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Editor emeritus of JEMS, A.J. Heightman is a former EMS director and EMS operations director who has researched and specialized in MCI management training for 30 years.

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Aidan Milner, MD, worked as an EMT while in high school and college before studying medicine. Now he is an internal medicine resident  at Yale New Haven Hospital, and plans to pursue a career in cardiology with a focus on critical care.

Amber Chan, NREMT, is an EMS provider and published researcher with an academic background in behavioral neuroscience and business administration.  She is a research member of the EMS Pandemic Response Research Lab.

Andrew Merelman, BS, NRP, FP-C, is a critical care paramedic working in New Hampshire. His primary interests are airway management, point-of-care ultrasound, and resuscitation. He will be starting medical school in 2018. Contact him at amerelman@gmail.com or via Twitter @amerelman.

Andrew Watson, NRP, BS, is a paramedic with Dorchester County (SC) EMS.

Barnita Haldar, MD, PhD, is a physician scientist specializing in acute respiratory disease and prehospital medicine. She is the co-principal investigator of the EMS Pandemic Response Research Lab. 

Benjamin Diven, MD, has 36 years experience as an EMS medical director and was previously an EMT in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been medical director for the Las Cruces Fire Department since 2015. This is his fourth medical journal publication.

Benjamin Podsiadlo, EMT-P, is the director of clinical integration for Armstrong Ambulance Service in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS, is an emergency physician, researcher and EMS author. He’s professor of emergency medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and an attending emergency physician at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He’s board certified in emergency medicine and EMS.

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