well as utilizing interpersonal communication skills and a team-building mentality. A visionary and top-performing leader, Angie, consistently demonstrates experience and expertise to maximize operational efficiencies.  Prior to consulting for Philips, Angie was a Division Assistant Vice President for Trauma Services, responsible for the development of strategies and tools to advance clinical performance. She served as professional expert on trauma services to ensure delivery of optimal quality trauma patient care as defined by national and state standards of practice. 

Kate Dernocoeur

Author and former Denver Health Paramedic


Since 1979, Kate Dernocoeur, NREMT, has written numerous books, articles and columns for the emergency services community. Her seminal book, Streetsense: Communication, Safety and Control (originally published in 1984) was released in its fourth edition last fall. Kate started her EMS career in 1974 as an EMT and served with Denver’s famous Paramedic Division from 1979 to 1986. She worked as an EMT-firefighter in Ada, Michigan from 2011-19 and is currently a SARTECH-II with Kent County SAR’s K9 Unit. She has also worked as a Medical Death Investigator. From 1983-2003 Kate was a frequent speaker at emergency medical conferences and has recently returned to this honored role. Other book publications include co-authoring Principles of Emergency Medical Dispatch with Dr. Jeff Clawson, MD (first edition, 1988) and A Worthy Expedition: The History of NOLS (2017). She holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University's College of Communication and an MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University.

Stephen Flaherty, MD, FACS
Trauma Surgeon

El Paso, TX


Dr. Flaherty is a trauma surgeon at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas and Regional Medical Director in the Acute Care Surgery division of EmCare, Inc., where he provides clinical and administrative oversight to numerous trauma centers in all stages of development. He graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. After working for a year as a general surgeon, he returned to training as a fellow in trauma and surgical critical care at Boston City Hospital. He is board certified with added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care.  Dr. Flaherty served on active duty with the United States Army for 22 years during which he established a Level I trauma center in San Antonio, Texas and a Level II trauma center in Landstuhl, Germany, the first American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified trauma center outside the United States.

Jeff Hinshaw, MS, PA-C, NREMT-P

Lead Emergency Department Physician Assistant

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Winston-Salem, NC


Jeff Hinshaw is the lead Physician’s Assistant (PA-C) employed by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jeff has many years of experience as a Critical Care Paramedic and is active in EMS education, medical direction, is a Sports Medicine Consultant for the State EMS Office as well as serves as a training liaison for the State Highway Patrol.  In addition to Jeff’s clinical duties, he is a well-recognized national speaker and has multiple publications dealing with various prehospital and wilderness medicine topics and works closely on sports medicine educational initiatives with the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

Todd Maxson, MD, FACS

Trauma and Burn Surgeon

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Little Rock, AR


Dr. Maxson is the Surgeon in Chief at Arkansas Children's Hospital as well as serving as the Chief of Trauma and Burn.  Dr. Maxson is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Arkansas.   Dr. Maxson completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his general surgical residency at the University of Arkansas and pediatric surgical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  Dr. Maxson moved from Houston to Arkansas to set up the State's trauma system and bring the Children's Hospital to Level I verification.  He has just completed his tenure as Chair of the Verification Review Committee for the College of Surgeons and serves on numerous other national committees.  He is the author of over 60 peer reviewed publications and 5 book chapters and is a sought-after speaker in multiple venues nationally and internationally.

John Petty, MD, FACS                   
Pediatric Trauma Surgeon 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Winston-Salem, NC


Dr. Petty is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Wake Forrest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as the medical director for the states first level 1 pediatric trauma center. Dr. Petty graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he earned highest honors; his time at the University included an additional year in ethics training.  Dr. Petty completed a residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University, his time there included research with tumor immunology.  Dr. Petty completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, moving back to North Carolina and on to the Wake Forrest School of Medicine in 2005 to join the Section of Pediatric Surgery.   Dr. Petty has held leadership positions in the Pediatric Trauma Society, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma as well as serving as the Chair of the committee on trauma for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.  In additional to his busy clinical schedule, Dr. Petty has served in international medical missions in Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mongolia and the Dominican Republic.

Damon Schilling                   
Manager of Government Affairs  

American Medical Response

Las Vegas, NV


Damon Schilling is the Manager of Government Affairs for AMR / MedicWest Las Vegas. Damon was born and raised in Las Vegas. He started his career at Southwest Ambulance in March of 2003. Damon started off as an EMT within six months he promoted to an EMT-Intermediate. Damon also worked in the dispatch center while he was going through Paramedic school. Damon completed Paramedic school in fall of 2006 and completed his internship shortly thereafter in early 2007. Since that time Damon has held many roles within the organization including, Preceptor, Field Training Officer and Public Information Officer. Damon has served as the Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator for AMR and MedicWest. He held that role until his promotion to his current role in January of 2017. Damon received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nevada State College in May of 2018.


Kristin Miller Song Esq.

Guilford, CT

Kristin Song is the Director of administration and legal affairs at  She is also the mother of Evan and Emily Song and Ethan Song who was just 15 years old when he tragically lost his life in an accidental shooting with an unsecured firearm, at the home of a friend.  Since Ethan’s death, Kristin has made it her mission to not only honor Ethan’s life, but to see to it that another tragedy like this does not happen again.  She has worked tirelessly with law makers to pass a rare bipartisan firearm safe storage bill in Connecticut, known as Ethan’s Law. Kristin is also an attorney and has been very active lobbying in Washington, DC for life saving legislation.  She was invited to Las Vegas to meet with all the Democratic Presidential Candidates and hopes to have this bill passed on a Federal level.   But her most joyful and important job has been being a mother.


Ron Stewart, MD, FACS

Chair of Department of Surgery

University Hospital

San Antonio, TX


Dr. Stewart completed medical school and surgical residency at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Returning to San Antonio in 1993, Dr. Stewart built the University Health System’s regional trauma program. He currently serves as the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Medical Director of Trauma Programs and as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio.  Over the past three decades, Dr. Stewart has actively led the development of the Southwest Trauma Regional Advisory Council’s integrated civilian-military trauma system serving all South Texas, covering more 27,000 square miles. In 2001 Dr. Stewart was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Council where he served for 15 years as the Chair of the Trauma Systems Committee. He was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute. For the past 20 years Dr. Stewart has served on the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT), serving as the national Chair of the Committee on Trauma from March, 2014 to March, 2018.


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